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by Thin Layman
Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:22 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: My First Critter...EFFIE
Replies: 34
Views: 6977

I have a smoky joe I am sloooowwly bashing at present (gone back to OO at the mo) and it works a lot better since one of the other modellers at a club I irregularly attend told me to run it in in both directions for a good long time (no other modifications to date). He had a polite rant about how ma...
by Thin Layman
Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:52 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Horse worked line - Tyneside
Replies: 4
Views: 2460

Was it here, John?

http://archiveforchange.org/
by Thin Layman
Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:40 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: makers plate question
Replies: 8
Views: 2734

by Thin Layman
Sat Feb 15, 2014 11:24 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A new 1:24 estate layout
Replies: 94
Views: 39517

I think your aristocratic estate needs a glasshouse, for growing tropical fruit and veg. look here: http://www.britain-magazine.com/features/history/history-of-syon-house/ and here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/45777493@N06/6848226861/ And several Victorian aristocrats had private experimental labor...
by Thin Layman
Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:07 am
Forum: Blether
Topic: Dawlish sea wall / GWR mainline collapses due to high seas
Replies: 5
Views: 2403

I do see that reinstating the old GWR branches would be cheaper, but the romance of the Withered Arm is tempting (not for bureaucrats, obviously, who need stronger reasons)... Given that it was reported over the weekend that the West Country had been 'cut off' from rail access as a consequence of th...
by Thin Layman
Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:29 am
Forum: Blether
Topic: Dawlish sea wall / GWR mainline collapses due to high seas
Replies: 5
Views: 2403

Dawlish sea wall / GWR mainline collapses due to high seas

Scary stuff, here (what the man is standing by is the only through rail route to Plymouth and Cornwall) -

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26044426

British politicians - act now: reopen the LSWR 'Withered Arm' from Exeter to Plymouth to protect against further weather-related disasters!
by Thin Layman
Tue Sep 03, 2013 2:43 pm
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: Egyptian Railways
Replies: 5
Views: 2830

There were also narrow gauge railways north of Cairo - specifically the Egyptian Delta Light Railways, a 2'5.5" (ie 750mm) 'system' (but not all the lines were linked to each other) - a picture of a Bagnall 4-4-0T for this system is on John de Frassinet's site about County Gate in 009 (where he...
by Thin Layman
Tue Mar 19, 2013 11:47 am
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: OT: North British Railway "Berwick Class"
Replies: 4
Views: 2789

I can tell you it was designed by the famous Dugald Drummond, who also later worked for the Caledonian Railway and the London and South Western Railway. Some other helpful background about the NBR is here: http://www.lner.info/co/index.shtml This is a website about the LNER, into which the NBR was a...
by Thin Layman
Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:54 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: New 15" railway in Clevedon, somerset, UK
Replies: 2
Views: 2501

New 15" railway in Clevedon, somerset, UK

Those who are more active in the miniature railway world probably already know what I found out yesterday from browsing a railway magazine in my local sainsbury's: The Clevedon miniature railway is being regauged from 9" gauge to 15" and is buying a battery powered 4-6-0 for the occasion.....
by Thin Layman
Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:07 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gneiss Coopers now Gneiss Cider
Replies: 210
Views: 82950

Gerry, didn't identify myself, but on saturday morning you will have heard my daughter making repeat requests to visit your layout and see the ghost and fighting her cousin for viewing space at the relevant tunnel hole. Congratulations and top marks for a very entertaining layout for both adults and...
by Thin Layman
Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:25 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: The Mablethorpe Model Railway
Replies: 15
Views: 6771

Jeff, if you like that Atlantic's lines, look here for the prototype(s) it's adapted from, built for the London, Brighton and South Cost Rialway and the Great Northern Railway (the GNR type is the progenitor of the other one): http://www.semgonline.com/steam/h1-h2_01.html http://www.lner.info/locos/...
by Thin Layman
Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:14 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Anyone heard of this 20" system under Bath Spa station
Replies: 4
Views: 2581

Anyone heard of this 20" system under Bath Spa station

Found this a while ago and can't remember whether I remembered to post it here. Unique hand-worked line in tunnel to take coal from a chute by the station to a small power station nearby. They are trying to preserve the truck, due to its rarity as an O&K item, not usually found in UK. I don't kn...
by Thin Layman
Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:56 am
Forum: Challengnes
Topic: A Gn15 LAYOUT SNOWFLAKE CHALLENGE
Replies: 30
Views: 21083

