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  1. This week I start my weekend tale on Friday or actually the previous weeks Thursday 23rd April night at a friends house while I was not there. Late in that evening Harry was getting comfortable in his reclining armchair in the living room, which by now was his bed. He'd had cancer for several years and 3 months before the hospital had stopped all chemo etc as there was no more they could do. His wife covered him with a blanket, said good night, and got no reply. He had slipped into unconciousness, half an hour late he had died. So last Friday they were not at the Model railway club, but this week she came, she is actually the railway enthusiast. I spent 3 hours chatting to her which I think she needed, shortly after she gave me a bottle of Laproiag whisky from his collection knowing I drink malts. We also discussed the fate of Harry's railway, Harry had got bored at the model railway club while his wife was involved with the railways, and he got the opportunity to buy one. This model railway was built on the Isle of Tiree, just 60miles from the Islay distillery of Laproiag. It was built by a retired electronics engineer whos sister lived next door to Harry here in Norfolk. When the engineer died it was extracted from being built into an upstairs bedroom, down some narrow stairs across by ferry and driven the long journey to Norfolk. For the last 2 years I have been simplifying the electronics, so Harry could use it and removed over 30 circuit boards from the underside!!! we had it running at a club show last year where, because the layout is called Tiree I was kilted up appropriately. Since then we have cut the boards in half to fit their car, and I divided the still considerable wiring underneath with plugs and sockets. Harry did the woodwork this entailed and they both started restoring the landscape. I asked Hazel what she wished to do with the layout and offered to buy it if she wished to sell, saying she could take her time with a decision. But after a few thoughts she GAVE it too me. Her own interest is the London overground railways of where she was brought up and so a Scottish fictional layout didn't really fit in with her plans. Next week we will sort out the pile of stuff under the railway on the table at the club, so she can have Harry's tools and anything personnal, I'll then sort out what to do with the rest. Half of the railway will come home to make more room in the clubhouse and I will work on board by board restoring the model swaping with those at home where appropriate. when restored. the model railway sign will say TIREE, In memory of MR D.H. Clark, and MR H. Nudd. Since then I've opened the bottle and raised a glass to Harry...whos funeral will be April 11th their 40th wedding aniversary.
  2. That looks a neat Job I'm impressed!
  3. I've not used them for a railway, but have used them on a fence, never again. They just don't give you the strength of a post directly in the ground. If I was going down the post route I'd use downpipe (as in coming down the side of your house to take rain water away). The reasons for the down pipe are no Rot at ground level and no need to keep painting to preserve them, although you would still have to dig holes for them. Simple round wooden plugs cut from thick ply / wooden planks inserted in the top give you something to screw the track boards on to.
  4. Just a heads up if you happen to be in the area, It's a well organised Show that I like. Norwich Model railway Show, http://norhams.org.u...ess/exhibition/ Address: Hellsdon High-School, Middletons Lane, Norwich NR6 5SB Day 1: 08 Apr 17 Opening time : 10:00 Closing Time: 16:30 : Prices: £5 accompanied under 16s Free : Disability access: Yes Car parking: Yes Layouts Bassington Garden N Bastogne Rue De Clervaux HO Bedford Road O Blackshaw Road/ Coopers End O Brankstone Junction N Charlston N Horndale OO Norwich MRC Test Track Various Roydon Road OO Sefton Yard O Shepherds Mine N That Dam Railway OO9 The World's End OO Thomas and Friends Tolzdorf N War and Peace OO Traders Bob Pearman Books http://www.pearman-books.com/ Bure Valley Model Shop http://www.bvrw.co.uk/models Caistor Loco David Rowland Art Great Eastern Films http://www.greateast...ortfilms.co.uk/ Great Eastern Models http://www.greateasternmodels.co.uk/ Layouts 4U http://www.layouts4u.net/ Squires Tools http://www.squirestools.com/ Train-Tech http://www.train-tech.com/ Terry Durrant Model Railways The Railway Photoman Train Terrain Model Scenery Supplies Joe Lock Demonstration Norfolk Mardlers- O Gauge Modelling Advent Modellers- Scenics
  5. Sadly many people wil not build kits let alone scratchbuild, hence the popularity of Bachmann and Hornby ready to plonk buildings, which I find very expensive. IF they could sell them as kits they would, Dapol I think had a go at carriage kits but how successful it was I don't know.
