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  2. Riddles

    Mick's Drivel

    What a huge difference in just a few days. Well done.
  3. mick

    Mick's Drivel

    I'd been making good progress on the layout over the past few weeks but a few days ago that came to an abrupt end when late one evening I discovered this little chap on the path at the side of my house.... It's a Pied Wagtail and it's my belief that it was ejected from the nest by its parents. The Pied Wagtails have nested beneath the solar panels on our roof for the past 3 years and usually have two broods - this being the second brood this year. However, the chappie seen in the photo is nowhere near as advanced as its siblings which have since fledged leaving leaving this one behind. It was 9.30pm when I found it and just beginning to get dark. I couldn't leave it on the path so placed it in a box and fed it with some live mealworms that I use to feed to the birds in the garden. I had to chop them up to a suitable size. The following day, before I came to the conclusion that the parents had ejected it from the nest, I attempted to get it back to the nest by placing it up on the roof just under the bottom edge of the solar panels. I kept watch on it all afternoon and into the night but the parents just weren't interested. I left it overnight but the following morning it became clear that they weren't going to feed it and so I decided I had to go back up and retrieve it otherwise it wasn't going to survive. In fact I had visions of it being dead as it was still where I had placed it and I hadn't seen it move. Thankfully we live in a bungalow so it was accessible and fortunately it was still alive. After a few days of feeding mealworms and then waxworms it is now thriving apart from the fact that it appears to have an injured leg which requires attention, but have you ever attempted to get help from a vet for an injured wild bird! I'm sure the injury to its leg was from it being evicted from the nest, probably how it was dragged along to the edge of the roof before being tossed over. This is how it looks this morning. A cute little thing but very demanding in terms of the amount of attention it requires.
  4. mick

    Worsley Dale Garden Railway

    The Scottish railway scene could never be complete without the addition of some type of van to the rear of a short rake of passenger coaches and the discovery of the following photo led me to a similar design of Dapol plastic kit. https://www.flickr.com/photos/curly42/6404221831/ It states in the instructions that the moulds for the kit are in excess of 50 years old but it's certainly sufficient for my needs and standards. I should probably have done some painting before completing so much of the kit but I was keen to see what it looked like once assembled. It shouldn't be too difficult to get paint on it as I've left the end steps off for now. I guess it's basic but a bit of paint, application of the transfers and then some light weathering should see it fit in nicely. I've added some additional weight to the interior. During one of my many lapses in concentration I was using the craft knife to detach a small piece from the plastic sprue but as the cut was made the piece shot away off the table. I thought i'd captured its direction towards the carpet but a grey piece of plastic on a grey carpet was proving difficult to find. In the end the table and six chairs were moved completely out of the way while I examined every inch of the carpet pile but to no avail. After a good while and just as I was about to give up on it Pam said "It's here!" There on the table, INSIDE a plastic miniature file case which had its opening flap wrapped beneath it, was the offending piece. It was like something straight out of a magicians performance.
  5. ThomasI

    Maximilianshafen

    The bridge construction takes longer than expected.
  6. aussietmrail

    Modelling Tor Corona Ro ,Ro vessel in 87 scale

    More progress on the ship build, filling in the right side of the front bow around to the anchor recess panel , I am filling in between the front bow bulkhead to the main deck and raised deck bulkhead, making it easier the glue in place two thickness cardboard sheets in bending them to the shape of the bow. Pic one the right side finely closed in , pic two I cut out a st panel and found the anchor recess wasn't level , copping the owners model pic 1514 the drawing plan and real ship the anchor recess is level , I marked out a second panel much better. I am waiting for a friend, with the ship plans did to get back with measurements of the anchors he said he has for HO scale as I think my anchor recess is too wide and needs to be square, with the ship plans didn't come with anchor measurements pity. While I wait will move onto marking out and cutting the knuckle line, looking at pic 1514 is the second line from the raised deck, be easier for when I close in the top side above the blue line, will have those cut out windows four in a row. Once all the bow and bow sides are closed in I will fill in all the gaps and shape the front of the bow where I can't use the cardboard.. Last two pics on how the trailers will be parked on the main deck up to the bulkhead, that be the last bulkhead, the rest of the hull is the decks be the bulkheads, if anyone notices the ships model and between the real ship, the real ships anchor is up in the hull recess. Coming along nicely, be glad to see the bow section finished. Tony from down under.
  7. ThomasI

