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  1. Thanks for the complimentary remarks about the railway, TGB. The British Class 67 loco is in DB Schenker 'maple leaf' livery because it's owned by the German company, although it lives and runs only in the UK. Both the 67 and all the real German stuff (as in 'runs in Germany') belong to friends, so you're right that they just show up from time to time. Genug?
  2. Thanks, Ian. All the timber was given a couple of coats of Creocote, whether previously treated or not. Some were pressure-treated decking boards (but make sure they have a smooth side, not grooves on both!) and the rest were recycled bookshelves or whatever came to hand. That said, after five years some of the boards are starting to suffer a bit of slow rot, but will do for a while yet. The whole layout would benefit from another dose of Creocote in situ. The main problem has been warping on curves, so on any new/replacement sections I'm making them double layer timber, well screwed together to encourage them to stay flat. The advantage of timber is you can easily work it, pin the track to it, and the weathered colour is pretty good. There are no bus wires, just the rail-end jumpers, but either option should give the same result. This seems to work for DC and DCC, depending on which locos I want to run. The controller plug/socket into the track uses four connections (it's a 5-pin DIN) for two separate track sections and controllers in DC, but the plug for the DCC controller joins the two sections as the whole layout should be on a common supply. Obviously the conventional wisdom is correct in that you can't 'mix' DC and DCC supplies - but a relatively simple layout can use them perfectly satisfactorily at different times. Good luck with your construction. Time flies, so you need to get started ASAP!
  3. It's always nice when a repair turns out successfully. A visiting King Arthur Class loco suffered an apparent disaster when the crosshead and slidebar assembly came loose and bent the connecting rod at an alarming angle. Fine scale TLC and relocating the dislocated parts seems to have done the trick, and this morning 30737 "King Uther" celebrated a swift return to the rails, hauling 11 coaches with ease, including the SR bogie utility van I bought at yesterday's excellent Crawley club exhibition in Horsham.
  4. There have always been plans for expanding the railway - for the past four years! Meanwhile, David H came round yesterday with some more of his German rolling stock. A 2-10-0 makes light work of this rural passenger service 2-10-0 showing its rear end A pair of 2-6-2s with an express passenger train at Fuchsdale am Rhein Who'd be a banker?! Blossom time in the Rhineland
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  6. We then took a quick trip to Germany where we saw this 2-8-2T on a local train somewhere in the Black Forest... After that, it was just Bulleid Bliss, as Ottery St Mary made light work of an 11 coach train: And then Clan Line joined in the fun and we had the delight of double-headed Bulleid power. What a way to spend the afternoon!
  7. From the album Dorking Garden Railway

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  9. From the album Dorking Garden Railway