  6. Brexit in this case is only a minor but contributary part of the price increases, a much higher effect has been the Chinese government's decision to raise their minimum wage by 20 per year for five years. Since the majority of workers in China are on their minium wage it makes a significant difference. It's also a consequence of both Bachmann and Hornby using the same factory in China to produce their models. That factory owned by Bachmanns parent company has 100% of the commercial market and can charge what it likes, until or if Hornby can manage to extract their moulds from them and move them elsewhere which would also cause disruption to the market..
  7. Thanks for your comments, i sit with 3 of these on my bench at work, it would be little over the top for anything at home!! My own home DMM only has 4 digits not the 9 on the one above!! How long do you reckon it will take to assemble your layout for a running session? Will you leave it up for several a days ? if you wish to run it on consecutive days. Although modular i will be able to leave my layout assembled. Time to do some more wiring.....
  8. My layout is a long, long way from running anything, thats the problem with building such a large layout. I am working on a section of the indoor part of the layout which is removeable and therefore I can work on it down the Model railway club. That will form part of a 12ft by 8ft roundy layout for exhibitions. Tomorrow Now next week, I was going to get 8X4 sheets of Foam but with tomorrows forecast of gusting 40mph winds...... I'm wiring the mains supplies and electric lighting in the shed for the main layout at the moment, when that is completed, I have to line / insulate the shed in the last 20ft by 10ft area and then build the supports for the layout. After that I finally can start building the layout itself. Meantime outside the ground has been too sticky to continue working on the foundations for the viaduct wall which will be 3 to 4 ft high where the line will come out of the shed. I'm an Electronics Technician / Engineer. Originally on radar, but later on installation and commissioning of radar test systems. These days I sit in a lab at 23+0.5C, I measure test equipment, for instance I'm at this very moment I'm measuring three 1 Giga Ohm resistors to an accuracy of 1 part in a million, although we only certify to 18 parts in a million. The readings take 20 minutes to settle, during which I can't move much or the readings change, giving me to have a quick look around the net....This is a break from what I've been doing over the last couple of days, which is writing the software to test and creating the spreadsheets to process the results, of testing, a new test equipment, testing station. We have stormy weather forecast for this weekend as well, just as the ground was looking dry enough to work on, my garden is very exposed to the North Sea!!! It's looking very windy for my winter sailing club's end of season event on Sunday as well....
  9. That type of wire stripper is the best to use for the size of wire we use on model railways. I've had one for years but then it is part of my job to wire things, so I've gathered the correct tools for the job over many years... Unfortunately they are a bit small for the 100A cable I was working on last week end.... Nice to see you making progress...
  10. A bit of a gap, but I have been busy. The tin shed has been entirerly lined, and one wall shelved / work benched. The other side is being left clear for the moment to store wood for the main shed. An L shaped corridor was built between the two sheds and a new doorway cut through, much clearance of the model railway workbench area has been done which revealed two more dead rats and a hole they had eaten through the floor. An old sash window has provided a window and and old front door has been fitted . The corridor has been completely built of left over decking, wood, fittings, doors /windows left over from other works. Just screws were required, lots of them... The roof as expected was a pig to build, and is complicated hence, the roof of the corridor is temporarily covered with plastic until the weather is good enough to finish the roof properly, the Plastic survived Doris OK Some thought was put into the wireing, when I realised that we were in danger of overloading the shed mains on a garage distribution unit . So a new larger distribution unit has been fitted to allow two ring mains and as a byproduct two lighting circuits. The Electrical thought was 32 Amp ring main, 3kw Heater her art end of the shed, = 12 Amps-ish, 3kw Heater my model railway end of the shed = 12 Amps-ish, then SWMBO turns the kettle on and another 12A , This plus 3 fridges and a dehumidifyer on one ring was just little too much!!! There is just a 20ft straight cable to fit and one ring main will be complete, the other ring will cover the model railway work bench and the tin shed. The Second ring main should have six or seven Double sockets on it. I have a dozen 4 ft fluorescent light units that have been waiting ten years for me to reach the point of fitting them. This should occur on Saturday, giving more light to fit the second ring main. Further surveying has been done outside and work will soon recommence for building the railway wall / viaduct.
