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Footplate Equipment

Discussion in 'Steam Traction' started by paulhitch, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. paulhitch

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    Recently I have been looking for an oil pourer to use on a small narrow gauge locomotive. Happily this particular need was met by J.N. Beesley but trawling the web shows that pourers and oil bottles have now entered the realm of "byegones" and their prices have inflated accordingly. Thus a pourer was going for £45 on Ebay despite having two holes in its spout. It did have the magic initials "GWR" on it though!

    Presumably any caches of such things left over from the stream age have been discovered. Thus, with the inevitable wear and tear on such things, steam railways are going to wake up one day to find they have a problem.
     
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    niche market for someone!
     
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    But as Beesley already makes them, I can't see it being a problem? Although I do see on his site that only the Midland type is currently available!

    They're pretty durable, and any splits etc can be soldered up, so unless you do something daft with one, they should last a long time. I suspect the price of the one on eBay can be directly attributed to the magic letters on the side; anything possessing these is automatically worth 3 times its normal value.

    Personally I find squeezy plastic bottles a lot easier!
     
  4. paulhitch

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    So do I in general but this particular loco needs a long spouted can to get to the rear axleboxes and the job takes an age with a pump oil can. Hopefully the LMS can will be ideal

    Paul H
     
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    Bottles of gearbox oil with length of plastic pipe as supplied from Halfords.
     
  6. paulhitch

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    This would need three hands in order to work I am afraid"

    Paul H
     
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    The mind boggles. It boggles even more at the thought of using gearbox oil!
     
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    If anyone knows where to get those bottles, without the gearbox oil, it would be usefull as they are really handy for oiling up, far better than the traditional cans

    Baldric
     
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    Buy yourself an old Landrover, then you'll never be short of empty ones. :)
     
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    Ha Ha, I know what you mean, I had a series 2a, and I became quite addicted to the smell of EP90 :)
     

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