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16  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Coal and British Steam Loco's on: August 22, 2008, 06:49:29 AM
Dunsten, most of the coal fired in English locomotives came from northern or Welsh pits. Most of this coal was hard black coal called Anthracite. In the days of the the "Big Four" the railway companies had coal mines they sourced their coal from. When BR came into being in 1948 they broke the system up into regions. In the begining the coal was sourced from the same pits but as mines started to close coal was sourced from other mines and from overseas.
Depending on the firebox the coal was generally in 2" to 4" lumps. Later as the coal quality decreased more processed coal was used in the form of oviods and bricquettes. Bricquettes were the worst as this was coal slack formed in cubes. These broke up easily and was usually formed from high ash, high sulpher content coal.

Nearly all English locos were hand fired using the little and often method. Generally you tossed an couple of shovelfuls into each corner, a shovelfull along the edges, two under the door and a couple in the midlle and left the door open about a quarter. This method generally worked well with the BR standards with locos from the big four you had to adjust this method to suit.  Only a couple of locos had trials with stokers. Berkley mechanical stokers were fitted to three class 9F 2-10-0's in 1958. Wether it was because steam was on the wane or due to the fireman's inexperience with such devices they were removed from the locos in 1962. Steam finished in the UK on August 14th 1968.

Charles Emerson
Queensland
Australia


What kind of coal do English engines burn? Do they burn a soft or hard coal? I have noticed that most of the engines I see on youtube have a beautiful clean white smoke.  I wonder if it is the coal you are burning or your firing technique.
Thanks
Dusten
17  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Let's See Some Of Your Work on: August 08, 2008, 07:16:03 AM
Well not much in the track or scenery dept from me . My forte if you like is building locos like this


NSWGR AD 60 Garrett.


British Railways Class 8P pacific " Duke of Gloucester".


NSWGR D58 class 3cylinder heavy mountain.


British Railways Standard Class 4 2-6-0.

I enjoy this part of the hobby. I'd enjoy it even more if I could geta few US locos in kit form other than Bowser, of which I've built a few. RTR is great and I have many RTR locos in plastic and brass but I find building a kit loco very relaxing............... most of the time.

Charles Emerson
Queensland
Australia
18  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: New Steam Loco on: August 06, 2008, 08:15:13 AM
All quite true. I should have said "Mainline steam" or standard gauge steam. There have been one or two locos in the UK that would almost qualify as new build in terms of the amount of work carried out in replacing worn or missing parts.

Charles Emerson
Queensland
Australia


Actually this is not quite the first new-build steam locomotive in the Uk for 50 years, as there have been new-builds for narrow-gauge; as per below examples quoted from Wikipedia

Graham Lee, in business with an engineering works situated at Statfold Barn Railway near Tamworth in Staffordshire, has in 2005 and 2006 constructed two new Quarry Hunslet locomotives (named Statfold and Jack Lane) similar in appearance to Irish Mail pictured above. In January 2007 Jack Lane was offered for sale by the manufacturers for 152,750 (Railway Magazine, February 2007). The third of a series of four locomotives is currently under construction.

Whilst checking this on the internet, I saw this youtube link, showing a 1946 Hunslet loco having some trouble with a rake of wagons, and requiring ''human-power''

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aa2ZrYolKBk&feature=related#


19  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: New Steam Loco on: August 04, 2008, 10:06:55 AM
Gene, it's a 3 cylinder pacific. it has a 250psi boiler and developes about 37,400lbs of tractive effort. On the east coast main line where these locos used to run they hauled 550ton trains at about 90mph+.



This a picture of one I am building.

Regards
Charles Emerson
Queensland
Australia

Neatd story.  Is it a Ten Wheeler or a Pacific, Charlie?
Gene
20  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / New Steam Loco on: August 03, 2008, 08:51:16 AM
The first new build steam loco in the Uk in nearly fifty years ran under its own power. "Tornado" , an LNER A-1 class design, is described as not a replica but the 50th loco of a class that was built in the 1948/49 period.
Follow the links to learn more.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7536023.stm

http://www.a1steam.com/

Charles Emerson
Queensland
Australia
21  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: A first attempt at an American locomotive... on: July 24, 2008, 10:04:22 AM
Jack, Southeastern Finecast make a chassis for a USA tank part number FC 183. Not sure if it'll fit your body as your looks like cast body?. The also have a kit F183 for a USA tank with outside walschaert's valve gear. Have a look at www.sefincast.co.uk

Regards
Charles Emerson
Queensland
Australia
22  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum 4-8-2 Electrical Question on: July 14, 2008, 07:29:21 AM
On The heavy mountain if you remove the trailing truck from the locomotive you will see two copper wipers that contact a small pcb. These are from the drive wheel pickups and over time the ends can become oxidised and so become a poor conductor. If your good with a soldering iron you con solder the individual ends to their contact pads on the pcb. Ensure that you do not bridge the gap between the contact pads on the pcb or the factory smoke may escape.

Charles Emerson
Queensland
Australia
23  Discussion Boards / HO / Twin speakers in 16VC tender on: June 28, 2008, 08:11:16 AM
I decided to couple a 16VC tender to one of my C&O H-5's. Some H-6's were coupled to 16VC tenders so I still have a bit of work to do on the loco. I'm using the sound decoder from the standard tender. I'll install this when I make up a new interface and change the LED's to Golden whie ones.
 Here are some pics of the speaker install so far.

Chassis opened up for the speakers.


Speakers test fitted.


Speakers mounted and sealed with latex caulk.


Starting to wire up.


End seals made from 60thou plastic card affixed with latex caulk.