  11. Welcome to the site, I'm sure this site will give you many ideas, and assist with help where needed. I'm pretty sure juniors of that age will be more "HELP!!!!" than help
  12. Personally I suspect the prototype HST would not have generated the sales required anyway. The increases in costs to the UK purchaser both through brexit and I remember reading the Chinese government ordered a 20% per year increase in factory workers wages for 5 years will not have helped. Many things, not just model railways became cheap over the last 20 years, see the rise of pound shops and Primark. As China gets expensive, companies will move production elsewhere, but finding stable countries, that are cheaper will get harder and harder. Once no more can be found prices Will rise.
  13. That show went well, the owner of the layout had several prospective buyers, he's selling it because it's too big for his new car... There were a couple of very nice layouts there and some I didn't like so much. The biggest problem was cold feet... every time someone opened the outside doors a wave of cold air blasted in, the numbers were probably down a bit on last year due the cold wet day.... Suprisingly SWMBO didn't spend that much, and neither did I just a couple of books. Since then the lining of the tin shed has been done, clearing of the old shed has commenced, another dead rat has been found... Humans like popping bubble wrap...so do rats, there wasn't much left of the roll that was in there. A couple of old large glass TVs have been evicted, they were put in there some time ago for me to fix, but technology has moved on so much it's just not worth it... I've been using up a lot of old bits of wood in an effort to clear the pile so the tin shed is not as pretty as it could be. But it's just the dirty workshop.. All the ceiling and the wall linings have been completed, shelving is all down one side, and the future electronics work bench is in place, the other side of the shed for the moment will be left for storing construction materials for the railway. Much planning has been done and some electrics are now the main task, lighting first, 8 Flourescent tube units each 4ft long which will daisy chain along the ceiling of the railway shed. The fuorescents were from when I was a maintenance man for a supermarket. A team came in to completely replace all the light units in the main shop, they brought too many units, so a dozen left over units were going into the skip new boxed with tube, So I intercepted them for the shed. When the lighting is done, I can see what I'm doing to fit... 4 more General purpose sockets in the railway shed, then a circuit of the tin shed with 6 more general purpose sockets and a RCD spur to a specialist workbench set of sockets. Then it's take the cable all the way back to the main door to complete the ring main.
  14. Welcome to the site, To me it appears you have a choice; Low level winding through the the plant life, possibly with raised garden beds as part of the build. High level with scenery made by yourself . One possible option in a small garden, is not to have a walk in shed, but to build a garden cupboard where you lift up the roof and open the door . Then you can have a station / fiddle yard to park up your stock without dominating your garden with a shed. Your knees and back may take building very low level now, but if this is a long term build and you are not likely to move. Then I would consider 18 inches+, if domestic authorities require, much of that height could be made with the raised beds. You could for instance do 18 inches of raised beds and then 18 inches of raised railway height to make the railway height less visually imposing. My own choice, has been to go for around 3ft off the ground as that is the height it will be coming out of the shed. Although I'm lucky as my shed is about the same square footage as your garden, this gives the problem of too much time shed building, not enough model railway building... Time for breakfast then out to carry on fitting out the shed.... Good luck with your railway.
  15. Welcome to the site, that looks like you've got a good area to work with. How are you going to stop the soil around the rubarb getting washed down onto the tracks? What have you got in terms of layout in the garage?