Forum Options

« Back to Miscellaneous Topics Topics

Sign In above to begin adding replies.
 

Material for Loco Windows

rmb5241

Joined: 1-01-70

Topics: 3

Replies: 4

Posted: Wed 26th Oct 2011, 7:42pm
Material for Loco Windows

What is current wisdom on spectacle "glass" for locos?

"Jessie" plans call for 1.750" dia 1/16" glass but I am having difficulty finding a supplier.

Any ideas on suppliers or alternatives welcomed!
 

Replies To This Post

trevorcollyer

Joined: 19-10-04

Topics: 0

Replies: 9

Posted: Wed 26th Oct 2011, 9:53pm

I have recently made & fitted glass windows to my 71/4 g Ivatt tank loco. Althought it is rather trickier to use than polycarbonate and other plastic materials, it definitely looks better and stands the test of time. There are a number of specialist glass suppliers who will provide the thin glass needed. This link will take you to one of them. (usual disclaimer)
http://www.pgo-online.com/intl/katalog/whitefloat.html

Good luck!

Trevor Collyer.
 

rmb5241

Joined: 1-01-70

Topics: 3

Replies: 4

Posted: Thu 27th Oct 2011, 9:09am

Thanks Trevor - I'll give them a try.
Cheers, Robin
 

Xz

Joined: 1-01-92

Topics: 17

Replies: 244

Posted: Thu 27th Oct 2011, 11:56am

What you are looking for is "picture" glass, as used in picture frames, it is usually 2mm these days but used to be 1/16". Most good trade glass suppiers should be able to supply, and cut to shape/size.
 

colinedmondson

Joined: 9-08-09

Topics: 3

Replies: 82

Posted: Thu 27th Oct 2011, 8:13pm

If you can find someone who is doing a stained glass course thay may be able to help with both supply and cutting to size. They use a water cooled vertical grindstone for final sizing which would do the job. Colin
 

rmb5241

Joined: 1-01-70

Topics: 3

Replies: 4

Posted: Tue 1st Nov 2011, 2:19pm

Problem solved! My wife suggested using the glass from a suitable size photograhic filter. 46mm UV filter at £2.95ea from ebay provided exactly the right size glass for this project.

Thanks for all the ideas.

@Trevor : PGO could supply but have a minimum order of EU385.00
 

Xz

Joined: 1-01-92

Topics: 17

Replies: 244

Posted: Tue 1st Nov 2011, 5:00pm

Glad your sorted. Another source, if you had your own glass cutter, would be a cheap photo frame.
 

malcolmcarroll

Joined: 1-01-70

Topics: 0

Replies: 21

Posted: Thu 3rd Nov 2011, 3:36pm

I suppose I am unsure as to what colleagues might want. In a small window area, some risk is taken with "ordinary" glass, and seems legitimate. But if you have larger areas in front of your face, some "tempered" windscreen variety isn't too expensive, although I understand cosmetic surgery is.

Malcolm
SW France.
 

colinedmondson

Joined: 9-08-09

Topics: 3

Replies: 82

Posted: Thu 3rd Nov 2011, 10:36pm

When some lout smashed the windscreen on my kit car I went to the local double glazing glass supplier and they replaced it with kitemarked laminated glass very cheaply, they reckoned they could cut any size I needed but I must admit I didn't ask about circles.
 

malcolmcarroll

Joined: 1-01-70

Topics: 0

Replies: 21

Posted: Fri 4th Nov 2011, 8:35am

Rotten luck about your car. But I remember having circles cut in laminated glass in 1994, for the spectacle plate of our first TINKER. I expect the glass is cut first, and then processed, but this is a guess!

Malcolm
 

bentrenchard

Joined: 1-01-70

Topics: 1

Replies: 3

Posted: Thu 28th Jun 2012, 10:27am

I've had some glass spectacle plates cut for my Hunslet using a CNC abrasive waterjet cutter (they can cut pretty much any material). All you need to do is to draw the shape you want cut using CAD and save it as a .dxf file. There are plenty of companies who do waterjet cutting who can quote for this kind of work - I used the company below:
http://www.precisionwaterjet.co.uk/
 
 
« Back to Miscellaneous Topics Topics

Web design by Slingshot