The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

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Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Post by Andrew » Tue May 07, 2019 1:57 pm

Great video, I must try that sometime... Very convincing too, with the exception of Wilma's cameo, which made me laugh out loud...

I hadn't worked out the layout of line until I watched the video - it seems like a good way to combine realistic running with a good long run, without taking up too much garden...

Have fun with the new carriages, I look forward to seeing the results. It doesn't get any use nowadays, but I still have a sort of Corris-style bash of one of those - minus balconies and with the ends turned round to form a centre vestibule...

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Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Post by RobRossington » Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:20 am

Things have been a bit quiet at the CLR recently. Mostly due to the ridiculously wet June we’ve had but work and holidays also keep getting in the way.

Last week I finally decided to crack on with replacing the last problematic R1 point with an R3. This is one end of the loop at Top-End. With a bit of juggling I’ve managed to make it fit without having to cut anything off the R3 point and curve to maintain spacings. It’s not perfect, but then it is a light railway. I’ll do a fair bit of testing before I ballast it to make it easier to fettle. Can’t see it being a major issue though.

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Brass checkrail extensions are on order from Bertram Heyn which will ensure that anything with finescale flanges (I.e. Lady May and the Baguley) will run through without derailing. I used his R1 version for the last few years and they really do make a massive difference.

I’ve also started work on one of the two Bachman’s coaches I purchased. Nothing major is going to be done, just some detailing work and toning down of the Americanisms. To that end I’ve made a start making some new balcony railings;

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I’ve also fitted Swift16 chopper couplings. Not Cheap, but certainly worth it.

Since that picture was taken I’ve added a few more bits (roof ventilators and hand rails) and I’ve started repainting the bodywork.
More photos to follow, these were just what I had on my phone whilst I’m sitting in a siding for a few hours in work!

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Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Post by ge_rik » Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:21 pm

RobRossington wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:20 am
Brass checkrail extensions are on order from Bertram Heyn which will ensure that anything with finescale flanges (I.e. Lady May and the Baguley) will run through without derailing. I used his R1 version for the last few years and they really do make a massive difference.
Sounds interesting. Have you more info?

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Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Post by RobRossington » Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:20 pm

ge_rik wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:21 pm
RobRossington wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:20 am
Brass checkrail extensions are on order from Bertram Heyn which will ensure that anything with finescale flanges (I.e. Lady May and the Baguley) will run through without derailing. I used his R1 version for the last few years and they really do make a massive difference.
Sounds interesting. Have you more info?

Rik
Hi Rik,

If you’ve been to the Llanfair Garden railway show you’ll have probably seen Bertram and his funky hat. He owns Modellbau-Werkstatt Heyn and produces all Sorts of accessories like point levers and sleepers. In fact, thinking about it I’m sure I’ve seen some of his point levers on your videos?

Anyway, if you delve into his accessories section you’ll find these https://modell-werkstatt.de/completment ... s-radius-1 for R1 points and these https://modell-werkstatt.de/completemen ... s-radius-3 for R3.

They sit inside the existing check rail, lengthening, raising and thickening it. I found all of my running issues disappeared immediately. You can see two of them in this photo;
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It’s worth noting, that coarse scale LGB wheels will still run through without any issues. Well worth it if you’re running live steam etc. No connection, just a happy customer etc.

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Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Post by tom_tom_go » Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:25 pm

Surely you can make these yourself, even Plastikard could be used?

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Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Post by RobRossington » Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:32 pm

tom_tom_go wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:25 pm
Surely you can make these yourself, even Plastikard could be used?
Yes, no doubt about it. But I’m lazy.

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Post by ge_rik » Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:22 pm

Very interesting. Yes, I've bought stuff from Bertram at Llanfair but not seen these. I certainly have a need for a couple. Do the slots coincide with the sleepers? I might try making one from brass shim.

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Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Post by RobRossington » Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:26 pm

ge_rik wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:22 pm
Very interesting. Yes, I've bought stuff from Bertram at Llanfair but not seen these. I certainly have a need for a couple. Do the slots coincide with the sleepers? I might try making one from brass shim.

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They do indeed Rik, although to be more specific they coincide with the chairs.

The little brass prongs bend and press against the bottom of the rail web. No need for gluing.

Is it R1 ones you need? If so I have a few going spare!

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Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Post by ge_rik » Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:00 am

RobRossington wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:26 pm
ge_rik wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:22 pm
Very interesting. Yes, I've bought stuff from Bertram at Llanfair but not seen these. I certainly have a need for a couple. Do the slots coincide with the sleepers? I might try making one from brass shim.

Rik
They do indeed Rik, although to be more specific they coincide with the chairs.
The little brass prongs bend and press against the bottom of the rail web. No need for gluing.
Is it R1 ones you need? If so I have a few going spare!
Hi Rob
I was going to say 'No' as the main problem I have is with two R3s, but I then remembered a couple of R1s which occasionally play up with one particular coach bogie. So, yes please, if you can spare a couple for R1s, I'd be grateful. I'll PM you my address.

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Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Post by RobRossington » Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:29 pm

ge_rik wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:00 am
RobRossington wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:26 pm
ge_rik wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:22 pm
Very interesting. Yes, I've bought stuff from Bertram at Llanfair but not seen these. I certainly have a need for a couple. Do the slots coincide with the sleepers? I might try making one from brass shim.

Rik
They do indeed Rik, although to be more specific they coincide with the chairs.
The little brass prongs bend and press against the bottom of the rail web. No need for gluing.
Is it R1 ones you need? If so I have a few going spare!
Hi Rob
I was going to say 'No' as the main problem I have is with two R3s, but I then remembered a couple of R1s which occasionally play up with one particular coach bogie. So, yes please, if you can spare a couple for R1s, I'd be grateful. I'll PM you my address.

Thanks

Rik

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A progress update in the Jackson Sharp.
Some of you may recognise the livery. I’ve been using the same scheme in 009 for a few years (I model colonial prototypes), but seeing GTB’s Jackson Sharp’s made me decide to use it in 16mm too.

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They’ll probably never be finished, being the type of thing that I’ll enjoy tinkering with endlessly, but it can at least now be put back together. I’ll probably repaint the roof at some point as I’m not 100% happy with it.

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Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Post by ge_rik » Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:07 am

It's surprising what a difference a new livery makes.
Looking forward to tinkering with my R1s, thanks.

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Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Post by Andrew » Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:04 pm

Looking good! I've always liked those carriages, and your new livery really suits them... Films of passenger services to follow, I trust?!

All the best,

Andrew

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Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Post by RobRossington » Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:02 pm

Andrew wrote:
Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:04 pm
Looking good! I've always liked those carriages, and your new livery really suits them... Films of passenger services to follow, I trust?!

All the best,

Andrew
Thanks Andrew. Yes they are quite attractive. I think just getting rid of some of the quite gaudy Bachman’s colours (this one had bottle green clerestory windows and the other has a pink roof with pink clerestory windows!) helps.

Films will of course follow, as will more pictures. Unfortunately I’m hiding indoors at the moment due to hay fever!

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Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Post by Andrew » Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:32 pm

RobRossington wrote:
Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:02 pm
Unfortunately I’m hiding indoors at the moment due to hay fever!
You have my sympathy! I cut the grass last night, knowing that I'd be working in the garden this evening and thinking that I'd avoid the worst of the pollen that way, but it was still pretty bad at times...

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Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Post by FWLR » Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:42 am

Brilliant colour scheme Rob. It does look very colonial. :thumbright:
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