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  1. 3 points
    Just before dark I took this overall photo of Shieling Bridge showing progress with the platform lights. I think it's going to look good when the remaining lights are fitted but it does highlight the need for lights in some of the buildings, something I was hoping not to have to do. A little later I posed 37401 on track for these photo's. Photo's taken with my phone camera and a bit grainy but I'll experiment with other camera's at a later date. As mentioned earlier, I think the lights will offer opportunities for alternative photo's to the standard shots I'm used to taking. Has it been worth the effort? Well yes I think it has and it's a relatively inexpensive addition. I just have to remember the lights are there now when I'm reaching across the layout or cleaning the track. Wonder how long it's going to be before one comes a cropper?
  2. 2 points
    It's been a 'tweaking' day today, sorting out all those little problems that have been left 'for another day'. There was a point blade in the terminus siding that just wouldn't sit flush when set in one direction causing the wagons to lift slightly when passing over. In fact today it caused a derailment which ultimately led to even more 'tweaking'. There was nothing amiss with the point that I could see, no stray ballast or glue residue, so in the end I just gently filed it down and it's now sitting as it should. The derailment over the above point concerned two Bachmann OTA wagons, the ones I added additional weight to although the weight had nothing to do with the cause of the derailment. The OTA's, like several other wagon types, have swivelling axles to enable them to go round train set curves but the Bachmann ones, unlike the similar Hornby model, do not have a centering mechanism and I found that when propelling the train the axles can be quite significantly skewed resulting in the wheels not being in line with the rails. To compound things further, when the axles are off centre the Kadee couplings won't couple. I've seen many occasions where modellers have glued one of the axles solid so that it can't swivel but I decided that I could do something similar with both axles. I just lightly glued a packing piece in position so that the axle has barely any sideways travel. No problem with them going over double pointwork and now the couplings remain centred. I've done the same with all my Bachmann OBA's and will look at the VGA's later. Another tweak - one of my class 158s was stuttering and sometimes coming to a stand. No problem with the track and the wheels were cleaned without any improvement so I took it apart and discovered a wire to one of the bogie pickups had become detached. I dismantled the bogie and re-soldered the wire and we're back in action again. Such a relief as normally I end up making things worse. Then I fitted a Hornby TTS sound decoder to one of my class 20s using a 21 pin to 8 pin adaptor. A tight squeeze but I just about managed to get the body back on. Unfortunately the class 20 runs better in one direction than it does the other but maybe a few laps round the garden will improve it. Almost forgot. I fitted a Kadee coupling to the Dapol class 68 in place of the tension lock so that it could propel the track cleaner round the layout and give 26024 a break. When it had finished I decided to fit a Kadee at the other end but found that there was no NEM pocket! Looks like it's been missed off at the factory so I've had to request a spare. This evening I've begun weathering ballast wagons, namely Bachmann Sealion's, Seacow's and Limpet's. I have four olive green Sealion's and two Dutch liveried Seacow's as well as four Limpet wagons. The olive greens will be in rusty condition and the Dutch in lightly weathered. The Limpets really should be battered but I'll see how I get on with them. Here's the 'out of the box' Sealion ...and after I'd attacked it with the first coat of enamel paint stippled with a sponge. The inner requires more rust around the top part and I'll go over the body sides again once this has dried. I'll do the bogies with the airbrush. Here's a Seacow before ..... ....and after. I've only done the sides and interior so far. The ends, chutes and bogies await treatment. And this next little fella has been my 'cab ride' camera holder for as long as I can remember. I'm going to have to find another suitable wagon to hold the camera now. Still work to do on this one and another three to start. I'll do the chassis with the airbrush. I think that's all for now.
