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  1. Yet another weekend of concreteing, 1.5 tons laid in the raised patio area, the roof of the corridor between the tin shed and the Railway shed has been completed. Approval had been sought and got so that when I finish this section of the raised patio, I will then finish the path out to the Garden railway and then turn 90 degrees path that will go along side 20ft of it.. Of course the wall to hold the concrete in will need to be built, and it just happens the railway will run on top of that. Back in the political world the ukip Candidate in the Scottish election came out with one interesting comment ( not the exact words), the only thing She (Ms Sturgeon), wants is independance from Britain while becoming subservient to the EU, which is not logical. The green candidate said he was totally against capitalism, which means he's communist, as I have always thought, the Greens are the Communist party painted a different colour.. Meanwhile Corbyn, is trying to buy the students votes, a bit too obviously...
  2. I'm glad you got to Ludgershall, it's a trip I need to make again soon, as I'm modelling Ludgershall station. Unfortunately there is little left now of the station, the civilian side is under houses, and the military / goods yard has been extensively remodeled. I'd have loved to arrive at Ludgershall by train with my grandfather's GWR pass, J.B.Pointon, Ganger, Ludgershall.
  3. Well the concreting was done till I ran out of supplies. I've since been and got another ton, luckily as I arrived at the DIY shed they were selling 25kg bags of sand and cement off because they were out of date £1 a bag half a ton later the landrover was loaded up!! And I've been back since. Still not much done on the garden railway as I'm pushing one to get the patio and pathway completed, the inside the shed works have continued when it's raining / my back has had enough of concrete.. Well the election continues , I had vast amounts of stuff from the orange team, a small amount from the blue team and nothing from anyone else. Anyone would think the orange team are worried about the loss of their sitting candidate to the blue team. With the Purple team having withdrawn, if all their votes went to the blue team the Blues would win here. Corbyn never seems to not amaze me with his historical version of labour, spend every pound you can and make no credible explanation of where it will come from. He pretends to be a friend of the poor, something he has never been. He went to private school and then grammer school, something he wishes to deny others. Even with two divorces he and his well hidden third wife are millionaires, the average house price for the area where he lives is £800,000. His prime supporter in parliament Diane Abbott sends her children to private schools Event though Blair and Brown pretended to be on the right of their party, they increased the government spending every year until two years before the crash they were spending more money than was coming in. Something labour governments have always done. In times of boom you are supposed to pay off debt.....
  4. Just caught up on this thread, Sorry to hear of your loss, Many people seem to be able to hold on to see someone before they go. There is a similar thread with a railway modeller on another forum at the moment. Minor notes about previous postings, The Russians have their own oil and gas they export it, what they want is the Syrian port which gives them a military harbour in the Mediterranean. The longest journey I've done in the UK is from the Outer Hebridies to Norwich Via Letchworth it took about twenty four hours!!! Though admittedly after the first two hours there was about 5 hours kip on a ferry, which I needed, I'd just done a 12 hour night shift!! My own railway shed, is built with vast amounts of storage under the Layout, the layout itself is being built like a show layout, all the boards are removable to work on. Meaning no getting under to work on the electrics, and all that space underneath is not wasted. Rather than building a lower railway, consider building a removeable / hinged horizontally or vertically, bridge to access your veggie patch, You gain another point of interest and you save your back from grovelling down to clean the track... Hope my textual meanders help Q
  5. Morning, not much has been going on with the garden side of the railway, because a huge amount has been going on inside the shed. The previously mentioned lighting and wiring was completed, ten foot by 10 foot of shed ceiling was installed and another 10 ft of planking has been painted ready for installation. 20ft of layout supports have been installed, one old chest of draws, an old cupboard, and an old box storage unit have been built in so far. Ten slide out plastic trays have their own shelves, the true are just deep enough for a loco and big enough for a dozen carriages. Todays work, weather permitting, is more concrete laying for the raised patio, time permitting, work on the path to the wall the railway will sit on will continue. Back in the shed on Sunday, for less strenuous work putting that ceiling up. We've had a total of 4 rat holes eaten through the shed floor, these have been repaired, breeze blocks have now been dug in all the way round blocking their routes under the shed. I must say I expected UKIPs vote to reduce but this amount of collapse wasn't, neither was the amount of labour collapse. What was also a surprise was the conservative resurgence in Scotland. With the SNP having moved steadily leftwards over the past 20 years taking labours ground. There are many mildly SNP supporters who were on the right of the political world now wondering where to go. This amount of swing to the conservatives will probably go against them in the general election, as more labour will come out to vote as a reaction to the council votes, and some conservative voters won't bother to come out as they think it's a done deal... Right time to put the overalls on, there's a bonfire to light as the wind is away from the neighbours thatched roof, then get the concrete mixer out.
  6. 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.
  7. That looks a neat Job I'm impressed!
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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..
  12. 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.....
  13. 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....
  14. 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...
  15. 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.