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by Chris Cairns
Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Blowtorch and 220g Butane cylinders
Replies: 6
Views: 4158

Re: Blowtorch and 220g Butane cylinders

Whilst running on 'Glendreich' at the Bala Lake Railway last year, members of the Chester, Merseyside & East Clwyd Group showed us an alternative canister adaptor that gets over that stand pipe problem. 3 legged adaptor.jpg They are listed on eBay as 3 legged or tripod adapter/converter. The oth...
by Chris Cairns
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: LVLR new addition (NOT A GARRATT)
Replies: 24
Views: 12833

Re: LVLR new addition (NOT A GARRATT)

Newly arrived yesterday: Quite an elderly gent, still has 27meg radio! Nice looking loco. Is this the one John Sutton was selling? I agree with descaling the boiler. If you rotate the loco vertical (smokebox at the bottom) whilst agitating (shaking) it should clear out the sight glass tube. Also wo...
by Chris Cairns
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: New Addition to the CCLW Roster
Replies: 8
Views: 5392

Re: New Addition to the CCLW Roster

As a (cheaper) alternative to the propriety wooden locomotive boxes I obtained some Fat 50 Cal ammo boxes. With the prospect of 45mm running later this year, I've put this Ruby into storage using one of these ammo boxes. Ruby Loco Box S.JPG Accucraft UK only had a double union nut syphon pipe in sto...
by Chris Cairns
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: New Addition to the CCLW Roster
Replies: 8
Views: 5392

Re: New Addition to the CCLW Roster

I do like the Ruby kits and I have been very tempted, it would be great if a 32mm version was offered. I've seen a couple of 32mm conversions, but in its current American loco style I do not think there would be sufficient demand for Accucraft UK to have a 32mm version engineered, and by the time y...
by Chris Cairns
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: New Addition to the CCLW Roster
Replies: 8
Views: 5392

Re: New Addition to the CCLW Roster

Bill Allen wrote an article in the US mag 'Steam in the Garden' (Issue 137) on modifying Accucraft piston valve gear by opening up the ports to improve the valve events. As built, the valve events are poor, as the valves open late and have exhaust lap, which is not a good combination for efficient ...
by Chris Cairns
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: General Garden Railways
Topic: 71 Mile Garden Railway anyone?? Channel 4 - 7th Jan
Replies: 92
Views: 41744

Re: 71 Mile Garden Railway anyone?? Channel 4 - 7th Jan

Discussion of this project has gone rather vocal online elsewhere, and indirectly has caused a Moderator of the 16mm NGM Association Facebook Group to resign. But consider this. It was never intended initially to build a garden railway. It actually started out as a model railway from Liverpool to Go...
by Chris Cairns
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: Glendale Rocket Project.
Replies: 38
Views: 18130

Re: Glendale Rocket Project.

Another fantastic SM32 conversion Tony, with yet another one waiting in the wings.

Like Rik & others I've yet to come across these amazing charity shop finds, but I do now carry my Jurassic Models 16mm scale ruler in my wallet to hunt out any 16mm scale bargains at the £1 shops.

Chris Cairns
by Chris Cairns
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Progress pics of my Roundhouse Billy kit
Replies: 15
Views: 10064

Re: Progress pics of my Roundhouse Billy kit

Impressive progress Mike, and a nicely turned out Billy. My weakness with kit building is spray painting. The owner whom I bought my partly built Billy kit from is patiently waiting to see the Riverdale Elke conversion, but I've still to paint the body work & temporarily fit radio control (been ...
by Chris Cairns
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: New Addition to the CCLW Roster
Replies: 8
Views: 5392

Re: New Addition to the CCLW Roster

The St A & M Railway has gradients, so I was a little apprehensive about her first run on track, even more so after seeing a manual controlled Accucraft Bagnall derail before my go. I decided to initially run her back & forth on the level section, and after that went OK, off she went around ...
by Chris Cairns
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: New Addition to the CCLW Roster
Replies: 8
Views: 5392