Mucho intriguements... On behalf of the many lurkers, dabblers, fiddlers and back-seat drivers of the forum whom this is hopefully intended to poke out of inaction, a few unnecessarily picky queries (sorry!): - can the max size of box you indicate take set-track curves, or would bend-your-own be man...
by Thin Layman
Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:13 pm
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: something 32nd and steamy.
Replies: 31
Views: 11256

Haven't posted for a while, but tempted to by the qualities of this little beastie. What I like about it is the way it combines influences... the first painted pic says 'Irish 3' gauge' to me, with the long, squat tanks and sat-back cab, whilst the raised tanks and steampipes make it look a like a B...
by Thin Layman
Mon Sep 03, 2012 12:46 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) 20" Gauge Bagnall -- "Brick"
Replies: 0
Views: 1457

(F) 20" Gauge Bagnall -- "Brick"

Hi all, I was just mucking around on the net and found this 0-4-0 wing tank. I know it's not strictly 15" gauge, and I'd guess there would be almost no way of it being regauged down any smaller (possibly 18"??) as it has inside frames with inside cylinders mounted in rear of the front whee...
by Thin Layman
Tue May 22, 2012 12:23 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: "Frank" the Saddletank (Bachmann Emily)
Replies: 45
Views: 19419

Interestingly, the picture Alan posted looks to be an 'unrebuilt' version of the same broad Sharp Bros 'type', and the saddle tank picture I posted appears to be the same design as rebuilt by the LNWR. The frames are the same, with the funny curves... Sorry to hijack your thread, Mark. I look forwar...
by Thin Layman
Mon May 21, 2012 1:18 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: "Frank" the Saddletank (Bachmann Emily)
Replies: 45
Views: 19419

Regarding single driver tanks engines, I can think of 2 at least classes of (standard gauge) 2-2-2ST, one class on the GSWR in Ireland, and the other one here:
http://www.warwickshirerailways.com/lms ... v1282e.htm
by Thin Layman
Fri May 04, 2012 7:59 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Quayside in a suitcase...
Replies: 337
Views: 127011

One of my many doodles in work time whilst bored that never made it anywhere near actual modelling was for a series of micro (nano?) layouts / cameos on beermats which could be put together in a long line in almost any order... I think the suitcase is one of the best layouts I have seen on here, and...
by Thin Layman
Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:16 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Cadeby Light Railway
Replies: 15
Views: 11087

There is an article and photos in March 2012 Railway Bylines (UK mag) http://www.irwellpress.co.uk for overseas people... The article is really about the Bagnall loco PIXIE, but there are 8 pics of it at Cadeby (mainly all at the same location on the line at different times) and one of it in earlier...
by Thin Layman
Fri Mar 02, 2012 4:57 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Interesting idea: non-locomotive working
Replies: 12
Views: 5944

Getting back to tractors, surely there's mileage in using a commercially available radio-controlled tractor to shunt wagons in an inglenook layout, for example? Not sure that anyone's done this before? I don't know whether 'vintage' tractors are available as RC models. Most of the RC models around, ...
by Thin Layman
Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:37 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Interesting idea: non-locomotive working
Replies: 12
Views: 5944

There was a good feature on the Nantlle tramway with good pictureas of both horse- and tractor- hauled stock in 'Railway Bylines' magazine last year...
by Thin Layman
Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:51 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: What is minimum gauge?
Replies: 35
Views: 10156

I agree that Heywood used 'Minimum Gauge' as effectively a 'brand name' to describe only his approach to 15" gauge railways, but there are a variety of provisos I would add to that... - Heywood's influence inspired railways in england of 18" as well as 'strict' Heywood 15" gauge. - Th...
by Thin Layman
Fri Feb 17, 2012 1:18 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Prefab WW1 track
Replies: 9
Views: 4469

I have a clear memory of someone posting on this forum (maybe 3-5 years ago) a video (I think) of a 'period costume' re-enactment group in France, Belgium or Holland laying Decauville temporary sectional track and a turntable to demonstrate how to unload a barge. I had a feeling this was to do with ...
by Thin Layman
Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:16 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Mine Laying railway
Replies: 1
Views: 1916

(F) Mine Laying railway

Don't know if this has been posted here before, but another in the "I was looking for something else" file ... A short 18" tramway at a fort near Portsmouth Dockyard, used for hauling mines from a workshop to barges used for laying them across the harbour entrance. Intersting if you l...

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