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How do you 'Quarter' Buffers?

Discussion in 'Locomotive M.I.C.' started by M5., Mar 27, 2011.

  1. M5.

    M5. New Member

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    I’ve always been a fan of the ‘Quartered’ buffers look on locos. How is this achieved?

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    Benny
     
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    Emery/wet and dry cloth, buffed in different directions - eg opposite quarters buffed horizontally, the other quarters buffed vertically.

    On a connected(ish!) note, was it the Caley Single that had thistles burnished into the buffers back in the 60's? Now that's impressive!
     
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    I believe they were engraved, and that said buffers were nicked.
     
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    the only thing I would add to Stewie G's remarks - A lot of practice !
     
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    I seem to remember a loco on SVR put burnished into the buffers last year, cant remember which loco it was however.
     
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    I believe it was Erlestoke.

    I assume that whoever did it is now on a powerful cortisone dosage!
     
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    I have to admit it did look good! thinking back i seem to think it was the work of Mr Clarke.
     
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    It was 7802 Bradley Manor which, at the time, had burnished buffers whereas 7812 had painted ones.

    And yes, it was the legend with the scotchbrite, Mr. Clarke himself.
     
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    I once did it on the No.3 'Sir Haydn's buffer on the Talyllyn only to get told off by one of the workshop staff and watch him slap a load of grease onto my work...!
     
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    the problem with quartered buffers is it removes the protective layer of paint, so if not done daily, they soon rust and look awefull. I prefere some quice workmanship with a paint brush and black paint myself!
     
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    A thin layer of thick oil applied with a clean cloth after they've been buffed up will prevent this. Do it again at the end of the day to protect them until next time.
     
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    Oxymoron?! :tongue:
     
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    Lol, depends how you look at it! Thick oil as in cylinder oil. Thin layer as in applied with a clean rag, rather than poured straight out of the bottle....
     
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    Neil I also had that happen... Zoe was firing 4 for a wedding special and the loco was to be in shed until the day of the wedding and I spent the previous two days quartering the buffers and putting horseshoes it them (including holes) the ECS was to go down with a Diesel and yet they still ended up with grease on the buffers...
     
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    Sounds very typical. Not sure if you can quarter a 'chopper'?!
     
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    oh you can... No.8 occasionally carried such ;)
     

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