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  2. ThomasI

    Maximilianshafen

    Today I visited a garden layout in France. It's gauge G but it's a good inspiration what plants can be used! It makes me think about to integrate water in my garden layout
  3. Last week
  4. traingeekboy

    the Dorking Garden Railway

    There is a guy who is posting about using HO scale to model narrow gauge in larger scales. There is the On30 trend, but it is not the proper gauge. This small group of modelers do 30" narrow gauge or 20" narrow gauge using HO scale mechs. So when I saw your 4-4-0 Loco it immediately made me think of this group. http://www.55n3.info/ I have since been dabbling at modifying an old Atlas shunter by modifying the cab to turn it into a 55n3 loco.
  5. Andrew

    the Dorking Garden Railway

    Nevada meets Georgia One of the delights of attending model railway exhibitions is that you never know when you may find just that little something that you'd forgotten, or never realised, you wanted. This morning I went to the excellent Seaboard Southern show in Crawley: https://www.seaboard-southern.org.uk/ . It is of course an all-American show, and I found some C19th US coaches which are a good match with my Rivarossi 4-4-0 "Genoa" loco acquired at another exhibition about a decade ago. A purist would point out that the Virginia and Truckee RR is a long way from the Western and Atlantic RR -- but it's fine by me as long as the photos don't show both names at once!
  6. Riddles

    Worsley Dale Garden Railway

    Looks like you’ve thought of everything. Very impressive. I hope the double track portal meets your expectations and arrives soon.
  7. mick

    Worsley Dale Garden Railway

    Here's a mock up of what I was thinking a few days ago before I ordered the tunnel portals. The centre strip of plywood slides up for access and down to keep the mice at bay. That's as far as I got with this but it sounds similar to what you suggest. Something like this will be implemented behind the Gaugemaster portals although at the rear of the shed both access holes have a rubber flap that folds back when I'm using the layout and folds down to cover the hole when I'm not. For added security there's a small chunk of aerated block that has been sanded to fit over the rails and sits against the rubber flap to prevent anything getting in. Now speaking of the tunnel portals I'm not so sure that the single track portal is going to be wide enough for use on the terminus board. It's a perfect size for single track but I'm placing it over a track and a half and it's very tight. I want to compare it with the double track version before deciding which to use and luckily I've found a used example at a decent price.
  8. Riddles

    Worsley Dale Garden Railway

    If you plan to fix it further inside the shed, why not put a vertical lifting shutter behind it, which when dropped would keep wildlife out? You will definitely need some protection from invading mice and such like. Even if you have a door outside I think two levels of defence would be good.
  9. mick

    Worsley Dale Garden Railway

    Well, thanks to some off-the-shelf products I think I've finally found something suitable to place over the shed access holes. The moment I placed it in position I felt happy with it so I'm going to go with this. It's a Gaugemaster GM198 Single Track tunnel portal manufactured in a lightweight foam type material. I'm going to need to re-position the buffers slightly in order to make use of the included wing walls, especially as I would like the portal to stand slightly proud of the back of the shed, but I had a feeling I would have to which is why I didn't ballast right up to them yesterday. Gee, me and forward planning eh? Points within a tunnel? Well I'm not so sure about that but it's something I can personally overlook. Being designed for single track, I just need to make sure there's sufficient clearance to get stock safely through if the portal is brought forward a bit more. Once I'm happy with the positioning I'll get some paints out and see if I can paint the stonework to make it more realistic.
  10. mick

    Worsley Dale Garden Railway

    Still trying to come to a decision regarding the tunnel portals over the shed entrance/exit holes so in the meantime I've decided to make a start on ballasting the track on the terminus boards. On the concrete sleeper track alongside the platforms I'm using Gaugemaster granite ballast, a mixture of N and OO gauge secured with Klear floor polish. On the two sidings which have wooden sleepers I'm using Woodland Scenics ballast and this is secured with the usual diluted PVA glue as I find that Klear has little effect with this type of granulated ballast. When it's all finished and had time to dry I will be doing some weathering to blend everything together. It just looks far too clean at the moment and I do especially like to see a sidings appear as if it's been in use for decades. The platforms and run round road have more recently been relaid. I've also been thinking about the bay platform and trying to decide whether it would be worth moving the trap point. It's not something I would look forward to doing but I do wish I'd positioned the trap point about 6 inches further forward which would allow me to accommodate a six coach rake and a loco. I have a feeling it will remain as is. So what do I do with the shed access holes? I've ordered a couple of tunnel portals to see if I can do anything with them so until they arrive I'll just get on with other things.
  11. ThomasI

