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  1. 3 points
    Link to the first running or 2018: The station lighting, unfortunately, packed up working late last year and Ive not been able to resolve the issue. I think the electronics unit into which everything fed into and out of, got messed up and after I tinkered, it very definitely, wasnt going to work. However, should I want lights on, Ive found out that the lights will work perfectly ok, fed from the aux output on the Elite controller - not that i ever play trains in the dark And I have decided - I am determined that I am going to have a day or 2 sorting out the track bondings and have a frustration free Summer!
  2. 3 points
    That's a lovely photo Tony - I'm pleased you posted it. I can certainly understand how you and your wife must be feeling, even though I've never felt the loss of someone quite so close to me. I lost my dad when I was only seven so I don't really remember anything about him although I do recall the day itself quite clearly. More recently we've endured the loss of my nephew and Pams son, both in their twenties, and yes, it's hard to accept that they're now both gone but its all the more painful when its someone you spend most of your days with. I know this might sound silly to some people but the greatest personal loss I've ever felt was this August Bank Holiday when we lost our little dog. He was a part of our family and we spent our whole days with him. We'd speak to him just as you would a child, take him with us almost every time we went out. He was our little boy who depended on us for his every need and we were devastated when we lost him. I know you can't possibly compare the loss of a son to the loss of a pet dog but that bond that develops between you is just as strong and the loss just as painfully felt. The photos and little mementos we have kept, and that you will obviously have, are still raw reminders of 14 very happy years we spent together but the enjoyment and happiness that he brought us during that time far outweighs the loss we currently feel. We have to be grateful for the time we have been allowed to share with them and know that our lives have been enriched through them. One thing these events teach you is that you can't plan for the future - you have to live for today, so go on that holiday and enjoy doing all the things you've been unable to do over the past years. Take something personal of your sons along with you so that you feel he's right there beside you. As an example, I have our dogs collar fastened to my rucksack and I feel he's tagging along with us on our walks - it works fine.
  3. 2 points
    At long last the days are cooler in the very low 30's now,, two days of summer left, over the last weekend and Monday I made a lot of progress on one half of the main span of the bridge , finishing the frame work of the road deck and cut some supports to clamp the the deck to the rail deck sides. I only cut the supports using the jigsaw, couldn't get a good cut, will cut some new ones with the power saw setting up the circular saw jig with so I can cut each piece the same length very important, will have to use a bigger clamp so I can screw the support post to the underneath road deck bracket, with I did that way cutting those brackets the same length. I thing I will have to check the arch hangers, might be too long and will have to remark the arch template on the pergola floor. Having a rest today, joined a new train club yesterday, only 30 minutes away in Brisbane western suburbs, be helping them solder in place those fiber glass brass strips, they are building a layout to put in the Brisbane Train show in May. The bridge looks twisted because the saw horses are not level , fingers crossed both half's will line up ok, should do . Tomorrow will made a start on the last sage construction of the layout starting form the car port, I think I will just cut legs to the right height every 3 feet and screw in a hinge to fond the leg a lot quicker. The bridge will look stunning when finished, some time start on building the arch, once I have finished the bridge and road deck be permanently screwed in place painted with track down, will ask my wife if I can put the two main spans in the spare bedroom. Tony from nice down under
  4. 2 points
    I spent yesterday adding LED lights to Colwick station. The first job was to add red lights at the buffer stops. Sorry its a bit dark. The baseboard was upside down at this point. The next job was to add lights above the platforms. I bought some indoor tree lights that have solid core enamelled wire which worked out at about 6p per LED. They are wired in parallel. This means it is very easy to cut individual LEDs off the run with two 10cm wires connected. I rewired them into series and bent the wires to the profile of my station wall. I then came across a problem which took some time to get my head around. Once I had a series of 8 wired up they no longer light up. I tested all the solder joins and they were good. Eventually the penny dropped when I notice that I could light a run of 4 but not 5. Light Emitting Diodes still have the properties of a regular diode. They only pass current in one direct and have voltage drop across them. Diodes were literally my first lecture in my electronics degree. It turns out that with these LEDs the voltage drop is around 3v. My test 12volt supply would power 4 in series but not 5. I'm using my DCC track power at 16 volts so I can stretch to 5 in series. This made wiring more complex. I needed to feed from the middle as well as the ends. My platform construction technique came to my rescue. I use electric cable conduit as the base. This allowed me to pull the top of my platforms off and run the cable though the conduit. I still need to hide a couple of the riser wires, but all the wiring at high level will be exposed as it so often is on the prototype. The light fittings are screw caps which I've trimmed and glued to the wall. I need to repeat this for the other external wall. Then work out a similar system for a run along the middle of the station.
