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by Big Jim
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Enlargement - Part the Second.
Replies: 38
Views: 1761

Re: Enlargement - Part the Second.

That is about what I was thinking. The spring seems okay and it appears quite strong. I will steam it tomorrow and see how it goes.
by Big Jim
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Enlargement - Part the Second.
Replies: 38
Views: 1761

Re: Enlargement - Part the Second.

I managed to strip the regulator down today only to find that it seems to have more than a passing resemblance to a Mamod's https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1813/43329193684_e912ef0f43_c.jpg I still have no idea what caused it to stay open as the lever and rod moved but seemed not to have any effect. ...
by Big Jim
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: The (Windmill Hill) Welsh Highland Railway
Replies: 353
Views: 65173

Re: The (Windmill Hill) Welsh Highland Railway

I'd have thought that 10thou black plasticard slates glued together and painted, would do the trick, but you would need an awful lot of them! Somewhere over the years there was somebody who advocated cutting real slate and I have seen it done at an exhibition demo many years ago. I may be wrong and...
by Big Jim
Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Enlargement - Part the Second.
Replies: 38
Views: 1761

Re: Enlargement - Part the Second.

My shed-cred would be damaged severely if I was seen wearing goggles. I have had to buy a second 'clergy issue' Panama hat for best use as my old one is covered with smuts and the odd burnt bit after an afternoon driving one of the club engines. Much as I enjoy steam in the larger gauges there is a ...
by Big Jim
Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Enlargement - Part the Second.
Replies: 38
Views: 1761

Re: Enlargement - Part the Second.

I think I am going to give up on railways, move to Rockall and become an 'off-grid spoon whittler'. My local ME society have had a steam ban for the past month or so due to the tinder dry conditions and vast amounts of highly flammable undergrowth around. The park where we are located had also banne...
by Big Jim
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Mamods & MSS
Topic: New loco from Mamod
Replies: 4
Views: 301

New loco from Mamod

New loco from Mamod:

https://www.facebook.com/36308671379591 ... 2332884345

I know it is a FB link but it can be viewed without being a member of the aforementioned site.
by Big Jim
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: To notch or not to notch
Replies: 31
Views: 532

Re: To notch or not to notch

As far as I can understand 'notching up is not possible with the simplified walcherts valve gear as fitted to RH locos. As for being able to replicate a slomo? You are not really comparing eggs with eggs so to speak. One is a friction device that utilises a flywheel to store energy that will either ...
by Big Jim
Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: Time to build a railway...but where?
Replies: 1713
Views: 213703

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

pandsrowe wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:20 am
Not forgetting the necessary clearances and permission from the local council planning department. :P
It's Carmarthenshire and a brown envelope with folding stuff in it opens many doors (allegedly)
by Big Jim
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Videos
Topic: Semi-scale BR: Summer Steam Gala!
Replies: 12
Views: 410

Re: Semi-scale BR: Summer Steam Gala!

Very impressive.
by Big Jim
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Tea Facilities
Replies: 20
Views: 2079

Re: Tea Facilities

They just need the congealed runs of cheap ketchup adding and they would be ideal.
by Big Jim
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Videos
Topic: Tin Turtle Load Test
Replies: 9
Views: 240

Re: Tin Turtle Load Test

That looks rather good. I am a great fan of the swiftsixteen TT. It's load hauling abilities are impressive, mine is quite capable of dragging a dead steamer and train.
by Big Jim
Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Mamod traction engines
Replies: 20
Views: 389

Re: Mamod traction engines

Anne says I have urges all the time…. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Cold shower that man
by Big Jim
Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Spoked wheels
Replies: 3
Views: 191

Re: Spoked wheels

Tenmill wheels are nice, I have used many sets over the years.
by Big Jim
Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Photographs
Topic: Mamod SL1 Vs Mamod Mk3
Replies: 9
Views: 497

Re: Mamod SL1 Vs Mamod Mk3

There is a definite charm to the SL1 and loads of things can be done to make it run sweeter. Mamods later offerings might be more refined but they appear to have had a tickle from the ugly stick. Nice colour though on yours.
by Big Jim
Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: New Project - Can you guess what it is? [edit: Back to the Future project]
Replies: 15
Views: 468

Re: New Project - Can you guess what it is? [edit: Back to the Future project]

Excellent, superb, wonderful.
Can you get it up to 88 miles an hour?

Great series of films and a ZZ top soundtrack for number three. I shall be digging out my DVD of it tonight.