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Posted on: 13 Jun 2013, 14:18


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You may need to borrow that tamper model and shift your tracks to suit...

Maybe an A-B comparison with a 12" photo, and also some stock pentrating the portal might help us, the humble viewer, gain a sense of scale.

Cheers

Malcolm
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Posted on: 11 Jun 2013, 13:30


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QUOTE (Long funnel & tiresome @ 11 Jun 2013, 21:14) *
Just back from watching Tornado and its carmine and cream train traverse the cast manganese crossing three double slips at the east end of Central station Newcastle from the castle keep. A magnificent vision - and sounds!


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QUOTE (Long funnel & tiresome @ 11 Jun 2013, 21:14) *
If you take a daily constitutional along that length of beach/railway to the Shakey cliff, I wouldn't mind a pic towards the inside top of the tunnel portal to see where the interleaved brickwork ends.
Logically, I assume it only applies to the straight sides. Once the springing of the pointed brick vaulting is passed, I imagine it is just a plain soffit.
But Victorian engineering is full of the unexpected. ermm.gif

LF&T


Not unlike the Spanish Inquisition, LF&T... ? tongue.gif
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Posted on: 11 Jun 2013, 06:56


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QUOTE (David Todd @ 11 Jun 2013, 13:54) *
..........oh.Big guns, are out on this one...!

Been looking a long time J/Box....a bit like your Monkwearmouth railway bridge........ rolleyes.gif biggrin.gif


Today, will be mostly taken up by,a final "check" of every electrical connection, under the b/board's.
Ran loco's, 9 hours yesterday, through all combinations of circuits. Even though it is a double "roundy"
Quite a bit of "gauging" done to stock, couple of items, made a "Passing Short",(detected,but not enough to trip the system), through the double slip @ DP, on the bay loop.

I thank you all for taking an interest....my next layout................ censored.gif



No big guns here! What RJ has seen may well be correct parlance on his home turf...

...and yes, just like my Monkwearmouth saga. But remember, that grail search ended very well! Just took perseverance and some outside the box Googling of who to ask (and some helpful legwork from a couple of reprobates familiar to the MRF Constabulary!)

I too will run trains one day. (Soon).
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Posted on: 11 Jun 2013, 00:33


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QUOTE (Richard Johnson @ 10 Jun 2013, 20:48) *
*** Its actually a 30 degree rake to the face, with a 60 degree angle to the bricks to keep the forces at right angles to their long/strongest face... I'd be happy to be corrected by an engineer member if I am wrong in my assumption that such things are as far as I know expressed relative to / as the difference from vertical... But I agree with the logic in specifying it.

Richard


Hmmmm... Not 100% convinced of that one, Richard.

In all the drawings I've ever used, it's shown either as a ratio e.g. "2:1", or as a miniature right triangle with the ratios of the rise and run on the perpendicular sides... and we talk about a rock face being 90 degrees, which is the angle from horizontal, not the angle off vertical...

The construction is very interesting - I'd assume that particular angle was chosen as it was either a close or exact match to the natural shear plane of the chalk in that location - and that the decision to interlace a "saw tooth" portal rather than continue the bond style of the tunnel lining may also have been driven by the material being tunnelled...

Given its unique appearance, I am sure there would be a engineering paper or two describing it's construction buried in a vault somewhere in the UK...
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Posted on: 10 Jun 2013, 07:15


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Ian;

Because you are stateside, I recommend you take a look at www.dcctrain.com in Cincinnati, OH

I have been dealing with Rob Gruber there for many years now, and he gives excellent international mail order service - no reason to think he'd be any less trustworthy for a domestic sale.

He stocks, amongst other things, NCE controllers, and various TCS decoder chips, at competitive prices - and if he doesn't have it, will get it in for you.

Usual disclaimer, no connection, satisfied repeat customer etc etc...

Cheers

Jukebox
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Posted on: 5 Jun 2013, 05:38


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I do like those pics of Willie's Hole! thumbsup.gif thumbsup.gif thumbsup.gif
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Posted on: 2 Jun 2013, 10:21


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Gonna have to give you a new nickname, dt: The Postman.
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Posted on: 1 Jun 2013, 23:43


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Congrats on 200 pages dt!

