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by Steve Holland
Wed Mar 25, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #1
Replies: 26
Views: 2277

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #1

You could always just nail them together like that and have a Heywood Fairlie :roll:

I'll get me coat - but I cannot go out anywhere!!
by Steve Holland
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: It's time to pay our hosting bill again - again
Replies: 12
Views: 23761

Re: It's time to pay our hosting bill again - again

Donation sent.
Now all I need to do is build some more Gn15 stuff - and something to run it on. B!@£$%^ work (and all those "essential" little jobs my wife keeps discovering) keeps getting in the way :roll:
by Steve Holland
Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Stockers' line: the Pell Wall Agricultural Tramway
Replies: 83
Views: 43264

Re: Stockers' line: the Pell Wall Agricultural Tramway

Wow, seriously impressive.
After getting a certain new book by James Waterfield and as your line is 7 1/4 inch - it looks like 'Arf a Heywood :D

I'll get me coat............
by Steve Holland
Tue Dec 17, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Trade tittle-tattle
Topic: New Heywood books coming
Replies: 15
Views: 6875

Re: New Heywood books coming

My copy arrived today :D :D
It got hidden away as it is my Christmas present from my daughters so I can't look at it yet :(
But it is only 8 days to Christmas :D :D
by Steve Holland
Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch in Archive
Replies: 0
Views: 2813

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch in Archive

The latest issue of Archive magazine (issue 104) arrived today and has the first of a two part article on the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. This covers the line from Hythe to New Romney, so I guess part two will cover New Romney to Dungeness. There are a lot of photos from the earliest days of...
by Steve Holland
Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: 15 / 18 inch Fairlie
Replies: 22
Views: 13438

Re: 15 / 18 inch Fairlie

The Yorkshire Engine Company built some Fairlie type locos for a 2 foot 6 inch gauge railway in Bolivia, and these did have separate boilers instead of a common water and steam space on a "proper" Fairlie. It is the top image on https://railwaywondersoftheworld.com/fairlie-locomotive.html ...
by Steve Holland
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Trade tittle-tattle
Topic: New Heywood books coming
Replies: 15
Views: 6875

Re: New Heywood books coming

Volume 1 of "The Railways of Sir Arthur Percival Heywood" covering the Duffield Bank and Dove Leys railways has been announced on the back of Narrow Gauge and Industrial Railway Modelling Review issue 120. 300 plus pages, over 250 photos, 40+ scale drawings plus diagrams maps and plans, pr...
by Steve Holland
Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Trade tittle-tattle
Topic: Bachmann release ON30 Baldwin Trench loco
Replies: 5
Views: 2928

Re: Bachmann release ON30 Baldwin Trench loco

Its a shame that Bachmann forgot the valve gear, after all they managed it on the War Department Baldwin 4-6-0 in OO9. Or are the photos a pre-production mock-up?
by Steve Holland
Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Cordale Hall Railway
Replies: 41
Views: 10940

Re: The Cordale Hall Railway

Your progress makes mine look positively glacial. I have made a simple coal stage for Smallbeach, maybe something similar will satisfy the Duke. Unless he considers it to be too scruffy........ http://my.gn15.info/sjh_coalstage.jpg As you can see, there is not much too it really. The frame is 1/4 in...
by Steve Holland
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: It's time to pay our hosting bill again
Replies: 28
Views: 59753

Re: It's time to pay our hosting bill again

Contribution sent. A small price to pay for the wealth of information and inspiration to be found here.
by Steve Holland
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Exhibition Presentation
Replies: 154
Views: 98429

Re: Exhibition Presentation

I will be making an exhibition myself demonstrating building something this coming Saturday, 18th August, at the Narrow Gauge Midlands exhibition. This is at Four Oaks Methodist Church Hall, 155 Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield B74 2UU. Opening times are 10:30 to 4:30, so I may have glued something ...
by Steve Holland
Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?
Replies: 21
Views: 6082

Re: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?