    Maximilianshafen

    Friday I will go to France again for 9 days. When the autumn is good weather, the first train turns with provisional turning loop could take place this year. Tonight I'm building segments for a bridge.
  12. Earlier
  13. aussietmrail

    aussietmrail's journey since 9-11-2017

    Yesterday 11-9-2018 was Chris's anniversary, my wife and I went to the cemetery crematorium to visit him and say a while, was sad to see that they took the plastic flowers away, thinking it be ok , to find out that they don't like having plastic flowers behind the plagues, didn't even send us an email saying it wasn't allowed,. Next time will be real flowers , here is a pic of his flowers and plague when we visited him on his birthday , 19th of July . Can not believe it has being 12 months since Chris has passed away and now more of my medical issues are coming out, was worried of that happening, wife isn't well either and she has to take me to doctors. Got a feeling that Chris could still be around us, before fathers day 2nd September, was watching TV and heard Chris's voice call out mum and my may of heard it as well because she was about to get up to go to his bed room and realized he wasn't here . Fathers day I was going to get on his computer o play a racing game and it wouldn't power up , called the Tech that replaced the power supply May 2017,turned to be dirty ram, will power up his computer after the Ultra sound appointment this after noon. Last week after watching the last Harry Potter movie I saw a white flash go past my right eye, I know your brain can lay funny tricks, through me back in the computer chair, should of said to him to go yesterday, nice if it is true he still cares for us, Chris was a big fan of Harry Potter, had tea shirts and a wrand set, still hanging on the wall in the lounge room, wont give that set away too expensive . My mum wants us to go on a holiday up to Caloundra in October for a week, be nice indeed, where we had out first holiday Christmas time , be looking forward to a break, this time will be taking the good camera. Can't do too much today Ultra sound appointment in the afternoon, layout is keeping me busy during the day and ship building project at night after watch DVD doco's on TV. Tony from down under
  14. aussietmrail

    Maximilianshafen

    Morning Thomas, wow you are going great guns, on the corner module there are three levels be n awesome sot to be taking lot of pic with trains running on each level, now that be a challenge, have to agree what Mick said I often also look back on your other posts . How soon do you think you be running train on the whole layout, can't wait for that big day, I wont be running any trains till Christmas time now all goes well, still working on the module that will connect to the main control panel. Keep the good work up and lots of progress pics. Tony from cloudy down under.
  15. ThomasI

    Maximilianshafen

    Hello everybody! I'm glad to hear that, Mick, but I have to say that without this forum and your advice and knowledge, I would not have gotten this far. In Germany I am still an absolute pioneer and exotic with 00 / H0 in the garden. Today, I have re-installed the switches with revised drive for the moving frog. In addition, I made again some progress in the curve behind the bush. Regards Thomas
  16. mick

    Worsley Dale Garden Railway

    It was never my intention to take any videos today because there's still so much work that I need to do, but I'm completely out of ideas and inspiration for adding tunnel portals to the exits from the shed. When you feel like that I think it's best to leave it for another day so why not clean the rails and try out the new point levers. Here are a couple of short clips of 26024 hauling the log wagons around
  17. mick

    Maximilianshafen

    It's looking absolutely stunning Thomas. It's also interesting to see someone using products other than the ones we are more familiar with. I will have to go back over your previous posts for some ideas and inspiration!
  18. mick

    Iain's occasional drivel, moans & groans

    Agreed, it looks stunning even to someone who's never seen a Western in real life and BR Blue just suits it so well, especially in that lovely sunshine.
  19. Riddles

    Iain's occasional drivel, moans & groans

    I do have to admit that it looks lovely! Keep the 00 though.
  20. ThomasI

    Maximilianshafen

    At the Kato track I only soldered supply cables to every second track. Let's see if that works.
  21. ba14eagle

    Iain's occasional drivel, moans & groans

    Well, Christmas has arrived early in Summer Hampton! This beauty arrived at the weekend and its very impressive (although I will be reworking the weathering a bit). I have been surveying the garden, to see how I can incorporate an O gauge line as well as the OO. Im thinking a single line can replace the outer 2 OO circuits, around the "square" part of the railway - it wont be able to go around the pond, as thats too tight. Im going to have to get my engineer head on and see how I can alter the existing boards to make it work. Stay tuned!
  22. Riddles

