Brettell Road, 1960s black country (ish)

Discussion in 'Layout Progress' started by Jim S-W, 29 August 2014.

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  1. Jim smith-wright

    Jim smith-wright Western Thunderer

    When I picked up my nearly finished J94 kit it came with an already assembled Branchlines Gearbox. Try as I might I just couldn't get on with it. For some reason it seemed to have very little torque but this wasn't sacrificed for speed as it didn't really have much of that either )perhaps the energy was being used bu by the noise it generated?). So admitting defeat I swapped it for a High Level Road Runner +. What a difference that made!

    Another little problem I came across was the lack of space between the inside motion and the springs I fitted on the front 2 axles. I had used a short handrail knob in the same way that the advocates of CSB systems use but it was all just a little bit too tight for comfort. So I ditched that and just soldered a couple of springs to the inside of the chassis - Number 10 guitar springs for the centre axle and number 12 for the front bearing on the top of the axles. Anyone with any kind of knowledge of how things should be done are probably reading the rest of this post from behind a sofa but it works so that's fine in my eyes!

    Anyway its done so here's a few pictures.

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    Here's a very short video of the inside motion at work



    Below are a few evening images.

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    Another little video - this time a spot of shunting. There's a few stutters which I am hoping a little more running in will iron out.

     
  2. Jim smith-wright

    Jim smith-wright Western Thunderer

    This post can best be described as a taste of local flavour if not the full meal itself.

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    Anyone familiar with railways in the Stourbridge area will be aware of the Parry People Movers that operate between Stourbridge Junction and Stourbridge Town. Little 4 wheeled railbuses that spend their days shuffling along the UK's shortest passenger branch line. The line itself is still jointed track meaning the ride is somewhat best described as lively! While famous now for these little vehicles Stourbridge didn't really embrace the railbus idea the first time around, The line begin operated by autotrains and GWR design railcars at the time railbuses were being tried elsewhere.

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    However as Brettell Road is a loose interpretation I have gotten hold of a Heljan one as a nod to the little people movers. This was always going to be a nice to have rather than a need so having kept my eye on eBay for a cheap one, just on the off chance, this AC version popped up as a non runner with a dodgy motor for less than half the price the runners were going for.

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    The motor was replaced with a small Mashima I already had. One of the drive shafts was bent out of shape too but as these little models are very heavy for their size I binned that and now its just powered on one axle. For what it needs to do that seems absolutely fine.

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    I've fitted a Zimo MX634D decoder in the space in the roof linked to a TCS KA2 stay alive hidden behind the door and weathered it, The wheels are Branchlines 3ft using the original gears and bushes. You do need to grind a little bit of the chassis away to get them to fit. A couple of passengers and its good to go.

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    Same idea - different generations!

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    Another bit of local flavour. The yard crane at the real Brettell Lane was a bit of a chunky affair. In line with my upcoming demo at Scaleforum on making the most out of older models, I've come up with this representation using the Airfix dockside crane as a start point. The jib is scratchbuilt from plasticard. I've only seen a few distant pictures of the real thing so this is very much a loose interpretation.
     
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  3. john lewsey

    john lewsey Western Thunderer

    This is just the best thread
     
  4. simond

    simond Western Thunderer

    Why is the modern design so, well... ugly?

    S’pose its all personal taste really, someone probably loves it

    Atb
    Simon
     
  5. AJC

    AJC Western Thunderer

    I'm not sure a development lash up (which is more or less what LEV-1 was) qualifies as design, in an aesthetic sense. It's moot, too, whether something that is now 41 years' old qualifies as 'modern', either!

    Adam
     
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  6. Jim smith-wright

    Jim smith-wright Western Thunderer

    Oi you lot. There’s nothing wrong with a good old leyland National...

    ...provided it’s on a road not rails!
     
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