Reference

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A collection of useful reference material, articles, computer software etc.

Reference

Steam Engine Library - A collection of historical documents relating to the history of the steam engine. Old books (mostly pre-1900) on steam engines available online.

Whyte classification system for steam locomotives by wheel arrangement.

UIC classification system for diesel and electric locomotives.

How steam engines work and How steam locomotives work - descriptions with diagrams of how they work.

Animated engines - good animations of different types of steam, internal combustion and Stirling engines.

Unusual Variations on The Steam Locomotive - reference of most of the non-conventional, weird and odd-ball locomotives from the past.

Interactive online Saturated Steam Table [1] and Saturated Steam Table [2]

Triangle Calculator/Solver - Useful calculator/solver to get unknowns in a triangle given minimum information.

Electrical Calculator/Solver - Useful calculator/solver for voltage, current, resistance and power given minimum information.

International Thread Standards - Good reference website covering details etc of just about every known thread.

Scientific & Engineering Database - Technical Database and Encyclopedia on many topics.

US Army Manual on Railroad Design and Rehabilitation.

Index to "Model Engineer" magazine. Also a searchable index here.

Photo construction diaries from various builders around the world on how they made their model.

 

Articles and Drawings

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How to use LEDs

Electrical Calculations

Resistor colour chart

Track circuit block detector

Batteries [for locomotives]

Electric motors [for traction]

Controllers [for electric locomotives]

Alternators for traction power

V-Belt Transmissions

Speed/gear ratio calculator

Scale dimensions calculator

Thru-Train Wiring

Displacement lubricators

Water gauges

Glass tube cutting

Grooves for O-rings

Making piston rings

Making piston valves

Revised piston valves

Making gaskets

Making leaf springs

Spring making

Axle Pumps [sizing]

Injectors [and their problems]

Making injectors

Hand pump

Resharpen End Mills Freehand

Tube Expander Tool

Riveting Tool

Steam whistles

Dual rate suspension

Passenger car stability

Steam oil

The-Blueprints.com

Trainz Planz [Aust. Rly rolling stock plans]

[NSW] Data Sheets

Victorian Rlys photos, info etc

NZ Rail Plans database

Aust. National/SAR Archives drawings

Air brakes

Vacuum brakes

Automatic air brakes

Simple vacuum pump

Colouring metals

Track design notes

Track construction [Slotted sleeper]

Building Points

Making track expansion joints

Plastic Sleepers

Concrete Sleepers

Shrink fitting tyres

Rust removal

Rust removal [Electrolytic]

Corrosion [dissimilar metals]

Heat treatment of steel

Steel temperature colours

Temperature conversion calculator

Rolling Resistance (Drag)

Tractive effort calculations [steam]

Minimum radius [rigid wheelbase]

AALS 5"g wheel standards

AALS 7¼"g wheel standards

Lifting & handling aids

Silver soldering hints & tips

Flexible unloading/loading Bridge

Submissions, and suggestions for articles, welcome. See Contacts.

 

Software

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ESBUnitConv - ESB Unit Conversion Utility - useful and comprehensive free conversion utility to convert almost any parameter from one unit of measurement to another.

Valve Gear Simulators - Steam engine valve gear simulation software for the design and analysis of the various types/designs of valve gear used on steam engines.

CAD Resources - Want CAD software, but can't afford to buy a commercial package? Check out these resources as an alternative.

BeamBoy Beam Analysis Tool - Intuitive beam analysis utility for calculating engineering stress and deflection in structural beams and shafts.

Templot -  track design software, a Windows computer program to generate railway track construction templates for turnouts, crossovers, diamond-crossings etc. In any gauge, on any radius or on a transition curve - an infinite number of different templates, all accurately scaled from proper full-size railway practice.

 

Google Earth

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Download (.KMZ) data files for Google Earth.

Download Sydney Railway Stations - All the railway stations on Sydney's suburban rail network.

Download Australian Live Steam Locations - Australian live steam locations of interest. [If your club is not listed, or incorrect, send in the coordinates]

Download New Zealand Live Steam Locations - New Zealand live steam locations of interest. [If your club is not listed, or incorrect, send in the coordinates]

Google Earth locations of tracks world wide, compiled by Dale King (USA).

 

Videos

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Click here for videos of interest.

 

Scale Sizes

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Table of scale conversions for various modelling scales. These are intended to be a quick reference sheet for use in the workshop, or when quickly requiring a conversion of an imperial measurement.
Click here for an interactive online scale dimensions calculator for standard or arbitrary scales.

Imperial (ft/ins) Input
Download 3.5 mm/ft
Download 7.0 mm/ft
Download 0.500 in/ft
Download 0.750 in/ft
Download 1.000 in/ft
Download 1.0625 in/ft
Download 1.125 in/ft
Download 1.250 in/ft
Download 1.500 in/ft
Download 2.000 in/ft
Download 2.250 in/ft
Download 2.500 in/ft
Download 2.900 in/ft
Download 3.000 in/ft
Download 3.625 in/ft
Metric (metres) Input
Download 3.5 mm/ft
Download 7.0 mm/ft
Download 0.500 in/ft
Download 0.750 in/ft
Download 1.000 in/ft
Download 1.0625 in/ft
Download 1.125 in/ft
Download 1.250 in/ft
Download 1.500 in/ft
Download 2.000 in/ft
Download 2.250 in/ft
Download 2.500 in/ft
Download 2.900 in/ft
Download 3.000 in/ft
Download 3.625 in/ft

Other scales available on request.

 

Workshop Charts

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These charts are intended to be a quick reference guide for use in the workshop, and it is recommended that they be printed A4 size, laminated and put in a suitable folder for easy reference.

Conversion Tables
Download English-Metric
Download Metric-English
Reference Tables
Download Drill sizes table
Tapping Charts
Download Metric Coarse
Download Metric Fine
Download Model Engineer (ME)
Download British Association (BA)
Download British Standard Whitworth (BSW)
Download British Standard Fine (BSF)
Download Unified National Coarse (UNC)
Download Unified National Fine (UNF)

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