  5. 2 points
    Been a long time posting (again), but hope everyone had a good Christmas. We've had a new arrival...
  6. 2 points
    Hi Mick, yeah the transformer cradle going to look good when built , did you note in front of the transformers the two receivers for the the remotes, I will have a choice of two radios or one radio control of two slide control throttles, screwed to the the cradle, I have finely finished wiring the control panel and ready to connect to the transformers. The mass of wires blow you away, I have them all coded , go back to post 616 Feb.28 of the control panel half connected to the module , I will replace all those white wire ties with U nails, going to Bunning today to buy them. Yes I will be having scenery, pic one with the ship in it is where I got the idea to model that ship passing in under the bridge which will be a lot wader channel more like a river ,be the main focal point of the layout, bridge main span is 14 feet. I have come up with an top stile arch like the Sydney Harbor bridge but more model stile, has to be in two half's, 27 full length. Out in the garden be a tunnel on the corner section after the bridge and other in the car port where there be a small railway town with branch line and of course the station complex,I plan to have a road lower than the the station level will have a tram spot and bus stop, tram will be a separate circuit. I plan to have the layout up and running on a new date, May 2019 to celebrate 5 years being in the forum to when the first train will run on the Whole layout, giving me more time to complete the layout,one more module to finish the wiring on , full steam ahead on the last stage of the layout. Also be the last station module to get the holes drilled out bigger to replace the bolts with 12 mm dowel, this afternoons job so I can put the two modules a part, be able to run a loco the full length of the station complex and three other modules, powered by the control panel. The days aren't too bad, will make the most of the nice days before it starts to heat up where I can't work under the pergola, more work on the ship, have finished yet another mile stone on the ship project finishing the side of the hull of the first section of the ship. Got the other side to do and finish the superstructure and cut the upper deck, can't glue in place till the main deck is finished, keep an eye out on the ship post Tony from down under keeping on moving ahead
  7. 2 points
    Well here's a view that hasn't been seen for some time - Shieling Bridge station almost completely devoid of rolling stock and infrastructure! I've done a bit of weatherproofing on the outside of the shed and just had a general tidy round inside so thought I'd grab a photo of the empty station. It shows just how much work I still have to do but at least now it's a much more comfortable environment in which to do it. By the time I'm back up and running there's unlikely to be many opportunities to run anything round the garden but at least if it's cold or wet outside, I should be able to make myself comfy in the shed and get on with finishing the stations. I've not yet got round to altering the far left hand siding which scrapes against the cladding and I've still to repair the damage to my colour light signal, which currently lies on the platform, after it's unfortunate trip up the vacuum cleaner nozzle. But looking at the overall state of play, there was a time when I would have given anything to have been in this position
  8. 2 points
    Well you're certainly proving all the doubters wrong and showing that OO/HO in the garden can be very successful and worthwhile. Just wait until you can show them a fully operational layout next year! I think the forum provides the required inspiration and motivation to make a start in OO/HO outdoors. It shows what is possible and provides advice on things that are best avoided. Each individual member introduces their own ideas and you've added some novel methods yourself which should aid others who dare to follow in our footsteps! I think you win the prize for the most expansive OO/HO garden railway featured here so far and it's been very interesting following along. Looking forward to the recommencement of construction in 2019.
  9. 2 points
    The Fat Controller's Birthday It being the 6th anniversary of the opening of the DGR, the Fat Controller was delighted to welcome Thomas as a new arrival to the railway, to celebrate the arrival of our grandson a couple of weeks ago. When he first arrived, Thomas was rather a lonely engine, having no-one to play with: He tried talking to the Throstlebeck signalman, but that wasn't much fun: At last he met a couple of friendly coaches and persuaded them to come out for a run: They had a lot of fun puffing across Foxdale Bank: And then Thomas found another two coaches to join them. "Look at me now!" he shouted as they charged across the Northern Viaduct:
  10. 2 points
    Do you mean the class 55 'Deltic' as below?