  3. 2 points
    I was able to have a decent running session yesterday using the stock that was already on the layout as well as two class 158 DMU's. I discovered that there's too many wagons on track to make forming trains easy and so I'll need to decide which ones are required or a better way of operating. I probably need to start thinking of complete running sessions extending over several days rather than trying to run everything in a single session. A lot of time yesterday was spent altering CV's, especially on the class 158's, in order to get smooth acceleration from a standing start. I managed to hook up the laptop and use DecoderPro to view and edit the respective values which becomes much easier when you can see what the current value is. Here's a few photo's from yesterday with apologies for there being just the usual loco's on view so they'll probably look very much like all my other photo's. I did manage a few short videos but just haven't had time to do anything with those yet. 37025 'Inverness TMD' with a decent freight train crossing Low Shott viaduct. 37025 then makes it's way round Low Shott Flatts, a view not often seen as it means scrambling amongst the shrubbery to reach this vantage point. And once again we see 37025 this time hauling its' train along Stackgarth Gill towards Stack Gill viaduct, a much more accessible viewpoint. Not to miss out on the action, and a relief to not be hauling the track cleaner around, 26024 is seen hauling a rake of VGA's in the opposite direction along Stackgarth Gill. And finally, 26024 again crossing Low Shott viaduct with the VGA's. I think I need to get out more!
  4. 2 points
    You do like going on these short breaks Tony don't you? I'm only teasing of course so I do hope that you're on the road to recovery now and able to get back to doing the things you enjoy. Have you considered being a little less ambitious with the layout design, making it more manageable for you? It's only a thought but if your health is a problem, and I sincerely hope it doesn't prove to be long-term, can't you simplify the layout a bit so that you can get something running and enjoy what you've constructed? I understand that Camdale has been a long time in the planning and that you've spent a lot of time on it already but I wouldn't want to see nothing ever come of it. There's also the fact that it's mainly a modular design so is going to need a lot of man-handling and those boards look pretty substantial. I remember Roy (cleanerg6e) and the amount of effort he put into building Faulconwood only for it all to fall under the big hammer. Sometimes the amount of space available to us outdoors makes us come up with plans that for one reason or another turn out to be, for want of a better term, overly ambitious and it eventually gets the better of us. A large layout is a big task for one man to construct even when he's in good health. I know I'm not the quickest worker, (though I do have my moments!), but I just think of how long it's taken me to build a single line round the garden with a couple of small stations in-between. I do know how it makes you feel when you've finally got to a point where you can almost call it finished and how it allows you to turn your attention to other things, like sorting out the wagons, forming trains, and actually being able to run something round and into a station. I don't want to dis-hearten you in any way if you feel able to continue with Camdale as planned and take it through to completion - in fact here's hoping that you can and do. I for one will be delighted to see it finished.
  5. 2 points
    The distant headland is no more but part of the loch/sea remains. I've set the horizon at a level I think I can get away with whilst still allowing a decent expanse of water. Without a solid object on the horizon even when the horizon is depicted too high then it does kind of blend in with the sky now. On the end backscene I've tried to create the illusion that the station access road continues off stage behind the trees in a similar manner to how I did it on the Shieling Bridge boards. I'm wondering whether I should have taped over the join in the backscene but the gap does resemble the trunk of the tall tree in the corner. If it bugs me later I'll do something about it but for now it's staying as it is. Likewise the hedgerow in front of the buffer stops I think would benefit from the addition of a wooden fence. I could paint one on but again I'll see how I feel about it later.