When I get the wiring interface sorted out I'll post some more pictures.

Charles Emerson
Queensland
Australia
24  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DCC for 4-8-2 Heavy Mountain on: June 28, 2008, 07:36:38 AM
That would be an oopps!! on my part. You are entirely correct the front and rear does come off the tender. I was thinking of the short vandy tender and I still got that wrong. Old age is a bugger.

Charles Emerson
Queensland
Australia



I took apart several Hickens a few years back and had to pry off the ends to access the electrics.  The rounded body did not appear to have a removable bottom.  Has the design changed or was I just doing things the hard way?

Robin

who hopes he hasn't timed out again!!!!!
25  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DCC for 4-8-2 Heavy Mountain on: June 27, 2008, 09:01:09 AM
The Hicken tender for the SP version of the mountain is essentially the same as the USRA tender, a single phillips head screw ahead of the front truck. The C&O style 16VC tender has two philips headed screws securing the chassis to the tender body. When you seperate the body from the chassis When you plug the decoder in to the the socket on the pC board you will need to orientate the plug correctly. If when you test the loco it runs but has no lights then the decoder has been inserted the the wrong way round. Remove the plug, reverse it's orientation and plug it back in. As a quick guide the red wire on the plug harness should be next to the number 8 printed next to the socket on the PC board.

Charles Emerson
Queensland
Australia
26  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Driver Wheel Size on: June 23, 2008, 07:55:26 AM
The original GS design was knocked back by the war production board being a GS-4/5 passenger loco.The design was reverted back to the GS-2 design and the term General Service was implied in the application to the war production board. The major differences are no mars light, 73-1/2" drivers as opposed to 80" drivers for the GS-4/5, no side skirts. The original allocation was for 16 engines numbers 4460 to 4475 but as Lima started building them the war production board allocated six engines to the Western Pacific. The last engine of the SP batch was 4469 which entered service September 7 1943. These were locomotives thet formed the "Warbaby" class. This was the last new steam passenger locomotive bought by the SP. See  Hundmann publishing's Steam Locomotive Cyclopedia and the February 1997 article in Mainline Modeller.

Charles Emerson
Queensland
Australia
27  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Fathers And Trains on: June 17, 2008, 08:16:26 AM
Ahh yes grandkids. They are wonderful aren't they. I have both a grandson and granddaughter and funnily enough they must have been born with sticky fingers that they manage to get in the most awkward of places. And they can't point , they have to point and touch . So if yours point and touch your lovingly  built Tichy 500t coaling tower and it falls over and hits the concrete floor don't yell at them in such away as to make them cry. No be nice and gentle and speak to them in hushed tones. I on the hand yelled, swore and my daughetr in law didn't speak to me for a couple of weeks. Ahh what bliss.

Charles Emerson
Queensland
Australia
28  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Why do the brits call on: June 15, 2008, 09:57:37 AM
Well in theory you could conceveably have type A and type B diesels in consort with a Stroudly Terrier. As Roger wrote the last Terriers operated on the Hayling island branch till November 1963. The type A and type B diesels were introduced in 1957 and 1958. Bachman make a couple of these, Class 20, class 24, Hornby make a Class 30/31, and Bachmann  also make a couple of the bigger type C like the WR Warship or class 42, the class 40 and the class 44 or type D. you can also pick up a class 26 or type B from Heljan.. All these locos wer introduced between 1957 and 1960 so with a little bit of imagination it's not hard to place a Terrier  beside a class 44 even if they never met in real life. BR went to great lengths to publicise the new traction showing diesels passing steam locos, usually slow moving goods trains, or passing steam engines sitting in the dead rows at various depots. Decrees were issued that certain services like the Master Cutler,  the Edinburgh/ Glasgow fast expresses were to be diesel hauled their full journey. But diesels were fragile things and failed a lot so locos like the A1's A3, A4 continued on longer than was planned. Some of the diesel classes had a fairly short life as they weren't up to the challenge so locos like the 8F, Black 5, 4 and 5MT , 7MT and 9F continued right up to that bitter weekend of August 3/4 1968. Yep thats right a year before the US put two blokes on the moon steam was still running in the UK. The final steam hauled train was the 15guinea special. This was ran the weekend after the official end of steam.


Charles Emerson
Queensland
Australia




as long as I can find the carriage with a loo  Grin

British Stock is fun. You can model a 100 year old Terrier Tank Engine next to a brand new English Electric Type 2. All in 1967.

British Modellers know what I mean 


I think not, at least not under British Railways auspices.  The last Terriers were withdawn. I believe. in 1963 shortly after the close of my local branchline  on November 03, 1963, the Hayling Branch, that ran from Havant, my home town, to Hayling Island.

Half a dozen or thereabouts have been preserved, one even in Canada at the Canadian Railway Musuem/Expo Rail.
29  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: nice Web page upgrade on: June 15, 2008, 01:32:38 AM
Well Mr.Hess is to be congratulated for an excellent job. As I was on last night about 01:30 I had no inkling that a change was in the mist. So far I've found no problems everything just works as it should.
Top job Gentlemen, have the day off Grin

Charles Emerson
Queensland
Australia.


Dear All,
Mhess has put in a LOT of hours on this, and I think it looks great!
Have fun!
the Bach-man
30  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: CLass J Drivers on: June 12, 2008, 09:23:05 AM
I have found that the side rods on the "J" are poorly arranged. This tends to misallign the wheels which may be causing your problems. Have a look in copy of Hundmann's Loco Cyclopedia at the side rod arrangement of  a "J" class then compare it to yours.

Charles Emerson
Queensland
Australia
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