Are we allowed to use standard gauge rail as weights? :lol: I am guessing that it is 110 pound or 113 pound flat bottom, there is some lurking on my workbench as well. It also makes a useful mini anvil for bashing bits of metal on. It's not as heavy as another one of my railway souvenirs - a cast st...
by Steve Holland
Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: regauging wheelsets
Replies: 6
Views: 3348

Re: regauging wheelsets

Slaters do the wheelsets in 16.5mm gauge, catalogue number 32512HUD, see https://slatersplastikard.com/wheels/32mmNGWheels.php if you cannot manage to push them in on the axles. I am not sure if the 1/32 wheelsets have shouldered axles (their O gauge wheels do), so replacing them may be the only opt...
by Steve Holland
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: A film worth a look
Replies: 1
Views: 2434

Re: A film worth a look

It was a cracking weekend. I got caught in action firing Taliesin at around 6mins 30sec and 17min 50 sec on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uB2mMoU-vGo. All JGF :D
by Steve Holland
Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: My first STEAMER
Replies: 43
Views: 19454

Re: My first STEAMER

A split chassis is (to quote a certain wood preservative company) "exactly what it says on the tin" - the main frames are held apart by insulating material, and the axles are electrically isolated in the middle, so there are no pickups. The wheels are electrically connected to the half of ...
by Steve Holland
Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: My first STEAMER
Replies: 43
Views: 19454

Re: My first STEAMER

It sounds like with pick ups on only one side of the loco that the other side has uninsulated drivers, so the whole loco frames are at one rail polarity/voltage. One of the motor brushes will be connected by a wire to the pick ups, and the other motor brush will be connected directly to the motor ca...
by Steve Holland
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Trade tittle-tattle
Topic: Phoenix Carvings
Replies: 1
Views: 2807

Re: Phoenix Carvings

Carlo, Just caught up with this, blame it on working nearly two weeks of 12 hour shifts over Christmas and New Year for a major commissioning at work. I think you may be after Phoenix Model Developments http://www.phoenixmodeldevelopments.com/index.html . The 1:24 stuff is at the bottom of the menu.
by Steve Holland
Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: Modelearth modelling: 1/12 on 00 track
Replies: 32
Views: 10566

Re: Modelearth modelling: 1/12 on 00 track

It looks like that loco could be a bit of an 'ankle biter' with the big end and flywheel so close to the seat -not to mention where it could be flinging oil out of its bearings :shock: Watch out for 'elf and safety - they will make you put guards round everything. As someone who has had a couple of ...
by Steve Holland
Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Still modelling Gn15 or just looking?
Replies: 13
Views: 5598

Re: Still modelling Gn15 or just looking?

Unfortunately at the moment it is just looking. Modelling (and firing on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways) is out of the window at the moment due to some rather trying personal circumstances :(
Hopefully things should be back to normal, whatever that is, before too much longer.
by Steve Holland
Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Rail Weight
Replies: 2
Views: 921

Re: Rail Weight

Code 100 scales out at just about 20 pounds/yard. I have got some Karlgarin code 125 flat bottom which is just about spot on for 30 pound/yard rail. There is a useful table with prototype rail sizes (the bold figures) at: http://o14group.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/rail_dimensions.v3.pdf
by Steve Holland
Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Kelly Country: Australian folklore and Gn15
Replies: 20
Views: 4165

Re: Kelly Country: Australian folklore and Gn15

Geoff,

Working with all that Milligan material must be great. Just be careful that you don't get Lurgi, the only known cure is playing a brass instrument :D
I wonder how much Goon Show material could form the basis of a Gn15 layout?...........
by Steve Holland
Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Huge tools (sorry)
Replies: 40
Views: 10305

Re: Huge tools (sorry)

Les (and Bill), Just be careful with the control panels, don't get too carried away as you may end up with one of these: http://my.gn15.info/sjh_edge_hill_panel.jpg Then you need a little bit of wiring and a few relays to control the railway: http://my.gn15.info/sjh_relay_rack_rear.jpg http://my.gn1...
by Steve Holland
Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: Veering off the (not so) straight and (very) narrow
Replies: 6
Views: 5684

Re: Veering off the (not so) straight and (very) narrow

Nearly a year from the last update on the Baldwin marathon, and there has been some progress. The motion has been completed; this took about 12 hours of fiddling and fettling per side. Definitely not a "shake the box" or a beginner's kit. The loco runs very smoothly and the track holding i...
by Steve Holland
Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Paper/Card Models
Replies: 2
Views: 1448

Re: Paper/Card Models

Could it be the Polish company Modelik that you are thinking of? https://modelik.pl
by Steve Holland
Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Spotted at Statfold Barn
Replies: 9
Views: 6148

Re: Spotted at Statfold Barn

I was at the Statfold Barn open day yesterday and found that Jack was still there. This time it was outside, and some track has been laid so it looks like the loco will eventually be restored to operational condition. Maybe in the next year or so? http://my.gn15.info/sjh_jack_3.jpg http://my.gn15.in...

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