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by LC&DR
Wed Nov 20, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: On the workbench
Topic: Fireless Locomotive
Replies: 5
Views: 44

Fireless Locomotive

Following some discussion on another forum, I thought I would have a go at building a Fireless Locomotive. These were typically used at paper mills, and chemical and petroleum factories, where sparks would be dangerous. They had a large steam reservoir instead of a boiler where hot water/steam at hi...
by LC&DR
Wed Nov 20, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: The Mess Room
Topic: Wagon with crane
Replies: 12
Views: 95

Re: Wagon with crane

Cranes have been a necessary part of the railway scene since the very earliest day and therefore every model railway ought to have at least one. The Tri-ang / Hornby hand crane R127 / R6004 is a remarkably good model (for its age) of a Cowans Sheldon 6.5 and 10 ton hand operated crane the prototype ...
by LC&DR
Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: OO 4mm/ft, EM & S4/P4
Topic: Coal mine operations question
Replies: 5
Views: 139

Re: Coal mine operations question

Something else to add, coal for locomotive fuel was delivered in mineral wagons both the 16 ton and 21 ton versions. The Western, and Eastern Regions had dedicated vehicles for this traffic, but during the 1950s these were amalgamated with the general traffic fleet, although it was still possible to...
by LC&DR
Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: OO 4mm/ft, EM & S4/P4
Topic: Coal mine operations question
Replies: 5
Views: 139

Re: Coal mine operations question

A colliery layout in the 1950s will probably load coal into a mixture of BR 16 ton minerals for domestic fuel and BR / LNER 21 ton Hopper wagons for larger industrial users, including power stations and steel works. There were still many small gas works and they chiefly got their coal in the smaller...
by LC&DR
Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: OO 4mm/ft, EM & S4/P4
Topic: Coal mine operations question
Replies: 5
Views: 139

Re: Coal mine operations question

Firstly the following applies to coal cut by hand (pick and shovel) underground, and therefore reasonably clean and in recognisable lumps. When the coal reached the surface (usually in narrow gauge 'tubs') it was tipped on to conveyor belts and sorted by being sent through 'screens' which separated ...
by LC&DR
Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: OO 4mm/ft, EM & S4/P4
Topic: Correct colour for structures and fittings
Replies: 9
Views: 192

Re: Correct colour for structures and fittings

Grey was certainly used extensively, especially by the S&T for lineside structures, usually those things away from the public gaze, and things that needed to fade into the background. Signal posts of colour lights being a good example. Water cranes, water tank tops, transformers, the girders of meta...
by LC&DR
Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: OO 4mm/ft, EM & S4/P4
Topic: Correct colour for structures and fittings
Replies: 9
Views: 192

Re: Correct colour for structures and fittings

I don't know if there is an equivalent to Southern Nouveau for the other 'Big 4' railway companies. I find this book extremely interesting and useful, and essential reading for anyone modelling the Southern.
by LC&DR
Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: OO 4mm/ft, EM & S4/P4
Topic: Correct colour for structures and fittings
Replies: 9
Views: 192

Re: Correct colour for structures and fittings

Helpfully the Southern Region Chief Civil Engineer produced a series of Painting Information sheets, describing and illustrating every type of building, structure and lineside equipment indicating precisely what colour it was to be painted. Even more fortunately these have been gathered together and...
by LC&DR
Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: The Welcome Forum
Topic: Rhodesia Railways S Scale
Replies: 3
Views: 101

Re: Rhodesia Railways S Scale

Sounds like a very clever and interesting idea. Excellent start so far, please keep us informed about progress.
by LC&DR
Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: Layout Track & Design
Topic: Proposed new layout
Replies: 6
Views: 224

Re: Proposed new layout

Boards 3' x 4' or 3' x 5' will be fairly cumbersome if it is intended to be portable. Something that needs to be considered is how one reaches across the board to attend to a derailment, find two feet / two foot six is the maximum width from the board edge to a track for comfort when attending to a ...