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  1. 3 points
    After years to procrastination I have finally started work on the Paltryville Ridge & Peak Railroad. My second railway in the garden, it will run close to ground level below Amblethorpe which is on a shelf about a metre above. Running on 16.5mm gauge track at 1:48th scale it is an American Narrow Gauge O Scale commonly known as On30. Paltryville is a fictional location found in The Miserable Mill, the forth book in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The book begins with the children traveling on a train to Paltryville when they find themselves working as slaves in the Lucky Smells Lumber Mill. The Ridge comes from the design of the layout. The main run will be on a raised bed built from aerated blocks. The blocks have been carved to create a rock face effect, the railroad will run along the ridge. The Peak is in there because I like the interlaced alliteration and that the abbreviation P.R.& P.R. Ground works have begun. Blocks have been carved. Track is on order.
  2. 3 points
    Thanks for that Thomas. It's by no means as impressive as Maximilianshafen but of course they are two completely different settings. I hadn't realised just how many video clips I had taken today and while a few of them were unsuitable I've put the remainder together in a video of just over 10 minutes duration.
  3. 3 points
    Yesterday I began the process of filling the gaps with earth and stone. Months ago I rescued the stones form a friends driveway before she had it tarmaced. I didn't know if I had enough, which meant it was guess work as to how much earth I'd need to fill with first. We did about 72% of the filling. Getting the point where the final position of the trackbed blocks has yet be decided. This morning I placed some track down and, for fun, popped some coaches on. This turned out to be helpful, it shows me how long my passing loop will have to be, allowing for a loco on the front. Up shot is that I can'y make it any shorter. I'm still uncertain which point to use where. I have two right hand and two Y. I've started thinking through how I can create a connecting line to the Snicketway baseboards. I'm going to use some 18mm ply which should be ridged enough for the 70cm length it will span. For the radius I'm following the track that came with train set, which ensures that it won't be too tight. This afternoon I'm going to have to lower a couple of the ridge blocks by 18mm to allow for the linking track to be able to pass over them while the track stays on the level. Feels like real progress now. Should be sticking down roofing felt and laying track soon.
  4. 3 points
    No. The felt needs securing properly. Track pins will not stop it from moving with extremes of temperature, or even lifting in a wind and ripping the track out with it.
  5. 3 points
    As mentioned yesterday I've used two methods to hide the blue power bus cable, the first being to simply remove the outer sleeve leaving just the copper core. Don't worry about the apparent kinks in the copper wire as it's just where I've formed it to fit into the outline at the base of the rocks. I plan to cement some stones on top to hold it down and within a few days it will have tarnished and be much less visible. This has worked well without any problems on the other side of the layout so hopefully there won't be any problems here either. The second method was to simply bury the cable along the edge of the track base and where there have been connections to it I've left it covered with just a small pile of stones as in the photo below. I want to try open up this small section and remove anything blocking the view from within the circuit itself so that it becomes a good position for filming around the curve and onto the small viaduct. The point motor housing, just visible to the right in the first photo, is one such obstacle that needs reducing in height as it is quite substantial!
  6. 3 points
    Well, following on from my comments regarding 'small scenic areas' I've taken advantage of the better weather by doing something about the section of track leading onto Low Shott, the smaller of my two viaducts. Being located in full view from my open shed door it's never been a place that I've particularly liked as the track has always looked precariously perched right at the edge of the raised blockwork and I'm amazed that to date there hasn't been any serious 'goings over'. Here's the section in question. The width of the aerated blocks standing on edge doesn't leave a great deal of room to play with when there's two tracks in position and although I did initially put sections of log roll on the face of the blocks they've gradually either rotted away or come adrift so there's currently no border along the lineside, save the one left standing, only the drop below. So it's been a case of finding suitable rocks and mixing the scrapings of sand and cement I have left. Most of the rocks have had to be balanced in a way that there's a nice smooth side facing onto the track and there will need to be additional rocks behind and plenty of infilling in order to securely set them in place. From the rear it's currently not a pretty sight... ...but from the lineside I hope you feel it's an improvement. I'm not sure what the ground cover plant to the right is called but it looks okay out of season although the flowers are quite tall and tend to hide the view when they appear. I'll leave it for now. There's still some more rocks needed before it's finished but hopefully it's another spot that's going to become a good place to site the cameras.