That's an interesting transition... Right-to-Left: heavy (Code 100?) concrete sleepers, weathered rail, then onto timber and weathering stops, and a "free" joint onto Code 70... possibly transitioning back to Code 100 timber... or maybe Code 83?

Lucky it's not 12"-to-the-ft is all I can say!

J/B
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Posted on: 28 May 2013, 23:48


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Save your Pennies. I am sure RJ will have one whipped up in resin in no time!

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Posted on: 28 May 2013, 23:32


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Nope. I'm sure you can't see the William Wallace monument from Richard's place... just the Alcoa alumina refinery.
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Posted on: 25 May 2013, 23:28


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Ronnie Kray on a scouting trip to warmer and drier pastures?
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Posted on: 22 May 2013, 08:26


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That's a wonderfully romantic pile, LF&T... I guess your description says it all: it's one thing to yearn to live in a heritage place like that, but actually doing so is a very different reality.

Still, covered in snow, it is majestically beautiful. thumbsup.gif thumbsup.gif thumbsup.gif

The grass, as they say, is always greener...

J'Box
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Posted on: 21 May 2013, 04:27


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QUOTE (David Todd @ 20 May 2013, 15:34) *
Thanks J/B. No doubt,since you have returned from your sojourn ('The Spirit calls me, and I must go,) you are in good humour....... biggrin.gif
Look forward to reading more of your Sockrington layout..... wink.gif


Right now, I just wish I could stay awake of an evening: The 12-hour time difference is still giving me grief ~ nodding off asleep at the computer at 7pm, then waking up every 2 hours, when I do go to bed.

If I can get the toothpicks to stay in and under my eyelids, I might be able to solder a few droppers before the weekend wink.gif
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Posted on: 18 May 2013, 22:12


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QUOTE (David Todd @ 19 May 2013, 02:11) *
I was about to pack my camera gear up and this came through @ 1800hrs today.
Not good quality after downsizing for here.


A man in a leather jacket?

How did you know said jacket wasn't good quality? And why did it need to be downsized for him to get on the platform???? ohmy.gif

[some seriously good progress you have made while I've been on my junket, dt - I love how much of the atmosphere you have captured. Great work!]
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Posted on: 1 May 2013, 09:39


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LOL I think ballast depth is like colour shades - I can find you plenty of photos that would match any depth you wanted to use... but in general, deeper ballast was not used until heavier axle loads came into play, but your logic behind "more foam because of thinner profile sleepers" makes good sense too - the C+L stuff I have is a lot lower profile than the Peco Code70.

At 3mm = ~200mm ballast, my eye sees that as about "right" - 5mm take it to 350mm, which is deeper than I would see in a spec for a 40T Iron ore railroad (although your comments re: sleeper thickness need to be taken into account...)

Here's a few typical LNER shots that hopefully demonstrate my thoughts:








Those aren't yards or branch lines, and there's very little shoulder to speak of - indeed the later (BR) one has the largest. The grooming on the P2 shot is sublime... and all by hand, too, in those days!

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I'd better stop now - I'm drifting off topic. tongue.gif
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Posted on: 1 May 2013, 06:17


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Depron was the "foam de jour" around 24 months ago when I was searching for alternatives to cork for Stockrington - which even in bulk sheets, is rather costly here. I found a supplier (Micron Wings) who sold grey 3mm sheets at a not unreasonable price - although it's triple the UK retail price... so basically got a supply to test how it went. I recall I did look into EVA foam, but think I only became aware of it after I'd bought a trial box of a dozen sheets of the Depron.

I'm not OCD about noise supression role; the main driver is to get a little elevation to create a ballast formation - "flat" ballast and shoulders looks wrong to my eye, even though some mainlines did indeed have little change in depth to their "six foot" and "cess", whilst 5mm is too much. The Depron does dent easily, but that's not a show stopper for me, so long as the track goes down not too long after it's been laid.

With the loop laid and two storage tracks down, I have almost gone through the whole box now, so will need to buy more of something next month... going on the rate I've consumed it so far, I need about six times what I bought the first time!

