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  1. The sound of Class 66 music Josh, who is a regular visitor to the DGR, has very kindly fitted my Class 66 with top quality sound. Here's a video of it running on his layout - which is well worth a listen. Looking forward to letting her out on the DGR again...
    3 points
  2. I'm amazed that something that had taken me several years to begin can be accomplished within a matter of days. I'm talking about the Intermodal wagons of course, the ones I made a start on only on Saturday and which today are, believe it or not, nearing completion. There are still some containers that need attention and there's a couple of problematic wagons which also need looking at as they very occasionally derail (close couplings I believe are at fault) but on the whole I'm very pleased with how it's turned out. I set out yesterday with the intention of weathering the chassis on the 7 wagon pairs I'd removed containers from but ended up spraying the whole lot so I'm now working my way through the remaining containers. As usual, I'm not loking for perfection as I only want something that looks the part when running in train formation and not individual wagons for display. This is one of the as purchased 'seaco' containers on a now weathered chassis and this is one that I've weathered. Nothing too involved, just a dirty wash of thinned enamel paint, wiped off with paper towel and then some rusty coloured enamel dabbed on and wiped with a piece of sponge. I'm sure there's more I could do but I don't see much point in doing too much more with them. Maybe some repair patching would be an idea. 66522 has also had some chassis weathering though I have yet to do anything with the upper body. Although I find the darker coloured containers are easier to weather the lighter coloured ones also need substantially toning down, and this white 'axis' container looks so much better for some added dirt. It's also great to get rid of those bright green wagon chassis'. With the entire rake coupled together there isn't a storage road on Skew Bridge that can accommodate it so if I keep it on the layout I'm going to have to split it to allow me to run something else or reluctantly remove 2 or 3 wagons. Something I have been doing is removing the weights from the containers. There are fixed to the removable base of the container but are easily removed and weighing in at 12 grams they add a fair amount of weight to the trailing load. The empty flat beds run perfectly well without any additional weight (apart from the 2 that cause me problems) so I don't see why it's needed. There's in the region of 25-30 containers in total so we're talking probably 300g additional load by leaving them in place. I've taken some video clips of the train in action this afternoon which I'll upload later if it turns out okay. I haven't even downloaded them from the camera yet to take a look at them but watching the train circling the layout it is much, much better than before and it will certainly feature regularly now in future videos.
    2 points
  3. Throughout 2021 I was working on the electronics side of our hobby. Although I have a background in electronics I was out of date, and the Arduino revolution had completely passed me by. I've been playing catch up. But this has mainly been on my indoor projects. My first project on Amblethorpe is a passenger information display for Colwick Station. It shows "live" train information, but it's of fake trains. I've not connected it up to sensors on the track so it is not triggered by the coming and goings. This is possible, but I don't run Amblethorpe to a timetable so there is no point trying to do it. There are 3 screens each 22mm by 11mm with 128*64 pixels to play with. The type is tiny, either 6px or 5px high. They cost £6.50 per screen. They are dynamic, with some trains randomly delayed or cancelled. The clock ticks off the seconds minutes and hours. The destination stops scroll across the screen when required. These 3 are driven by a single Arduino micro controller, which cost £3.50. it all runs on 5 volts, and this can be pulled off the DCC track bus using a two quid voltage regulator. So the whole thing cost £25. I used my plotter cutter to make a hosing out of black styrene. It's a bit bulky, but I hid most of it by placing a Welcome to Colwick sign on the top. This year I'll get round to motoring the points on the Paltyville Ridge & Peak Railroad using and Arduino to provide the control and frog juicing.