  7. 3 points
    And so, onto the OO. All worked fine, except for a couple of old Hornby PGA wagons, which seem to have developed problems with axleboxes and wheelsets. Anyway, here is a short video of what I ran yesterday. Over the next few days / weeks, I will be trying to give the rest of my stock a good run out.
  8. 3 points
    Not the weather for being out in the garden today. Fitted sound to my Grand Central 125.
  9. 2 points
    I've spent the majority of the day filming again but this time instead of chasing trains round the garden, I've remained in the same place and everything today has been filmed over Low Shott viaduct. I've missed not having the steam train running so I've got the coaches back out on track and coupled up to Black 5 No.45010. I noticed Andrew had placed some crew in the cab of his Black 5 and it really makes a difference so I've done the same with mine. Here's a photo of 45010 running tender first across Low Shott viaduct: And then to show the difference the addition of a driver and fireman makes, here's a photo of 45010, still running tender first, having just crossed Low Shott viaduct. Thanks Andrew. Next I think I need some lamps on the front. Over the next few days I intend doing a lot less filming because there's still work to be done on the layout and it's best to do it while the weather is settled. I also need a break from videos because you can't enjoy a running session the same when you have a camera in your hand all the time. Sometimes you just need to sit back and enjoy it.
  10. 2 points
    For my eyes it looks like an upgrade of the scenery! ๐Ÿ‘
  11. 2 points
    By yesterday evening Trundles Bridge had been fixed in position and I'd cemented some pieces of aerated block ahead of it to extend the roadway outwards towards the inside of the layout. I really wasn't sure what I was going to do from that point and looking at the photograph I'd taken I wasn't even sure I would be leaving it like that. It didn't quite look like I was intending it to look..... Anyway this morning, with the sun shining brightly, I decided to continue by adding some large rocks on either side of the aerated block pieces and what was to be a small overbridge just appears to have grown into one big rock outcrop! Doesn't look too bad from this angle.... ...nor from the other side... ...but it doesn't half take up some room when viewed from above! There are some pretty large rocks in there. I'm not entirely sure about the longer view from this side because the rocks hide part of the bridge so I might need to lean over the tracks a little bit more. Now I need to renew the plants in the border as it looks a bit bare in places at the moment. Once I'd finished I had a brief running session in order to get some video of the places that have had rocks added over the past week or two but the sun has been a bit too bright for filming so it depends how the footage turns out. I'll have a look later and if there's anything worthwhile I'll upload a video later this evening.
  12. 2 points
    Tried to avoid the procrastination (beard stroking) phase of development which was looming upon me. So far with my railways I've built baseboards and then laid the track independently. This has meant that I haven't had to have an exact track plan before building the baseboards. With this build I don't have the baseboard so I need to finalise my track plan beforehand. Yesterday I worked through that process; placing, levelling, adjusting and swapping around blocks to enable the track plan I am after. One consideration was to try to keep the track from being below the drip line off the Amblethorpe baseboard. This would have been easy if it was a constant width, but it varies form 40cm to 20cm to 30cm along its length. Locating points away from drips was more important. I still can't figure out how things will work at the house end of the line. A track needs to turn off to allow a connection with the Snicketway baseboards. This requires a 90ยบ turn in around 40cm, which is around 1st radius. This is OK for a narrow gauge, but I'll have to check that my stock is fine with that. Not that there is any set-track for On30. At the shed end the level trackbed creates a significant rise within the landscape. I cut the tops off the blocks at 45ยบ to create a very narrow track bed, a common feature on American railroads. Still work to be done on the trackbed before I can fill the gaps and create the landscape.
  13. 2 points
    Just for you Mick, the mgr's come out to play, along with the sleeper set.
  14. 2 points
    Return to Black Ghyll Here's a context shot to set the scene. No doubt the local residents always knew it was there, but probably didn't want to encourage inexperienced potholers who often get into difficulties, particularly when unanticipated rainfall swells the underground rivers...
