Thursday, September 5, 2013

Moving Forward


Due to a young family, a busy job, and vacation, I've been very lax about posting in recent times. Nonetheless, things have been happening!

The local Proto87 'Possie' gang moves around to each other's places to help out with layouts and consumption of beer. Although I have to say that my layout, Sutton Grange, has been getting a lot of attention. Rene' Gourly and Andrew Hutchinson have been rolling up their sleeves and getting down to some track laying. Thanks guys! With the help of some rapid-printed switch components (compliments of Rene's drafting skills), we again did battle this week. And by the end of the session, things suddenly started to look like a layout.

Apart from the track laying, the J Class steam loco and I have finally come to an understanding, with the chassis running very nicely. It's been a hard slog to get to this point, but it's very gratifying to look back and see the base camp from where I started. Thomas Edison is now known as the inventor of the incandescent light bulb. However, he suffered a lot of setbacks on the way. Before finally identifying the light bulb that worked, he commented that “...I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” So to misquote Mr Edison, I’ve found a few ways not to make a reliable Proto87 steam loco chassis!

I'll put up another post about the J Class shortly.



alco said...

Good to see some progress on Sutton Grange. The J chassis is also looking mighty fine.


p.s, I hope you are wearing your MOAP shirt with pride!

Julian Watson said...

Hi Paul,

Great to hear from you, mate.

Yeah, a few things have started to fall into place over the last little bit. A lot of help from others has made the difference...


The Industrial Lead said...

Looks great. Where did you get those brass roller gauges.

Greg Amer

Julian Watson said...

Hi Greg,

Thanks for that.

One of the guys in the photo on the left , Andrew, turned them up on his lathe (based on the agreed Proto87 standards, and modified for 5'3"). Contrary to Andrews protests, he's a careful and considered self-taught ‘mini’ machinist.



Julian Watson said...

Hi Greg,

I've just been looking at your web site and note that you're the Seattle area. I'm about to move down to Bellingham. Perhaps we'll have to meet up some time?


Shelton D'Cruz said...

Hi Julian

Did you have any issues with expanding the wheels on the T Class to be more prototypical Broad Gauge?