    2 points
  4. Oh dear me! I know I've said there'll be no more new models for me but I never expected Hornby to release a set of LNER Coronation coaches as part of their 2022 range. Many years ago I purchased a set of Mailcoach plastic kits to construct the Coronation coaches but never got round to doing so and eventually sold them on at a time when funds were very tight. In those days my early interests were purely LNER based with 4902 'Seagull' being my first purchase from a local 'G.T. Smith' supermarket of all places. It cost me a little over £20, £22 if I remember correctly. Sadly 4902 was sold too but ironically it's one of only three A4 locomotives that I now do not have in my collection. I note the current RRP of an A4 for 2022 is to be £217.99. It's going to be very difficult for me to refuse to order the Coronation coaches despite the total cost of the full 9 coach rake being close to £500! But I suppose that's only £10 per week for a year and when I consider I was once a smoker getting through at least 20 cigarettes per day at a cost of £6-£7 per packet then it doesn't seem too bad. And I will probably live that little bit longer for giving up the cigarettes so I can get more use from them. They're beginning to seem like a bargain!
    2 points
  5. It's been a few weeks since I last set foot in the attic and so today I decided that I would go up there and take a few photos seeing as the weather isn't suitable for going out with the camera. I normally take photos using the camera on my phone as it's the most convenient way but today I chose to use the DSLR knowing full well that in the limited space round the tracks it's quite some task to do so without damaging anything - and I am prone to damaging things! The layout doesn't really lend itself to that many photo opportunities with the main area being around the sidings and shunters cabin. It's the best area to plonk a large camera and any other spot means having to move stock around in the sidings in order to make sufficient room. It's also pretty dull up there even with all the lighting and I find the DSLR always struggles in low light but never mind. 56003 in Loadhaul livery with a loaded MGR. 56095 Harworth Colliery with loaded Cawoods conatiners ...and again as it heads on its way. 60022 in EWS livery with loaded HTA hoppers 58048 'Coventry Colliery' in Coal Sector livery with loaded MGRs. I must see about adding driver figures to some of these cabs. 60078 in Mainline blue livery in charge of the PFA Gypsum empties 56049 on empty TEA tanks... ...and onwards 31233 hauling loaded HEA wagons And finally 31233 with HEAs is about to pass 56049 on the TEA tanks I had hoped the photos would turn out a bit better than they have done so it looks like I'm going to have to find which settings works best if I use this camera again.
    2 points
  6. That looks so real, if only we could tame moss. The viaduct is great!
    1 point
  7. I think it's sufficient for Skew Bridge, though if I'd got room for more sidings on the scenic side of the laytout then I'd consider filling those up too for effect! I think they're decent enough runners, very little wobbling around, and on the whole they stay on the track as they're supposed to. The buffers are wrong as many are keen to point out but who notices when they're in motion? As I've remarked elsewhere, the majority of my MGR's were purchased 10 or more years ago, mostly secondhand, and I was averaging around £8 per wagon. Later purchases cost me up to £41 for the triple wagon packs which is as much as I'd be willing to pay. Nowadays they're asking over £20-£25 per wagon? Well if I operate it as intended, the loco's used on Skew Bridge shouldn't ever be seen on Worsley Dale as they're supposed to be entirely different layouts. On the odd occasions some loco's have found their way across however but generally it's better for me, and less hassle, to keep them in their proper places.
    1 point
  8. Well I'm hoping that there'll be nothing else to tempt me into ordering anything. I imagine that come next year the Coronation coaches will probably be released as alternative versions but it doesn't matter to me, I just want the original 1937 set. Hornby are sure to want to get every little bit out of them so they will eventually do all later liveries. I still don't know what I'm going to do with them - only that I want them! I think Skew Bridge has all the stock it needs. I know Cavalex Models are releasing a brand new class 56 but when I look at my Hornby models in motion I don't see a lot wrong with them. Likewise my MGRs, they look the part so why would I want to replace them with either the forthcoming Cavalex or Accurascale models? I'm sure that in a display case there'll be noticeable differences but taken as a whole picture I'm certainly happy seeing my MGR trains running as they are. Worsley Dale also has more than enough stock.