  6. 2 points
    Before I started work on the terminus backscene I mentioned in a previous post that I had visions of there being a loch and distant mountains. I added my impression of a loch or at least an expanse of water behind the station building yesterday along with a view of a distant headland. I was pleased enough with it even though it didn't have the mountains I had hoped for. Today was time to complete the backscene towards the tunnel mouth and I knew this would be my last opportunity to include a mountain. I also knew I wanted to complete the backscene as quickly as possible so do I spend time trying to paint a mountain or do I simply continue as I had started yesterday and get the job done? I decided I'd give the mountain a try but it was far more difficult than I had imagined. As I've already said, I'm no artist and never have been but I started watching some videos online and attempted to replicate what they were doing as it seemed easy enough to follow. I really don't think my backscenes are suitable for painting using the methods they used. My paint wouldn't flow, my backscene was like sandpaper whereas their's seemed so smooth - it was hopeless and I was fast running out of paper roll from wiping my latest effort away. I had paint, paint brushes, tubes of paint and discarded paper roll all over the shed. There was more paint on me than on the backscene. I resigned myself to painting a line of trees and bushes and then noticed an "easy 3-step method of painting mountains". Well I might as well give it one last try. It seemed easy enough - paint the outline of your mountains, colour them in a nice dark colour and then draw a wiggly line down from the centre of a peak to the base of the mountain. Paint the right side of the line in a light colour and the left side slightly darker (assuming the light is coming from the right hand side). It's better to follow the video than it would be to follow my instructions! I tried it using a dark grey for my mountains and drew my thin wiggly lines down from each peak to the base. I used white paint to do the right side of each peak barely allowing the brush to touch the grey beneath and used a darker shade for the left side. Again, better explained on the video. This is what I ended up with. It was only meant to be a test and you'll see remnants of paint behind from my earlier messing around. I didn't dare rub this one out so decided to keep it. It might not be perfect but it's as good as I'll be able to do. So continuing with my line of trees and bushes above the rock retaining wall I added the brown background onto which I would then add the foliage. I didn't really want to cover too much of the mountains, especially as they'd taken me so long to paint them, but also I didn't want it to look like I was framing them so I allowed the bushes to encroach on them slightly. And then the foliage was added. I think it's more colourful than realistic but I like it and it brightens the place up. The station is going to have to go some to beat this colourful display in any best kept station competition! I've also attempted to touch in the sky where the older paint was showing through. It's not easy to take a full-length view but here it is from each end. I'm not touching it any more. Now to get on with the remaining ballast and hanging basket liner.
  7. 2 points
    It's hardly the loch and distant mountains I had in mind but we've made progress at the station building end of Cattle Leys terminus. It seemed the logical place to have an expanse of water and it adds a nice backdrop to the station. Excuse the masking tape along the top of the rock wall. Rather than paint in the land across the water I've added it using the paper tissue I used to cover the rocks as it gives it some texture. I don't want to spend too much time on the backscene so I'll be continuing the theme along to the tunnel so that I can then move on to finishing off the ballasting and, should the rain ever decide to stop, running some trains.
  8. 2 points
    Foreign Visitors to the DGR Geoff and Josh braved the intense sun in Dorking yesterday and, as usual, brought a welcome eclectic mix of rolling stock new to this railway. First up, the Germans: Here's a handsome NordWestBahn diesel unit from Niedersachsen: and here, braving the Northern Viaduct (and somehow coasting on the gradient with its pan down) is a Piko model of a Talent emu in DB Regio livery (If only I had the patience to install overhead line equipment like Thomas!):
  9. 1 point
    I just remembered mentioning some video clips that I was going to try upload when I had the time - well here's a few that I've just uploaded including views of the recently completed ballast wagons.