  15. 2 points
    Due to a very stiff back (probably as a result of collecting the sand and cement) I've been unable to do a great deal more on the layout over the past day or two. Just typical isn't it? You spend time doing little because of a lack of materials and then when you get some you end up temporarily incapacitated through humping it around! What I have managed to do, albeit with a struggle, is cement another two rocks on end on the inside of the curve to create an 'entrance' or cutting onto this scenic 'Low Shott Flatt' section. Hopefully I should now be able to follow a train through the new cutting, right across Low Shott viaduct, and into the shed. Here's a view showing the entire curve up to the start of the viaduct, obscured only by the white flowers which will shortly be cleared as they die away. I've had to renew the wiring from the point, just out of shot in the lower photo, and resolder them to the bus wire as they had become loose through previously being lifted and replaced. I was hoping to be filming today but there's no way I can get down low with the camera just yet - maybe tomorrow?
  16. 2 points
    Over the weekend I managed to get to the local garden centre and nursery, parting with much cash, to fill up some of the blank canvas of the garden. Just a couple of little creepers are required to finish off and a few bags of chippings to uplift the path. With a good weather day in the offing and some of the noisy kids back in school, a few larger steam locos came out to play, in what turned out to be a bit of a big loco gala!
  17. 2 points
    I've just got round to uploading a short video taken on Saturday (the day I said I couldn't be bothered publishing) that is slightly different from the footage posted previously. I really wasn't going to bother with this but as there's not a lot else happening right now it seems a good idea to keep things flowing. The video features the Realtrack class 156 DMU - still minus its front deflector/plow - as well as D6607 'Ben Cruachan' with a rake of InterCity sleeper stock including two Hornby sleeper cars and two Bachmann Mk2F as day coaches.
  18. 2 points
    Green and Black Self-explanatory, really:
  19. 2 points
    So better weather today and a day off gave me a chance to run so recently acquired stock. 4 CEP 7134 & 4 VEP 7830. The VEP did not run very well on it's own, but when in multiple with the CEP it ran great. Defiantly nostalgic now as these were the norm for me when I started on the railway!
  20. 1 point
    English translation to follow ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry not a techie
  21. 1 point
    I'm glad you enjoyed it Andrew. I'm still trying to find the best viewpoints for filming and unfortunately some of the ones I'd hoped would be suitable are proving very difficult to access. And I know it's conducive to running trains outdoors but that blooming sun doesn't half hinder efforts to capture the action when it's shining straight into the camera or onto the LCD viewing screen. I've done a bit more filming today, testing out new angles but without a great deal of success. Finding a suitable spot to settle the camera is the hardest task and although I used my tripod on occasions, it's just too tall even when at it lowest setting for anything this side of the viaduct. I've ordered a cheap tripod that has a lowest setting of 16 inches so I'll let you know how I get on with that. I've actually been using plastic buckets of varying heights with an old folded sheet on top this afternoon. I still find myself going back to the same spots for taking videos and while I'd hoped that the new bridge would be a great new location, getting the camera down low enough is barely possible because of the box hedging that faces towards it. I can hand-hold the camera above the track but as yet I haven't found a way to get a camera support in there and I'm getting fed up of holding my arms steady whilst trying not to breathe, until the train has passed by. I need to have a look at 26024 later as it has started stuttering which isn't all that surprising after the number of miles it must have done. I've had it out again today, first with the track cleaner and later with a mixed freight but towards the end I had to remove it as it just didn't want to go any further, even after a good old wheel clean. There's still a few wagon types that I would like for the layout - bogie bolsters for ingots being one of them - but I really don't want to get too much more stock because it's already proving difficult to juggle them all around. I don't like having to take things off the layout in order to put something else on but with a limited number of storage roads that's now a necessity. The OTA loaded log train is perhaps my favourite freight train, seen below with 37401, so I try to keep that one out but the remaining freight just have to take a rest sometimes. Likewise with coaching stock, the steam hauled West Highland excursion stock is currently off the layout as is the similarly coloured 'far north' Hebridean stock, not to mention a number of various types of Caledonian Sleeper coaches. I think I've yet to run the blue/grey versions along with the ETHEL so I need to get myself sorted, grab some blue/grey coaches to go with them and give it an outing soon.