    Maximilianshafen

    Under the bridges only landscape. I leveld the ground board to make it easier with all the pillars. I fix the pillars on that WPC-board and cover that board later with gravel and stones and a few plants so that it will look like a dry river bed.
  8. aussietmrail

    Maximilianshafen

    Hi Thomas, wow more progress, can't wait to see the high speed bridges finely in place, what are your plans under the bridge a lower level track with seeing your level on the board. I am working on the module wiring , had fun switching t=a couple of locos from block to another block, pics to follow tomorrow on my post. Keep the good work up and pics flowing. Tony from cold down under.
  9. ThomasI

    Maximilianshafen

    The foundation for the next bridges. It is later covered with split and planted. The superstructures for the bridge of the high-speed line are already ready for installation. In front of the bridge of the high-speed line comes at a somewhat lower level then another viaduct of the conventional main line.
  10. Andrew

    the Dorking Garden Railway

    Three new DGR videos Joshua Barker has produced three excellent videos featuring different locos and shot in Dorking last summer. I've added links here, but they (and more) are also on his Cozmictracks website: https://www.youtube.com/user/Cozmictracks. This more than makes up for my own failure to compile any videos recently. These feature: my West Country engine "Ottery St. Mary": https://youtu.be/Yqpy4UmrWSg a visiting Class 67 in DB Schenker "maple leaf" livery on a charter relief train: https://youtu.be/lIzxE5Ku4T8 and Josh's DCC sound-fitted "Tornado" with a train of Pullman cars: https://youtu.be/QlzvhKzcsJs
  11. ba14eagle

    37284.jpg

    A Bachmann main range loco, fitted with Legomanbiffo sound chip. Class 37/0, 37284, allocated to Cardiff Canton. The loco still needs a sheep depot emblem on the bodysides.
  12. ba14eagle

    47625.jpg

    A Bachmann Area Rep Limited Edition for the South West region. The loco is fitted with a Legomanbiffo sound chip. Class 47/4, 47625 "City of Truro", allocated to Cardiff Canton. The loco has been finished as per photos of it during late 1986 / early 1987.
  13. ba14eagle

    Summer Hampton Railway locomotives

    Locomotives from the home fleet of the Summer Hampton Railway
  14. ba14eagle

    Summer Hampton Railway

    A couple of new locos have joined the Summer Hampton Railway fleet. Both are fitted with Legomanbiffo sound chips, the first time I have used these. I must say, Im impressed with the product and the fact it can be fitted with a speaker that actually fits in a loco, complete with the sound box, is a big positive!
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  16. ThomasI

    Maximilianshafen

    So, the construction of the next bridge for the high-speed line progresses. The first pictures show the model which I use as a template.
  17. mick

    Worsley Dale Garden Railway

    Other than ballasting the section of track on Stack Gill viaduct that I replaced yesterday, there's been no further progress today but I have managed to grab a couple of photos to keep interest going. Bachmann 37401 'Mary Queen of Scots' is seen crossing Low Shott viaduct with a pair of Scotrail branded blue/grey MK1 coaches. These are the latest release Bachmann coaches with factory weathering and added passenger figures that justifies a hike in price but no doubt still create problems with the couplings! Heading away from Sheiling Bridge we see a Hornby K1 2-6-0 locomotive No.62024 in BR Black hauling a short rake of four Bachmann West Highland coaches in green/cream livery comprising TSO's 4050, 4494, 4610 and BCK 9312. As far as I can make out, the livery on these four coaches is applicable for the period 1985 whereas that on my six-coach rake seen in previous photos is correct for 1987. Both 37401 and 62024 are static exhibits for the time being as neither of them have yet been chipped for DCC operation.
  18. aussietmrail

