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by Trammer
Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:16 pm
Forum: Trade tittle-tattle
Topic: New low price Gn15 wagons
Replies: 66
Views: 8284

Re: New low price Gn15 wagons

On a full size skip chassis the wheel flanges tend to sit above the top of the frame. If you bolted the decking directly to the frame without intermediate timbers the decking will foul on the flanges.
by Trammer
Fri Jan 02, 2015 3:25 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: 15" Lister for Sale
Replies: 8
Views: 1864

Re: 15" Lister for Sale

An aesthetic abomination. To be fair, Toby ain't exactly the railroad equivalent of the Parthenon. I just irks me when people turn industrial locos into pretty choo - choos. The Lister rail truck is a design classic - as built they are stripped down and basic, particularly the diesel variants - the...
by Trammer
Mon Dec 29, 2014 8:40 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: 15" Lister for Sale
Replies: 8
Views: 1864

Re: 15" Lister for Sale

An aesthetic abomination.
by Trammer
Tue Dec 09, 2014 11:45 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Sleeper spacing - centres or between sleepers ?
Replies: 42
Views: 8242

Re: Sleeper spacing - centres or between sleepers ?

When laying 2' gauge I tend to use 4'6" x 6" x 4" softwood sleepers. I typically aim for three feet over centres which gives 2'6" between sleepers. Depending on how the spirit moves me I will either (a) do it by eye (b) use a tape measure or if I have a lot to lay (c) make up a s...
by Trammer
Thu Nov 27, 2014 8:05 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Watts' Pipe Dream
Replies: 27
Views: 4258

Excellent stuff.

I would imagine HM Inspector of Mines would get pretty lairy about the lack of a lockable gate on the adit.
by Trammer
Wed Nov 19, 2014 6:51 pm
Forum: Trade tittle-tattle
Topic: Thin Drinking Straws
Replies: 8
Views: 1708

Ear twiddlers /cotton buds are a good source of thin tube with a bit of structural integrity.
by Trammer
Wed Nov 19, 2014 6:41 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Hafna Mine smelter tramway
Replies: 0
Views: 988

Hafna Mine smelter tramway

I have just come across an interesting minimum gauge tramway at Hafna Mine in the Gwydyr forest near Betws - y - coed in North Wales. The tramway is still more or less extant and served a lead smelter on the Hafna Mine site. The tramway looks to be a hand worked 12" gauge plateway using trough ...
by Trammer
Wed Jul 02, 2014 9:14 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Illustrations in Vignes
Replies: 2
Views: 1083

Illustrations are present in Boreham's translation.
by Trammer
Thu Jun 26, 2014 6:55 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Underground photos
Replies: 9
Views: 2331

Call that a mine - where's the chest deep ochre!
by Trammer
Wed Apr 02, 2014 3:46 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Ripon Light Railway
Replies: 39
Views: 16112

I am pretty sure that it didn't have a light on it when it came out of C&I We think Terry Stanhope beat you to it and got the lamp before you got the loco. Either way we had it out on Sunday for a run up and down the line. I have very little time these days but it was good to get the stock out ...
by Trammer
Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:07 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Ripon Light Railway
Replies: 39
Views: 16112

Overloaded Nissan Cabstars were one of Neill's specialities – it was a sad day when the last one went. The loss of carrying capacity is the reason for the lightweight petrol Lister – moving the other Listers now means hiring a truck while the petrol one should be OK on the trailer (with luck) Does ...
by Trammer
Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:33 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Ripon Light Railway
Replies: 39
Views: 16112

Only just found this thread. I am exceptionally glad that Neil has the Greenbat. I bought it from Chemical and Insulating in Darlington twenty odd years ago, almost prising it out of the hands of the scrappies (They were scrapping the site from one end whilst I was extricating the railway from t'oth...
by Trammer
Sat Mar 08, 2014 6:24 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Critter engines?
Replies: 5
Views: 1549

The Lister LD2 and slightly larger SR2 diesels were popular on smaller locos. (Including Lister Railtrucks)

Larger options include various McLaren's, Ailsa Craig's and Dorman lumps.

