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RE: Model Steam Railways

#91 by Sheldonboy , Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:08 pm

If you have it was wrong, it was always called steamlining. But then some people keep calling Points Turnouts and Railways Railroads. Bloody Foreigners.


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RE: Model Steam Railways

#92 by Voltman , Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:22 am

Hornby must be wrong as well....
BR 4-6-2 'Sir Archibald Sinclair', Battle of Britain Class (Air Smoothed), Early BR

Merchant Navy Class
"Opting for a very high pressure boiler, Bulleid was able to make the 3 equally sized cylinders smaller, at 18” and better balanced, resulting in his newly designed Bulleid Firth Brown 6’ 2” driving wheels, which in turn reduced hammer blow to the rails. In 1934, Bulleid had opposed the use of streamlining, but for the Merchant Navy design it suited his purposes, being easy to clean mechanically and hiding the boiler’s external pipes, which in turn meant they could be run for function, rather than aesthetics.
The Hornby ‘Merchant Navy’ will feature a fully detailed air-smoothed body shell matching the detail differences between the different build series, a new air-smoothed tender for the original series and an all-new 6,000 gallon tender for the third series locomotives."

Battle of Britain Class
"Known collectively as Light Pacifics, the Southern Railway West Country and Battle of Britain classes were originally designed as air-smoothed 4-6-2 Pacific locomotives by the Southern Railway’s Chief Mechanical Engineer, Oliver Bulleid. Designed to be lighter in weight than the similar Merchant Navy class, they could be used on a wider variety of routes, including the Kent coast and South West of England."


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RE: Model Steam Railways

#93 by Sheldonboy , Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:37 pm

An interesting piece but I still don't agree with Air smoothed. But as with many of the Chief Engineers, Oliver bullied was a genius and contributed well to the British Railways stock. Trouble is I was/am a Great Western and LMS man as I well remember them running when I was a Schoolkid and beyond. So as with most people I will go with what I learned from the steam crews we spoke to, as and when we were allowed to.


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RE: Model Steam Railways

#94 by Voltman , Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:40 am

Air Smoothed doesn't really make sense. If something is smooth then the word smooth covers it, the Air is added to give an impression of Streamlining.

Dictionary says....
smooth |smuːð|
adjective
1 having an even and regular surface; free from perceptible projections, lumps, or indentations: smooth flat rocks | his face was curiously smooth and youthful.
• (of a liquid) with an even consistency; without lumps: cook gently until the sauce is smooth.
• (of the sea or another body of water) without heavy waves; calm: the smooth summer sea.
• denoting the face of a tennis or squash racket without the projecting loops from the stringing process (used as a call when the racket is spun to decide the right to serve first or to choose ends).

streamline |ˈstriːmlʌɪn|
verb [with object]
1 (usually as adjective streamlined) design or provide with a form that presents very little resistance to a flow of air or water, increasing speed and ease of movement: streamlined passenger trains.


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RE: Model Steam Railways

#95 by Voltman , Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:17 am

Here's an odd case.

"End of the line for model railway fan as housing association demands he dismantle £10,000 train set in attic on health and safety grounds"
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...ty-grounds.html

This bloke has also quite clearly put boards across the inside of the roof to keep out dust and crap, he doesn't mention that in the report.
I wonder if he also took out some cross members or vertical supports, his loft looks very open. There's a very good chance that he has caused the "leaky chimney" that he was complaining about.
Being a builder he should have fixed it himself and stayed under the radar.


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