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by GTB
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Widening back to backs
Replies: 7
Views: 166

Re: Widening back to backs

I'll investigate whether I can get the wheelsets out which might make the process easier If you can get the axlesets out of the chassis it will be a lot easier. You can just support the wheel on the vice jaws and tap the axle end to adjust the B to B. Use a piece of brass, or a hardwood block, if y...
by GTB
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: CDR Railcar No. 10
Replies: 18
Views: 381

Re: CDR Railcar No. 10

Only drama is I only have drawings for a 6LXB which I believe is the same block but modernised and I cant get down to take detail photos of the 6LW in the TGR DP's or the VA until this virus blows over. Jake, thanks for the offer, I do appreciate it. My Walker is the IOM type, similar to the VR 102...
by GTB
Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Widening back to backs
Replies: 7
Views: 166

Re: Widening back to backs

Can anyone advise as to whether, if or how I might be able to ease the b2bs while the wheels are in situ? For 45mm gauge, the 16mm Society recommends a back to back of 40mm, a check gauge of 41.5mm and a wheel width of 6mm. Check gauge is the back to back plus the thickness of one flange. Wheelsets...
by GTB
Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: 220g Butane Gas Cylinders
Replies: 13
Views: 666

Re: 220g Butane Gas Cylinders

these cylinders are designed to be used on their side .......or vertical, but upright. ;) I have a gas torch that fits on the 220g cans. It's big enough for brazing pipe fittings, etc. and it uses up the last 20g or so of butane left in the can. Regards, Graeme ps. I also opened up the Gasmate can ...
by GTB
Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Trestle bridge help
Replies: 11
Views: 214

Re: Trestle bridge help

I'm with Grant. As a Victorian, a trestle without a deck looks unnatural........ That said, after checking some photos, Qld. tramways such as Innisfail and Mapleton had no deck on their trestles. I would suggest though that a deck on a trestle would make the consequences of a derailment less damagin...
by GTB
Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Accucraft Caradoc
Replies: 9
Views: 180

Re: Accucraft Caradoc

Polly Engineering supply quality scale metric hex bolts: You'd need to check with them first to find out the hex size used. They may be using the reduced head sizes recommended by the ME hobby to replace reduced hex BA fasteners, back when the UK metricated. Detail alert........ :roll: Accucraft M2...
by GTB
Wed Mar 25, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Accucraft Caradoc
Replies: 9
Views: 180

Re: Accucraft Caradoc

I have a second hand Accucraft Caradoc that I am presently servicing. Please can anyone advise what size threads the bolts are that hold the body to the chassis? Accucraft mostly use metric M2 screws for assembling models, sometimes with a few M1.6 thrown in to confuse things. They aren't a standar...
by GTB
Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: The "Bad Old Days" - Anzac Creek Tramway Mk.I, 2014 - 2018 (IMAGE-HEAVY)
Replies: 8
Views: 209

Re: The "Bad Old Days" - Anzac Creek Tramway Mk.I, 2014 - 2018

That track looks familiar....... Did you write an article about your track for AME some years ago? I remember thinking at the time that it looked pretty good laid around the native plants in the garden bed. That was about the time I retired and moved up in scale from VR broad gauge in HO to Victoria...
by GTB
Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: CDR Railcar No. 10
Replies: 18
Views: 381

Re: CDR Railcar No. 10

I've also got an Ian Beattie drawing of No.10 in her Clogher Valley guise. The drawing gives the main dimensions but doesn't show all the details such as the rivet strips around the engine compartment. Send me a PM and I'll see what we can organise. I was contemplating scratchbuilding a model of #1...
by GTB
Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Coronavirus projects
Replies: 40
Views: 988

Re: Coronavirus projects

I've tried the rivet strips against all the other parts and they don't seem to fit any of them. And Goodness knows what the elliptical piece is for. I wondered if it might be an instrument panel for the cab, but there's nowhere obvious for it to fit. I've downloaded as many photos of the railcar (w...
by GTB
Sat Mar 14, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: TVT - First Turnout and Infrastructure
Replies: 97
Views: 9463

Re: TVT - First Turnout and Infrastructure

That looks fantastic - I imagine derailments are a rare event indeed on your line?! Not as rare as I'd like. The mainline is usually OK, unless I miss some debris on the rails. The station turnouts still need some final tuning and while the rolling stock used during the test run ran fine, the loco ...
by GTB
Fri Mar 13, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: TVT - Start of Steam Operation
Replies: 35
Views: 2859

Re: TVT - Start of Steam Operation

Time for an update, now that the station yard extension of the TVT is operational. Yesterday was stinking hot with not a cloud in the sky, but this is Melbourne. Today dawned cloudy, with rain forecast. However I managed to get in the first steam run on the new track and the Big Black Baldwin was ro...
by GTB
Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: TVT - First Turnout and Infrastructure
Replies: 97
Views: 9463

Re: TVT - First Turnout and Infrastructure

A year later and the station extension is finally finished. Well as finished as it is likely to get, as I doubt it will ever get scenery installed....... 8) I was out of things for a while late last year, but managed to order a box of track and some turnout making materials in late November. Nothing...
by GTB
Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Changing IP Engineering wheels
Replies: 9
Views: 233

Re: Changing IP Engineering wheels

The IP Engineering 32mm steel wheelsets are not insulated which are the only ones I have dealt with so you can heat them up. The design must have changed. The 32mm wheelsets I got had plastic bushes. I had ordered some 45mm gauge kits and a couple arrived with 32mm wheelsets in the kit and a bag of...
by GTB
Mon Mar 09, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Changing IP Engineering wheels
Replies: 9
Views: 233

Re: Changing IP Engineering wheels

I recently bought an IP Engineering 4WD chassis. The kit requires the wheels supplied to be removed from their fitted axles and transplanted onto the new axles in the kit. IP Engineering usually use their own wheelsets, which have steel wheels, black plastic insulating bushes and steel axles. This ...