You don't prefer a vinyl floor adhesive over PVA for track adhesive? I seem to recall - but can't find - a post on here where you mentioned the Bunnings floor tile / vinyl glue could be used as a substitute here in Oz for "Copydex"? I did see they are the same price - $20 for a litre - so it's just about getting the best product for the task at this point.
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Posted on: 1 May 2013, 01:55


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Hi Richard!

Yes, I'd been using 50:50 PVA and water to stick down 3mm Depron underlay - it is working fine, with plenty of grab once it dries, but still able to be levered off with a steel rule or screwdriver blade in areas I trimmed it back.

I had a section about 100mm long at a join where the glue had bled onto the board I used to keep the foam in place till the mix went off, and so it tore when I lifted the board. I needed about 20ml of glue/water mix to drop a patch in, and wasnt going to be pfaffed going all the way down to the kitchen for such a small amount...

*kids, there's a lesson here about short cuts!*

It seems to have worked, but I would not want to use it for the rest of the layout.

Still, I'm curious as to what I made - what I am thinking is that it might be useful for sticking the track sleepers to the Depron...

Scott
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Posted on: 1 May 2013, 01:41


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A quick question for anyone who has half an idea about this sort of thing: Not wanting to make the trip back to the kitchen for a few millilitres of water for a tiny batch of dilute PVA I needed, I just diluted some PVA with neat denatured alcohol (Methylated Spirits) I had on hand.

At first the combination looked like it would not bind at all - the PVA went stringy, and it seemed to not want to mix - but as I continued to stir, I ended up with something that looked and smelt a bit like old fashioned Airfix model plane cement: it was very viscous, colourless, and quite pungent.

It does not appear to have been aggressive to the closed cell foam I tested it on, but as it was so viscous, it also did not immediately penetrate the plywood I painted it on to.

Any idea what sort of adhesive I would have come close to making? I dont know about it's durability or usefulness yet - will know after it has dried.

Quite a curiosity to me for 9am in the morning! tongue.gif
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Posted on: 28 Apr 2013, 08:04


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The chest and back cavities are a worry... (ref 3rd photo)
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Posted on: 27 Apr 2013, 13:45


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QUOTE (David Todd @ 26 Apr 2013, 22:41) *
Hey, you could drop one in,on your next, "overhead pass".......... thumbsup.gif

*snip*


Perversely, the flight passes over Copenhagen thence Norway.... I little too far North for an air drop, me thinks! But yes, RJ does them for a competetive price!


QUOTE (David Todd @ 26 Apr 2013, 22:50) *
Just, where are you fitting the collector shoe, on the steamers' you are building Ian............ question.gif lmfao.gif


According to my Vol.21 of Yeadon's, in 1922 the NER fitted a set to H1 #2143 to trial collecting current at 70mph before they decided to use overhead supply... the photo shows them on the side of the front bogie... so it's been done before!
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Posted on: 26 Apr 2013, 13:59


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QUOTE (Richard Johnson @ 26 Apr 2013, 10:36) *
*** Curious as to how to easily clean running rails once 3rd rail is in place "slightly above" running rail height...

regards

Richard


Yes, a quick spin with a couple of CL.37's towing a CMX should clean that third rail right up for you, I'd guess, dt... tongue.gif

I'll get my coat....
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Posted on: 24 Apr 2013, 23:27


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QUOTE (dwb @ 25 Apr 2013, 02:19) *
*snip*

Probably the best stripper I've ever had.

David


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Posted on: 24 Apr 2013, 11:12


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edit - Post Deleted -

(because god forbid we get off topic)
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Posted on: 23 Apr 2013, 09:58


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QUOTE (David Todd @ 23 Apr 2013, 13:41) *
I presume,after making a start Friday night,last,you should be up to your 1,500th dropper ?.. wink.gif

I agree,a very good,multi- task tool,just like............ question.gif


LOL. No, playing around with 3mm Depron today. I'm going to sub-contract the dropper manufacture out to my 11 year old - I have no doubt that with 15 mins training, he'll have it down pat and get them done in an evening...

Cheers

Fagin.
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Posted on: 22 Apr 2013, 23:40


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QUOTE (Jon Masterson @ 22 Apr 2013, 23:30) *
Just purchased the Bus Wire stripper. I have been looking for something that will reliably strip wire in the length rather than just at the ends smile.gif


And best of it all, it will strip the ends for you at a consistant length, too!

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