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 Posted: Sun May 20th, 2018 12:42 am
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Last night I found some sheet brass and cut a rectangle approximately 31mm x 35mm, then proceeded to curve it using finger and thumb to the flatter profile, followed by carefully turning the edges over further using long-nosed pliers. 


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Hi Jeff.  Very good as usual. “ where there’s muck there brass” but you turn your brass to good use.  Best wishes. Kevin



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I have two Wickham trolleys from Bachmann, and both are a little light-footed, particularly noticeable on gradients such as they encountered on my friend, Doug's figure-8 layout. I decided to experiment a bit with some thin sheet lead. The first test uses slightly thicker lead than I had intended, but I may panel-beat it out a bit further to do the job properly.

Anyway, what I have done is to glue a couple of rectangles of the lead into the roof of the trolley, to add weight over the unpowered wheels to improve electrical pickup a little. Then, I used a larger rectangle bent to represent a tarpaulin over the rather unconvincing fake ballast load. First impressions are good, although it does need some refinement, and I definitely need to use thinner lead for the future. The photos show the unpainted result, as it is now. Painting it once I am happy with the final shape will improve the look even more. The main thing is that it has vastly improved the traction of the powered wheels.


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Wickham Trolley with Lead Load Cover - 1 by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr



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Hi Jeff   Very good job with the lead, but , I used that “ liquid lead” when I replaced my wagon couplers with Kadee .But I could never work out how they placed the Wickham Trolleys  on the track without brute force and ignorance ?
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Liquid lead would be OK for the weight in the roof hollow, but no good for the trailer's load - the ballast is actually moulded as a heap above the motor, and has the job of actually retaining the motor in place.

Brute force was just about right: the burly workmen would simply lift the trolley onto the track as a team effort..



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Hi Jeff.  Thank you for your reply. It was just an idea, I haven’t had a close look at one yet. Best wishes. Kevin



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I have just received some new etched plates from Narrow Planet. I named and numbered two more industrials into my private series: red Andrew Barclay 16" 0-4-0ST is now No. 15, Abigail, and blue Janus 0-6-0 diesel electric is No. 16, Amadine.


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Hi Jeff.   Very good, have you got/ had relations with girls , with those names??? I have various Locos, but, the only one which is named is my 1980’s Hornby Repton schools class, another one that requires the DCC treatment .Best wishes. Kevin



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Passed Driver wrote: Hi Jeff.   Very good, have you got/ had relations with girls , with those names??? I have various Locos, but, the only one which is named is my 1980’s Hornby Repton schools class, another one that requires the DCC treatment .Best wishes. Kevin


ha ha, no; no relations with any of them except Agnes (my other half)!! I named the red Hornby J94 Agnes because she insisted I buy it when one of the BRMA members had it on sale at a meeting.

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The rest of my industrials are receiving girls names all starting with 'A'. One other, an ex-GWR pannier tank gained the name Ashleigh, after my very good friend's daughter, as we are essentially adopted aunt and uncle to she and her brother.


PO Pannier with Etched Ashleigh Nameplates - 3 by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr



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I did two more name/number/works plate fittings today with the Narrow Planet etched plates. Featured this time are Hatton's Andrew Barclay 14" 0-4-0ST No. 14, 'Avril' (ex-Caledonian Railway livery), with large works plates added, and Hornby Sentinel 0-4-0 diesel No 12, 'Alberta'. I have added a little weathering to both, and managed to dislodge a little of the lining on the other side of the Sentinel, which I'll have to fix again before varnishing it.

The 16" Andrew Barclay No. 15, and Janus No. 16 from yesterday are also in the pics.



P_20180714_190705_vHDR_Auto by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


P_20180714_190613_vHDR_Auto by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


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P_20180714_190644_vHDR_Auto by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


P_20180714_190808_vHDR_Auto by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


P_20180714_190726_vHDR_Auto by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr



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Hi Jeff. Thank you for the update. You certainly have a large And varied  “MPD “ or several. Buses too, handy for the Engineering day’s when a relief bus service is required .  Best wishes. Kevin



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