  22. 1 point
    The bridge and approach road look amazing. I watch your latest YouTube on my TV before I read this post about construction. I spotted all the work you had done and even commented to my wife how impressed I was. Great work.
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  24. 1 point
    So last weekend, with a couple of days off work and with a bulk delivery of wood having arrived, I set about rebuilding the main station area. This section was the first bit built 5 years ago and was done in a "bit of a rush" with 9mm external ply on a 2x2 frame. However, part of the frame was secured to the concrete fence posts and the screws basically failed. On top of this I never covered the area with felt, I just treated it with preserver. As it was under the tree not only did it get very wet but occasionally had branches land on it. As a result the boards were literally falling apart and the track geometry was a little bit "dodgy"! So the "new build saw the same method I've used on the rest of the layout with enhancements. The foundations are now concrete blocks. This forms part of a frame for decking planks which are topped by 12mm external ply which has been treated and covered in felt. The 4 through platforms have now been relaid and joined by a 5th in lieu of one of the sidings. This gives and extra through line or more importantly a platform to enable a shuttle to Pentney Town to operate whilst leaving 2 through lines in both directions. The sidings have yet to be laid (Waiting on fishplates) and I am currently bonding out the joints using copped strip which will run under the platforms where possible. The 1st platform has also been built using cable trunking (Thanks to Chris of Amblethorpe fame for the idea). This is being topped by plasticard for the platform surface. The big question now is, do the platforms get made permanent and just get covered over by the tarpaulin that protects the station or do I make the removable so I can take them in . Any suggestions greatly appreciated. Noel
  25. 1 point
    Invasion of the Giant Spiders!
  26. 1 point
    Hello Iain, nice to chat to you again. Hope things are settling down in BA14. Seems life is throwing various people curve balls right now. I have 6 feet radii. I have cut a 90 degree 6 feet radius template out of ply to use as a guide. It's a bit of a fiddle as a need to get around the back of the shed but I can do it. Eventually I will have to make a 9 feet removable section to get across the lawn which will need some thought but thats a while away just yet. The trackbed is raised up around 3 feet above the garden. In the OO plan I was using the shed as a terminus. In o gauge its going to be a tight radius to get into the shed. I am only going to use it unpowered to store rolling stock and will push it out onto the mainlines to run it connect it to locos. I will have to schlep the locos into the house every time but so be it. Unless I can have another shed but thats for another day.
  27. 1 point
    Unfortunately covid 19 has meant there is a shortage of track like Peco Flexitrack and rail joiners. Set yourself a budget and dont go mad. Ebay is still a good place to look, there was always a good selection of used, good condition track before the problems started but prices have gone up. Check the photos though because some sellers are a bit naughty in there descriptions. Don't pay over the odds either ยฃ1.50 to ยฃ2.00 is a fare price for a used 3ft length , but postage may be expensive because of the size.
  28. 1 point
    I am so glad that all I have to do is cement a few rocks in place! You have my total admiration for getting on with this and as Tony says, those large radius points look amazing. I keep saying it but it really is going to look stunning once it's completed.
  29. 1 point
    ...at the beginning! Hi, welcome to the forum. I'm assuming you mean the best way to start building an OO gauge garden railway? Well from experience I'd suggest having a good think about what it is you want to achieve and not starting anything until you've planned everything out. If it's to be just a temporary set-up to run a few trains during the current restrictions then obviously almost anything that you can lay track on would suffice. On the other hand, if it's to be a permanent addition to your garden then you do need to give it serious thought if you want to achieve satisfactory running over the longer term. There are several layouts on the forum, each of which detail the methods used in their construction, the problems encountered along the way and solutions that have been found to overcome them. It would be worthwhile taking note of these as it may save you a lot of trouble and frustrations further down the line. Maybe you could let us know your thoughts and what type of layout you are hoping to construct in order that we may be able to offer you more detailed advice.
  30. 1 point
    Goods vibrations Quite liked this shot: A new feature has emerged on the layout. Black Ghyll is a large cavern, much visited by serious potholers because of the extensive cave system to which it provides an entrance. It's very close to Sycamore Manor, but was previously obscured by vegetation, now cut back. A close look shows what may be ropes left behind by cavers ascending to the lip before going down into the caves...
