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by GTB
Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: TVT - Start of Steam Operation
Replies: 51
Views: 4978

Re: TVT - Start of Steam Operation

Curious to hear how you go about degreasing a loco for touchup? I'd like to weather my Fowler, but wouldn't consider a blast with automotive degreaser, followed by hot water in the laundry tub, to be adequate surface prep. The loco is an Accucraft Ruby. It is already well into the zone of diminishi...
by GTB
Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:57 am
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: TVT - Start of Steam Operation
Replies: 51
Views: 4978

Re: TVT - Start of Steam Operation

The track has been in hibernation during winter, but here 'spring has sprung and the grass has riz'......... As have the weeds......... :roll: There were a couple of sunny days about a week ago, so committing some weedicide was indicated. 8 litres of Roundup later and I think I got all the capeweed,...
by GTB
Wed Sep 02, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Photographs
Topic: Sandstone and Termite
Replies: 42
Views: 4513

Re: Sandstone and Termite

That is an interesting Reply Andrew. Thanks for the info. Despite sitting in the same room as the track Engineers for a few years I never thought to ask about wing rails either. I wonder if their continued use in monobloc turnouts is an example of just blindly following past practice without wonder...
by GTB
Tue Sep 01, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Disasters, Out-takes, Accidents, Fails etc.
Replies: 64
Views: 4211

Re: Disasters, Out-takes, Accidents, Fails etc.

My skips are all 3-linkers and propel without issue, but then I've only four of 'em, and expect to have similar problems to you, when the another three are commissioned.. A bit off-subject I guess, as there is no disaster to report....... Today was a nice day here, sunny, cool and no wind, so I dec...
by GTB
Sat Aug 29, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Bone Works
Replies: 71
Views: 2290

Re: Bone Works

I think the speed is much more appropriate and with the PWM controller can tweak it. The website for the Etruria Industrial Museum says the engine was built in the 1820s. Marine engines of the period are usually quoted as running at 20 rpm and the much older Whitbread beam engine in the Powerhouse ...
by GTB
Wed Aug 26, 2020 5:13 am
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: What's the smallest point for 16mm industrials
Replies: 7
Views: 280

Re: What's the smallest point for 16mm industrials

I'm looking at possibly making a micro / cameo layout & I would like to know how small a turnout can be made. The locos will only be small simplex & ruston diesels so nothing to make the turnouts need to be big. I've looked on templot for 16mm track but the track library doesnt have no 16mm track s...
by GTB
Tue Aug 25, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: TVT - something a bit different.
Replies: 7
Views: 658

Re: TVT - something a bit different.

I really like the dummy cell idea to step down the voltage. You should, it was based on something you wrote about......... 8) The dummy cell is no longer fitted, as it was only a temporary fix. After the first shutdown ended I was able to get out to buy a 3 cell holder and fit it in place of the or...
by GTB
Tue Aug 25, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: TVT - something a bit different.
Replies: 7
Views: 658

Re: TVT - something a bit different.

I can't get such clean joints when I use HIP, top marks Interesting comment, as your modelling always looks OK to me. I guess we always know where the dodgy bits are on our own models, even if no-one else can see them........ FWIW. I make up various sizes of sanding blocks by sticking self-lubricat...
by GTB
Tue Aug 25, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: What to do with a tiny, barren wasteland?
Replies: 66
Views: 3332

Re: What to do with a tiny, barren wasteland?

Ditto. Wot Grant said.......... Once the plants get established, it will look like the line is running through rainforest. Just right for a cane tram. A couple of observations...... As you found, caustic soda can dissolve aluminium just as easily as an acid. It also dissolves zinc, tin and lead, so ...
by GTB
Tue Aug 25, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Zach Bond "Momentum Van" project
Replies: 170
Views: 45035

Re: Zach Bond "Momentum Van" project

I've plans for another two momentum wagons, as rakes of sugarcane trucks don't have guard's vans attached. Given you are near the old Moreton Mill, you could look at putting the Zecar mech in a little water gin for use on the steam hauled cane trains. The chassis and sound barrier of the dunny van ...
by GTB
Tue Aug 25, 2020 6:36 am
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: TVT - something a bit different.
Replies: 7
Views: 658

TVT - something a bit different.

This model was a 'Covid quicky', built earlier this year during our first shutdown from various bits in stock. Building it only took a couple of weeks, but painting it was another story and it was finally painted this weekend just gone. Part of the delay was that I thought I had no suitable white pa...
by GTB
Sat Aug 22, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: General Garden Railways
Topic: Rolling Stock Storage Box
Replies: 12
Views: 466

Re: Rolling Stock Storage Box

It's cutting those strips to square, repeatable lengths, that I'm not currently equipped to do. For plywood boxes I rip the sheet into strips on the saw bench, but usually cut the strips to length with a hand saw. Then clean up all the cut edges with a hand plane. Commercial mitre boxes aren't wide...
by GTB
Sat Aug 22, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: General Garden Railways
Topic: Rolling Stock Storage Box
Replies: 12
Views: 466

Re: Rolling Stock Storage Box

Peter Butler wrote:
Fri Aug 21, 2020 12:16 pm
it might seem a lot of trouble to some but well worth the effort to protect superb locos and stock.
Yes, that's how I look at it as well.

Luckily I enjoy working with wood, so I can make my own cases (that sound is my high school woodworking teacher laughing).

Graeme
by GTB
Mon Aug 17, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: General Garden Railways
Topic: Rolling Stock Storage Box
Replies: 12
Views: 466

Re: Rolling Stock Storage Box

Be interested to see your stock boxes Graeme. I'm undecided how I want to access my locomotive boxes - Be careful what you ask for......... This photo shows my standard small loco box, made from 6mm ply and 170mm x 19mm dressed pine. That isn't a standard board size in Aust., so I have to rip down ...
by GTB
Sun Aug 16, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: General Garden Railways
Topic: Rolling Stock Storage Box
Replies: 12
Views: 466

Re: Rolling Stock Storage Box

Aye, it's cutting multiple identical panels that's stopping me, too. Might be worth checking out your local Mens Shed, looking on the net there's one in Buderim. They usually have a workshop with useful things like table saws, etc. I invested in a Triton Workbench many years ago when they were made...