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  1. Steve replied to the thread P2 Locomotive Company and related matters.

    Make a drilling template is ome way

    Nov 23, 2017 at 11:02 AM
  2. Steve replied to the thread P2 Locomotive Company and related matters.

    Nov 23, 2017 at 11:01 AM
  3. Steve replied to the thread Great Central Railway after the link up.

    Rule no. 1 is never cover the box unless you're in a rush to make steam. I never put anything to the front of the box until departure and keep the dampers closed and the door open. That keeps things cold and stops the volatiles from being given...

    Nov 23, 2017 at 10:01 AM
  4. Steve replied to the thread Great Central Railway after the link up.

    Black smoke is generally down to the fireman, whatever the coal. the only excuse is when you've made up a good fire for departure and the Bobby or guard comes and tells you you aint going anywhere. Then, it can be a choice of blowing off or...

    Nov 22, 2017 at 10:31 PM
  5. Steve liked estwdjhn's post in the thread Great Central Railway after the link up.

    Yes it can be obtained, but for at least some sorts of use cycles said coal is fairly unsuitable for burning in railway engines. A railway I'm involved with briefly considered soft welsh coal, and basically other than the smokelessness every...

    Nov 22, 2017 at 10:15 PM
  6. Steve replied to the thread Mid Hants volunteering..

    The NYMR have volunteers that regularly come over from Holland, including footplate crew. Popping over from the Emerald Isle can't be too much different.

    Nov 21, 2017 at 2:13 PM
  7. Steve replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    In total agreement, Peter. Hi-viz is not a magic shield to protect you. It helps the driver see you at a distance and sound a warning but when trains are close it is 100% down to you to be in a safe position.

    Nov 21, 2017 at 8:27 AM
  8. Steve replied to the thread West Somerset Railway Operations.

    Does the WSR have a requirement for people to wear hi-viz away from a running line? I don't know; I'm simply asking the question.

    Nov 20, 2017 at 7:45 PM
  9. Steve replied to the thread North Yorkshire Moors Railway General Discussion.

    I'd welcome 31 back any day.

    Nov 19, 2017 at 7:34 PM
  10. Steve replied to the thread Paint froth question!.

    Thanks for the info. Looks like Tom was closer to the patent than my suggestion, gleaned from my Talyllyn years and Rolt's Railway Adventure. Intrigued how a flangeless wheeled 0-4-0 would work, though!

    Nov 19, 2017 at 7:21 PM
  11. Steve liked LesterBrown's post in the thread Paint froth question!.

    Fletcher's Patent; The patent actually specified the rear axle beneath the firebox. The first one was constructed speculatively and sold to an Aberdare iron works. Even before it was finished the Severn and Wye Railway ordered one with...

    Nov 19, 2017 at 7:18 PM
  12. Steve liked Jamessquared's post in the thread Paint froth question!.

    I might be wrong, but I’ve always understood Fletcher’s patent to be an arrangement of inside valve gear on a very short wheelbase loco, typically a small four coupled loco. The eccentrics are mounted on the leading axle and the eccentric rods...

    Nov 19, 2017 at 8:21 AM
  13. Steve liked LesterBrown's post in the thread Paint froth question!.

    Good description. I was being a bit fascetious when referring to Nellie. It was the inside cylinders which made it impossible due to the big ends rather than the eccentrics so Fletcher's patent wouldn't have helped. The real C14 and S14...

    Nov 19, 2017 at 8:21 AM
  14. Steve replied to the thread Paint froth question!.

    Although Captain Baxter fits your theory I always understood its main reason/advantage was to allow a long wheelbase with the rear axle to the rear of the firebox, thus creating a more stable locomotive. Talyllyn No.2 is a prime example of this....

    Nov 19, 2017 at 8:21 AM