  31. 1 point
    Well after giving it some thought I've decided to remove the outer sleeve on some of the blue cable and then where possible I've started to embed some of the remaining blue parts between the rocks/timbers and the edge of the track base. I'll post some photos later. As you've probably gathered, I've managed to obtain sand and cement and all without queueing at B&Q. I ordered online through a BuildBase merchant and simply called in locally this morning to collect in their 'social distance' setup which was far better and easier than going to B&Q. In fact I'd quite like that to be the norm where you get a time slot to collect and just sit in your car until they bring the order out to you. Took me 30 minutes from leaving home to getting back.
  32. 1 point
    This week i've become a convert to Print at Home. I've had a few freebie downloads hanging around on my hard drive for years but never got round to building them. I even picked up a DVD of them at a show or sale or something, sometime... Lockdown, actually, a bitterly cold day in in Lockdown, pushed me toward Print at Home. I started with the simple and within an hour or two I had a perfectly reasonable back scene building. But my printer wasn't cutting the mustard so I got a mate to do some. He got carried away and delivered me half a ream of print out. Taking this more seriously I decided to spray the sheets with lacquer before construction. This was rather satisfying as it darkened and enriched the print. It also protected the print form later mishaps with glue! The result was great I upped the complexity slightly with a lots more windows... Improving my techniques with each model I stepped it up from very low relief to stander low relief. This was a much more complicated build. But the experience on the simple stuff helped and I knew what I was doing. Especially on the adhesives. The office block had bowed baldly, which I put down to the use of PVA. I've developed a system of switching between Prit-stik for large flat surfaces and PVA for wrap-a-rounds. I also placed glued elements under a brick or while drying. The final result of the 1930s factory is very impressive. The plan is for them to form a moveable backscene for Amblethorpe which will drop in near Colwick Station.
  33. 1 point
    You're probably right Thomas although it's not something that's ever troubled me. I always wanted a rugged untidy scene littered with the kind of things that keep railways running. Now blue might be stretching it a bit far I admit (the brown is much less conspicuous) but I didn't really want to conceal all the wiring as it's all part of my little railway landscape. Being at ground level I can't hide it away beneath the base and I don't want to bury it so that I can no longer access it so what's the solution? Should I paint it, remove the outer sleeve to leave just the copper core, or just disguise it with some greenery and rocks? I have a short section on my large viaduct where I've used just the copper core and it doesn't seem to have been a problem but I wondered if anyone knew of any issues with running just the copper wire without protective outer sleeve?
  34. 1 point
    Hello Mick! You should find a solution for the blue cable. Because the rock looks really good and the cable somehow destroys the overall impression. Looks like a gas pipe that has not yet been buried...๐Ÿ˜ Regards Thomas
  35. 1 point
    It's been bitterly cold outdoors at times today making it less than enjoyable to be doing any work on the layout. I've been wanting to crack on with the rocks along the lineside and although I can fit them loosely in place, until I decide to join the queue at B&Q for sand and cement, that's as much as I'm able to do. I've decided to continue planting the rocks a little further along the line and round the curve past the first small conifer as it will give me a longer section for filming trains to and from Low Shott viaduct. This curve is known as Low Shott Flatt and up to now it's been almost impossible to capture any decent footage in this area. There's still the problem of the taller flowering ground cover plant hiding the trains from view but you can see where I've trimmed the flowers back how much better it makes it. I've had to remove some of the timber edging I added a few weeks ago in order to make room for the rocks as I prefer to see the rocks right up to the lineside rather than sitting behind the wood. The only pieces I've left in place are the two directly in front of the conifer as there isn't room there to add rockery. Just to see how things are looking I propelled 37026 across the viaduct and posed it for a photo.
  36. 1 point
    I wasn't expecting Code 100 track in O-16.5 to look so different to the OO/HO stuff.
  37. 1 point
    My mate was speedy with his printing and dropped them through the letter box while on his daily exercise. Completed another in about 90 minutes. I've now moved up to slightly more complicated office block. Still low relief but with more build outs and window. It is taking much longer to complete. I'm enjoying these builds. It's nice to follow a set of instructions and not become distracted try to think up how to customise it.
