I should like to heartily endorse the comments by Alan.
I last saw Peter in the late '70's when he brought a 5" Bulldog to the track for a test run before it went to its commissioner or auction.
Being nobbut a lad I didn't know a leadscrew from a topslide then, but to this day I can remember gifted, top-notch, productive model engineers shaking their heads, almost in disbelief, at the sheer quality of the engine. Rather like the reaction in these pages to the work of jbodenmann I'd suggest.
With Peter and Keith Wilson (according to a recent post) still bashing metal to some degree, it obviously pays to be fan of the G.W.R. - Old Father Time must be a fan as well!
Hello Alan and walshg10, Many thanks for your very kind welcome and comments. My health is improving a little bit every day but I cannot yet, walk but, like Keith, I can get around on my scooter. At present I have three "Saints", a "Duke" and a 3521 class under construction. I have made most of the lost wax moulds and patterns for lost wax casting for most of the "Dean"and "Churchward"standard parts including the 30" stroke cylinders. Thirty odd years ago I started making a 5" gauge design for the "Saints" but also from which any other G.W. 30" stroke engine could be built and I have largely now completed that design. I've handed over most of my work to Polly Models but I still have some of the patterns and moulds at home and I am presently putting together a small number of photo's to put up on the forum to show what can been tackled on the home workbench. I've only just taken to using a computer and my computing skills are such that they may end up on Mars rather than here but I will try to send them in for display. Thealkston's rules forever, O.K. Pete Rich.
Hi Pete, Nice to see your contributions to this forum. From what I can see there are not many prarie builders out there and if there are they are keeping quiet. I spoke to Pete Thomas a long time ago about cylinders since the Reeves price was excruciating but he couldn't help me at the time so I have embarked on and succeeded to fabricate a pair. Whether they will wok of course is another question. Look forward to having a face to face chat when you are able to to visit club. Hope you enjoyed the latest Mandrel
Well as i now have a new workshop being errected tomorrow, once the fit out is done my part built 5101 will be coming out of 25yrs hibernation. If my friend manages to lay his hands on the relevant drawings i might just end up finishing it as the proposed Churchward 2-6-0 tender engine with the No2 boiler. Some of the GWR std components for the 30" stroke 2 cylinder engines from Polly are just the job for the 5101.
4" Foster agricultural traction engine running and a 4" scale Foster 7NHP double crank compound showmans road loco under construction with a 5" Gauge Alco WDLR 2-6-2(Mountaineer) under construction as a gap filler.
Hello Pete, May I add to the welcome? Your contribution to the hobby is profound - nothing short of magnificent. I understand your intrepid launch into the computer world, but at least this forum puts you in touch with the faithful. You know that my interest in the GWR large Prairie currently includes 'possession' of 4115, a great deal of which will live on in 4709. Don
fosteragnes6nhp-nice to read that you're having a new workshop,it may already be erected by now!Also,nice to read that another 5101 is being resurrected.Keep us posted on how the new workshop and the prairie progress. And it's always good to read any contributions from Peter Rich.
Built a Tubal Cain 'Trevithick' engine (as the 'Catch Me Who Can' loco).
Building GWR 5101 class tank loco,and a 5" gauge BR Standard Class 2 tender loco.
Planning a 'Large' Metro.
One of the main things that hamper builds is the setting up to do a batch of 6 or 8 which takes hours and then gets put off!! So with this in mind when over the past few months I spot a pair of part builds for sale we get up and buy them??? Still questioning sanity but the many jigs and formers can now come into their own and be used again! The same reasoning for the Class 2 as it came with laser cut bits and an almost full set of castings for a great price! The Prairie came with a tested Boiler for further stimulation! AND Cylinder Castings!!!!!!!!!!
But Reeves got the wheels muddled on the original order and are refusing to have anything to do with this? The up side is that I have to do the early version which will make a lovely change with the square front end... Manor wheels £35 extra on the Prairie wheels OOPS! And reeves loose a customer after 40 odd years and I told them on a reply to their abrupt e-mail!!! Best regards. David and assistant Lily.
Builder of far too many projects, but I love them all. The more Locomotives you have building, the more solutions to other Projects Problems get Solved. Reworking Simplex into a Fowler Complex. Making a Jinty more to scale. And going up a size in the shape of a Jessie.
This is a very quiet forum but I am pleased that it has sprung back to life. I completed my large prairie at the tail end of last year and have run it on three occasions this year in the very delayed sunshine. I'm happy to report that it runs superbly; almost from the word go. The steaming is reliable but a touch of blower is needed 'light engine' but with a load there is sufficient draught to keep pressure in the right part of the gauge - a jumper top blast-pipe perhaps? I had little hope for the valve gear and smokebox draughting dimensions but it seems fine (I've eaten my words now) but it makes me wonder how much leeway there is in smokebox volume/blastpipe diameter/chimney choke dimensions. As an aside I built an H P Jackson 3.1/2" King in 1973 and that had a simple parallel sleeve chimney and would steam all day with a bright fire - how necessary is the choke? The comment on the cylinder casting price is well taken and in my opinion ridiculously high; my set of castings came from a bereavement sale for £200. The drawings are, in my opinion, poor with pieces dimensioned from a datum which can't be established, missing dimensions and duplicated dimensions. If in the now distant days when I was an apprentice I would have had my bottom kicked all the way back to the board and been told to start again. I re-draughted almost every thing on CAD, produced A4 and A3 prints and went from there. To everyone on this forum I would say 'press on and you will be pleased with the end result' and, more importantly, report your progress in these pages. Please!
I've tried on a couple of occasions to add pictures but 'photobucket' says NO despite having me created an account. The Proboards software declines also. Does anyone have any ideas as to how I can overcome the problem please?