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by Keith S
Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:50 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Changing of a Roundhouse Silver Lady - Steamy Clare
Replies: 119
Views: 40396

As for the cylinder covers, they are only cosmetic, but I just ordered some for my engine. I have seen the cylinders painted and they look pretty good, but I am worried that they are very oily if it's been run, and it would be difficult to do a proper job etching/masking/priming/painting them withou...
by Keith S
Tue Mar 01, 2011 2:34 am
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Ossie Cylinders
Replies: 9
Views: 2014

If it's that old, and there isn't any foreign substance in between the cylinder and the port face, perhaps the trunnion springs have lost their temper and aren't as "springy" as they used to be? It doesn't seem to me that after 24 years the port faces would need lapping, but I'm new, I might not kno...
by Keith S
Tue Mar 01, 2011 2:20 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Idea: Speed limiting brake van
Replies: 15
Views: 4214

I have a magazine which shows how to build a "skype" phone out of one of those old bakelite rotary phones. If I find one, that is what I will do. I don't think a Watt's governor would be all that difficult to build. It wouldn't need to have the same degree of precision or "fiddliness" that a steam o...
by Keith S
Mon Feb 28, 2011 5:19 pm
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Ossie Cylinders
Replies: 9
Views: 2014

I've heard of guys dressing up port faces with some gritty tooth-paste on a piece of glass. That way it's absolutely flat, and doesn't remove much material. Is it a new engine? Maybe it just wants a good break-in period.
by Keith S
Mon Feb 28, 2011 5:14 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: The CVLR gets it's new home (WIP railway & stock)
Replies: 1206
Views: 202010

I don't even think it needs painting, I like the red wood. It just wants a little tidying at the ends and maybe some oil. Your pictures make me wish I had a railway, or better yet, a friendly neighbour with one!
by Keith S
Mon Feb 28, 2011 5:11 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Idea: Speed limiting brake van
Replies: 15
Views: 4214

IrishPeter:49154 wrote:  I think it somehow involved compressed air!

Peter in AZ

Peter, I think they call that particular system "Westinghouse".. :P
by Keith S
Mon Feb 28, 2011 5:09 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Idea: Speed limiting brake van
Replies: 15
Views: 4214

I think that's a brilliant idea! A brake van that actually brakes! Although I do agree with Peter about the possible effects of hitting the brakes at the end of a long train, surely the trains could be kept short and the braking kept subtle enough that this would not happen? In any case it's very cl...
by Keith S
Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:43 am
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Question about rails
Replies: 18
Views: 6933

I have no idea what I'm going to do. My engine doesn't look particularly "industrial", I am thinking, when I eventually get to build one, of claiming the railway is meant to be a latter-day preserved railway hauling bug-boxes full of 16mm scale(ish) holiday-makers around the garden. I want the track...
by Keith S
Mon Feb 28, 2011 3:59 am
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Question about rails
Replies: 18
Views: 6933

It does help, thanks, Peter. Are you saying that you find the sunset valley sleepers are closer together than you would like? I'm not trying to adhere particularly to any scale in particular, but I do like the wide sleeper spacing of the 32mm track I have seen on this site and Youtube. It looks more...
by Keith S
Mon Feb 28, 2011 1:52 am
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Question about rails
Replies: 18
Views: 6933

Thanks Peter. Have you tried the sunset valley track? I'm confused about your comment about the flexitrack. Do you need a railbender to make this track curved? I only have experience with small scale flex track, which you can just bend around corners with your hands as it is quite springy. I assume ...
by Keith S
Mon Feb 28, 2011 12:45 am
Forum: Photographs
Topic: Wet Sunday Steam at Butterley
Replies: 6
Views: 1546

On our next visit to England, my wife can go by herself to all the common attractions and shops, I'm going to Butterley. Can I bring my "Billy"?
by Keith S
Mon Feb 28, 2011 12:42 am
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Question about rails
Replies: 18
Views: 6933

Thanks for the advice, guys. How I wish I had a railway. I just finished playing with, er, I mean running , the "Billy" in the stairwell outside. I have three feet of track, possibly the shortest railway in the world. I find I can get 45% longer runs if I take off the tender. :D I have found a compa...
by Keith S
Sun Feb 27, 2011 10:45 pm
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Question about rails
Replies: 18
Views: 6933

Actually Pauly I had assumed you were using something different, because your track looks pretty good... It must be the ballast that does the trick, your rails do look "narrow gauge" in your engine pictures. I do like the look of that Peco track. The trouble is, Trackshack says on their website that...
by Keith S
Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:53 pm
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Question about rails
Replies: 18
Views: 6933

Question about rails

I have a question about track: I am thinking of buying some to run my roundhouse "Billy" on. I don't have a garden but I was thinking of acquiring enough track that I could at least run the engine back and forth outside on a nice day. I really prefer the look of 32mm track, however I have built the ...
by Keith S
Sun Feb 27, 2011 2:20 am
Forum: Photographs
Topic: Steaming in the Spring Sunshine
Replies: 8
Views: 1637

I really like the station platforms and other stone work. Great combination of elevated and ground-level sections, and the scenery! That railway must have taken forever to build!