  10. 1 point
    I'm not so sure about buying 'weathered' loco's and rolling stock because usually they've just had a quick blow along the chassis with an airbrush and it rarely looks convincing. I much prefer having a go myself in an attempt to recreate what I remember. I do agree with having small parts pre-fitted because the fiddly bits usually cause me problems. I've almost completed my ballast set now although I'm not sure it will always run as a complete rake - maybe I'll just run a few of them at a time as 12 wagons is pretty long for my layout and I need to have a siding where I can back it in out of the way in order to run other trains. I decided that the two 'Dutch' liveried Seacow's would be permanently ballasted and they look much better for the extra ballast along the central section. I've ballasted one of the Sealion's using a full length piece of plastic as the support but I'm not quite so pleased with that one. The two 'Shark' brakevans have been weathered and the whole rake is now fitted with Kadee couplings. This is the 'Dutch' liveried van... And here is the complete rake of 12 wagons passing over Low Shott viaduct. I may alter the loadings at some point as there are still 4 empty wagons but for now I'll leave things as they are just in case I decide to run a shorter rake. I find the Kadee's make handling stock much easier. If you want a wagon out of the middle of a rake you can simply lift it up and remove it without having to fiddle about with hooks and bars. The only problem is fitting them and getting them all at the same height, a task not made any easier by the differing heights in NEM sockets (where provided) from model to model. The Sealions/Seacows dealt with here have a flimsy plastic extension on the bogie holding the NEM socket which is very easily bent and can result in the Kadee being either too high or too low. Too low and the wagon derails when the operating pin catches on pointwork, so it's vital to get them at the correct height. If you can do that then they are excellent. I had to cut the coupling mounts on the Limpet's to get them at the right height.
  11. 1 point
    That's unreal! I look forward to seeing how it all works out. I don't suppose multiple trains in operation on an oo/ho gauge outdoor layout is anything new because there are a couple of well-known layouts in this country that operate with several trains running simultaneously but they are few and far between. I would always advise anyone thinking of building a layout outdoors in OO or HO gauge to not be overly ambitious - to start small and see how things go. It's not for everyone as you can see through some peoples's attempts at layout construction. Your layout on the other hand is on another level (several levels actually!) and it looks extremely well engineered. I'm optimistic!
  12. 1 point
    Hi Mick, good to hear that bad weather has settled down, we are heading for silly weather, next Monday going to be 31 degrees, crazy, hope that doesn't mead we will have a hot summer., hopefully the layout be up and running by then. I cut out and made the piers for the bridge today, made the them big enough for four pavers each side of the arch for weight so the bridge be able to stand up on its own without having to screw to the floor., main part of the bridge is nearly finished, next will paint the rail deck so I can nail down the track, wont be having bus wires , just solder in feeder wires to at each flexi track join . In the first pic is what my piers be like when finished with the arch , can see just before the bridge a maintenance gantry bridge, plan to have one on my bridge too, be cutting out a hole so the gantry can access the other side of the bridge, be like the last two pics, actually what my double deck bridge is based on the double deck cable stay bridge between the Sweden and Denmark , was my first bridge . Tony from nice donw under keeping on moving ahead.
  13. 1 point
    I had a short stay in hospital last week and recovering for a couple of days I decided to go back to the old design design where the bridge was at the back of the layout and station module complex at the front but in a foot so th extension wont be sticking outside the pergola , will have to get a couple of tarps to cover the modules if it rains . First two pics is of the new spiral module, the spiral be based on the Tehachapi loop in California, I be calling the it the garden loop similar to the first loop nhe third pic is the car port corner module which joins up to the forth pic being the approach module fifth pic is the big changes to the point and cross over, using curved points , lucky last pic is the where the new corner spiral model be sitting. . Going to be a set back, should only take a couple of days to relevel the modules and rewire them , I be switching the control panel connector panel over to the other side as well take a couple of days . Be starting work on the bridge cutting the sides of the piers tomorrow all goes well and depending on how strong the westerly winds b if I get a chance to do anything, sadly no work shop , we are are copping it as well, temps to drop down to 20 Sunday, Monday the coldest day . Tony from down under keeping on moving ahead.
