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by IrishPeter
Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Rolling Stock for the Far End Tramway
Replies: 84
Views: 8635

Re: Rolling Stock for the Far End Tramway

I like your explanation of G-N-O-M-E. I managed to get a good bit of a second steel bodied van built over the weekend despite the fact that I was, as usual, moderately busy. Modelling time tends to be an hour here and an hour there, but that works rather well when you are waiting for things to dry. ...
by IrishPeter
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Rolling Stock for the Far End Tramway
Replies: 84
Views: 8635

Re: Rolling Stock for the Far End Tramway

Hi Peter, I think I must agree with your wife about 'Toytown', I'm sure with your knowledge and skills with creating prototypical railway stock she expects no less than an accurate and well presented infrastructure. I do have trouble imagining how you can integrate the gnomes though! My constructio...
by IrishPeter
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:44 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Rolling Stock for the Far End Tramway
Replies: 84
Views: 8635

Re: Rolling Stock for the Far End Tramway

I like both the KSR's KC tanks, which in their 'as built' form resemble big brothers of the Rheidol 2-6-2Ts, and the 0-4-2Ts that preceded them. I also like their early four wheel passenger stock, as well as the aluminium panelled coaches from the mid-1920s. Of course, the intriguing 'might-have-bee...
by IrishPeter
Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Rolling Stock for the Far End Tramway
Replies: 84
Views: 8635

Re: Rolling Stock for the Far End Tramway

I seem to think the DHR was built without zig-zags, Rik, but I would not want the pre-zig-zag grade! They were introduced 1881-1883 to reduce it - from 1 in 19 to 1 in 28! I am going to try to avoid anything that extreme on my line as they would, as you rightly point out, but bloody awkward to opera...
by IrishPeter
Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Rolling Stock for the Far End Tramway
Replies: 84
Views: 8635

Re: Rolling Stock for the Far End Tramway

Added door hinges :oops: and handbrake levers today in among hands. Apart from some dabs of white or yellow paint on the ends of the brake levers, and a some lettering - basically tare, load, and owner - they are now complete. On to the next wagon or carriage. Pics when I next do a photo round up. P...
by IrishPeter
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Large Syringes
Replies: 3
Views: 105

Re: Large Syringes

… and I was just getting over my last trip to the doctor. My GP is a bit of an enthusiast for every vaccination they can invent, so I spend a lot of time telling her tetanus every 10 years and keep the rest!

Cheers,
Peter in VA
by IrishPeter
Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: RWLR - Robin Wood Light Railway
Replies: 700
Views: 108116

Re: RWLR - Robin Wood Light Railway

I spend quite a bit of time when I first get a locomotive figuring out how to get it to run slowly. The 'Millie' turned out to be an absolute treasure in this regard as she will plod steadily onwards with the burner well down, and the regulator cracked open. She did extremely well on my old line wit...
by IrishPeter
Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: RWLR - Robin Wood Light Railway
Replies: 700
Views: 108116

Re: RWLR - Robin Wood Light Railway

My first line was steeply graded and had one or two deceptively tight bends in it which cured me of any 'boy racer tendencies' early on. There are one or two paint patches on the side tank of my 'Millie' which are the stigmata from those occasions when I was a bit free and easy with the regulator. P...
by IrishPeter
Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Rolling Stock for the Far End Tramway
Replies: 84
Views: 8635

"Iron" Wagons

I had forgotten how much I like Bristol board as a material. It is not everyone's choice, but I got used to it as a skint teenager, and given that even now I have to do my modelling on a shoe-string, it come in very useful from time to time. I have also decided I do not like messing around with 13.5...
by IrishPeter
Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: Time to build a railway...but where?
Replies: 2058
Views: 258487

Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Has I said Peter, they are brilliant, who cares if they are not 110% correct....If you look at photos of coaches and wagons that the manufacturers make, they got are pretty much the same....To many people like the smaller gauge brigade who always knock something done because it's not the way to be....
by IrishPeter
Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)
Replies: 72
Views: 3427

Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Erm, I hate to mention this, but the loco is Austrian, not Swiss. Class 2095, IIRC. The red and white does indeed derive from the flag, but that of the Austria rather than the place next door. Ooops! Yes, that does ring a bell now... Oh well, too late - I've already contacted the Swiss government, ...
by IrishPeter
Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)
Replies: 72
Views: 3427

Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Hello Rob, and welcome back! I was just thinking the other day that I missed your photo reports of operations on the CWLR. Not the right time of year for that sort of thing, but the diesel completely makes up for it, it looks fantastic! I can't wait to see how it looks back on its bogies at the hea...
by IrishPeter
Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Where do you start?
Replies: 18
Views: 601

Re: Where do you start?

Being a favourer of ground level construction I have in the past followed the contours of the yard where I have been building my railway. The plot out last house was built on was parallel to the slope of the hill, so that worked very well for an end to end set up. This house is on a plot that runs d...
by IrishPeter
Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)
Replies: 72
Views: 3427

Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

The two-tone green really makes a difference. Very good choice for that locomotive, and quite honestly, it no longer looks foreign. The two-tone green is probably my favourite diesel livery - after CIE Black and Orange!

Cheers,
Peter in Virginia
by IrishPeter
Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Run time
Replies: 23
Views: 858

Re: Run time

Preheating the water does not gain you much. With a Bertie, I would say no more than 2 or 3 minutes. However, when it is freezing the bell off a bike it might be worth it to help keep the gas consumption somewhere close to normal. The only loco I ever top off the gas on is my Millie, which seems to ...