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  1. Hi Guys, not to bad a weekend. Have been out laying track for two days . My finger nails are a mess, with working on top of roofing felt. I have still got about half of the wires to join between rails yet. Unfortunately promised the C E O we would go away for a couple of days. Of cause its going to be dry and when we are away and come back rain. Still she deserved a treat for allowing me to proceed in our limited garden we have. Here's a picture of a Dapol Virgin Pendolino EMU. got for a cheap price. Runs nice to say the track a mess, but oh those fiddley copulins. Not made for my saw fingers and poor sight. (men in white coats here for me tomorrow) I not finish and thinking of stage 2. Thankyou all for your very useful articles about your railways its a enjoyable way to spend a odd wet hour looking at all the ideas
    4 points
  2. Apologies for the long read! I haven't posted anything here for a few weeks now and although I've managed to get some great photos during that time I would like to jump right up to the present day because I've just spent 3 days, or rather early evenings, trying to capture a specific bird. We went out for a walk last Wednesday morning along the Leeds & Liverpool canal near Gargrave and Pam spotted a Barn Owl a distance away on the other side of the canal. It was too far away for a decent photo but it's the first time I have actually been able to stand there and watch one flying around. I wasn't aware that they were even active at 9.30am! A (very friendly) farmer was tending his sheep in the field next to the towpath and he was curious as to what we were trying to photograph. He told us that the Barn Owls were nesting in an old Ash tree which he pointed out to us but it isn't in a location that is easily or safely accessible as it was alongside the main A65 where there is no footpath. Anyway, I was determined that I would try to get a photo. Two days later I went alone along the canal armed with my camera. I decided to go in the early evening so it was approximately 7pm as I set off along the towpath. There was no sign of any Barn Owls so I continued walking to a spot where I had previously seen Curlews and Brown Hare's in the hope of getting a picture of some sort before turning around and making my way back. Not far from where we had previously seen the Owls 2 days earlier there was a moored narrowboat and the gentleman onboard was looking through his binoculars. As I passed I asked if he had seen anything interesting as I was going to mention about the Owls and would you believe it, he was actually watching a Barn Owl which he pointed out to me. Yes, there it was, on the towpath side of the canal on the far side of the field where the farmer had been speaking to us earlier. I managed to focus on it but it was by now getting very dull with some dark clouds looming overhead. It dropped to the ground and came up with a mouse before immediately heading back towards the Ash tree. It then diverted slightly and began heading directly for me, looking me in the eyes before swerving its way around me. I couldn't have positioned myself better if I had tried. Wow! I just kept snapping away but the photos were very dark and although I couldn't have wished for better poses, the quality was somewhat disappointing. The following day I tried again but there was no sign of the Owl and, to cap it all off, after standing there for almost 2 hours the heavens opened and I got soaked to the skin before I could make it back to the car. Undeterred, the following evening I was back for another try with a slightly brighter sky and I was feeling optimistic. I paced up and down for 2 hours, snapping away at anyting that moved but although I had a great view of the Ash tree the Owl hadn't made an appearance. One last look before I called it a day (or night!) and wait a minute, there was just a small speckle of white. Looking closer it was a Barn Owl just about to emerge from a cavity in the tree, which it did a few seconds later. I was hoping it would come across the canal again but instead it stayed on the opposite side, across the road, and across the field. But then it turned and flew directly towards me just as it had done 2 days before. I was standing right in front of a small tree so was well camouflaged and I got a number of photos before it eventually set eyes on me and went on its merry way. I continued to watch it at a distance for some time afterwards as it hunted for prey. So the pictures...well as I said, the earlier ones were very dark due to the conditions but luckily modern photo editing software is capable of rescuing them to some extent so here is the Barn Owl on that first evening with its prey. The second night was in slightly better light And although I clipped one of its wings in this next photo, I decided to crop it slightly and focus attention on the face as it closed its eyes They are just 5 from well over 200 photos I took over those 2 nights and I must admit that it feels worth all the standing around and all that soaking I endured.
    2 points
  3. So, the garden open day... "we'll only get half a dozen people" she said, "we've never see many going round in previous years" she said... Flippin' heck! I'm so glad I asked a couple of freinds to come a drive for the day, we saw around 100 people, from small kids to the elderly, come visit the garden and all of them were facsinated with the railway and several went away with "ideas". A couple of people were already modellers from the locality are now thinking of venturing into the garden (Don't worry Mick, I pointed them this way for help & ideas). So a very succesful day, lots of people & lots of trains running. Th eonly downside was that there was so many people to talk to that no filming or photography got done! So to make up for it, as I have been at home all week I done some filiming today. The thing I like about modelling in the garden is that there are so many different locations to see the railway and they are constantly changing. One of my favorites during the summer is watching trains round Rockery Corner, dissapearing between the rocks and the foilage. Even better when it's one of my favorite trains, a pair of 37's on the steel train .