    Maximilianshafen

    I was concerned that you might have difficulty keeping a good power connection outdoors with sectional track. The Kato and Roco track does not seem to lend itself to soldering dropper wires to a bus supply. I see that Kato supply feeder connectors but that still just relies on a mechanical connection. The general consensus seems to be that all power supplies should be soldered to the rails on outdoor electric railways but I should be delighted if this can be proved unnecessary.
  23. ThomasI

    Maximilianshafen

    Some progress..
  24. mick

    Worsley Dale Garden Railway

    A photo of the completed lever frame wiring: - A mess of wires maybe but believe it or not it has enabled me to remove a lot of wiring from beneath the baseboards, especially those that took power from the main bus which now connect here on the lever panel. Not 100% colour coded but I did what I could with the wire I had available. Now you might be surprised to learn that I've never had a dedicated programming track, or perhaps you know enough about me by now to know that's not so surprising at all. Anyway I decided it was time to address that and I thought about making the new headshunt on the terminus boards into my programming track but that meant having to run a couple of wires from the controller around the whole shed. So instead I decided the headshunt close to Shieling Bridge depot would be more convenient and easier to connect up as it's within touching distance of the controller. The drawback with this idea is that it's a short section that's been ballasted so I had to carefully prise the track from the ballast in order to add an insulating joiner in place of a metal rail joiner to completely isolate the section. The frog 'V' already had an insulated joiner but the outer rail was a normal metal one. It wasn't too difficult to extract the track from the ballast and I was able to do so without causing any damage. Once I had the section lifted I removed the dried ballast and hoovered it away. The metal rail joiner was replaced with an insulated joiner and the track placed back in position and secured with a few pins. The DCC dropper wires were cut beneath the baseboards and inserted into a choc block connector before two wires were routed from the programming outlet of the DCC controller and connected up. So now I am able to drive a loco onto the programming track to read or adjust CV's. Now I really need to move forward with getting some of the other tasks done, such as backscenes on Shieling Bridge and some tunnel portals so that I don't need to use bits of plywood and two moulded plugs to cover the entrance holes to the shed!
  25. Andrew

    the Dorking Garden Railway

    Southern Splendour When David came to visit, one sunny afternoon a few weeks ago, we had a session running Southern trains from our combined collections. Here is an S15 with a goods train somewhere near Dorking on the North Downs line heading for Guildford. Note the bogie tender and "Queen Mary" brake van. Later, at Northdown Sidings a waiting T9 almost completely obscures a passing N Class loco from the camera, while the S15 pauses nearby (left) . Out on the main line, 30737 "King Uther" pilots an S15 on an express train crossing Foxdale Bank The double-headed train races down Bamboo Curtain Straight And a few minutes later we see "Ottery St Mary" with an all-Pullman ocean liner train from Southampton to Waterloo
  26. mick

    Worsley Dale Garden Railway

    I'm just taking a break after cleaning up inside the shed. It's so good to finally be rid of all those loose bits of wire and the sawdust left behind after making the lever frame housing. The six levers are now fully wired and all working as they should be. Now I need to decide where to locate the actual CDU power supply so I can finish the job. It needs to be close to a power socket but also leaving me the option to add lever switches to Shieling Bridge station too if I decide to do so later. This morning I received what will possibly be my final 'new' class 37 locomotive. 37114 'Dunrobin Castle' is another Scottish based loco in BR large logo blue livery produced by Bachmann exclusively for Mickleover Model Railway Group. I'll add some photos when I get the chance but at just shy of £170 for an analogue DC loco I think it's time to draw the line, even if it is sold as 'Limited Edition'. At the time of ordering the anticipated cost was £149 and even that seemed a tad high considering the model class 37 has been around for some years now.
  27. Andrew

    the Dorking Garden Railway

    There haven't been any hot weather problems on the Dorking Garden Railway so far. Although the rails sometimes became too hot to touch in the afternoon sun, there seems to be enough room for movement of loose track on the curves to take care of the expansion. Sort of vindicates my failure to lay any ballast! General deterioration of the wood trackbed is another matter. Some parts will presumably need replacing one day. Treated wood seems fine when most rainwater runs off it, but some of mine is now showing its age, with cracking appearing (see pic below). Even if treated, this will eventually lead to further damage from water and/or frost. Nothing lasts forever. Nevertheless, I'm quite satisfied with wood as the trackbed material because of the ease of shaping and fixing it in the first place and the nice weathered appearance it acquires.
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