  38. 1 point
    I'm beginning to think that's the best way to go Andrew by creating small scenic areas that can be used for photographs or filming rather than trying to attempt to do the whole layout. It's just half-a-dozen rocks cemented together occupying a space of a couple of feet or so but at track level it looks grander and it leads nicely onto the viaduct. The lichen/moss was a bonus - I just hope it survives now it's been relocated.
  39. 1 point
    Yes I did Chris using this.... ...but I wouldn't worry too much as it was only precautionary and as you rightly say, these blocks are suitable for 'below ground' use. I've got some out in the garden that have never been treated with anything and they're as good now as when I purchased them several years ago. I did both viaducts with the water seal after I'd built them but they haven't been done again since and there's been no deterioration in the blocks whatsoever.
  40. 1 point
    When I add lights to trains I make them very bright. Indoors they look ridiculous, but out in the garden they are visible from distance, which is the point on the railway, they are to be seen rather than light up the way. The manufactures are sitting lights bright enough to look correct indoors and they look dim outside.
  41. 1 point
    The frame rate on lots of cameras and the fact that led's do flash and are not constantly lit, will give the impression the lights are not on. In normal times I try to do a lot of travel behind class 68's and whenever I video them, the led headlights appear to flash. At work, until we recently had the panel buttons replaced, lots of people used to comment that the lights (led's) were flashing and it was irritating.
  42. 1 point
    Ooops, accidentally hit the "buy now" button... it'll be a 12 car by the weekend
  43. 1 point
    In a change from the usual BR Blue I've now fitted a sound chip to 37427 'Highland Enterprise' which is depicted in Regional Railways livery with Scotrail branding. This Bachmann loco was a Limited Edition produced for Rails of Sheffield. It's not actually the loco I intended fitting with sound just yet but the one I had decided on turned out to have an 8 pin decoder socket and I was sitting there with a 21-pin decoder in my hands. I think next on the list will be one of the coal sector liveried 37's depending on which socket is provided as I have one more 21 pin chip available but currently no suitable speaker as my recent order for two arrived with just one!
  44. 1 point
    For many years, probably well over 10, Hornby track has been made from an alloy known as nickel silver which does NOT rust although it may tarnish a little. Older Hornby track used steel rails which had one advantage of assisting grip for locomotives fitted with Magnadhesion; no other advantage though. Peco claim that the plastic sleepers of their track contain ultra-violet inhibitors to prevent sunlight making them brittle. I don't know whether the same could be said of Hornby but I am sure they would be good for a few years. The biggest problem of using sectional track is that there will be many joins and fishplates cannot be relied upon to conduct current reliably. Most successful outdoor layouts have most pieces of track soldered to a separate supply wire (or by a short bonding wire to the next piece of track)
  45. 1 point
    Scotland, Steam And Scenic Splendour This is possibly the ultimate garden railway video (18 mins): https://youtu.be/RVG4hs10WFo Highly recommended (even though not a Class 37 in sight, Mick!).
  46. 1 point

    From the album: Amblethorpe

    Northern 150 at the new platform ends at Barnmouth station.
  47. 1 point
    Long time no see, we have been doing other things, and during this enforced lockdown in France we uncovered the railway. Bigs smiles as we got an engine to run.
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  49. 1 point

    From the album: Dorking Garden Railway

    Black 5 in Scotland
  50. 1 point
    This may be where I have the upper hand of electial wiring. My suggestion would be, go to you electrical wholesaler and ask for 2 drum's 4mm squared copper core ( I think its 16 strand). 1 drum of Brown and the other of blue.<- that is for the bus wire. And then for the droppers, buy some 2.5mm squared 8 strand copper core. Again, blue and brown. Then if you run the 4mm cables under your boards. Where you want the droppers to connect to the track, simply cut a ring of insulation off the bus wire and solder the droppers on to them. Be sure to cover the solder joints with something like hot glue just to protect them. Solder the other ends to the rails. That's just my thaughts on it. Tom P.S Because of the size of the cables, there will be very little voltage drop round your rather large railway. P.P.S As your using DCC you will only need 2 bus wires and just take the droppers of it to feed both tracks.
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