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by MichaelPG
Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:10 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Call for Emett models - new exhibition
Replies: 0
Views: 2857

Call for Emett models - new exhibition

An exhibition is going to be held at Thinktank in Birmingham from December 2016 to March 2017, entitled "Mechanical Things - Emett, Automata and Others". The centrepiece will be "A Quiet Afternoon in the Cloud Cuckoo Valley" - the largest railway-oriented piece Emett ever made ap...
by MichaelPG
Mon Jul 29, 2013 4:36 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Unidentified Lister
Replies: 64
Views: 27869

Not something to get worksnumbered up about

I think you should choose whatever number you feel is most appropriate, document your reasoning, and keep the document with the papers for the machine. If anyone says you are wrong, so what?
Amazing how much of Terry Stanhope's stuff has survived. Keeps cropping up all over the place.
by MichaelPG
Tue May 14, 2013 11:40 am
Forum: Blether
Topic: Looking for Alan
Replies: 0
Views: 1346

Looking for Alan

If anyone comes across Alan who used to post on the Gnatterbox as Thrubwell58, and who models Emett's trains, please ask him to contact Michael Crofts on 01594 834991 or use the Perrygrove website to contact me. Thanks.
by MichaelPG
Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:55 am
Forum: Blether
Topic: Rowland Emett Convention, October 2013, Leeds, UK.
Replies: 3
Views: 1812

Rowland Emett Convention, October 2013, Leeds, UK.

I hope I am posting this in the right place. The Rowland Emett Society will be holding its first convention in Leeds this year, probably the weekend of 19th/20th October, and we want to have a display of railway models inspired by Emett. We have chosen Leeds because the two largest collections of Em...
by MichaelPG
Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:22 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Unidentified Lister
Replies: 64
Views: 27869

I do have a set of wheels in the shed for building a speeder but it is difficult to arrange things for both 2' and 15". However I will think about how it could be done..... What Keefs have done with Skippy is have complete wheelsets (with driving sprockets) for each gauge, all with the same di...
by MichaelPG
Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:09 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Unidentified Lister
Replies: 64
Views: 27869

Michael, there is a company just around the corner from us that deal with chilled cast iron. It was one of the options we explored but in the end machined EN8 was far cheaper. Can I have the name and phone number of that foundry please? Yes, EN8 is cheaper, but Listers which retain a reasonable amo...
by MichaelPG
Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:11 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Unidentified Lister
Replies: 64
Views: 27869

Ouch! £20,000 for a gearbox is an awful lot - it must be possible to get a marine unit for less than that...... We bid for the ex Painter's Lister from the Perrygrove last year, but we didn't bid enough.... Marine gearboxes: Yes, they are cheaper. I have a good working SL2 engine here with a genuin...
by MichaelPG
Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:21 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Wells Harbour Railway
Replies: 15
Views: 8746

Wells Harbour Railway claims to fame

The only railway under 15" gauge which: 1. closed a bus route 2. was washed away by floods a year or two after opening and was completely rebuilt by one man on his own 3. runs timetabled evening services (in the summer) 4. gets most of its business from people using it for transport, not pleasu...
by MichaelPG
Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:07 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: 15 / 18 inch Fairlie
Replies: 20
Views: 7642

15" / 7 1/4" gauge Fairlies

Another single Fairlie on 7 1/4" gauge was built for Rodney Weaver at the Echills Wood Railway - it wasn't a success and most of it has been scrapped. There's a successful one running at Beer Heights.: http://www.pecorama.info/beer-heights-light-railway/our-rolling-stock/claudine/ When a new lo...
by MichaelPG
Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:22 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Ursula at Kirklees - photos
Replies: 2
Views: 2840

The Garratt in the Flickr link was built in Tasmania (I think) and is a scale replica of k1/k2 of the NE Dundas tramway. Yes, built in Tasmania, but not quite scale. It was built using the original works drawings but the scales are different laterally, longitudinally, and vertically, and when you l...
by MichaelPG
Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:13 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Radwell Minature Railway
Replies: 4
Views: 4498

Follow-up

Hi David I'm very pleased to read your anecdote because I recently bought one of the postcards of this miniature railway on eBay and it's always nice to have more background information when one's got something tangible associated with a line. I have updated the Wikipedia page this evening. For info...
by MichaelPG
Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:30 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) The Rowland Emett Society
Replies: 0
Views: 3006