  11. 2 points
    Hi Mick, many thanks yeah she sure is going to be stunning when finished, now the bow is done be a lot easier the next three sections be square to the water line. That is the whole idea the ship being the main feature of the layout on top of the bridge. I would love to extend more out into the garden , should run the level line out from the modules to see reach to be level with the garden, nice to dream would extend to the fence and have track around the the shrub next to the garden shed, a lot of track needed, win the lotto what is needed. I intend to model a RO, Ro port , the cranes they use are different to a container port, some of the Europeans ports are worth modelling like Hanko Finland. Has started working on the next bulkhead didn't line up, have to start again on remarking, cutting and gluing together, tomorrow night ship project night. Finely a pic of the proud builder holding the he finished ships bow. Tony from down under.
  12. 2 points
    Breaking news, the bow of my ship is finely finished at long last after three attempts later, I am a happy camper she turned out ok in the end after making a few mistakes on the way be as close as I can get of the real bow. Now I can more onto the next bulkhead, has will have the upper deck on it and top deck, a bit of cutting out still with the hull till the end of the first section then for there on be a square shape from top deck to water line. I am glad there isn't a 4th deck to worry about now and didn't really need to add on 10 mm's , too lake now, won't notice it , the bulkhead from the main deck bulkhead has the stair cases to the upper decks be closed in is what the 4th deck is. On a big high, am glad to see that finished. Tony from down under
  13. 2 points
    Nice photos Mick. I must try to upload a photo taken the other day. I was in my armchair and something flashed by my shoulder and there was a crash at the front window. An unexpected visitor had come at high speed through the open back door, not realising that the view in front was in fact glass. I then found myself holding a stunned Sparrowhawk. My wife couldn't even get the lens cap off my camera, so the resulting photo is not as good as it should be. I am priviledged to have seen it fly off at the speed of sound when I let it go. Sorry that I am such a scruff.
  14. 2 points
    I don't have the time (or inclination to be honest) to begin compiling videos right now but I've uploaded three short clips taken today of 37025 running with the log train. I'll try better next time.
  15. 2 points
    Thank you for your comments. I've always tried to distance the layout from a typical model railway. I don't look back on my railway career with any great fondness but I do remember the appearance of much of the railway I experienced. It was dirty, decayed, overgrown with vegetation and littered with all kinds of rubbish. In fact the tunnel portal really could do with discarded shopping trollies, bicycle frames and an old bed mattress tossed over onto the tracks below in order to make it truly realistic. Something for later perhaps? Well today was going to be a DMU running day. Utilising my two spare 8-pin chips and with 2 DMU's already DCC fitted I thought a quartet of units would make a change from the usual loco hauled stuff. The trouble is the 8-pin chips I have are 'direct' fitting, meaning they have no wires making them slightly larger than the 8-pins with wire harnesses and they wouldn't fit the void in the motor blocks where the DCC sockets are located. And after all the time it took me to get those pesky bodies off! I gave up with the idea of using the 8-pins and decided instead to get out another two freight steam locos, both of which require 21-pin chips. These two, a Robinson 04 and a class 7F, date back to my Selby Garden Railway and I couldn't remember whether or not I had fitted them before. As it turned out the Robinson 04 had been previously fitted but the 7F had not although I did have one spare so in it went. The 04 ran perfectly while the 7F runs with what appears to be a square rear driving wheel - in fact there's almost no need for a sound chip because it sounds like a 'chuff chuff' when it's in motion as it is. It's in need of attention - yes, another one to add to a growing list! The heat outdoors was becoming unbearable and so as a last resort I placed a class 108 DMU on track that was DCC fitted about 9 years ago for the Selby railway. I well remember my frustrations in trying to dismantle it at the time! So here's a few photos of the class 108 DMU in action this afternoon. A similar view to the photos added yesterday as the three car class 108 DMU enters Watch House tunnel. I omitted to mention all the wiring in my captions yesterday but I think they are part of the scene too, even if a little over scale. The DMU exits Watch House tunnel and heads towards the 'missing sleepers' which is where the plywood base appears to have failed. Through Trundles Bridge we go, having safely negotiated the enforced speed restriction. And here we're on the run along Stackgarth Gill towards Stack Gill viaduct. The power car is almost at the point where the plywood base meets aerated block base and so its from this point that works will begin later. Finally we see the DMU part way over Stack Gill viaduct and onto the girder bridges crossing the river Buttle. Currently just a dry bed, I would really like to add some form of water below the bridges. Something else to include on the to do list.
