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Sunday, 23 February 2014

One of These Nights

Lesson to remember #303 - during an idle moment do not, under any circumstances, push a wagon through some pointwork.

What started as a passing moment of self admiration led to an evening of self flagellation. And before anyone thinks they are on the wrong "sort" of blog this was very simple. I walked past Claterinbrigg and saw a wagon sitting and decided that it looked so nice that the best thing to do was to run it through the yard points. Which led to the almost inevitable and it fell off. Unfazed I tried again and off it came. Ah - I know, I will try this in between some other wagons as experience tells me the muckle great finger can often have an unwieldy influence on a single wagon. Out came some stock and to my delight a BR cattle wagon ran perfectly through the vee. I sandwiched the troublesome vehicle between the cattle wagon and a BR open and tried the manoeuvre again. Now some of you will be one step ahead and know what happened next, so without further ado - the BR open wagon also fell off!

Wagons rest at Claterinbrigg GNSR
Wagons sit in the yard at Claterinbrigg. 
Oh and the one that had been giving trouble previously, it too succumbed to the ballast. As in fact did the next replacement barrier wagon. In utter exasperation I looked, studied, examined, poked and prodded the various upturned wagons to see why one that looked the same as the other would behave in such differing ways. I did though eventually notice that the first test subject had an axle box that had come a little loose and so secured that. When retested it now ran fine - great. But the two vehicles I had taken from the stock box to help test the original were now playing "dive in the dirt".

I took the wagons to my bench and removed the axles, took off the wheels and generally cleaned up. One brass pinpoint bearing was loose and seemed to be allowing the axle to droop at one side. I added a washer and brought it back into a better fit. I also removed some rough plastic from the rear of the wheels and remounted them on the axle and gauged them. The wagon was a little light but even so ran perfectly when tested. Two down one to go. This one also had axles removed and the wheel backs clean, regauged and the compensation on this one adjusted as it was sitting down and not allowing any pivoting movement. Again the weight was a little on the low side but still the wagon ran through the points.

Now as delighted as I am to have resolved those issues and have a couple of vehicles that can be confidently used, the overall sense was of disappointment that precious modelling time was diverted to fixing problems that might well have been avoided in the first place. Lesson #304 - Get it right the first time!

Anyway I will put it down to being just "One of these nights, One of these crazy old nights."


  1. Ah, but lesson #305 - you've learned a lesson for next time! And better to take the time now than when you really want to crack on with a running session. A little gentle fettling can be extremely relaxing...

  2. It's just the way of these things, John many's the time I've found that a wee bit of idle tinkering suddenly grows arms and legs and throws your evening's modelling off in a direction a fair way's different from that intended.
    Ach well, they say variety's the spice of life...


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