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by GTB
Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:15 am
Forum: Garden Railway Technical Help & Advice
Topic: Weak Bachmann Lyn motor
Replies: 22
Views: 366

Re: Weak Bachmann Lyn motor

I think I have identified the problem and fixed it (let's hope that's not famous last words!). I thought that thing looked like it had been butchered to fit a different motor. You're more patient than me, I'd have long since given it a burial at sea by tossing it off the end of the local pier.........
by GTB
Wed Mar 03, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: What to do with a tiny, barren wasteland?
Replies: 84
Views: 9523

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

Belethor's General Goods is now in place, and I'm quite pleased with the result. That photo of the general store reminded me of photos of the store at Mapleton. If that was your intent, you've nailed the right look. Just needs a baby shay and a short train parked in front of the veranda......... ;)...
by GTB
Tue Mar 02, 2021 1:33 pm
Forum: Garden Railway Technical Help & Advice
Topic: Weak Bachmann Lyn motor
Replies: 22
Views: 366

Re: Weak Bachmann Lyn motor

Might be tricky to mount the wheels - unless I can find a worm which meshes with the existing worm wheels Bachmann and quality control have only a fleeting acquaintance from what I've seen........ I'm told they use Mabuchi motors, but I'm inclined to think it will be a cheaper chinese clone. The cl...
by GTB
Wed Feb 24, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: Garden Railway Technical Help & Advice
Topic: Interpreting a manufacturer's drawing
Replies: 9
Views: 177

Re: Interpreting a manufacturer's drawing

Can anyone explain this? Has the draughtsman made a mistake? First rule of building models from original builders drawings - DON'T scale from builders drawings. If no dimension is shown, find the drawing that shows the necessary dimension. It's unlikely that the real loco had different length 'shaf...
by GTB
Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Regner Else
Replies: 7
Views: 486

Re: Regner Else

Not sure what body ill build to replace the Germanic one once I get it working. The drivers are too large to build a Perry or Barclay style body but I'll figure something out. those red frames will have to go ASAP I'm no fan of the aesthetics of german locos either, but there were a lot of them aro...
by GTB
Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:14 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Lyn >> Schull & Skibbereen Erin(ish)
Replies: 37
Views: 1801

Re: Lyn >> Schull & Skibbereen Erin(ish)

The clamshell for the Lyn motor block is very poor quality plastic. Most of the destination mounts for the self tapping screws have split, so it's held together very tentatively - ie the screws are just about biting but can't be tightened completely. More poor design than poor plastic, although rec...
by GTB
Wed Feb 17, 2021 8:17 am
Forum: Garden Railway Technical Help & Advice
Topic: Paint reaction question
Replies: 14
Views: 681

Re: Paint reaction question

Thanks for the input everyone! I think I'll try and stick to the same brand where possible in the future! The problem may be incompatible paint types, which will be due to the solvents used, but there is also another mechanism that gives that sort of finish. There is a special paint called 'wrinkle...
by GTB
Wed Feb 17, 2021 7:07 am
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Regner Else
Replies: 7
Views: 486

Re: Regner Else

Hi all, I recently acquired this Regner Else from facebook and it looks to be brand new which is obviously great news for me but its come with no instructions of any kind. I emailed Michael Ragg at Argyle and he said they've never imported one and thus have no documentation on it. has anyone had an...
by GTB
Mon Feb 15, 2021 2:41 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: Tram Kits n Bits
Replies: 16
Views: 715

Re: Tram Kits n Bits

Ah yes - "Brisbane Sparks" - he contributed here recently, on "Tropic Thunder"'s thread. I really like his stuff, a lovely juxtaposition of urban street cars in a fairly jungle-y setting - there's quite a lot of it on Youtube. Alexander posts under the name 'Melbournesparks'. He's a member here, bu...
by GTB
Tue Feb 09, 2021 9:04 am
Forum: General Garden Railways
Topic: Trackplans
Replies: 29
Views: 1369

Re: Trackplans

Are you going to be able to simulate traversing the real route by x number of circuits before calling in at the through station which I think can be by-passed by the raised loop? Will the through station take on various identities dependent on where the train is on its journey? That was the theory ...
by GTB
Mon Feb 08, 2021 1:08 pm
Forum: General Garden Railways
Topic: Trackplans
Replies: 29
Views: 1369

Re: Trackplans

No fancy computer graphics around here, the first image is the only one with more than a passing relationship to electrickery.......... The doctored Google Earth postcard puts the fictional TVT in context and shows the route overlaid on the area of East Gippsland where it may just exist in a paralle...
by GTB
Sat Jan 30, 2021 1:02 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Lyn >> Schull & Skibbereen Erin(ish)
Replies: 37
Views: 1801

Re: Lyn >> Schull & Skibbereen Erin(ish)

The issue was the outswing on the couplings which are attached to the buffer beams. I'm not surprised. The VR solution to the same problem with the chopper couplings on the NA class was a wider buffing plate, with a much wider gap for the chopper. You may have to fit a much wider loop than your sta...
by GTB
Fri Jan 29, 2021 2:31 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Lyn >> Schull & Skibbereen Erin(ish)
Replies: 37
Views: 1801

Re: Lyn >> Schull & Skibbereen Erin(ish)

Although the Bachmann Lyn looks OK and runs reasonably well, she is not happy on my tight curves What's the issue? I'd have thought a Bachmann Lyn would get around an R1 curve OK, as their own track is the same 600mm radius. I have three 0-4-2T locos and two bigger ones are marginal, even on my cur...
by GTB
Tue Jan 26, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: Videos
Topic: Peckforton Light Railway - Video Library
Replies: 180
Views: 25676

Re: Peckforton Light Railway - Video Library

Back on topic, here is your challenge (should you choose to accept) - https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/4345 I've thought and thought for years how I could do the 'fancy shaped' saddle tank but it is too hard for me. Does anyone know if that shape has a name? As Andrew says, the d...
by GTB
Sun Jan 24, 2021 11:58 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: The Reading and Squamish Light Railway Stock Thread
Replies: 128
Views: 26409

Re: The Reading and Squamish Light Railway Stock Thread

It claims to be 80% ethyl alcohol, but it also claims to be moisturising. & It's eye-wateringly expensive... Methylated spirits/denatured alcohol is about 95% total alcohol. Apart from the stratospheric price of hand sanitisers, they don't have enough alcohol to make a decent fuel..... Some campers...