  16. 2 points
    It's taken me far longer than anticipated but I have just managed to spend a couple of days on the layout. I can't remember how long it's been since it was last powered up but you can imagine how relieved I was to discover that the months of neglect hadn't taken too heavy a toll. However, the first job that required my attention was a short section of parapet wall on Stack Gill viaduct which had succumbed at the hands of a young child. Luckily it was just the parapet wall but my garden was never designed or built as child friendly. I'd been putting it off for several weeks (the tulips hadn't yet flowered in the above photo) but the nice weather finally persuaded me that it was time to sort it out and while I was at it I reattached the sections of log roll that had come adrift along the base of the viaduct using some of that acclaimed 'Gorilla' adhesive. So with the parapet wall duly repaired the route was finally clear and it was time to bring out the trains. Now it's been six years since Worsley Dale was started, although the final section from Stack Gill viaduct along the bottom of the garden to the shed is more recent, but there were still a number of track joins that I hadn't bonded and they were playing up so before going any further it was out with the soldering iron. Now with a fully bonded circle of track surely we can get something running? I'd been looking forward to seeing the Scottish coaches out together so chose a suitable loco to get things started in the form of 37025 'Inverness TMD'. This is fitted with a 'Legomanbiffo' class 37/0 sound chip and really sounds the part. In fact I couldn't put it down and found myself using hardly anything else all day. I'll add a few photos from a selection just added to my photo gallery. 37025 INVERNESS TMD rounds Low Shott Flatts hauling a rake of six green and cream West Highland Line MK1 coaches on its approach to Shieling Bridge station. A little further on and 37025 is seen crossing Low Shott viaduct as it slows to enter Shieling Bridge station. Crossing Low Shott viaduct in the opposite direction, having just departed Shieling Bridge station, 37025 is seen here hauling a rake of 6 Kyle line coaches 37025 on its approach to Stack Gill viaduct. 37025 appearing somewhat insignificant as it nears the end of the imposing Stack Gill viaduct. You'll notice that only the main part of the layout has been used over the past two days and that I wasn't running into Cattle Leys terminus or using the passing loop. The reason was that I just wanted to get something running and not spend the whole time trying to get things fully operational. It all looks great in the sunshine but there is going to be a need for some repair work on Worsley Dale in the very near future. The section between the two viaducts is causing me some problems with track alignment although I'm not sure whether it's the plywood base or simply the roofing felt that's rippled. I really would like to replace the plywood base with something solid and weatherproof. It could be done a little at a time if I need to keep things running. I'll keep you posted.
  17. 2 points
    I've been repainting stock, building wagons, constructing buildings and falling on my On30 feet this winter. This loco and coaches came in a "novelty" livery. That has been removed and repainted black and olive green, DCC has also gone in. Moving up scale to 1:48 (staying at 16.5mm gauge) I decided to look into wargaming models. There is some really good stuff at what they call 28mm, which is the hight of the figures. Later cut MDF at reasonable prices that make very impressive models. A quick couple of coats with aerosol primer and a little black paint on the windows and this station is straight out of a western movie! In the foreground is a lumber wagon, that started life in 1980 as a Hornby Freightliner flat. So far I've only bought one wagon, the tanker, mainly to give me a model to copy. The 4 wheel wagon is a 30 year old Hornby wagon with the body removed and replaced with a larger scratch built open frame. Kadee couplers were also added. The 8 wheel gondoliers started life as an American HO box car. Again the body was removed and a new one created from Correx, Plasticard strips and coffee stirrers. Being american it came with Kadee couplers so there was very little cost over the £5 I paid for the secondhand wagon. Last week, doing my weekly shop in Lidl I came across some novelty bird feeders. They were in the shape of houses, which looked impressively close to 1:50. Finescale they were not, but they did have an American model village vibe about them. I bought 3 at £7.99 each. When I got them home I removed a few features that weren't required, mainly the hook you would hang it from, and they really looked the part. I went back to lidl and bought another 5, so I have 2 of each design. I want my On30 railway to be a lot less serious than my other modelling projects and these literally cheep and cheerful "models" are certainly less serious. I've made a start on "improving" them by repainting one into light blue, but appearing from adding a chimney or two I won't be doing much to them. They may inspire further constructions in this style.
