Posts Tagged ‘British’

The longest Train British

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

A fun day at Somerton Hobbies. A testing day to see how many wagons a loco could manage before it’s limit. Note: The wagons maybe american but that is becaus…

The British Railway Stories: Episode 1, Part Two.

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Episode 2 : “A Great Problem Goes West!” www.britishrailwaystories.com The second part of the first episode of “The British Railway Series” Allen takes the Western engine home…albeit with a slight diversion along the way! More information on this episode can be found here: www.sodor-island.net The companion eBook to The British Railway Stories, “Tale of the Unnamed Engine” is now available for purchase on the Amazon Kindle, and other eBook formats! Available worldwide and priced at £4.99, the new eBook recounts the origin story of the YouTube series’ favourite characters! Follow this link to purchase the book, written by Simon AC Martin and illustrated by Dean Walker: Music by Kevin Mcleod, Incompetech.com The contents of these videos, including all text and photos (except where credited otherwise) are ©The British Railway Stories & Simon AC Martin
Video Rating: 4 / 5

The British Railway Stories: Episode 2, Part One

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Episode 2: “Veto a V2!” www.britishrailwaystories.com The second episode, in which we are introduced to Herbert, a nervous V2 engine (who is openly afraid of cows!) More information on this episode can be found here www.sodor-island.net The companion eBook to The British Railway Stories, “Tale of the Unnamed Engine” is now available for purchase on the Amazon Kindle, and other eBook formats! Available worldwide and priced at £4.99, the new eBook recounts the origin story of the YouTube series’ favourite characters! Follow this link to purchase the book, written by Simon AC Martin and illustrated by Dean Walker: Music by Kevin Mcleod, Incompetech.com The contents of these videos, including all text and photos (except where credited otherwise) are ©The British Railway Stories Ltd & Simon AC Martin

BR 1980’s British Rail Hornby Model Train Set Part 16

Friday, December 28th, 2012

More footage from my 1980’s/early 1990’s British Rail model railway. Featuring some steam in action, plus HSTs, Class 47 Titan, Class 87 King Arthur and much much more.

British rail

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

British rail
electric trains
Image by Elsie esq.
This well known logo apparently depicts up and down! i.e to and fro from London which in this country is allways called UP to London and DOWN from London. Incidentally platform 1 on any British station is allways the one for London bound trains. Ask me another!

And the station! Its East Croydon

British railways

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

British railways
electric trains
Image by Elsie esq.
A nice facet of BRs train markings is that only "locomotives" carry the lion and wheel crest. So on this 4 car EMU only the two motor cars are so adorned.

The British Railway Stories: Episode 1, Part One

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Episode 1 : “A Great Problem Goes West!” www.britishrailwaystories.com The first part of the first episode of “The British Railway Stories” comes to Youtube! Here we meet Allen, Stephen and Sir Ralph for the first time, as another region engine requires help getting home… More information on this episode can be found here www.sodor-island.net The companion eBook to The British Railway Stories, “Tale of the Unnamed Engine” is now available for purchase on the Amazon Kindle, and other eBook formats! Available worldwide and priced at £4.99, the new eBook recounts the origin story of the YouTube series’ favourite characters! Follow this link to purchase the book, written by Simon AC Martin and illustrated by Dean Walker: Music by Kevin Mcleod, Incompetech.com The contents of these videos, including all text and photos (except where credited otherwise) are ©The British Railway Stories & Simon AC Martin
Video Rating: 4 / 5

British Railways in the 1950’s – “Portrait of an Engineer”

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Produced in 1954, this film depicts a typical day of production engineer Ted Wilson who has spent 30 years working at the Vulcan Foundry (located at Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire). At this time the foundry was building both steam and electric locomotives for Britain and other countries.

The British Class 390 “Pendolino”

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

The British Class 390 “Pendolino” electric multiple units are tilting trains built by Alstom utilising Fiat tilt systems. Fifty- three 9-car units were built for Virgin Trains from 2001 to 2004. These trains were the last to be built at Alstom’s Washwood Heath plant, in Birmingham, before its closure in 2005.

Can a British 00 scale train work on a American ho scale track?

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Question by : Can a British 00 scale train work on a American ho scale track?

Best answer:

Answer by knarftledgarthok
Model/toy railroad scales (ratio of size between the model and the “prototype” or real train the model is based on), gauges (actual spacing between the rails), and the names by which different scales and gauges of models trains are called, are quite complex issues. In recent years, serious attemps have been made at standardization of these dimensions and their naming conventions, but there are still wide variations between model train dimensions by regions, manufacturers, and time periods. Also, in the past it was common for model rail gauges to be designated as being measured from the center of one rail to the center of the other. However, this method has now been recognized as problematic, since trains of different prototypical gauges, when scaled down to different scales, may result in tracks of the same gauge but thicker or thinner rails (which affects the actual amount of space BETWEEN the rails, if the nominal measurement method is center-to-center). For this reason, it is now becoming standard practice to define model railroad track gauge by the distance from the inner edge of the top of one rail to the inner edge of the top of the other rail.

According to the currently most accepted conventions, I believe HO track has a gauge of 0.650 inch or 16.5 mm. Scales of trains made to run on this track modeling “standard” gauge prototypes are variously given as 1:90, 1:87.1, 1:87, 1:76.2, or similar. Train models designated as OO scale made by Hornby and Lima may run on this track, as the gauge seems to be nominally the same. However, the scale of the track may be inappropriate for the train (cross ties being too large, small, close together, or far apart for a realistic appearance), depending on the scales of the models and whether they depict “standard” gauge or “narrow” gauge prototypes. It’s also possible that different methods are used to define the gauges of these tracks, resulting in slightly different rail spacing, which will cause the train to derail frequently.

The best advice I can give you is to try it. If it runs well and looks good, consider yourself lucky. Otherwise, you’ll have to find some of the correct track for your train.

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