The Salfords Light Railway diary
I have been "fiddling" with the turntable,
necessary because I didn't take enough care when laying the slabs. This was
because I didn't think about it at the time, rather than just being sloppy.
I have been pondering where to put my loco shed, and
although it was not my first choice, next to the turntable seems logical.
Rolling stock is a different matter, but the loco shed can go at 90 degrees to
the station where it will be out of the way, but practical. I still have to
agree this with "she who shall be obeyed", but it won't be too big, so
shouldn't be a problem. The possible location is shown in pink is this plan,
along with a possible steaming-bay:
I've been Emailing Paul at Ride
on Railways with my thoughts & ideas on the narrow-gauge version of
Trojan. We're going to sit down at his open day on 22nd Sept. to discuss the
details, but it sounds as if I may have a kit of parts by the end of October or
early November. Perhaps I will have something running for Christmas! Paul has
also reworked the external cranks on Trojan so they now have balance-weights. I
was going to go for "no rods", but the balance-weights look good, so
perhaps I'll go for rods after all.
I've arranged to pick up some more goodies when I go to
Paul's open day, namely a sprung 4-wheel chassis (this'll be my "riding
carriage" and will be built up to resemble an outside-braced box van) and a "Beware of the trains" sign.
I went to the Surrey Society of Model Engineers public
open day at Leatherhead on 15th and saw something rather inspiring. Someone
had taken a Stuart Models
launch engine and a vertical boiler, and bolted them on an 0-4-0 chassis to produce
a "De Winton"
locomotive. If you hear a funny noise, it is the gears in my head
going round. Talking of gears, that'd be the only real stumbling-block. Hey, I
probably won't take this anywhere, but no harm in thinking it through.
|Just got back from
Paul Middleton's open day in
Romford. This is me driving Simon Pavitt's Metropolitan Railway Bo-Bo
"Growler". Boy-oh-boy that sweater makes me look fat!
We discussed my loco and I have decided to go with a "standard" length
Trojan chassis, modified with the large link-n-pin coupler castings I got from
Maxitrak. He's still working on the details for the industrial-outline body, but by using a standard chassis (I originally asked for
one slightly longer), I can get my chassis kit in about 2-3 weeks. I also picked
up my sprung 4-wheel chassis (after taking it for a test-drive), a buffer stop and a BEWARE OF THE TRAINS sign.
I also got an Email from Jeff Price that my track should
be available in a week or two.
I'm getting there - slowly, but I am getting there.
Paul will be passing my home at the weekend and will drop off the chassis and
parts for me, so I have a pretty good idea what I'll be up to this weekend!
While I was at it, I have ordered a bogie chassis. Only
thing is I have not decided what to build on it yet, though it will probably be
a Talyllyn or Ffestiniog bogie coach of some sort.
I saw an advert in Engineering in Miniature for a 5" gauge Edward Thomas a guy
was selling. Unfortunately I missed out. Well, it was in Derby, that'd be a 3½
hour trip each way to go see it with no guarantee it would've suited me. Well,
that is what I am telling myself. It was only £700 too, what a shame.
First the Hunslet I missed, then no track for ages, now the Edward Thomas,
surely it is about time I got lucky somewhere! I wonder if I'll
find that ideal steam loco at the Midlands Model Engineering exhibition next
month? Which also happens to be in Derby. "Hunslet, Hunslet, Hunslet." Perhaps if
I say it enough times...?
|Busy and expensive weekend: I now have a Ride on Railways Trojan and bogie chassis
(Paul came round this morning and dropped them off as he was in the
neighbourhood) and I treated myself to a new 4mega-pixel digital camera to
better document how I am getting on.
Here's the loco, the bogie coach chassis and the 4-wheel chassis (which I got
last weekend at Paul's open day) "parked" near the bird-bath. Can't do
much else without track!
I am definitely going to have to do something about a shed for the stock
soon. I moved the 3 new chassis in to the shed - I mean railway workshop, and the bogie chassis is bloomin' heavy. The less I have to lug this around the
better, and I haven't even built the body yet!
I've got several ideas on where to put a rolling-stock shed (shown in pink in this
image along with roughly where the track would run to get to each of them):
- Put a low shed between my shed and the fence just for coaches
- Put a track in under the workbench in the shed
- In the "L" between the kitchen and living-room windows
Each of these has its own challenges:
- Makes access difficult as there will be no space to walk alongside the
shed. This might mean having something like a hinged roof to the shed so I
can walk inside it - not ideal.
- I will need to make some kind of removable track section to bridge in to
the shed, and I will also loose the space under the bench for storing spare
- This is a space originally going to be used for a bicycle store under a
lean-to roof. This is the most interesting from the railway's point-of-view
as this would give me an excuse for the "in the back of my mind"
plan to run a single line out to the front of the house.
This is going to become an issue sooner than I thought.
I saw a note on Chris Heapy's web-site from a guy selling a model of the
Talyllyn loco "Sir Haydn". Unfortunately, so far I have not heard back
from him. He's in Wales, but the description tends to suggest it'd be worth the
gauge Talyllyn railway No. 3 "Sir Haydn". This is a very rare loco and
is a work of art.
This is a large
locomotive in 5-inch gauge, and it really is a conversation piece, it's
wonderfully engineered throughout and works like a treat. Has a current boiler
certificate that expires in August 2004.
Comes with slate wagon
come driving trolley.
Bargain at the price,
£1750 ovno, sale due to new larger project being undertaken (need space!!)
Please email for further information
Strange how 2 Talyllyn locos come up in a matter of only 1 week.
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