    1 point
  9. Id love a set of the red version to run behind my streamlined Coronation pacific, but this years budget is already spent on O gauge pre orders - but you are talking about LNER, I was thinking LMS 😂
    1 point
  10. I uploaded a short video yesterday evening with some clips of the coal trains running. It wasn't planned to become a video as I was just trying to discover some better viewing angles but these few go together nicely.
    1 point
  11. The diesel shed lighting looks great Barry and well worth the effort. I was looking at photos of my station out in the shed with the platform lighting on and it's all let down by the fact that there's no lighting in the station buildings. Maybe I need to do something like that at a later date. Blimey, I hadn't realised you had so far to travel. I'd assumed it was more 'round the corner'. The OTA's look good. I sold off all my Bachmann moulded loads with the intention of replacing them with my home-made logs which I feel look much better. The moulded ones are okay but just not what I wanted to see. I'm the same with coal loads for my wagons too, it has to be real coal, crushed and graded by hand. I just feel so much better for doing it that way. I bring the OTA wagons closer together using Kadee couplings but I try to standardise on them anyway so I can swap wagons around more easily.
    1 point
  12. Happy new year all. Re Moss - I wish I could get it to grow anywhere! Ive tried numerous times, using the mentioned theories, but just cant get it to grow. Even the parts of the garden which are shady and damp, dont attract it.
    1 point
  13. I was just out cleaning the pond filter and noticed the moss growing on part of my viaduct again so thought I'd post a few photos. Wouldn't it be great to be able to grow this exactly where you want it? It only seems to thrive on the short 8-arch section of Stack Gill viaduct, just before the girder bridges, where there's shade for the majority of the day and where, at this time of the year, it tends to be fairly damp. The remaining 16 arches of the viaduct have very little moss growth but they are more in the open.
    1 point
  14. Those are great photos, Mick, showing a high degree of realism. The track looks good, the trains look good, and so does the scenery. Adding those real skies in makes an impressive difference to complete the pictures, and I'm wondering just how you do it. I can't decide whether I prefer the colour or B&W pics, but both are superb. Keep up the good work!
    1 point
  15. From the album: Skew Bridge

    Loadhaul liveried 56003 passes Skew Bridge as a class 09 shunts MGR wagons in the sidings
    1 point
  16. From the album: Skew Bridge

    Loadhaul liveried 56003 heads past Skew Bridge with a loaded MGR set for the Aire Valley power stations
    1 point
  17. From the album: Skew Bridge

    EWS liveried 60048 passing Skew Bridge with a rake of empty MGR wagons. A test image using sky replacment
    1 point
  18. Happy New Year to everyone! I almost had something running on Worsley Dale today and yes, we are talking about the 1st January. Hasn't it been mild? I began by cleaning the tracks inside the shed after firstly turning on the track power to ensure there were no problems, after all, it's been a while since it was last in operation. I made my way round out of the shed and over the small viaduct towards the tunnel with the Garryflex rubber only to come up against piles of bird poop all over the tracks, much of it still soft and extremely messy. I wasn't about to run the Garryflex through that lot and so it was out with detergent and an old toothbrush in an effort to clean it all away. In the end it needed a good dousing of water by which time the trackbed was soaked making it almost impossible to vacuum away the debris that I had expected to have to clear in the first place. And so I gave up the idea of running anything for today - I wouldn't want to run any locos through it until I've had chance to clean it all properly. We have a 'resident' female blackbird who greets me almost every morning as I put out some food. It seems to have taken residence beneath a small shrub alongside the track and stays there throughout the day. It doesn't appear to fly off all that often and I've rarely seen her flying in - she's just always there. The drawback is the piles of poop she deposits. Tomorrow I am busy for part of the day and I doubt there'll be any further progress so I'm hoping the weather remains relatively dry at least for a few more days. It would be nice to get a January runnning session in at some point.