  14. 1 point
    Being a while since last update on the I was in hospital a few days and while recovering last weekend at home I decided to bite the dust and go back to the old design where the bridge was at the back of the layout and station at the front, station is in a lot more now so I can add on the second stage of the station complex . With the changes the second station be on the curved decking where the station building is, be three tracks, third one a passing loop, other big change I be modelling a lock , based on the Immingham port lock and port down past the double gates, out the front of the house, where the pathway is is where the lock be double the length of the ship be fun. This weekend I ill start working on the piers of the bridge and they be on wheels so I can shift the bridge out the way so we can have lunch or coffee, both piers be the same height, will have to level the bridge an pier cloest to the pergola post be a few inches higher. Tony from down under on a high
  15. 1 point
    Mr Toad rides again, on a largely green day Actually, I think he got tired of waiting for the train... Anyway, in the afternoon David P. came round with a great selection of engines needing to stretch their legs in the fresh air. First a BR Standard 2-6-2T: The unique Duke was certainly in fine form: The Southern was represented by Battle of Britain class number 34077 "603 Squadron" and by an S15. Somehow the S15 didn't get its picture taken, although it did look good; maybe next time.
  16. 1 point
    You want to get those eyes tested Roddy - your thanks should be directed at Iain as per the previous post #1374! 🤣
  17. 1 point
    Today it's been the turn of the ground position lights and I've managed to get the three I had fitted and working. I'm quite pleased with how they've turned out although it's difficult to get decent photo's of them. At the south end of the station I've fitted two signals, one for the run-round round and one to allow access from the sidings into the headshunt. Ideally the one for the headshunt would be better integral with the associated signal but I'm happy to leave it on the ground as in the following photo where it is seen displaying a proceed aspect towards the headshunt. I have disabled the red lights on this signal so it shows either two white lights or nothing at all. Any shunting movement towards the headshunt must return behind the signal before any movement can take place from the main line into the sidings. The signal on the run-round road, also seen in the following photo, shows either red/white, as here, or two white lights as standard. At the north end of the station I fitted my remaining signal to control movements over the crossover. It now really needs a signal on each line at the other side of the crossing but should I bother or not? I'm only going to see the rear of them unless I squeeze down at the end of the board. I'll finish with three photos of loco's in the picture to show what a difference the signals make. 26024 on the run-round round with 37401 'Mary Queen of Scots' awaiting departure from the bay platform 37025 'Inverness TMD' at platform 1 68006 'Daring' also on platform 1 I've decided not to add signals to the Shieling Bridge boards, at least not at this time. I may change my mind at a later date but for now I'm looking forward to taking a break from wiring after I've fitted the platform lights on Cattle Leys.
  18. 1 point
    That looks fantastic, Mick. Nice to see the overview of the (very tidy!) shed. And the scenic impact is impressive - you've managed to combine decent distant scenery and station detail very effectively (such as the gate in the fence - nice touch). An inspiring example for us all.
  19. 1 point
    Having just visited Thomas' Maximilianshafen thread, what I've got to show seems a bit ordinary but I'm pleased to say there's been some progress again today and there's plenty of photos to go with it. We've had more fencing installed round the bay platform and the station approach road as well as a gate should it ever be needed..... ...as well as along platform 3 and round the rear of the waiting room But now I've run out again so will need to order some more in order to complete the job. Like the fool I am, I rushed into fitting it before realising I was putting it on the wrong way round but I've left it as it is - I don't think it matters that much. The lineside views are improving with each bit of newly installed scenery - this looks much better with station lights and fencing but I do wish I'd continued that back scene across to the other side. And so on to the signals and yes, I've got one wired up and working. There's red... ...and with the flick of a switch we have green. That's a lot of progress for me and I've even made provision for the easy fitment of the remaining signals. The switches are already installed so I just need to make up the lights and solder them in. It's just a scrap of plywood screwed to the underside of the point lever housing with a series of on-on switches but it's all I need and it works reliably. I managed to move the signal back enough to give clearance on the run-round road and it's now been glued down and ballasted in - awaiting weathering. Lastly, here's a view of the shed interior now both sides are almost finished. Nice and tidy at last.
  20. 1 point
    And it goes on. Since on the Old Line no place for a fly over was to change from the German left hand traffic to the Italian left hand traffic, the distance over the ramp is single-tracked. Furthermore, I worked on the branch of the high-speed line to the Italian railway station and already the substructure of the Italian station.