  18. 2 points
    Latest instalment from Baker Wood Bunker. Hopefully, when I do the next video, there will be another standard gauge loco on show
  19. 2 points
    Well, its been a while! Ive done nothing with BWB since April, until a couple of weeks ago, when being off with the dreaded flu virus, I got really bored so started planning my next moves. My fiance bought me some trees for the layout at Christmas, so it was about time I did something with them! So this is where we are at. This is the maintenance shed on the narrow gauge system The transfer shed The staff halt. The platform lamps have now been fixed! Trial fit of trees on the bunker mound And the latest video: All the best, Iain
  20. 2 points
    Tony I just don't know what to say. It's bad enough losing one child but I had no idea that you and you wife had endured such tragedy and so much pain previously. I am so sorry to hear that. I was about to say "enjoy your holiday" because I really do hope you can, but it must be very difficult trying to find enjoyment in anything when you've had so much taken from you. How on earth you both must feel I really could never begin to understand. Thinking of you both.
  21. 2 points
    One of the drawbacks with a garden railway I guess is the fact that they're static. We can't take them along to exhibitions or round to a mates house for a quick running session. We are also few in number on the forum but the more regular contributors and visitors are hundreds or even thousands of miles apart. We share our interest via paragraphs and photographs. It would be so much better if we were within easy travelling distance of each other where our modelling and construction skills and our collected stock could be shared. It's far too easy to become disinterested in something when it's something we do on our own.
  22. 2 points
    Fed up with my back problem, and despite the best efforts of the NHS my nephew persuaded me to visit the lady he goes to for all his football injuries. "Warning she's a full on" he warned me. Expecting some gender neutral Russian shot putter l was very surprised to be greeted by a five foot nothing Thai lady. Slightly panicking my nephew was having a joke at my expense she sat me down went through my medical history and got me to do a couple of simple exercises. "Yes l can help you" she said in an accent straight out of a Benny Hill sketch. For the next half hour she twisted, bent, pummelled and even walked on my back. When she finished she sat me down again. Now to be honest l felt no better except my wallet felt lighter and my face must of shown it. She must have it all the time because her instructions were to go home, hot bath, and keep moving to get everything working properly again. Try not to drive if possiable as this will bring it back and don't push anything, lawn mower, shopping trolleys etc, as this will as well. By the time l got home there was no pain in my back and l was not bent over like an old man. OK l am still taking it easy but back to near normal, felt that better that l ventured down the Mid Hants for there Gala weekend. And yes l have been out driving and shopping and yes my back did hurt again. Going again this week, which she reckons will be enough, worth every penny.
  23. 2 points
    I've been fettling loco's recently, stripping down motors, adding pickups to wheels and installing DCC chips. Working with my mate John we have turned several locos from the 1970s and 1980s into good runners again. I'd upgraded a couple of Lima Class 66 previously, including a whole motor replacement, but they still improved their running after a fettle. The improvement was big enough that to my surprise, the Freightliner 66 could pull my intermodal train. Knowing that the real thing passes my house around 6 o'clock each evening, I hatched a plan to film them both runnnig at the same time.
  24. 2 points
    The train now arriving at platform 3 is Stephen's Rocket, we are sorry for the delay. If you see anything suspicious report it to a member of staff, if you find a member report it as suspicious. And my fav, the buffet car is now open, with mouth watering food at eye watering prices.
  25. 2 points
    Back on the 21st May 2016 I posted details of some of the place names I had come up with for various areas of the layout. It's been so long since that time, and with there being no further progress during the following months, that I'd almost forgotten what I'd called them. I had to revisit that old post in order to publish comments to accompany photos I recently uploaded to the new Gallery. Anyway, I've had a slight change of heart regarding a couple of place names and so here's an updated list. Main Indoor Station - SHIELING BRIDGE (pronounced SHILLING) Small Viaduct - LOW SHOTT VIADUCT Area between Low Shott Viaduct and the tunnel - LOW SHOTT FLATT The Tunnel - WATCH HOUSE TUNNEL and the passing loop WATCH HOUSES LOOP The overbridge - TRUNDLES BRIDGE Area between Trundles Bridge and the large viaduct - STACKGARTH GILL Large Viaduct - STACK GILL VIADUCT River beneath the girder bridges - RIVER BUTTLE Area along bottom of garden - BUTTLEBANK Junction before terminus station - MOOR DYKE JUNCTION Terminus Station - CATTLE LEYS I don't think there's any more place names required so for now I'll leave it at this.