    2 points
  4. I have had a great time playing trains and watching them pass by. Sorting through my stock to find out what runs or not and so stared with one of my Wrenn Duchesses and a Bachmann Jubilee. Very pleased that the Wrenn loco performed well. I know they not the most detailed Locos around but they have good weight and seem to pull well. Next a Western Class 52. Very pleasing to see them have a good run. The Dean Goods ran well but poor pulling power. Now these two newer sets GWR HST and Class 67 with a rake of Pullman stock behind. So far all have managed curry loop by the shed well. Hopefully will try my older steam to see how they like playing outside.
    2 points
  5. Just packed away and hopefully finished with the soldering. Had time to run a few locos I had picked up on eBay and had not been able to run them. What as surprised me is that I have only connected one power feed and so far runs ok. I was expecting to have to take a second feed up to the small loop end. Tornado as some pulling power had nine Pullman coaches without a problem. While that was running my camera was flat, so picture of LMS and BR maroon stock. I always wanted a blue Pullman when I had my N gauge layout. They came into production just as I sold off all my N stock. The price today in 00 is beyond my small budget but was able to get old of a Triang one. In good condition as not got all the bells and whistles but runs well and am looking for a couple more coaches to fill it out. Love watching the come into Snow Hill Station, Birmingham on a Saturday with my Ian Allen ABC book of loco numbers. Fond memories. Then to close my evening running tried the Class 66 and was the only one to give me problems with the leading bogie and 5 LMS coaches was to much for it. Hopefully when its run in it might improve.
    2 points
  6. A few more photos from the weekend works. I started with my core cutter. I did the first one without hammer action and it took a while. Tried the second hole at the other end with hammer and the join next to it immediately gave way, I guess from the vibrations. So having cut the other four holes I re-glued the join. Once that had a few hours to set I started on the final hole. As I cut through, the join gave up again although with the hole done that isn't an issue now, I'll just settle them in separately. So on with sawing the arches. My brother-in-law decided that it now needed a flying blue Ford Anglia. I told him he'd have to make do with a blue Triumph 2000 from a distance. 😂
    2 points
  7. So, Pentney Parkway is to open to an audience this Sunday. Our local Parish Council are having a Garden Safari so it's the ideal excuse. A group of freinds will be helping me operate, some for the first time. Now just to repair the point that got damaged by a falling branch, clean the track, clear the leaves, ties a plant back.... oh god... it's never going to be ready in time!!!
    2 points
  8. I've made a representation of some aluminium ingot loads to add to 3 of my BBA wagons. Now I know they are far from perfect, probably totally incorrect, and on the wrong wagons with securing straps that appear to have nowhere to fasten to but I think they are an improvement on the empty wagons and I'm happy to accept all the errors. I began by making a batch of ingot shaped loads from some left over pieces of MDF but having completed the 12 I required I decided that they just didn't look right. Compared to some photos I've seen they were too thin and too wide so I decided to add another thinner piece of MDF and cut them down slightly so they were narrower and chunkier. After several coats of MDF sealant I gave them a quick spray with some aluminium coloured paint. I should probably have sanded them further to disguise the join between the two MDF sections and remove some of the paint accumulation along the edges but it's only a representation and not an actual replica load. I placed the ingots on lengths of timber as in the photos I was referring to even though the wagons are not the same types. Short lengths of electrical tape were used to make securing straps though whether this type of wagon had provision for that I really don't know but I wanted to mimic the layout on the photos as much as possible. My main reference photo shows 2 wagons with the rear most wagon having an additional ingot and so I have attempted to replicate that too. One particular detail I tried to include was the dimple on each end of the ingots which you may be able to make out on the one below. From a distance I think they look okay but obviously they wouldn't stand up to close scrutiny. I'll see if I can get a photo of them behind a loco or two shortly.
    2 points
  9. All boards covered with felt. I was not 100% had a bad night food wise. My neighbour is a god send. I just help by being a goffer. Eevern placed an oval of track on and ran a small tank engine. Needless to say It help with my feelings. Now I need dry warm weather to start the first loop.
    2 points
  10. Viaduct in final place, levelled, glued together again, sand cleared and stones spread out. There's still some blocks either side that need finalised. The next bit will be to solder the track feeds then to lay the roofing felt and cut it to shape. After that the point needs to be resprung. Still much to do, but it feels like a stage achieved.
    1 point
  11. My mate has printed me a ramp for my platform end. Much easier than faffing around cutting up a plastic chopping board to make them. The other end is being printed now and is a more complex design. I've painted the bathroom floor tiles for the platform surface. I should be able to instal them tomorrow.
