Wantage Tramway No.5

Discussion in 'S7 Group' started by spikey faz, 25 March 2020.

  1. simond

    simond Western Thunderer

    We do like photos...
     
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  2. Ian Matthews

    Ian Matthews Member

    Hi Mike,

    I think I’m right in saying that the last time N0.5 ‘Jane’ was in steam was at Shildon for Rail 150 in 1975. Here are a couple of YouTube links with Jane in steam. The first video is at about 5 minutes, the second about 2:40. Enjoy!



     
  3. oldravendale

    oldravendale Western Thunderer

    I remember it really well - I woz there. A superbly enjoyable day and the first time I'd seen quite a few of the locos. I particularly remember "Morayshire" as I'd been bought the Trix Twin D49 (laughably called) model as a child but never seen one in life. It wasn't until years later I realised how expensive that loco was and what a lucky little chap I was to own one at the time.

    Happily all my Trix Twin stuff went to a collector so remains in good hands.

    Brian
     
  4. Ian Matthews

    Ian Matthews Member

    I was at RAF Cosford in training having joined the RAF a couple months before. I come only a few miles from Shildon, and had an invite to attend the weekend... unfortunately, Pink Floyd at Knebworth won the tussle for my (very) limited funds....
     
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  5. oldravendale

    oldravendale Western Thunderer

    Hi Ian.

    That would have been an enormous mental tussle for me as well! However, a bit later daughter and I went to see PF at Earls Court for the Division Bell Tour when Pulse was recorded. I remember that the scaffolding stands had fallen down a day or two before - I was in the USA and flew home for the concert. We thought it wouldn't go ahead, but it did.

    Great memories.

    Sorry for the thread diversion yet again. I'll give myself a good talking to.......

    Brian
     
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  6. spikey faz

    spikey faz Western Thunderer

    Brian, Pink Floyd are one of my favourite bands, so no need to apologise for thread diversion. :)

    Mike
     
  7. spikey faz

    spikey faz Western Thunderer

    Hi Ian

    I've just sent you an email.

    Cheers
    Mike
     
  8. Ian Matthews

    Ian Matthews Member

    Hi Mike,

    I have replied with a link to my Google Cloud Drive. The goodies are within...
     
  9. spikey faz

    spikey faz Western Thunderer

    ...and received safely. :) I shall have a good look through those. Thank you very much Ian.

    Cheers

    Mike
     
  10. Ian Matthews

    Ian Matthews Member

    You are very welcome!:)
     
  11. spikey faz

    spikey faz Western Thunderer

    Motion plates finished and soldered into place. Also added a bit more detail parts to the front of the cylinders. Fiddly!!
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    And a few more bits:
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    Mike
     
  12. spikey faz

    spikey faz Western Thunderer

    Operating gear for the steam-cocks starting to take shape. I recently acquired some 145° solder which has made the soldering of some these little parts just that bit easier.

    The handrail is hollow like the prototype to allow the operating rod to pass through it. For about one nanosecond I considered making this operational...
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    Mike
     
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  13. spikey faz

    spikey faz Western Thunderer

    I've (hopefully) finished off the operating linkages on the front of the cylinders. Have now been trial-fitting the brakes and operating gear. Very much a work in progress as I'm checking clearances from the wheels. 14ba nuts and bolts are temporarily holding the brake hangers in place,but these may end up as a permanent solution as I want to be able to adjust the brakes and be able to remove the push rods to aid wheel access/removal. Anyway, here's a few more pictures.

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    Mike
     
  14. spikey faz

    spikey faz Western Thunderer

    By the way, I know the slidebars look a bit wayward in the above photos but I've just checked/measured and they seem ok. Maybe my wonky camera? Good excuse Mike!! :p

    Have a good evening

    Mike
     
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  15. Ian Matthews

    Ian Matthews Member

    Hi Mike, I think I see what you mean by the angle of the slide bars; the seem to be heading down hill toward the cylinder... camera angle optical illusion perhaps?
     
  16. spikey faz

    spikey faz Western Thunderer

    I think the ride height needs a slight tweak. I've also noticed the footplate is not sitting tight on the chassis. I'm hoping this accounts for the sidebars looking slightly out. Until the loco body is secured to the footplate I'm not going to start any adjustments. It does however seem to run smoothly, so that's a bonus! :)

    Mike
     
  17. spikey faz

    spikey faz Western Thunderer

    While I wait for some 16ba nuts and bolts to arrive (going to hopefully use the on the brake gear) I thought I'd do a bit of the cab controls. I must admit that my enthusiasm for this project is flagging a bit. I look at what I've achieved and not all of it is that good. I think the whole lockdown/Coronavirus situation is getting to me. I might break out my G-scale locos and have a play! :)
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    Mike
     
  18. oldravendale

    oldravendale Western Thunderer

    Tell you what, Mike. I wish I could do that! It's a lovely thing and you need to know how much this stuff is appreciated.

    Personally I hope you'll keep going with this project. You're so near completion that I hope we'll all see the final result.

    Keep safe.

    Brian
     
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  19. spikey faz

    spikey faz Western Thunderer

    Hi Brian
    I really appreciate your kind words. :) I think I sometimes need to take a step back from my projects and chill out a bit. I will get it finished, but progress may be a bit erratic at times. One of my previous loco builds was a Scale7 Doxford crane loco which I started about 15 years ago but only completed this year! :eek: Don't worry, No.5 will be finished this year.
    Take care
    Mike
     
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  20. adrian

    adrian Flying Squad

    As they say sometimes a change is as good as a rest and we all need to have a bit of fun. However the cleanliness, pipework and detailing on that back-head is superb - very impressive so it would be good to see it finished, but yes you do need to be in the right frame of mind to continue at that standard.
     
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