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by hartleymartin
Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:37 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: (F) Bachmann Percy Chassis Dimensions
Replies: 3
Views: 4669

It would probably be something loosely based on these pictures of the Rye and Camber Tramway Locomotives, which seem to have been of the same general arrangement, but built to the larger 3'0" gauge. http://www.hfstephens-museum.org.uk/images/stories/topics/camber_tramway/tram_g.jpg http://www.h...
by hartleymartin
Fri Jan 21, 2011 3:38 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: (F) Bachmann Percy Chassis Dimensions
Replies: 3
Views: 4669

I'm examining the possibility of using the chassis for a small 2-4-0 tank locomotive (shift the cylinders around and add a small leading truck), inspired by the two 2-4-0 locomotives found on the Groudle Glen Light Railway. I am also aware that there were similar but larger locomotives of similar ap...
by hartleymartin
Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:01 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: (F) Bachmann Percy Chassis Dimensions
Replies: 3
Views: 4669

(F) Bachmann Percy Chassis Dimensions

Hi,

Does anyone have a Bachmann Percy mechanism that they can measure up for me?

I'd like to know the following dimensions:

- Wheelbase
- Wheel Diameter
- Connecting Rod Length

Thanks in advance,
by hartleymartin
Sun Sep 19, 2010 3:23 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Cadeby Light Railway
Replies: 15
Views: 11026

After examining video footage and photographs of the line, I can say that diagram is not 100% complete. There are a few more sidings than what is shown in that drawing.

No worries for me though, as I was not going to do an historical model of the line, so much as an "inspired" layout.
by hartleymartin
Mon Sep 13, 2010 7:13 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Cadeby Light Railway
Replies: 15
Views: 11026

Would you believe that I have searched the national library databases... and there is not a single copy of "Rails Round the Rectory" in any public library in all of Australia...

I'm going to have to buy a copy online and import one.
by hartleymartin
Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:51 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Cadeby Light Railway
Replies: 15
Views: 11026

(F) Cadeby Light Railway

Hi All, I'm interested in the late Cadeby Light Railway, which was closed in 2005, owned and operated by the late Rev. Teddy Boston. I read that it was all of 97 yards in length. (12'-2" in G scale and all of 80 inches in O scale!) Does anyone know details of locomotives, rolling stock, a gener...
by hartleymartin
Tue May 25, 2010 6:25 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: (F) Magic Train conversions
Replies: 3
Views: 14910

Alter the cab, chop down the funnel and you've got RDHR No. 4 "The Bug":

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by hartleymartin
Sun Apr 04, 2010 3:45 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) How about modelling this some of you!
Replies: 2
Views: 3673

I like the "Beware of the Engine" sign... Should put that on the gate leading to a garden railway.
by hartleymartin
Sat Mar 27, 2010 1:12 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Some thoughts on making use of existing scales and products
Replies: 8
Views: 3809

Indeed, the Bachmann Thomas the Tank Engine range provides a good (and cheaper) starting ground. I wonder... is it possible to turn the 4-6-2 into a 4-4-2?
by hartleymartin
Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:10 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bash Fodder for GN15 Mechanisms
Replies: 82
Views: 65505

I still find the Smokey Joe loco a bit narrow for larger scales, and metal chassis is more difficult to adapt, but as long as motor runs OK (And again the Chinese models appear to run better than the Margate ones) then they are a good low cost mechanism. The Bill/Ben loco I find better for largeer ...
by hartleymartin
Fri Mar 26, 2010 4:30 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Some thoughts on making use of existing scales and products
Replies: 8
Views: 3809

Well, a well-known prototype - namely the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway has this sort of thing, although I do believe that some of it's locomotives are 4-8-2 type, which was not found on UK Standard Gauge Prototypes. http://www.rhdr.org.uk/pages/locos.html No. 1 "Green Goddess" is ba...
by hartleymartin
Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:54 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: GN15 Hector/Nellie hybrid (Heclie) MGFT No 6 "Swan"
Replies: 6
Views: 5657

You know... I'm seriously tempted to go after such a whimsical prototype like this just to get away from the seriousness of some other railway modellers sometimes.

But I do admit that I like my NSWGR Branch lines....

I wonder where I left all those OO set-track points...
by hartleymartin
Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:50 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Some thoughts on making use of existing scales and products
Replies: 8
Views: 3809

Some thoughts on making use of existing scales and products

It occurred to me today that there are quite a few miniature railways of about 15" gauge which use shrunk-down standard or narrow gauge prototypes as their basis. I thought, then why not use some HO and OO scale models, with G scale driver figurines in their tenders as the basis for several new...
by hartleymartin
Sun Aug 03, 2008 1:26 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Randim Stackum & Wrackem Inc
Replies: 174
Views: 94797

It looks like an interesting layout. Moreso for me, as I drove a forklift as part of my old job unloading about 1 tonne worth of paper or drinks, depending which day it was! You'd be shocked just how quickly an experienced forklift driver operates!
by hartleymartin
Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:27 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Hayfinch Goes Indoors
Replies: 34
Views: 16179

Why not just stick the old 44-tonner bogie under a wagon of some sort. Better still, put it in a "Battery Tender" that was built to give (what I presume to be a battery-powered vehicle) a longer running time between battery charging sessions?
by hartleymartin
Mon Dec 10, 2007 4:57 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Problems with Peco O16.5 track
Replies: 16
Views: 8036

I find that using a No.11 blade in a hobby knife I can remove the chairs from the end of the flexible track without having to cut complete sleepers away. It's probably a case of a video of the procedure is worth a million words, but I have neither a sample of the track to hand (I now hand-lay all of...
by hartleymartin
Tue Dec 26, 2006 11:15 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Handlaying Track
Replies: 48
Views: 17654

I recommend using Micro-Engineering Rail spikes in "Micro" size. I have been using "Small" size in O scale standard gauge with sugarpine sleepers. I have never pre-drilled a hole for over 4,000 spikes on 14 metres of track I have laid and I have never split a sleeper. The only to...

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