    1 point
  12. Some track cut. I think I'll need a few millimeters off the outside loop to bring it away from the fence post a little. I'll need to create a filler piece between the passing loop station and the viaduct but that is the final resting place for the viaduct. I think I'll do a straight block off the right hand side of the viaduct and then I need to decide what the structure will be going down the side.
    1 point
  13. Thomas What a wonderful all round project your bridges are great and look forward to seeing your gape filled. Thanks for sharing all your projects with us.
    1 point
  14. Yesterday evening I got the final two blocks along the front row sawn down to size. I didn't lay them exactly level but good enough for me to get the track cut so they rejoin at the point and from there I can set the viaduct in place and tidy up that corner.
    1 point
  15. This Corex lasted 9 years. It had gone brittle, so yesterday I removed it and replacing a 6 meter length. My style has of sky has changed to a more cloudy look over the years. This has everything to do with using less blue paint and cheaper grey and white. It also looks better. Today I need to find my pan scrubs stash and create a 6m line of shrubs.
    1 point
  16. Update. I got the other two servos working with the DCC accessory controller. All three are now working. They are usually controlled by DCC commands. I also have push buttons to throw them. I've actually got two push buttons for each. One panel of two buttons is next to the crossover and the other panel with two buttons is adjacent to the siding turnout. This means I can throw the both the crossover and the siding from both locations without having to walk from one to the other. I like it a lot. This is an temporary solution, which, with a software update will be able to be switched to a new system I needed to get the double slip installed in Emble June. motorised. No point putting the car door locking motors back in or more DCC Accessory controllers. It was time to start installing a Layout Control Bus on Amblethorpe and transition away from DCC for controlling accessories. I've converted my tramway over to a Layout Control Bus last year, and have started installing one on ems mates layout. This means I'm familiar with the electronics side. The bigger challenge was getting a 10 meter cable out from my controlling Raspberry Pi to Emble June and installing the servo linking mechanism. The install went better than I expected. One of the servo linkages took a bit of time to get throwing, but the other there went in simply. I had and issue with voltage drop which mean there wasn't enough power and the Arduino switched off and on. One of the servos was working too hard. An adjustment to it's settings sorted the problem. But I think voltage drop will be a recurring problem. I'll probably change from 5volts to 12 and put in a 5v regulator on each node on my layout control bus. It's all installed under the baseboard. I'll find out how it deals with the outdoors. A plastic food tray is offering the electronics some protection. The whole setup cost less than £20 so replacing a component or two isn't going to break the bank.
    1 point
  17. They'll have to do Ken. With most of the outdoor stock I'm modelling something I've never seen other than in photographs so it's really just my take on it anyway. It's also made slightly more difficult due to the fact that railway photographers tend to focus on the locomotive at the front rather than any of the stock to the rear. Yes there's a knack to good soldering and I'm still trying to crack it myself though I do manage to somehow get by. Keeping the tip of the iron clean is essential in my view along with plenty of heat so that you're just in and out again without hanging around too long and melting sleepers.
    1 point
  18. Although I've been unable to have trains running today I can at least make out that there's been some action on Worsley Dale by including the following posed photos featuring the aluminium ingots. It was a similar photo to the one below that gave me the idea of adding the aluminium ingot loads to the BBA wagons. On this occasion 37114 departs Shieling Bridge and heads across Low Shott viaduct. 37114 and 37012 make light work of the heavy load as they approach Shieling Bridge. As I've previously said, the aluminium loads may not stand up to close scrutiny but at normal viewing distances they look convincing enough and it's a bit more variety added to the freight traffic.
    1 point
  19. Hi Mick, I am lucky the neighbour came into the hobby about two years ago and as a nice layout in his shed. Which was the reason I came back to the hobby. All I have been doing is tinning small lengths of wire to solder onto track. After reading the comments about wiring a layout in other sections which have been of use to me.
    1 point
  20. Structurally at a width of 7cm-10cm I can't see that being a problem. I imagine the greatest force on them will be during the actual cutting and that would be my biggest concern so it's going to require a steady hand. As for the piers looking overscale, I wouldn't worry too much about it especially with the viaduct being not very tall. It should look fine.
    1 point
  21. Andrew, Your photos of Jubilee 45611 are wonderful and I can't wait to get something running at Howey. Nature as a habit of growing in the blink of an eye. Especially if its something you do not want to grow. I would like to thank you for all your past photos and story of Dorking Garden Railway. You have given me loads of inspiration.
    1 point
  22. 1952 Jubilation (well, I haven't got a Coronation) I managed to dig out and scan some 70 year-old slides of Jubilee 45611 taking an excited crowd of people to London for a special occasion in 1952! Note trespasser on roof of first coach in final photo.
    1 point
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