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by smr779
Fri Nov 06, 2015 1:26 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Single Fairlie
Replies: 4
Views: 822

Single Fairlie

It's been a while since I posted here, so I thought it was probably time to bring you up to date with my 7.25" gauge loco building exploits. A long running personal project has been to build a single fairlie, a cousin of Taliesin at the FR. She has taken about 3 years to build, and her first pu...
by smr779
Sat Jun 14, 2014 9:10 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: photos/info needed on Moors Valley enclosed coaches
Replies: 1
Views: 1294

Bogies are to the standard Moors Valley design, channel sides with a hole in the web for the axle to pass through, and two for the long bolts that the Plummer block moves on. Since picador went to the wall a few years ago, they now fabricate their own from plasma cut blanks, bored for the roller bea...
by smr779
Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:05 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Moors Valley 2ft gauge
Replies: 3
Views: 2105

Neither have progressed over the past few years due to pressure of other work. What is the loco for? Well, as Jim would say, you can never have too many locos, can you??
by smr779
Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:41 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Moors Valley 2ft gauge
Replies: 3
Views: 2105

I assume you mean the brown loco behind the kiosk at Kingsmere - that's 15" gauge. The coach frame behind it is 2' gauge.
by smr779
Sat Apr 02, 2011 4:07 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Vern needs a new loco
Replies: 86
Views: 48254

Skipper launch day

Just to finish my part of this story - the new owner of O&K number 2 had a launch party today.
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This photo shows him having just bought 3 coaches up the 1 in 100 from the car park station at our railway.
by smr779
Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:02 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Vern needs a new loco
Replies: 86
Views: 48254

Second O&K painted !!

At last, the other O&K has been painted. Today, I collected her from the spray shop, and reassembled her. With nameplates fitted, she looks like this: http://my.gn15.info/dscf1225s.jpg http://my.gn15.info/dscf1227s.jpg http://my.gn15.info/dscf1228s.jpg I have to say, I'm really pleased with the ...
by smr779
Mon Feb 14, 2011 3:58 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Vern needs a new loco
Replies: 86
Views: 48254

Many thanks for your kind words. Was Horace an inspiration? Well, partly. I wanted to build something that was a proper locomotive (i.e. something you sit in to drive, not on or behind), just like Horace, but I also wanted it to have a look like a real industrial diesel. So it's not a model, in any ...
by smr779
Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:24 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Vern needs a new loco
Replies: 86
Views: 48254

Gerald,
The lowered rear section is to keep the centre of gravity low. On this gauge, stability can be a problem, so we do everything we can to keep the weight low.
The wagons use conveyor belt take up bearings for axleboxes. You can see a photograph of one here
by smr779
Sun Feb 13, 2011 8:15 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Vern needs a new loco
Replies: 86
Views: 48254

Today, I took the second loco to our railway to introduce her to her owner. She is slightly different to the first, the owner wanted a removable roof and an O&K badge on the front. The weather was not very good, and she soon got used for our winter work taking ballast to the worksite http://my.g...
by smr779
Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:46 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Vern needs a new loco
Replies: 86
Views: 48254

David, Here is a photo of the controls for diesel number 1: http://my.gn15.info/controls_small.jpg From the left: Rev counter, speedometer, hydraulic forward/reverse control, ignition key,stop button, horn, and throttle. We aim to take this loco out to the railway to meet its owner this weekend, if ...
by smr779
Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:57 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Vern needs a new loco
Replies: 86
Views: 48254

Here are a couple of photos from one of the locos' first day out, with its owners putting her through her paces with a light load.

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by smr779
Sun Jan 23, 2011 7:01 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Vern needs a new loco
Replies: 86
Views: 48254

Gents, Just to let you know that O&K number 1 is now almost complete: today she moved under her own power for the first time. All that's left is for her to visit the paintshop. Loco number 2 is not far behind: Just the wiring to complete, so she should hopefully get started next weekend!! Regard...
by smr779
Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:02 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Vern needs a new loco
Replies: 86
Views: 48254

Trevor, I'll take more pictures as and when time allows - today was the first day for ages that the light had been good enough for it. The other buffer beam is my other project - I am also building two 0-4-2t ride in Tinkerbell steam locos. The chassis for these are done, boilers waiting, they just ...
by smr779
Wed Dec 29, 2010 1:50 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Vern needs a new loco
Replies: 86
Views: 48254

Loco progress

It's been a while since I reported back on progress, so here's the latest photo of the pair of locos:
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The engines and transmissions are fitted, and work is well underway on the bonnets. Not far from starting them up now!!
by smr779
Fri Oct 01, 2010 6:37 am
Forum: GNine
Topic: Vern needs a new loco
Replies: 86
Views: 48254

Chris, Length: 52" Width: 24" Height to top of bonnet: 29" Height to top of cab roof: About 55" (depends on how it goes when built, but I need to get in) Wheelbase: 24" Width of bonnet: 20" Height of cab back: 25.5" Length of cab: 24" Length of bonnet: whateve...
by smr779
Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:10 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Vern needs a new loco
Replies: 86
Views: 48254

Jes, Here's a quick isometric sketch http://www.beevers.org.uk/pbe/ok_s.jpg which shows roughly how it should look. It's based on the MD1. The picture (in the post above) shows the cab back I actually built (with 'wings' as per the big brother instead of the flat sheet I originally drew), and the ca...
by smr779
Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:42 am
Forum: GNine
Topic: Vern needs a new loco
Replies: 86
Views: 48254

The picture (below) is not great quality - I only had my camera phone with me - but shows progress up to last week on the O&K's. The two chassis are complete, as is the cab section, running boards and engine/transmission mountings. Next I have to start work on the controls and get the engine and...
by smr779
Wed Sep 29, 2010 7:11 am
Forum: GNine
Topic: Vern needs a new loco
Replies: 86
Views: 48254

Guys, Just found this - I built the original. Honoured to have her immortalized in miniature. The seat ended up made from a piece of board, with cutouts so that it would fit either way. So no slats at all!! In the end, she wasn't being used much (and I have lots of other projects underway) so I sold...

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