Be More Realistic ...
Sunday, 18 July 2021
fbb is always ready to embrace new technologies for his Model Railway; so was interested in this product, new to the market and made in Spain. Moulded in plastic, coloured, flexible and self adhesive, the product was worth a scond look. The idea of not having to paint seemed attractive.
But, there is a snag. PRICE!
One Redutex sheet (40 square inches in the old money) would cost £8.50 - plus postage because PECO do not stock it.
The alternative is from Wills.
Back in the days of fbb's long lost youth you only had brickpapers.
If, in the good old days, you waanted texture, you covered your wall with a thin layer of modeller's plaster ...
Actually, by the time you have bought the walling, the tiles, brick for the chimneys plus winfows, doors, glue and paint to make your own, £24.75 is not that bad a deal. The downside is that you accumulate a load of leftovers which you may never use.
Not A Road Map
Probably the phrase "road map", often used to describe a political stategy, is signularly inappropriate for plans for the rail industry. Hence this headline.
Of course, the longer we wait, the more expensive it will be.
The Midland Main Line creeps elelctrically to Market Harborough; the Great Western doesn't quite spark as far as the small communiy of Bristol.
And whatever happened to the electric "spine" that we were promised a few years ago?
Is our government really serious about decarbonisation?
Grand Prix Is French Fot Big Price!
Alan has been looking at the cost of getting to Silverstone. (click on the fare table for an enlargement)
Sadly, the 88 will not get you to the Grand Prix circuit without a long walk. But fear not, Stagecoach are running special buses for the whole weekend from Northampton as service N1.
A similar service runs from Milton Keynes (guess what, numbered MK1).
Talking Of Illiteracy ...SCENERY" 100 times. fbb did email the company to suggest a change, but nothing much has happened!
It's On-Line So It MUST Be Right
This vehicle (below) represents the results of over two years' experimental work. The first production model was delivered to the London, Midland and Scottish Railway. It was in the form of a twenty-six seat passenger coach, and complied with the Ministry of Transport's Regulations, as well as those of the railway authorities. Large capacity double-deck passenger vehicles can also be built.This development was in 1931/1932 and the bus was operated (briefly) on the line between Stratford-upon-Avon and Blisworth.
Changing from rail to road and vice versa, made use of high technology - namely a big spanner!
The following is the method employed in this ingenious car for converting the wheels from the pneumatic road type to the steel-flanged railway pattern. Flanged rail wheels are fitted to the vehicle's axles ; on the outside of these are placed pneumatic-tyred road wheels, each of which is mounted on eccentrics fitted to an axle extension through the rail wheel. When on the road, the road wheels are locked concentrically to the rail wheels, which, being of smaller diameter, are quite clear of the road.
For road to rail transference, the "road-railer" is driven on to the rails at any place where the road has been made up level to the rail tops. Then, with the rail wheels directly over the lines, it is driven forward a few yards until it reaches a point where the made-up road is tapered off. The rail wheels now gradually come into contact with the rails, and take the weight of the machine off its road wheels. The road wheels, which are mounted on an eccentric device, are then raised above rail level by the action of the driver, who rotates them on their eccentrics and locks them to the chassis frame by means of a pin. The road wheels, therefore, do not rotate when the vehicle is moving on the rails.
Lever and pin are shown "in use" above.
It is not clear whether the bus ever carried passengers on the road - but it was deemed less than satisfactory! There was never any sign of the promised double deckers!
So, Japs, you are only 90 years late!
So fbb has planted more pine trees ... seen above behind the castle. They are examples of the well known family of foliage, the Pinus Panscrubbus. With a little teasing of the edges and a dab of paint they dont look too bad.
After a very hot day, your elderly blogger decided bed was more useful that taking pictures of Castle illuminations. So our excited readers will have to wait and see.