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Caiptean

Signature: I enjoy life - it gives me something to do! - especially modelling BR's Southern Region 1955-61.

Bio: Career railwayman, author and life-long railway modeller.

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Caiptean

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The contemporary back to back measurement for 00 is 14.5mm (14.8mm for finescale); wheelsets less than this dimensions can lead to derailments.

 

I've had Hornby ringfield rolling stock visiting my layout and all have benefitted from their back to back dimensions being corrected. However, you may need to shim the axles (at least) to remove lateral play else the spur gears will have a tendancy to disengage (I use 6BA washers).

 

Shimming does mean slipping wheels of their axles but that is more about first-time confidence rather than being a difficult job. The last locomotive I corrected and shimmed was a Hornby AC electric (15th December 2017) - it took less than ten minutes to do all axles and track-test it!  Wink

 

https://www.hornby.com/uk-en/forum/post/view/topic_id/20704/?p=3  

 

You may find the following assists:

https://www.hornby.com/uk-en/forum/wheel-rail-interface/

I enjoy life - it gives me something to do! - especially modelling BR's Southern Region 1955-61.

Caiptean

2178 posts

@BagEndJct

Looking at your trackplan you have a Left-Hand R606 curve leading into a RH R8073 turnout with no transition or straight in between; such a combination is never ideal especially when a turnout is involved as it can increase the potential for derailments on the common crossing.

 

Why not consider replacing the RH R8073 turnout with a LH R8072 turnout and the R606 curve with a R600 straight moving the R601 straight across to match?

 

Not only will you have removed the reverse curve between the R606 and R8073 you will have removed the reverse curves between the R8073 turnout and the two subsequent R8072 turnouts as well.....  Wink

I enjoy life - it gives me something to do! - especially modelling BR's Southern Region 1955-61.

Caiptean

2178 posts

Within copyright laws there is a 'fair use' exception. As a general rule, if you use a copyrighted work without the copyright owner’s permission then you could be liable for copyright infringement.

 

However, 'fair use' is a limited exception applicable to certain kinds of use, for example on television news reporting and parodies/ It also applies to individual artwork where the final item has 'new meaning' although would not really apply to mass-produced commercial 'artwork'..

 

Essentially the copyright statute sets out four factors for courts to consider in determining whether a particular unauthorised use has qualified as 'fair use':

 

  1. Both purpose and character of the use; particularly if you’ve made a new transformative work and is the use on a commercial basis;
  2. The nature of the original work (i.e. whether it is more factual than fictional);
  3. How much of the original work was used (i.e. a collage - such as sticking a cut-out face on a wagon); &
  4. Does this new use affect the potential value or market for the original work?

While courts are supposed to consider all of these factors, some may be given much more weight than others; this depends upon the work and type of use involved. In some circumstances fair use is relatively easy to determine (others not) - your cutting out an image from a larger copyrighted 'artwork' to add to a 'collage' wagon as a one-off artwork is likely to constitute fair use with no identifiable damage to the value of the original artwork (if ever the copyright holder objected).  Smile

 

To be honest, I'd suggest just getting on and enjoying your modelling!  Laughing

 

As I alluded to before this is civil law (not criminal law) so my expertise is limited and these posts are provided on the basis of the most general of guidance only.  Wink

I enjoy life - it gives me something to do! - especially modelling BR's Southern Region 1955-61.

Caiptean

2178 posts

@GNR-Gordon-4

Busy day although most of the time I'm in a comfortable armchair letting others 'play', Apparently 37 425 is a new release hence having not seen it before.  Surprised Smile

 

 

I never know what is going to be brought along to each running session!  Laughing

 

 

 

@m_duck

Thanks for sharing the video!  Smile

I enjoy life - it gives me something to do! - especially modelling BR's Southern Region 1955-61.

Caiptean

2178 posts

Luncheon at our regular beach-front cafe was accompanied by the sound of vintage aircraft flying along the coast to an air display; I only hope they had more luck than our overcast sky.

 

All of us having retired back to my trackroom as stock boxes were being opened D6507 brought around a rake of fish vans from the storage loops; these not having been run for a few years. With a visiting set of blue /grey coaches it was nice to have an occasional change of rolling stock.

 

On the Up Line visiting 50 031 took 'first turn'.

 

During the week one forum thread had discussed ViTrain class 37 locomotives so one of those (37 156 'British Steel Hunterston') had been brought along to run.

 

In order to make a comparison 37 425 (a model I'd not seen before) also paid a visit. On one side the nameplates read 'Sir Robert McAlpine'; on the other 'Concrete Bob'.  Laughing

 

Apple green 47 522 was another visitor, firstly on the blue /grey Mk2 /Mk1 rake......

 

... then later on a van train!  Smile

 

The ViTrains and Bachmann class 37s were posed next to each other...

 

...before the inevitable double-heading took place.  Laughing

 

Without Ethel 3 (97 252) passengers might have suffered through lack of ETH /aircon with 37 425 hauling the blue/grey set.  Wink

 

No, the second picture wasn't staged - the now combined fish /van train was really passing by both times on the Down Line!  Laughing

 

At the end of the session who could resist running visiting Ethel 3 on the combined fish /van train (some thirty plus wagons) not bad for a 'supposedly unpowered' ETH unit (former locomotive)!  Wink Laughing

It seems this model was specifically made in 2008 for a toyfair; being the only Ethel in this inter-city livery.  Smile

 

Not a huge selection today, but certainly an interesting one!  Wink

I enjoy life - it gives me something to do! - especially modelling BR's Southern Region 1955-61.

Caiptean

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A grubby D8400....  Wink

 

...compared to a clean out-of-the-box (visiting) D8229.  Laughing

I enjoy life - it gives me something to do! - especially modelling BR's Southern Region 1955-61.

Caiptean

2178 posts

Welcome to the forum NTTUYTU!  Smile

 

As GeoFF03 points out 'engineer' is used in the US (and other countries) for the train driver.

 

In the UK I seem to recall the only railway-specific definition of 'engineer' is used by London Underground:

  • "On LUL infrastructure, an engineer is defined as a person trained and certificated in a relevant discipline, appointed by LUL and authorised to undertake specific procedures."

 

Unlike some countries (such as Germany) unfortunately the UK does not require an individual to hold a relevant technical qualification to call themselves an engineer.

This regularly leads to misappropriation of the term.

For example photo-copier repairmen calling themselves photo-copier engineers which undermines those who have trained for and obtained a qualification and so are entitlement to correctly describe themselves as an engineer.....  Frown

 

In the UK a train driver is defined as

  • "A person controlling a locomotive or multiple unit".

A motorman controls an electric multiple unit train or tramcar.  Wink

I enjoy life - it gives me something to do! - especially modelling BR's Southern Region 1955-61.

Caiptean

2178 posts

@atom3624

I've lined up Heljan Cromptons ....

 

 

Heljan 'Slim Jim' D6587  Wink

I enjoy life - it gives me something to do! - especially modelling BR's Southern Region 1955-61.

Caiptean

2178 posts

My first Hornby locomotive in 00...  Wink

 

I enjoy life - it gives me something to do! - especially modelling BR's Southern Region 1955-61.

Caiptean

2178 posts

At the risk of straying off topic I've been reminded of an amusing section in the original Star Wars film (and VHS versions) where a storm trooper? bangs his head coming through a doorway; on later DVD /Blue Ray releases this was edited out (to the disaapointment of many).  Surprised

 

I suspect the Thomas DVDs are the exactly same versions as the VHS offerings but then you never know....! Wink Laughing

I enjoy life - it gives me something to do! - especially modelling BR's Southern Region 1955-61.

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