October Progress

Posted on November 1, 2018. Filed under: Monthly progress |

My track record with pick-ups is not brilliant, so I took the opportunity of building a split-frame chassis under the guidance of one of our local gurus (thanks, Frank). I already had a conventional P4 chassis underway for a Peckett 0-4-0, so decided to experiment by way of making an alternative 00-gauge chassis to compare pick-up performance.

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There are a number of potential shorts to resolve in a split-frame chassis, and here is one of them. The gaps in the split axles are off-centre, for example to avoid clashing with the gearbox. However, the gap entered the chassis top hat bearing, which had to be filed back to the frame. The space between the chassis and gearbox frames was padded out with fibre washers to maintain the central position of the gearbox. There are lots more gotchas still to come.

In the middle of the month I demonstrated tree-making (I was one of about ten demonstrators covering most of the skills from signalling and electronics to loco and layout building) at Expo Bowland 2018, appropriately held in the Forest of Bowland AONB at Newton in Bowland. It was a small, friendly gathering organised by the Ribble and Craven EM Group with an excellent cooked lunch, which should ensure my attendance next year.

This was also a good preparation for my first tree-making workshops at Pendon Museum in June and November 2019, which are now open for booking.

Finally, towards the end of the month, I continued by making more slow progress on detailing coaches. The next job, at long last, is to make a batch of Stones ventilators before I add glazing to some early LMS coaches

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