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Old 13-01-2017, 04:20 PM   #11
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Blimey I hope you were wearing your insulated underwear.
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Old 13-01-2017, 04:21 PM   #12
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Good work Dave.

When you get round to the points remember to leave a gap where the shoes would come if the train was coming out of the sidings. In some places a side ramp was used where speeds were low, but normally a short gap with end ramps was used instead. The shoes would knock the rail over if it was continuous.

Here is some points at Selhurst to show what I mean.
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Old 13-01-2017, 04:29 PM   #13
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Class 73's had a high index only allowed 2 loco's together on electric power, in the early hours going up the Dartford Loop around 1600 amps on the cab power gauge, the ceramic pots the rails sat on used to get some damp in them, they would start to glow orange, then explode white hot ceramic better than any firework, they were also very good in the snow draw a arc right over the cab when the shoes left the rail with some power on.....
One wet Saturday morning I was in my office at Faversham doing the timesheets when the signalman rang. "Guv'nor there is some smoke on the track near the sub-station, I've sent for the P Way". So I headed off down the sidings to meet them. When I got there, there was smoke coming out of a wooden cable run under the back road. I immediately went on the phone to the Electrical Control Room and requested the current off immediately. Too late! There was a huge bang, a flash, and a six inch lump of the running rail in the siding disappeared! There wasn't much left of the cable either. Even the ballast was smoking. It appears that water had got into a cable joint and the insulation had broken down. The 'juice' took the shortest route and the running rail was nearest. Fortunately none of us were over it when it blew, but I think we all discovered just how fast we could run over the ballast.

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Thanks guys much appreciate your comments
Tinker love that idea think there is a solution for that as well with the flickering lights
LC. Will post a pic up in a bit as I've just done some points but think I've done it wrong can you let me know please
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Blimey I hope you were wearing your insulated underwear.
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Are you telling everyone Shroomy wears rubber knickers? I told you there's something funny about him.
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Are you telling everyone Shroomy wears rubber knickers? I told you there's something funny about him.
I was replying to Tinker. Can't comment on shroomy, who can
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Sorry Shroomy - Tinker's the funny one!
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I am guessing now its said about the points this is wrong now ?
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It's the gloves you need to worry about not my knickers ,they go right up to my shoulders
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Old 13-01-2017, 05:25 PM   #20
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The shoes on a unit or loco are sprung loaded so if the third rail is missing thay drop down 2-3 inches what you need are gaps so a train coming out of a siding has a gap for the shoe so it doesn't hit the third rail but slides along from the end, the ends were bent down a bit for this reason......
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