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Thread: Fire Queen construction series
09/05/2022 07:47:19

That looks amazing, I shall watch out for that!


Thread: What Did you do Today 2022
01/01/2022 09:29:02

I got 2022 off to a good start by finishing the Guardian quick crossword in under four minutes, a personal best, and that was whilst fending off the cat, who thinks she's helping.

Hopefully I'll get the workshop tidied up today, and get my G3 wagons finished to clear the decks for the new loco.

Happy New Year to all!


Thread: roller bearing balls
01/01/2022 09:24:37

Bonne annee Jacques! May your balls always stay where you put them! smiley


Thread: Darwin's long-lost microscope
16/12/2021 21:20:34

Wow! That's amazing, thanks Michael!

What a fabulous instrument!


16/12/2021 17:11:19

Thanks Michael. I wouldn't be intimidated by the machining, but I would definitely need some drawings! It's a shame the video didn't mention the builder, especially as his name is beautifully engraved on the instrument.


16/12/2021 16:24:52

Charles Darwin's long-lost microscope is auctioned. Not very much about the instrument itself, but some lovely close-ups.

I would love to make a copy of this, but know nothing about microscopes. Does anyone know of a book or a set of plans for something like this?


Thread: Treadle Lathe- ID Please?
14/11/2021 08:18:17

Thank you gentlemen, I knew you would come up trumps!

I have passed a link to this thread to the owner of the lathe.


13/11/2021 11:54:39

Good morning- a friend of mine has this old treadle lathe in his barn and is thinking of disposing of it. He has been unable to locate any maker's name and nothing is known of it's history. Any observations on it's likely identity or value would be gratefully accepted.

I have been unable to see the lathe for myself as it is in a remote part of Wales, a long way from me.

Thanks in anticipation,


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Thread: Book Your Covid Booster! Errr, How? Where?
11/11/2021 15:02:41

Just booked mine on the NHS website. It helped that I still had the texts on my phone from the first lot of vaccinations, as entering the number they gave me then made it really quick and easy.


Thread: We thought the Aliens had landed
20/07/2021 21:48:06

Posted by Michael Gilligan on 20/07/2021 10:58:21:

OldMetaller in particular may be interested to know that I have ‘rationalized’ the surprising location of the TRENT DVOR

It is very close to the Madge Hill triangulation point and is only three metres lower … and it has good vehicular access.

…All things considered; this seems a jolly good place to put a beacon.



I did wonder why they called it Trent, surely it's nearer to the mighty Derwent?!


19/07/2021 05:09:56

I've often driven past that and wondered what it was, thanks Michael!


Thread: Gauge '3' Society AGM & Show - Flitwick 29th May
01/06/2021 07:35:41

It was my first visit, having just joined the G3 Society. A great show, and a nice video capturing it!


Thread: Best place to find a replacement vice?
25/05/2021 06:41:46

Hi Adrian,

Some years ago I bought a Record No 5 from my local bric-a-brac market in Chesterfield, it is used but sound and I have found it invaluable. I think I paid about £25 for it, but the thing I remember most was what felt like an approaching coronary after carrying it to the car!

I still see Record vices at this market, I don't know where you live but I'm sure you have a local market you could visit.



Thread: Looking for a book
16/05/2021 09:42:04

I agree with Neil, Abe Books are pretty good.

The Tich book is well worth owning, even if you don't build a Tich. Just noticed that my copy is on the table behind me- I rest my case!


Thread: Machining Wheel Castings
25/04/2021 12:39:47

Hi Nick, I've just finished turning the wheel castings for my next loco, in 1/2" scale they are 2&3/4" diameter and from Walsall Industries. They came with the solid back you have on yours, which I'd never encountered before. I used a carbide tipped tool and just took it steady when I thought I was close to breaking through. I noticed that as the cut became intermittent the sound changed. There were no problems, but I was a bit shocked when I realised how little allowance there was for thickness- I'd very nearly 'overshot the platform', as The Master used to say.


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Thread: Mystery 2&1/2" gauge 2-2-2 locomotive rolling chassis
10/03/2021 04:07:30
Posted by Dave Wootton on 09/03/2021 18:47:28:

Hi John

Hope we didn't put you off too much! worth looking at the Gauge 3 Society and the 2 1/2" gauge association websites. There are some designs for this gauge by Chris Barron of The Locomotive design company that might suit your requirements, he hasn't got a website but will send out lists of his drawings. I know he does a LNWR Jumbo " Hardwicke" ( my very favourite engine!) and Caledonian Cardean amongst his designs, all are coal fired , close to scale and have proper valve gear. Time so short and so many beautiful locomotives!


Hi Dave, no, you've not put me off; Hardwicke is one of my favourite locos, I managed to get a sneaky footplate visit when I was a child!


09/03/2021 15:36:45

Thanks gentlemen, so it's, 'Gee up, whoa back' then. I agree about the oversize boiler, it looks like a six foot bloke with size 3 shoes!

I will follow up the Dairymaid lead thank you, I don't know much about that engine.

I'm just dipping my toe in the 2&1/2" gauge waters at the moment, I'm trying to find a small engine with proper valve gear and a coal-fired boiler that will suit the projected light railway I've got room for in my new garden.

I've been reading The Chronicles of Boulton's Siding by Alfred Rosling Bennet- a cornucopia of small, old engines that one Isaac Boulton bought from the big companies, renovated, and hired out to other companies, and I'm all fired up about small, old engines!

Thanks again for all your invaluable help- you've saved me a wild goose chase!


09/03/2021 08:29:43
Posted by Dave Wootton on 09/03/2021 07:05:35:

Hi John

From the wheel arrangement and the paint colour I think it may be " Belle Stroudley" a LBSCR class G 2-2-2 one of LBSC's designs for 2 1/2" gauge. It is certainly a rare bird I've never seen one. According to the 2 1/2" gauge association website plans are not available. There may have been a write up in one of the magazines such as Modelmaker or Practical Mechanics. I'll see what I can find out. Would make an attractive and interesting model.


I've just had a better look ( after a coffee!" in " LBSC his life and locomotives" it was described in M.E in 1932, from SRS's website it looks decently made, I'm guessing it was intended for Joy valve gear as there only seems to be a pump eccentric on the crank.

Edited By Dave Wootton on 09/03/2021 07:15:23

Edited By Dave Wootton on 09/03/2021 07:16:03

Fantastic! Thank you Dave, I'll have to have a ferret about in my old ME backnumbers! smiley


09/03/2021 03:53:07


Can anyone please tell me what prototype this locomotive represents?

I'm very tempted to buy it, but I know I'd struggle to complete it unless there are plans available.

It's on the Station Road Steam home page right now, that's where I borrowed the photo from.

Sorry I can't post it as a hyperlink.

Thank you,


Edited for 04:00 vagueness. 

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Edited By OldMetaller on 09/03/2021 03:58:48

Thread: Starting out a young enthusiast
15/02/2021 05:15:32

Hi Viv, this forum, The Unofficial Mamod and Other Steam Forum- an excellent, well-moderated place for youngsters who are fascinated by steam models. I was a member for years and realised my own dream of becoming a model engineer with the help of one of it's members. There were many older children on there, the moderators were very assiduous in keeping them safe.

They used to have an annual Toy Steam Fair at Owston Ferry, if you are in Lincoln this would be quite close to you.

Good luck to your budding engineer, and tell him: I always wanted to be an engine driver...and now I am one!


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