    1 point
  19. From the album: Skew Bridge

    56049 heads past Skew Bridge sidings with a rake of empty TEA tanks. Photo converted to black & white and has added sky effect
    1 point
  20. This final image I have attempted to use focus bracketing in order to get as much of the scene in focus as possible. It consists of 26 images automatically blended together using Helicon Focus with a degree of manual adjustment necessary along the way. I've also added a 'sky' to replace the blank area above the trees, Converted to black and white and with an attempt to replicate some exhaust. The front of the loco still looks a little blurred to me and no matter what I do I can't seem to improve it.
    1 point
  21. I hope everyone has had a great Christmas. As you've probably gathered I haven't been around that much these past couple of weeks - made more noticeable to myself by the fact that it's the first time I have updated my weather station records for 14 days and that's very unusual because it was once a daily routine of mine! There's nothing amiss but we have been spending some time away though unfortunately the weather has prevented us doing as much as we would have liked. I tend not to keep up to date with what's happening on the model railway scene lately but noticed that some of the model railway items I had previously pre-ordered had now been released. As I mentioned a while ago, I decided to cancel the majority of my pre-orders due in part to becoming disillusioned with the quality and apparent value for money, leaving just two items to be delivered (both of them wagons) which are now apparently in the country and on their way. At this present time I have no plans to purchase anything else. Do I regret cancelling and of my pre-orders having seen some of the products released? No, not at all, especially after reading about some of the faults and damage that people have been reporting with their deliveries. So, what have I been up to? Well nothing really exciting I don't suppose, especially if you're here for model railway content! We've been out walking in the snow, fog, mist, wind and rain, looking for that bit of sunshine that has so far just about eluded us. I went out one morning with a glorious sunrise at the edge of an expanse of water and within minutes was enveloped in a shroud of fog that descended from nowhere and remained for the duration of the day. It's been a week or so just like that. My only highlight was being able to take a photo of a Kingfisher - not a brilliant one but my best to date. We've been walking the towpath all year and throughout summer we never caught a glimpse of a Kingfisher at all, and then during Autumn they began appearing. Now we see at least one very time we go out and if we're lucky we get the chance to take a photo before they take off again. A few days ago a Kingfisher landed on the bow of a moored narrowboat. It was a dull, drizzly, misty day and so rather than taking out my expensive camera I just took along the bridge camera with its greater zoom or reach which is easier to protect from the elements. Unfortunately, having zoomed in on the bird as it returned to the bow of the boat having dived and caught a fish, I pressed what I thought was the record button to video it only to discover afterwards that I'd pressed the wrong button. forgetting that I was using the different camera and that the record buttons are in different places. That shows my level of expertise I guess - embarrasingly pathetic! On another occasion, again a day not suitable for taking out the camera, we were walking along a narrow lane with raised fields on either side. I've been trying to get a good photo of Fieldfares for some time and here they were, a field full of them at eye level, and I had no camera with me! I even went back the following day hoping against hope that they would be there again but unfortunately not. Anyway, I'll probably add some photos later once I've sorted things out but for now, if you don't hear from me beforehand, I hope everyone has a Happy New Year and I look forward to sharing my exploits, whatever they may be, with you all during 2022.
    1 point
  22. No worries - It's the same with most of us! And the bonus being that by the time of your next post you should have made a start on your garden railway! Have to admit that the vaccine/booster program in my area has been first class. The vaccine centre was within walking distance, online booking was faultless, and the actual process was painless (thankfully!) and over in a matter of minutes. I'm not into sailing but this past year especially, we've walked miles up and down the Leeds & Liverpool canal close to where we have our holiday home. We've also begun watching several Youtube channels related to narrowboats and living on the waterways. While it initially appealed, the more we've seen the less likely we would be to go down that route ourselves but it's still interesting viewing and doesn't detract from our frequent walks along the canal. It's great to be able to be close to the canal but have somewhere 'on grid' to be able to retreat to.
    1 point
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