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Thread: Wahya construction series
21/02/2021 09:08:09

Thank you for the response Luker. Hopefully you will be able to relax without the concerns of filming etc., and you will be able to enjoy your beautiful locomotive still more.

It is a real tribute to your skills and approach and looks and sounds really good.

I found your 'pressure-gauge' article very interesting too. Following your example I am looking to source a couple of suitable pressure-gauges (10bar) from ebay (or similar) to experiment with.



20/02/2021 18:41:06

I've enjoyed the Wahya series too. And the locomotive looks great and runs well. But I note that you don't seem to notch the valve gear up (??).



Thread: 00 Gauge Live Steam Locomotives
04/02/2021 10:14:48

If you search +++ sherwood +++ in this Model Engineer index you will find quite a few articles of his covering construction of 00 (and still smaller) live steam locomotives from the late 50's referenced.



Thread: Micro rivets
03/02/2021 15:54:27


You can get rivets down to 1mm diameteer from Sapphire Rivets in steel, stainless steel, aluminium (& alloy), nickel silver, brass, copper, bronze, monel, in a variety of head-forms 'over the counter'.

No need to try exotic sources down to 1mm diameter shaft; unless you want to, of course!



Thread: Butch - can it come back to life?
19/01/2021 09:59:27

If you get stuck or would like advice at any time then it may be worth having a look on Model Engineering Clearing House forum as one regular poster ('Doug'  )  there has restored (his thread on the topic includes many descriptions photos) and runs a Butch, and another is building 'Twin Sisters' which is a very similar design. From memory a few of the posters have had experience of 'Butch' as it used to be a popular and rugged club loco'.

The forum is very locomotive oriented.



Edited By Weary on 19/01/2021 09:59:57

Thread: Finding a good home for my Dad's engine
10/01/2021 22:13:09


So, thanks for the info'.

Looks like you have a Nigerian Railways 'River' Class locomotive as built by Vulcan foundry in the UK and others elsewhere.

Your father built this at 1" to the foot scale. So it makes an interesting, meaty, and somewhat unusual model.

If you want to get an idea of price/value then you might want to browse Station Road Steam to get an idea of prices. There are other dealers too of course who may merit a browse. When you know 'how much you would like', then, as mentioned by others above,  a 'free' advert' on here or Model Engineering Clearing House may allow you to 'test the water' as you appear reluctant to list on ebay. The lack of any (test) documentation for the boiler will depress the value - dealers sell with boiler documentation. Knowing what the model is etc., will enable you to get a better price.

Please keep us (me!) posted.




Edited By Weary on 10/01/2021 22:14:03

Edited By Weary on 10/01/2021 22:19:33

10/01/2021 21:48:50

As to what the source locomotive design may be:

The plans that you show in your last photograph are not directly relevant to this model. It is unlikely that your model is of a French prototype (used in France) as it has a 'pilot' ('cowcatcher' ) which were not (customarily) used in Europe. However, it may be a French design used in the French colonies or areas of influence.

The photograph that you uploaded with three photographs of real locomotives may be more relevant as there are striking similarities (albeit with some stark differences) between the photos and the model. Maybe these photos were taken in Australia?? The signals are distinctive and may aid identification. The paperwork in that photograph may shed some light on your father's inspiration as there is some commentary about the design of valve-gear and I can also see some documentation referring to French 'pacifics'. There is also the corner of some drawings of connecting rods (??) or similar visible, these may indicate the source design.

Your father's model is of a 'Mikado' rather than a 'pacific'. So, any references to pacifics indicate inspiration rather than the specific model.

The model may be a free-lance design incorporating some of your father's ideas rather than a strict copy of a particular type of locomotive.

Model Engineering Clearing House has a good number of Australian based locomotive enthusiasts and one of them may have a few ideas about the model.



Edited By Weary on 10/01/2021 21:49:34

Thread: VAT changes post Brexit
08/01/2021 09:58:21

I contacted my MP, Greg Hands (Con. Hammersmith & Fulham) pointing out that some European companies were refusing to sell to the UK as they regarded the new HMRC VAT requirements too onerous for the revenue involved. I further pointed-out that there was no apparent way for small and artisanal producers to undertake a simplified procedure.

Mr Hand's admin' support appear to be unaware of this 'hitch' and my observations have been forwarded to Jesse Norman (MP, Hereford & South Herefordshire), Financial Secretary to the Treasury for his consideration.



Thread: Postal Imports ... Notice 143
04/01/2021 15:37:54

BBC report "Some companies refuse UK deliveries over Brexit tax changes".


Thread: clockmaking
27/12/2020 19:03:55

Antiquariat-am-St-Vith in Mönchengladbach, Germany, has an English-language copy. 88 Euro, say around 100/110 with carriage to UK, but you would have to 'sort that' with them.

Unfortunately I cannot link you to the relevant catalogue page, so you will have to do a search yourself from the main page to which I have provided a link.

They also list on ABE and price in £, so you can order from there too if you prefer.





Edited By Weary on 27/12/2020 19:07:26

Thread: Pennsylvania A3 Switcher
08/12/2020 11:13:21

Promises to be a very interesting build.

What do you intend to do for wheels? Are you going to buy castings? Or ....??



Thread: Rob roy boiler
06/12/2020 22:15:40

Maybe worth trying a similar enquiry over on Model Engineering Clearing House forum which is more locomotive oriented?


Thread: Strange Word...
14/11/2020 14:41:05

Headmistressship. ??

Thread: Tender locos for a beginner?
11/11/2020 16:51:21

Whilst considering Maisie don't overlook that castings are also available from GLR/Kennions and GS Model Engineering and it will be worth your while comparing prices.

Some of your other candidate locomotive castings may also be available from other suppliers apart from Reeves..



Thread: Bronze or gunmetal screws/bolts
08/11/2020 12:16:38

EKP do'em in 8 & 7 BA bronze as do ba-bolts.

.(EKP also list on ebay)



Thread: In flight social distancing
16/10/2020 08:57:47

I travelled on British Airways twice during September, London - Milan.

On both occasions every seat was occupied. Masks obligatory except when eating or drinking. We could not leave seats at any time (i.e. to go to toilets or move around) without permission of cabin-crew. We were 'boarded' un 'un-boarded' in groups of rows to reduce congestion on the aircraft.


Thread: New Covid Rules
14/09/2020 08:23:15


Even in groups of six the individuals should stay 2 metres apart (or 1 metre with 'mitigation', which can be 'outside'  ), unless they come from the same household or 'support bubble'. The last sentence of your text suggests that these restrictions do not apply to 'groups of six' or fewer?

Gov't Core Document here. (Applies England)



Edited By Weary on 14/09/2020 08:24:38

Edited By Weary on 14/09/2020 08:33:40

Thread: Identify Home Built Clock
28/08/2020 08:40:30

Hello Mr Varner

all the Model Engineer issues listed in your enquiry are currently available on ebay.



Thread: Assembling laser cut cabs
04/06/2020 16:21:41

Model Engineers Laser will cut the parts in your choice of material and thickness using their 'standard' drawings if you ask. Obviously if you change the thickness then tab slots and corresponding tab thickness will be incorrect.



Thread: Steam Age - Sue O'Connor
22/04/2020 16:53:02

In Model Engineer magazine 1989 Vol.163 issue 3852 page13, the editorial mentioned " Steam Age, Sue O'Connor retires".

Model Engineer index here.

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