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by MatthewJBrown
Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Yellow Ridge Mine
Replies: 33
Views: 12165

Re: Yellow Ridge Mine

It's completely fine to be inspired by other modellers, but giving people credit is the Right Thing To Do -- plus, if you liked someone else's work so much as to duplicate it, surely you like it enough to praise it and credit it?
by MatthewJBrown
Tue Mar 05, 2013 4:11 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: A Missouri claypit & quarry operation
Replies: 15
Views: 8091

Do you think this was hand-worked, animal haulage, or did they have some kind of locomotive?
by MatthewJBrown
Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:03 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Google Books finds for Heywood railways
Replies: 0
Views: 1932

Google Books finds for Heywood railways

Every so often I search Google Books to see what interesting old railway material they've scanned in. I recently found some with Heywood articles. First up, The Railroad Trainman , volume 30. Go to page 678 for an article entitled "Novel British Miniature Railways". Next, Proceedings - Ins...
by MatthewJBrown
Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:44 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Minimum gauge drawings Voie Libre
Replies: 1
Views: 2023

Damn, that's a huge 18" locomotive -- I note that the catalog pages say that it's suitable for gauges from 18" to 2'6", and it really looks a lot more like a 24"-30" locomotive in size.

Fascinating, though!
by MatthewJBrown
Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:19 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: DG Coupling guide
Replies: 46
Views: 57950

How do DG couplings compare with Kadees, in terms of operational ease and reliability? I know the Kadee is a bit more work to install. Since my project is American and likely to be too new for link-and-pin I feel that I'll probably be using Kadees to emulate knuckle couplers, but was curious anyway.
by MatthewJBrown
Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:33 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Trevor's 2008 challenge layout
Replies: 37
Views: 22556

Very good stuff - looks very good for metal sleepered track in a tropical setting. Very lightweight, but I'm sure that's intentional!
by MatthewJBrown
Fri Mar 28, 2008 8:33 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Backstory for my project ...
Replies: 19
Views: 9116

Jim Snee wrote:One word of caution - you will want to build the whole line. You might be best planning the whole thing now and deciding which bits to do first!


I guess you have a point there ... perhaps a plan that can be built in stages and operated even when incomplete.
by MatthewJBrown
Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:34 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Backstory for my project ...
Replies: 19
Views: 9116

Re: Backstory for my project ...

Any thoughts? I don't intend to build the whole line. My initial plans are to construct the simpler, lower terminus. "Only" the lower terminus? We'll see how long that lasts :twisted: :lol: Well, I did say "initial plans" ... largely because my modelling is way rusty and I'd lik...
by MatthewJBrown
Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:23 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Backstory for my project ...
Replies: 19
Views: 9116

House heating in California :shock: Everytime I've visited seaside locations there all we have been worried about is turning up the air conditioning. Well, it can get pretty damn cold in the winter, especially at night. People actually do have to turn on the heating occasionally here, though in the...
by MatthewJBrown
Tue Mar 25, 2008 8:04 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Backstory for my project ...
Replies: 19
Views: 9116

Backstory for my project ...

I've come up with the following back-story for my project - since putting it into context always helps for me. Any thoughts? I don't intend to build the whole line. My initial plans are to construct the simpler, lower terminus. ---- Original construction Having made his fortune in California oil, F....
by MatthewJBrown
Mon Feb 04, 2008 1:52 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Tractors
Replies: 48
Views: 22512

Steve Bennett wrote: This is a Whitcomb dating from 1943 and used I believe in a coal mine. Dont think the engine is original though :wink:


Not original perhaps, but it IS old; looks like a flathead V8 gasoline engine, which would be pre-1950 or so, though they were built for non-automobile use much later.

-Matt
by MatthewJBrown
Fri Feb 01, 2008 9:10 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Tom Yorke's latest Gn15 Models
Replies: 44
Views: 26861

Forney's are not the equivalent of $135 in the UK - which would be about £70... in general in the UK we pay in pounds what you guys pay in dollars (ouch :shock: ). For example http://www.ngtrains.com/Pages/Bachmann/Forney/forney.htm Surely there must be ways of getting one cheaper, e.g. online orde...
by MatthewJBrown
Fri Feb 01, 2008 9:06 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Tractors
Replies: 48
Views: 22512

Question- why must we model everything as though it was only the rust holding it together :?: Well, in some cases, that's exactly the way the real thing is, too. Quite often, if an industrial narrow-gauge railway is still in use, it's in a business that's scarcely profitable but long-lasting; in mo...
by MatthewJBrown
Thu Jan 31, 2008 7:28 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: critters on sidelines chassis-2
Replies: 10
Views: 4454

I do like the external conduit for the power cables, too - gives it a bit of a real-world engineering touch.
by MatthewJBrown
Thu Jan 31, 2008 5:07 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: critters on sidelines chassis-2
Replies: 10
Views: 4454

Very nice loco but a radiator on an electric loco?? I've certainly seen pictures that appear to show what looks like some sort of cooling system but that is it for :?: :? Electric locomotives definitely need cooling; DC ones less than AC, of course, because there's no transformer. Still, there are ...
by MatthewJBrown
Tue Mar 06, 2007 12:53 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Couplers -- (S)
Replies: 13
Views: 6219

David: thanks - glad I guessed right!
by MatthewJBrown
Mon Mar 05, 2007 9:15 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Couplers -- (S)
Replies: 13
Views: 6219

Re: Couplers

The essential thing is to make sure there is enough room for the link to slide over the coupler blocks so that the pushing is carried out buffer to buffer as per prototype. Are you talking about European-style buffers? Or the rounded metal block that e.g. Sidelines locos have which contains the pin...
by MatthewJBrown
Mon Mar 05, 2007 8:29 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Couplers -- (S)
Replies: 13
Views: 6219

Makes sense, link and pin requires uncoupling by 'hand of god'. I have fears about how well/badly it would work when pushing stock, too.

The Heywood coupling almost looks like a real-life 'tension lock' coupler a la Hornby ...
by MatthewJBrown
Mon Mar 05, 2007 7:05 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Couplers -- (S)
Replies: 13
Views: 6219

Couplers -- (S)

What kind of couplers do people tend to use on their Gn15 models? I notice that the vast majority of real-world 15" prototypes seem to be link-and-pin - does modeling practice follow that?

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