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Discussion in 'S7 Group' started by spikey faz, 25 March 2020.
We do like photos...
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!
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.
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....
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.
Sorry for the thread diversion yet again. I'll give myself a good talking to.......
Brian, Pink Floyd are one of my favourite bands, so no need to apologise for thread diversion.
I've just sent you an email.
I have replied with a link to my Google Cloud Drive. The goodies are within...
...and received safely. I shall have a good look through those. Thank you very much Ian.
You are very welcome!
Motion plates finished and soldered into place. Also added a bit more detail parts to the front of the cylinders. Fiddly!!
And a few more bits:
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...
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.
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!!
Have a good evening
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?
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!
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!
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.
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! Don't worry, No.5 will be finished this year.
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.