  21. 1 point
    I added one additional light on the station forecourt (or should that be concourse?) but it proved one of the most difficult to date being to the rear of the widest baseboard. I was going to fit another but decided against it for today although I may return to it later. I then turned my attention to the terminus board and began weathering the track and ballast as well as adding ballast to the remaining blank areas. I've also added a small amount of vegetation between the tracks in the sidings as well as weathering the six buffer stops required at the terminus. I use the old Hornby buffer stops as I have a good number of them which I feel give a fair representation. They are instantly recognisable as buffer stops and do the job so why not use them? I know there are more realistic buffers out there, some with built in lights, but I'm happy with what I have. And then I made a start removing the loch and distant headland. The loch was no problem but the headland had been glued so needed scraping off. A quick sand down with some sandpaper and then some paint added to try smooth it all off and Immediately the low level shots improved. I've still not decided how I'm going to finish it but it's certainly better without an horizon. A plain sky with some trees and bushes would work better. Lots of weathered track in the photo above along with some freshly laid areas of ballast. I've also added some varnish in an attempt to simulate wet patches between the two sidings.
  22. 1 point
    Mick The lack of distance is the issue, as you point out. Maybe, the loch needs to just be glimpsed through gaps in the trees / rocks? A 2-D back-scene is always going to look a bit weird at shallow viewing angles.
  23. 1 point
    You're probably right Iain. I may well give it a try later because it's going to bug me forever if I don't either get it right or even change it altogether. I think what I could have done with is more space between the station building and the back scene so that I could have had a lower horizon and been able to place trees in front. That way the trees would obscure the view of the loch when the camera was at a low viewpoint. Not so much done today as I spent time catching up with jobs around the garden. It's all been overlooked for the past couple of weeks while I've been concentrating on my efforts in the shed. The fish were grateful for a clean out too. I managed to fit another four lights at Shieling Bridge late this afternoon, including the one I messed up earlier, but with only two left to fit I'd had enough and called it a day. There's only so long I can lay on my back under the baseboards. Here's the overall view from the north end now with 19 LED's illuminating the station. And from the south end I've fitted the first light in the station forecourt. One or perhaps two more to go. View northwards from the platform - I guess this would be platform 3 - never really thought about it up until now. And the footbridge from behind the waiting room on 'platform 3', with my on board camera parked up in the sidings. The last thing I did before locking up was to weather the platform sides at Cattle Leys station. I need to do the ballast now as it's far too clean by comparison.
  24. 1 point
    I don't care - after how long it's taken me to get to this stage I'll make sure I can justify absolutely anything! 😉 I went back out to the shed this evening just to stick down some hanging basket liner in the hope that it will be dry come the morning. I've done the top and bottom of the retaining wall, around the tunnel area and down along the edge of the baseboard where I've added the rocks. If I can get all that trimmed back tomorrow then I can complete the ballasting.
  25. 1 point
    I totally agree with roddy!
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    Your painting is great Mick. It certainly works and the mountains do look realistic. If I had produced that I would have been delighted. I refuse to mention the geographical error, because I doubt so very much that anybody will notice. Your backscenes are nothing short of brilliant!
  27. 1 point
    Hi Mick The pictures of the station in the dark with the lights are great. I have rarely seen such a realistic-looking illumination on a model railway. Regards Thomas
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    It's been really warm here too - certainly the highest temperature I've recorded since I set up my weather station in 2012, but not quite so intense as you've had it over there. You can be forgiven for taking shelter. The catenary looks very good. I admire your patience.
  29. 1 point
    Magical mystery tour Roll up for the Hogwarts Express, fittingly hauled by Hogwarts Castle (Anyone seen a Ford Anglia flying around?):
  30. 1 point
    It is as hot as ever since the beginning of the weather record in Germany in 1881. I set up four catenary poles and then fled from the heat.
  31. 1 point
    The little patch of sky, in the last photo, looks real - as though you had taken the boards outside. Great work. I think I agree - turning down the voltage will make the lights look even better.
