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Post  Steam Traction World on Tue 07 Aug 2012, 1:58 am

Iím in the process of finalising the design for the Road Loco roof and there are a couple of options that I would like some feedback on.

Option 1 is that the roof is a permanent fixture to the engine. It could be removed but it would mean undoing about 10 bolts. This option would allow us to replicate the full size engine more accurately but it will make the driving and steaming more awkward. Cut outs or removable sections in the roof to suit the individual driver could make this a bit easier. Please note however that the roof will be supplied to construct a solid single piece roof.

Option 2 is an easily removable roof. The four corner support rods would slot into brackets which are permanently attached to the engine. There may be the need for a couple of bolts to be removed for holding some of the cross braces. The roof could then be completely removed in a few minutes when going on a long road run. It would also make routine maintenance somewhat easier as access would be much improved when the roof is removed.

I would be interested to read your views.

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Post  IanL on Tue 07 Aug 2012, 5:52 am

Hi Steve,

I am a long way from needing a roof with just twelve months into the build. But I intend to drive my engine so the removable roof would get my vote.
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Post  highpressure on Tue 07 Aug 2012, 7:40 am

I would certainly want to take the roof off for either driving or maintainance, I would however want to display it "at rest" so to speak ( lunch, just relaxing during tea etc ) with the roof in place so the second option would be the one for me too. The roof on the Maxitrak was a pain but I came up with a similar system where the four uprights had a tube design so the post slotted into place allowing for quick and easy removal but kept it in place if being driven.

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Post  chop on Tue 07 Aug 2012, 11:03 am

Option two sounds best to me please.

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Post  Rickster on Tue 07 Aug 2012, 11:14 am

Hi Steve,

Option two for me also please.

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Post  Watts&Son on Tue 07 Aug 2012, 12:22 pm

Hi Steve,
The second option would also be good for me, thanks David Watts.

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Post  Kevster on Wed 08 Aug 2012, 1:40 pm

option 2 sounds the better one

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Post  MrStationHouse on Wed 08 Aug 2012, 2:26 pm

Definetly option 2 for me

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Post  Steve Traill on Wed 08 Aug 2012, 3:34 pm

Option 2 looks good to me.

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Post  bjwlancashire on Mon 13 Aug 2012, 2:12 am

Sorry to go against the grain but I think that option one would be preferable, I would make a wide removable piece to aid visibility for running. I may change my miund once I try and reach tround the rear supports though I did manage to drive Clive Hearsy's engine for a few minutes - Dwayne, Brian, any comments on that as know you have driven Clive's engine too.

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Post  mikero on Mon 13 Aug 2012, 1:32 pm

I thought the roof was going to hinge up on gas struts.

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Post  Steve Traill on Mon 13 Aug 2012, 2:53 pm

No that's the Showmans version with the 'soft touch' closing!!

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