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  1. Hi Dave, Thanks for your input.. its good to know someone else is in the same situation. I'm not really a veteran outdoor OO guy, but have been involved with this for a number of years :- www.adnalm.org.uk , more specifically in the recent rebuild. I'll have a look at your layout, and see what I can take from it. Due to the layout of the garden, i'm looking at close to ground level for one area, and possibly as high as 4 ft in another... I need to finish the clearing of the land, and do a proper survey. Once I know the actual distances, I'll start working on a to-scale plan.
  2. One reason for using these, is that I can't concrete into the ground... as i'm renting. (The plan is to change this at some point). I've thought about using down-pipe, but I've had experience of that and didn't find a really solid way to mount boards to them... I think I'll do a test and see how well they hold up. thanks, TheQ.
  3. Another question for those experienced in this.... Has anyone used 50mm square Spike Metpost units to mount their railways? I'm looking at ones with around 450mm of spike... have they worked in the medium/long term? are they firm enough?
  4. Transformers. OK, got it My layout... nothing as yet. I'm waiting for the weather to improve so I can start clearing... then measuring up and putting more detail into the planning
  5. Ok, Just had to properly check the thread for what was meant by Trannies... Transceivers?
  6. I think the 'future' of modelling will be with developments in 3D printing. It's gone past the idea of 'rapid prototyping' now, as the prints can be very fine indeed... My own printer i'm building is technically capable of printing to 0.2 of a millimeter. Once i've got it up and running, I'll put some items up that i print etc, and a thread for it as well. Brexit is being used as an excuse to raise prices in general, without good grounds to do so. This decision from Dapol, really highlights the problems for anyone in a product based environment, where it's simply unknown what is going to happen, following the enactment of Article 50. Companies won't take big risks, as that would upset shareholders, since we don't know what will be our 'place' once this I don't generally comment on political issues, but I cannot understand why anyone, looking at the FACTS (not the crap spouted by mainstream media) could decide we are better off out than in. For me, the uncertainty alone, in what is going to happen, was enough to prevent me voting out. It's been proven, factually, that the exit campaign was filled with lies, misinterpreted data, propaganda and a fair smattering of outright racism... I'm sure that many exiters don't realise that we will still be bound to EU rules, if we want to trade with them... so why are we expecting this massive amount of autonomy on leaving? Any products we buy from Europe will conform to EU Rules, anything we want to sell to Europe will have to conform, otherwise, it won't be able to be sold. but anyway, I digress.... don't want to throw the thread too far from the tracks.
  7. Hi Shaun, If I follow this correctly, the DCC signal never reaches the track? Whats the Motor shield used for in this case? Regards, Steve
  8. admin - please remove. original post no longer relevent
  9. It was a pleasure to go through and watch the development unfold. You might want to think about writing up a booklet about the process you went through, with pictures etc. I'd also like to see more of the area as a whole, with trains running, now that the line has had some time to 'bed in'
  10. Thanks for the response Mick. The SHR is going to be more of a Railway in the Garden, rather than a Garden Railway, if you get the distinction. I'm planning on having the base raised up at the bottom end of the garden, and let it run level for the 'loop'. The extension will also run level as much as possible, but ensuring it can still raise above the main line. For climate and leaf-fall protection, i'm planning on using a backscene on the boards on the fence sides. On the rear of these will be stainless steel press studs, with press studs on the front of the boards as well. I'm going to ask my lovely wife if she can sew me up some covers out of waterproof material. These should keep the worst of the weather out, and also keep things free from debris. I've thought about getting a shed, but I'm not sure I'll be able to justify the cost. For power, I'm planning to run a heavy duty extension lead from the house. it's going to be a long process, as I've only really got Fridays I can actually work on the railway. the rest of the time, I'll be at work or with my family. I'm leaning towards the 2nd plan, where I'll do the first loop, then put the extension on, then finish the second loop and extra other bits.
  11. <Warning>Picture heavy post! </Warning> So, I thought i'd detail my plans for the SHR, to get ideas and comments. As I said in my intro post, I've got an area of the garden which I feel is a good place to have a railway. It is overhung by tall trees, so nothing much grows there, and its out of the way of the rest of the garden. This image gives an overview of the area that I'm planning to use. Specifically, the area along the fence to the right, and then along the rear fence, behind the trees. i plan to bring out a loop, to go around the trees. a closer view of the right side fence. a better view of the rear fence. As you can see, there is quite a bit of work to do, before I can think about putting a layout down there. So far on the list, is to clear the log/stick/leaf pile and to remove the tree stumps down the right hand side. The land does slope away to the end of the garden, but I don't currently know the extent of it. I've got a string level on the way, so as soon as this arrives, and I've cleared the corner, i'll be able to make a measurement. I also need to measure the length, width and the location of the trees, so I can 'formalise' the plan, and the baseboard sizes etc. I've got a rough distance of 10m down the right and 12m along the back... but this was roughly measured. The two images above comprise the 'first' track plan. I feel it's best to build in stages, so the blue line is stage one, red is stage 2, the orange stage 3, with the dotted areas being possible freight yards. This is a second plan I've thought about. I feel it will give more opportunities for scenic work, and has a bit more operational interest as well. This plan would also change the order in which things would be built. In this scheme, the Red line would become stage one, Blue stage two, with Orange as stage 3 again. I've just noticed I've put the crossover between the branch line and the main line in the wrong direction! The ext board would not change in plan, other than the link line between red and blue to the south, which would be removed. I'd like to know which design people prefer. There are more planning items to mention, but I've run out of time this morning to detail them. More this evening!
  12. Just finished going through this entire post... all 54 pages of it! Worsley Dale is a fine achievement, and something to be very proud of...
  13. Steel Track will rust over time, Nickel Silver will tarnish and pick up dirt, but won't rust. Like many others, I'm planning on using Peco SL-100 Wooden Sleeper track.
  14. It looks like he's getting to grips with it well enough. I've got a very 'loved' Thomas that I've had since I was a kid, that i'll be using as a test loco on my outdoor layout I used to have Percy as well, but i'll be damned if I know where he went...
  15. I think I'll find OO/ gauge more enjoyable initially, as I've already got some rolling stock, loco's etc, so once track is down, I can start 'playing'. Over time, it will be the complexity of the layout I can build for the same money I'd put into O or G gauge, if you follow me. The FLMJ, i mentioned before has worked and survived in part, thanks to the group nature of the railway. It means there is more time spent running, and less time maintaining, in theory at least. If someone were to be interested in building and maintaining my railway, i'd happily accept the interested help... if it's dry on friday or the weekend, I'll take some photos of the area i'm planning to use.