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    My newest Mehano Prestige ICE3 8 car set from Slovenia northern Italy has arrived
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    Most of today's work has been beneath the baseboards sorting out and tidying up the wiring so there's not a lot to photograph. As construction of the indoor section progressed I seemed to keep soldering more and more wires to the power bus, with the dropper wires swinging across from back to front and in most cases being far too long for what was needed. A lot of wires hung loosely down and were prone to being caught whenever I put anything under the boards for storage. In addition, the change over to 'auto frog' modules meant I could remove many of the power feeds to the accessory switches on the point motors. I've now taken single feeds from the power bus to choc block connectors into which all the droppers now connect making any future changes much easier. So although it's taken a big part of the day it's something I am pleased to have got done. The only other thing I've managed today is to drill holes to accept the platform lights. This was something I wasn't looking forward to as it meant drilling through the plaster platforms and in some cases with the drill chuck right up against the platform fencing. I managed to measure it all out to avoid lights being positioned on top of anything underneath the boards but there was just one place where I had a double thickness of baseboard to get through and small drills aren't very long! In the end I had to use an oversize drill and will need to make good the over large hole when I get round to fixing them permanently in place. Hopefully this photo will give you an idea of what they look like. The light in the very foreground was the troublesome one but it's not a problem. The lights will all stand upright but are just loosely fitted at the moment so that's why some appear to be leaning. I have some double lamps for the opposite platform but they'll have to wait for another time. I need something to eat now.
  38. 1 point
    I think your painted background looks fantastic.
  39. 1 point
    It is tempting... but I just couldn't do in O gauge what I can do in OO gauge. Yes the feel of an O gauge loco in your hands is impressive to say the least but we don't sit holding them all the time. I know some of the smaller O gauge loco's can be purchased relatively cheaply but once we start talking mainline locos then we're looking at £500 or more with the forthcoming Hattons' A3/A4 priced at £750. As for manufacturer's getting going in O gauge, I think they already have - there's not so much more they can offer, certainly with regards diesel loco's. I enjoy OO gauge, have reliable running with very few problems, and my favourite part is taking photos and filming video. Captured in photos and on video I don't think there's a lot of difference between the two but that all depends on how you've constructed your layout. Would I give up OO gauge in favour of O gauge? - no I wouldn't. I like my viaducts too much, wouldn't want to be without stations that can take 7-8 coaches, prefer running scale length trains and enjoy having a variety of loco's, coaches and wagons to choose from.
  40. 1 point
    I'm sorry to hear that Thomas especially as you're working outdoors and I'm within. So I shouldn't complain too much. I've finished for today. Hope I haven't gone too far with the grassed over sidings but I do remember them as overgrown as that - sometimes more so, but generally much dirtier. I've rolled the wagons back up to the buffers and for once it feels like they belong here. There's a few more wagons on the other side of the shed so it won't be long before they're making their way across to allow me to start work on the terminus boards. Funnily enough the road where the TTA tank wagons are standing is my only designated wagon siding at Shieling Bridge The road next to it is actually the arrival road for the loco depot so I can't block it with too many wagons. I suppose I could use the road next to the bay platform for wagons when required but I intended that being for standing DMU's. There's only one thing for it Roddy......we need a bigger shed!!
  41. 1 point
    Hello Mick First of all, I use the commercially available material for landscape design as I do it indoors, except that I use waterproof and UV light resistant adhesive. When everything is dry, I spray it extensively with spray glue or clear coat. Which is better, I have not found out yet. The rock consists of a mixture of a filler which consists of marble powder, synthetic resin and glass fibers and the marble gravel which forms the bottom of my garden. Regards Thomas
  42. 1 point
    I don't know if the artificial green will survive winter. But if you don't try you will never know.
  43. 1 point
    You really need to get a backscene around the garden fence. 😉😉
  44. 1 point
    Short video to show how things have changed.
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