    Camdale layout

    Afternoon Mick, there are 21 curved and straight sections, the spiral makes up 7 of those sections and with the 6 modules 27 all up, I have being working on the bus wiring to find I had short, in the car port corner module, started cutting the feeder wires still the buss sound to find out it was a faulty point and had to be Peco's large express point, took it out. Got enough track now, three fexie track boxes and 6 single lengths of track. Wasn't paying my local hobby shop a visit to buy a replacement point, need two other points for the station terminal track when I start nailing the track down, I used what I had and came up with a better point arrangement, pics show the finished points being nailed down, tested a 12 wheel diesel and she went through all the points well even the diamond cross over. Now the car port corner module is complete ready to go, except when joining up to the curved section decking that links up single track curved section which will become a curved viaduct. Back to your question Mick, I don't know when the layout be up and running, still working on the module bus wiring, still got some feeder wires to solder onto the track on the approach module and finely get stuck into wiring up the last station module, that one will connect to the control panel, wiring takes for ever, but worth the effort when a train is running around the layout will get there. Test run my son's Thomas, put some oil on the gear ran a lot better but forward isn't as goo as reverse, even if I only have the modules up and running buy the 19th or soon after to run his loco, which is 26 years old, will have to dig out the pic of him in the center of the first layout playing with Thomas. I have a ship update, to post as well, model ship is coming along, have filled in most of the bow now, wasn't easy, the hardest part of the ship is nearly done. We are heading for a cold snap Monday 1 degree over night, we will drop down lower that to nice 23 degree days. Tony from down under keeping on moving ahead.
  19. mick

    Maximilianshafen

    That trackwork looks stunning Thomas, especially the view down towards the tunnel mouth, and that's a great idea with the backscene. Great to see things developing.
  20. mick

    Camdale layout

    It's looking really good Tony. Remind me again - how many sections are there in total? How many will you be able to leave erected? and roughly how long do you expect it will take to erect the remaining boards in order to have a running session?
  21. mick

    Worsley Dale Garden Railway

    It's only through intensive use that you discover areas of the layout that are in need of attention and it's only due to this extended dry spell that there's actually been time to do something about it. I have one locomotive that continually stalled at a certain place on Stack Gill viaduct. I've dismantled the loco, cleaned the pickups, cleaned the wheels, cleaned the track, and yet it continued to come to a halt at the very same spot each time. It was clear that the problem lay with the track and not with the loco so I took a closer look. Using a flexible metre ruler bent slightly to correspond to the track curvature I was able to determine that there was a slight hump where two adjoining aerated blocks had been cemented together and this was likely the problem. I decided there and then to rectify it but if you recall it's just a few days since I ballasted the whole viaduct section so it wasn't going to be straightforward. First I had to cut out a section of track over the offending join and then extract it from the ballast. Here's the track being removed. The hump corresponds with a track join, (you can see the bonding wires above), so I had to remove the section seen on the right and a similar amount to the left. You might just be able to make out where I've cut the track with the Dremel cutter. With the track removed I then had to remove some of the felt and the recently laid ballast, and then lightly file the top until the area was level. Some of the parapet wall was also removed as parts of it were already loose and it made access to the track area easier so I decided it would be a good time to sort that out too. The area levelled and cleaned ready for track laying. And here's the short section of track (from my old Selby Garden Railway) to which I first soldered bonding wires. The chairs on the sleepers at the ends of the track were sliced off meaning I could add fishplates to each end of the new track section, place the track in position and then slide the fishplates across the join to meet with the existing track. It was then just a case of completing the soldering of the bonding wires and replacing the parapet walls. I have still to replace the ballast. Thankfully that bloody loco now travels across without any problem so it was a job well done. Relaying track wasn't the only thing I managed to sort out today. The solenoids motors inside the shed were becoming more and more unreliable. I'm not sure if it was the heat or what but I couldn't rely on them to throw so I cleaned out the points and sprayed the solenoids lightly with a WD40 type lubricant. I wasn't sure if that was a wise thing to do but it worked and I'm now confident of them throwing successfully once again. Yesterday I added Kadees to my two Hornby Black 5 loco's. The tender coupling wasn't too bad, the tension lock being simply replaced with a Kadee, however, the front pony truck required quite a bit of filing to the metal frame and modification of a NEM coupler pocket before I could get the Kadee fitted and it is still slightly too high - but at least it works. I'm still not entirely happy because while in my opinion a diesel looks okay with a Kadee coupler fitted, I'm not so sure a steam loco does. But what other option is there other than the original tension lock?
  22. mick