(F) The Rowland Emett Society

I am delighted to announce that the Rowland Emett Society has been formed and to invite all those who share an interest in his work to join. You probably know that Rowland Emett was a cartoonist for Punch magazine, an artist, an inventor and a builder of mechanical 'Things'. Some of his more famous ...
by MichaelPG
Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:47 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Unidentified Lister
Replies: 64
Views: 27869

A picture of our Lister is here: https://picasaweb.google.com/112546943659506669752/PerrygroveRailwayLocomotivesRollingStock Thanks to Alan Keef Ltd. for re-gauging it, and all credit to David and Jez who did an amazingly quick restoration including making a new brake shaft and trunion, designing an...
by MichaelPG
Sat Jun 16, 2012 1:04 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Unidentified Lister
Replies: 64
Views: 27869

In fairness to Listers they knew their market - their machines might have been a bit crude but they worked well and could survive a lot of use and abuse. This is why so much of their stuff survives. Lister Railtrucks are not crude machines. I had no idea how complex the design is until recently. Ju...
by MichaelPG
Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:10 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) 15" gauge, animals, and trains
Replies: 11
Views: 4417

Chicken

Boarding the 2pm for Oakiron http://www.perrygrove.co.uk/images2/Chicken_boarding_train.jpg "Is this my perch?" http://www.perrygrove.co.uk/images2/Chicken_isthismyperch.jpg "No of course I'm not the guard. Do I look like the guard?" http://www.perrygrove.co.uk/images2/Chicken_g...
by MichaelPG
Sun Apr 22, 2012 4:43 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) 15" gauge, animals, and trains
Replies: 11
Views: 4417

Sheep in sheeps' clothing

Some years ago my wife and I decided to keep some sheep. We bought a flock of Jacobs. They kept going lame and we kept having to doctor their feet. The final occasion on which we did this, the very last time I will ever do it, the biggest of the sheep caught me off balance and knocked me over backwa...
by MichaelPG
Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:48 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) 15" gauge, animals, and trains
Replies: 11
Views: 4417

(F) 15" gauge, animals, and trains

Apropos my feline post on the excellent Greenhouse Sidings thread (here: http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?t=8359 ), and with the inspiration of the mobile milking parlour ( http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?t=8415 , ) here is a thread which celebrates the connections between animals and the v...
by MichaelPG
Sat Apr 21, 2012 12:33 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Greenhouse Sidings by Richard Andrews
Replies: 55
Views: 29950

It's an 0-2-2-0 which we use for track inspection. It hates dogspikes. It loves fishplates. I could go on.... but I wont.
by MichaelPG
Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:29 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Greenhouse Sidings by Richard Andrews
Replies: 55
Views: 29950

Looking at the first 2 pics, shouldn't the brace on the gate go the other way? Not if you want to follow 15" gauge prototypes it shouldn't. The firm that built the frame ledge and brace doors for the Perrygrove carriage shed braced them the wrong way round. And one of our goat pens has a gate ...
by MichaelPG
Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:03 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Early Morning Milk Train II
Replies: 13
Views: 5715

The night sleeper cartoon was referenced for the detective work on the milk train loco - from the back its bunker is more rounded than 'Nellie' and the saddletank is just visible - more resembling the night train loco, hence the 0-2-2 wheel arrangement. Nellie - and all Emett's other locomotives - ...
by MichaelPG
Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:26 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Early Morning Milk Train
Replies: 27
Views: 8128

Adrian wrote:
Although I have seen a number of 0-2-0's (at least 4 including mine) they have all been tender locos _____ a tank loco would probably be a first


Here's one: http://www.chrisbeetles.com/gallery/cartoon/happy-christmas.html
by MichaelPG
Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:26 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Early Morning Milk Train II
Replies: 13
Views: 5715

Cloud Cuckoo Creek?

Hi Alan An absolutely lovely creation. Is the bridge based on Cloud Cuckoo Creek? I have a full-size print of "The Evening Shrimp-train, passing the Old Cloud-Cuckoo Creek tide mill" and there's another view of the same location in the Early Morning Milk Train book. Edit: I have just been ...
by MichaelPG
Mon May 11, 2009 1:08 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Help identify these 3 locomotives?
Replies: 15
Views: 7449

I saw Prince William last Tuesday. It's stripped down to the last nut and bolt for the usual no-holds-barred rebuild which you would expect Evesham to do, and the history of the frame extension when it was converted from 4-6-0 to 4-6-2 is there to be seen. It's one of my favourite engines and I look...

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