Here is a list of all the postings Bob Youldon has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Black Five, Jinty or 4F - 3½" or 5" gauge - for a Beginner?|
I've been most interested in the various postings, I think we can be fairly sure that an example from the LMS would be your first option. I have built in both 5" and 3.5" gauge but have returned to 3.5", being easier to man handle and easier on the pocket. the Derby 4F by Don Young was in his words designed for the beginner. Some may say an inside cylinder design with a crank axle and a boiler with a belpaire box isn't suitable for the tyro; having now built three examples it is probably as simple as they get and look reasonaly like the prototype; the first I built took less than 18 months start to steaming. I followed the words and music in ME and Don's writing makes the whole construction process very clear and simple so I can recomend the design without reservation. Take a look on the internet for an ME index which will give details of the relavant issues. Generally your local ME society will have copies of the ME or there will be at least one member with a set of bound volumes.
There are a number of other 3.5" LMS designs available, Martin Evans 8F, LBSC's Doris, his take on the black 5, hundreds built and all go well and there is the 3.5" Stanier 2-6-0 "Princess Marina" again a simple design of which many examples have been built and will always perform well; he also described a Jinty known as Molly. Blackgates have an Ivatt class 4 mogul and a Duchess, both in 3.5" gauge and there is of course Don Young's 2P 4-4-0 again based on his 4F design.
|Thread: Tongue in cheek|
A metre, its not complicated; an old Sussex farm hand once summed it up, "simple boy, its a yard plus the thickness of a brick and a tile" So there you are, the definative answer from deepest Sussex!
|Thread: 3 ½" Gauge Association|
I for one would join, I think it's a great Idea, my workshop is geared to 31/2" gauge locomotive building, I find it a most pleasing size to work in, lift and manhandle and when complete still having sufficent power to do a useful job of work, What about bringing this idea to the readers of ME through the editors Smoke rings or postbag pages?
Count me in,
Bob. . . . .
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