I seem to recall a website called bag of bits (or something similar) which might be of use.
by Trammer
Wed Mar 05, 2014 6:49 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbrook "Pierrot" GN15 Locomotive.
Replies: 8
Views: 2789

Trevor, I'm going to keep it simple and use the Hornby Smokey Joe...for the time being. Do you know any chassis kit suppliers that have anything that would fit ? Cheers, Mark This chassis will fit, the Peco Hunslet body kit was designed to fit the Hornby Smokey Joe chassis. Is it possible to whip t...
by Trammer
Sat Feb 08, 2014 10:14 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Micro layout for real
Replies: 8
Views: 4026

Tim's railway was a lot of fun. Since then I have built a few short lived full size micro railways. One of my hobbys is mine exploration, an aspect of that is digging out collapsed mines. I've built a couple of 18" gauge spoil removal railways which lasted the length of the dig and were then li...
by Trammer
Sat Feb 08, 2014 6:28 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Micro layout for real
Replies: 8
Views: 4026

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Unfortunately the Phoenix Light Railway is no more. It was based on the site of the former Phoenix brickworks, hence the name. The railway had just under a ten year life, being lifted a couple of years ago. The problem was that we did not own the site, the landowner who was initially very supportive...
by Trammer
Sat Feb 08, 2014 5:59 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Micro layout for real
Replies: 8
Views: 4026

As far as I know Tim ended up in East Devon. I think he did build another 2 foot line, albeit non loco worked. By that time we had rather lost contact. If he is still alive he must be well into his 80s. The Motor Rail was a project that never happened - I sold it to Keefs a couple of years latter. A...
by Trammer
Sat Feb 08, 2014 4:33 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Micro layout for real
Replies: 8
Views: 4026

This thread brought back some happy memories. I cut my railway teeth here in the early 90's. It was a deeply, deeply strange railway. I spent about a year helping out including a few weeks living on a decomposing sofa in the loco shed. It was owned by a very eccentric chap called Tim Shelton who liv...
by Trammer
Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:24 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Milimeters / inches
Replies: 7
Views: 2242

Thanks very much.

That pretty much confirms what I'm doing: 1/2 inch to the foot and 1mm to the inch for smaller bits and bobs. (In this case the diameter of a handrail stanchion prompted the post).
by Trammer
Sat Feb 01, 2014 4:58 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Milimeters / inches
Replies: 7
Views: 2242

Milimeters / inches

Would I be correct in assuming that 1mm in 1:24 is near as dammit 1 inch in the real world?
by Trammer
Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:34 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Hornby X6466 Chassis
Replies: 3
Views: 1171

Job done.
by Trammer
Sun Jan 19, 2014 6:06 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Hornby X6466 Chassis
Replies: 3
Views: 1171

rue_d_etropal wrote:same as Smokey Joe chassis, they can be eased out carefully.


Thanks - I'll give it a go.
by Trammer
Sun Jan 19, 2014 2:42 pm
Forum: You really ought to gnow your who's wahoo
Topic: hello from the Tamar Valley
Replies: 1
Views: 1177

hello from the Tamar Valley

Hi - I have been lurking for a while; finally decided to register. I have been playing with 2'0" gauge railways for the last twenty years or so, indeed that is how I earn my living. Apart from narrow gauge I am a mining enthusiast. In terms of modelling I am merely dipping a toe, having not ind...
by Trammer
Sun Jan 19, 2014 2:31 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Hornby X6466 Chassis
Replies: 3
Views: 1171

Hornby X6466 Chassis

Hi - Could some kind soul tell me how to remove the coupling rods from the Hornby X6466 diesel chassis.

The crank pins are round and blank rather than slotted or hex shaped. I am wondering if they simply pull out, that said I don't want to rush in mob handed, - Many thanks

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