    Worsley Dale Garden Railway

    I decided it was time to make a start sorting out my coupling predicament so my attention turned to the rake of 6 West Highland Line MK1 coaches. I intend this rake to remain permanently coupled together so having previously dealt with some other MK1 coaches I went down a similar route of using Hornby R8220 NEM pocket close couplers between the inner coach connections. The R8220's are slightly too short for MK1 stock resulting in having to raise the ends of each vehicle before engaging the couplers, but they work fine once coupled together and with barely a gap between the corridor connections they enhance the overall appearance. I dismantled each coach in order to add a little extra weight in the form of car tyre weights to the interior space as I feel it improves the overall running qualities. Now the outer ends of the MK1's weren't quite so straightforward. The NEM pocket is too high so I followed an example I'd read about online, cutting the NEM coupler box and fitting the Kadee by inserting a trackpin through a drilled hole. I'll add photos later but it reduces the height of the Kadee just fine enabling a perfect match to my Kadee fitted class 26024 which ran round the layout non-stop for quite some time without any problem. I will point out that I'm using a Kadee height gauge to ensure the couplings are set at the correct height. I thought I'd cracked it, however, I then added Kadee couplers to 37408 and while they were exactly the same height as on the MK1's every time the loco moved forward the MK1 coupler slid upwards and uncoupled after less than a foot of travel. There is just so much sloppy play in the Bachmann MK1 coupling system and I can't accept something that will only work with certain stock. I don't understand why it does it only with the class 37 and yet is fine with the class 26. I'm not finished yet. If I can't find a way to reduce the sloppiness in the Bachmann coupling bar then I might attempt to do away with the Bachmann coupling system altogether and fit the Kadee to the underside of the coach floor using a draft gear box or alternatively I have read that the Keen close-coupling system will remedy the Bachmann problem. I don't like couplings being attached to bogies so maybe a rethink is in order to place the couplings where they should be - on the coach body. Couplings can make or break a model railway so it's important to get them right. By the way, a Kadee added to the end of my log train works perfectly with 37408 - so go figure. Tomorrow I hope to be able to add Kadees to the Hornby Black 5's as these will be my main power for the West Highland coach set and as the plan is to run them into the terminus it's important that they allow me to place the loco on either end.
  23. aussietmrail

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  26. mick

    Worsley Dale Garden Railway

    You would not believe the number of times I've thought about doing more work on my rake of log wagons during the past year or so and yet never once got round to making a start. I've had ample opportunities, even when I've not been at home, but this spell of dry and warm weather we're experiencing has given me the impetus to get cracking with them. Goodness knows what I'll do when it all comes to an end and we get back to the more usual rain. I've sat outside for most of the day working away at adding some load securing straps around the stacked logs. I haven't made an attempt to model them to scale size because that would be far too fiddly for me but I've done them to a manageable size and from normal viewing distance they look quite acceptable in my opinion. Here's how I begin. Strips of electrical insulation tape cut from a wide strip that I stuck onto a sheet of glass are wrapped around the log loads. A small drop of superglue is then added to the ratchet thing (whatever that's called) and an attempt made to stick the end of the tape as flush to that as possible. so as to give the impression that it is wrapped around. The two right hand strips in the above photo have been glued. A total of 80 strips were required today. Here's another wagon with the first 6 strips glued along one side. The two right hand strips have been glued flush on the opposite side and this shows how the other end of the tape strip is pulled taut and glued on before the surplus is cut away once the glue has dried. And here are two completed wagons, Hornby in the foreground and a Bachmann just behind. In the distance is a Hornby wagon awaiting straps. The blue strap in one of the above photos is just for some variety so they don't all look the same - perhaps a bit of weathering to tone it down a bit later. Here's how they look out on the track now all the loads are nicely secured. Despite the overall size of the layout, 12 wagons is quite a substantial length and I'm going to have to give some thought as to where they will be stabled. I don't want to have to keep taking them on and off the track so perhaps I'll look at squeezing in some more storage roads. Can you believe a layout that's perhaps forty feet square (not sure of exact measurements) is struggling to cope with 12 wagons?
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