Re: New Addition to the CCLW Roster

Refitting the original exhaust pipe sorted out the burner. As you will see if you watch the video, recording came to an abrupt halt due to external interference! This run last 21:45 mins. https://youtu.be/IcAY_L_Rdsw The running in process continued well, with running times slowly increasing - 19:00...
by Chris Cairns
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: New Addition to the CCLW Roster
Replies: 8
Views: 5392

New Addition to the CCLW Roster

Happy New Year. Not been posting on here for awhile, so hopefully this helps to correct that situation. Last year I resisted the temptation to buy more locos (it was when my main pensions matured, taking the lump sum options), but I cracked just before Xmas buying not one but two locomotive kits. My...
by Chris Cairns
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: New Millie
Replies: 62
Views: 28967

Re: New Millie

I picked up a nicely detailed 2002 Millie 2nd hand late last year, although curiously the wheels have not been painted. As you can see in this short video it is very capable of running manually at nice slow speeds (the point where it stops furthest away from the camera was indicating that the track ...
by Chris Cairns
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Mamods & MSS
Topic: Mamod Brunel
Replies: 13
Views: 12005

Re: Mamod Brunel

kins73 wrote:Does anyone know what thread type the water fill valve is on top of the boiler on the Brunel?
The standard bushing thread used on all Mamod products is 1/4" x 26 BSF.

Chris Cairns
by Chris Cairns
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Mamods & MSS
Topic: MSS Side Tank Loco first steaming
Replies: 4
Views: 4312

Re: MSS Side Tank Loco first steaming

I know these little locos only cost about quarter or half the price of a much better loco but its my first step into live steam and I'm saving already for a Telford or a Brunel not made my mind up yet Tom. A read through some of the Topics over on the Unofficial Mamod Forums should enlighten you to...
by Chris Cairns
Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: Accucraft Baguley
Replies: 2
Views: 2993

Re: Accucraft Baguley.

0.8mm Having one crank work loose on both my Ragleth & Edrig, I sent a request via the website contact form to Accucraft UK to obtain the appropriate allen key. Promptly replied by Ian Pearse & 0.8mm allen Key and 10 grub screws were sent by post at no cost. This was probably about 18 months...
by Chris Cairns
Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Mamods & MSS
Topic: MSS wheels not suited to tight radii on Peco track
Replies: 19
Views: 18779

Re: MSS wheels not suited to tight radii on Peco track

It is interesting, but I cannot understand why there is a problem with Peco Flexi Track? Does the same occur with Peco Setrack? I have just compared some Mamod/MSS track with some Peco Flexi Track and the profile of the part of the railhead which will be in contact with the wheels are very similar, ...
by Chris Cairns
Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: The Unofficial Mamod and Other Steam Forum
Replies: 4
Views: 4260

Re: The Unofficial Mamod and Other Steam Forum

Tony,

If you scroll down to the bottom of their Home Page, you will find Sandy Hunter's (Moderator Sandman) email address at the bottom of the Welcome message. He should be able to sort out your problem.

Chris Cairns
by Chris Cairns
Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: Garden Railway Technical Help & Advice
Topic: Roundhouse Bertie
Replies: 16
Views: 9149

Re: Roundhouse Bertie

It is (just) possible to fit a 4 X AAA battery pack between the frames of a 32mm Bertie, but not too much space left for anything else if you stick with the standard Roundhouse buffer beam & centre buffer coupling ( GTB 's converted Bertie model has a chopper coupling fitted). Bertie Battery 01....
by Chris Cairns
Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Mamods & MSS
Topic: New Mamod offerings
Replies: 6
Views: 6128

Re: New Mamod offerings

Mamod have just said that the Boulton is based on a Google image of a Newcastle dock engine, but underneath the bodywork there are (at least to me) a lot of similarities with the mechanics of the LC Models Danny.

Chris Cairns
by Chris Cairns
Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Top up valves and anti-vacuum valves.
Replies: 4
Views: 4296

Re: Top up valves and anti-vacuum valves.

The top up valve over the sight glass seems to be be an additional mounted tune up part. As I know was this not ex works. That's how Regner do it. A goodall type water filler valve was included with most Cheddar Models locomotives, but was fitted into a spare boiler bushing, not on top of the sight...