Friday, 11 November 2016

Tube Line Work Trains

We live next to a tube line, Hammersmith & City, where trains passing late at night by out flat keeping us awake, which is not terribly romantic.  Still, it means we get to see work trains that are usually in tunnels when doing their stuff.  Our disturbed sleep being your gain.

Would make a nice vignette on any layout.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Heritage Steam Day

It has been a while since I last posted, but today the London Transport Museum were running a heritage train on the Hammersmith & City line, which I live next too.  This is one of those events that makes up for all the times one has been woken at 04.30 when the trains start running past the flat.

The train had a steam engine at one end, and yes it did run through the tunnels between Moorgate and Hammersmith.

And an electric Bo-Bo, Sarah Siddons, at the other.  This train was a class act, and the we could see from our window the photographers crowding on the platform at Goldhawk Road taking pictures of the event.  At one point it looked like they would miss the train as modern stock was in the platform blocking their view, but the train cleared in time for all to see the heritage special go by.

Final run of the day caught the new stock passing the other way to the old timers.  London Underground put on a good show today.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Power Bogie Japan

Now look at these here.  I'm going to have to get some of these to try out.  I have one particular project in mind that this would be the ideal answer to the current poor drive train.

So, after all the years of argument about whether or not HO scale suspended motors can be done here we have a commercial product at least.  Now of course these won't be suitable for everything, but with due diligence I can a lot of modellers being able to use these.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

A belated happy Thanksgiving to anyone who is reading this.  I've been far too busy doing other stuff this year to pay much attention to this blog, but I would like to give a big shout out to Ohkwari Sales who doggedly worked to get my Atlas Burlington boxcar to me despite Atlas's taking a lot longer to get this model to market.

All I can say is thank you to the owner of Ohkwari for his diligence in getting me this boxcar.  I could have asked for no better service.  I highly recommend this eBay dealer.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

I'm Okay, Im Writing a Novel

I had an email from one of my MRR friends this week inquiring if I was okay and what has been happening to me?

The answer in general is I'm okay and I'm very busy writing my second novel.  Not that the first one is published.  In fact it still needs a second draft rewrite to tidy it up, but my plan is to learn how to write novels by writing novels, because practice makes perfect.  The detail are to write everyday, for definitions that means Monday to Friday, and just write for a year.

At the moment I'm averaging around a thousand words a day and the first draft of my first novel stands at 94,000 words and the first draft of my second novel has 57,000 words is still a work in progress.  Been rather focused on writing to exclusion of all else, but I have been looking at Burnham Yard and starting to think about doing something, which is called procrastination.

So no updates on the under floor drives, or modelling in general.  So you all have to make do with a picture of me in the cab of an EMD FA diesel taken a few years ago when I was last over in California.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Progress Update

The good news is that there has been some, the bad news is that the outcome doesn't meet all the requirements for a commercial drive.

Let me explain.

The prototype gear box was made with cut gears, which were expensive and we had to look for alternatives.  A Chinese manufacturer said they could produce what we wanted by printing the gears on their machines.  After a prolonged period of exchanges this turned out not to be the case.

We went and looked elsewhere and a different prototype designed for P4 is in the process of being brought to market using printed gears.  The bad news is that they will be sold with the proviso that the gears are not designed for sustained running, which is not what I wanted.

This is a problem that money could make go away, but I fear that he market is so small that the money required is far beyond my means.  Rough ball park figures of around £10,000, or $15,000.  This would probably mean producing 10,000 sets of gears to get the unit costs down.

So the project is now on hold until we can come up with alternatives.