  26. 2 points
    I don't have any motivation to exhibit. But with the tramway I have something "that will generate a lot of interest among the viewing public." The practicalities of going on the exhibition circuit are beyond me because I don't drive... I should be able to talk a mate or two into assisting me if I do book for the occasional show. A friend and I have big plans to build a modern image layout of Morecambe and Heysham and to exhibit it. But he is suffering from a chronic illness so all we can do at the moment is plan. The main idea behind taking some of Amblethorpe to the Coffee Shop is to get my station on show, with a few DMUs moving in and out. If we keep it simple the only extra boards required would be for a station throat. I'm meeting my mate John at lunchtime in the shop, I'll see if he's got any any enthusiasm to get it on with it.
  27. 2 points
    I've been cracking on with my winter project, my tramway. Before starting on the new board, I've had a big push to finish of the one I started last winter. It is a corner board with a bandstand on the inside, and allotments, pinic area and market stalls on the outside of the tracks. This is how it's looked through 2016. The first job was to add a building as a tea and coffee bar. The Metcalfe cricket pavilion fitted the job, and the space. I also put together the Metcalfe pub tables I'd bought last year. A couple of low relief tree finished off the back corner. I wanted a tarmac path around the band stand. I would have used Metcalfe card sheets, which the roadways are made of, but I had run out. Instead I used a cereal box and aerosol paint. I needed to do some careful cutting to get the path to fit the landscape as the bandstand sits atop a small rise. I am pleased with the result. I used acrylic window sealant in the flowerbeds. I was going to flock the grass between the bandstand and the tracks, until a mate pointed out that a grass mat would be better. I'd run out of grass mat so bought a new one. He was right, it went down a treat and really looks the part. I'd also got to work on the allotments working on the greenhouse, pigeon loft raised bed etc. With most of the elements for the allotments made it was time to plant everything in the scene. Lots more brown acrylic sealant was applied to create soil and hold things in place. Noch laser cut plants are used for the veg. The runner beans are Busch. Today I finished the allotments off and planted the flower beds. The flower beds were mainly made with pan scrubs and grated wax crayons (the purple bits were from Woodland scenics). The tulips are Noch, but I added a flake or two of wax crayon to improve the look. There are a few more jobs to do. I will add gates to the allotments. Buildings need to be glued down. The market stalls require items to sell. It needs to be peopled. The final job will be to add the overhead. This has to be done last because it really gets in the way of doing everything once it is installed.
  28. 1 point
    Used to hang wet washing out in Moscow at minus silly temperatures. Within 20 minutes it was solid. Bring it in and stand it in the corner. When it thawed, it was dry. Wife started moving furniture one day and rolled the carpets up. Out into the snow and laid them out. Shovelled snow onto the carpets and brushed it in with a stiff brush. Then hung the carpets over a fence and beat the snow out, before taking them back indoors again. I have never seen such clean and fresh smelling carpets as that day. She did it here in England a few years ago. Into the front garden. Neighbours all thought she had lost the plot.
  29. 1 point
    If you recall, back in October 2018 I managed to capture a few photographs of a female Sparrowhawk that had begun visiting the bird feeder in my garden. It had no intention of feasting on the goodies I was offering but rather hoping to land itself a meal of one of my smaller feathered visitors. Luckily for them they always managed to evade capture but their good fortune was bound to end at some point. As on previous occasions, I had to dash to grab a camera as soon as I saw the Sparrowhawk arrive but by the time I returned to take a photo it had already grabbed this little sparrow. Within a few seconds it was away carrying its prey with it. This time I'm told it was a male Sparrowhawk.
  30. 1 point
    Quick post just some pics. Just plugging away at the Crap Building.
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    I like these threads. Ive read them all and I really like them. The musings of humanity in these very pages ought to be published. I am sure a PhD student in Psychology would love these ramblings. So I thought I would join in. I started a topic on planning a garden layout in New Zealand. The creative juices flowed. I made a video. I drew a track plan. I was shot down in flames by my wife. Trains in her garden. Pfffst!! The very thought of it. I calculated a budget. I hid that from my good lady for now.Then work beckoned and I had to leave my thoughts behind for three months. I live in new Zealand but work on ships and as an expat pom I still like to read all about the goings on in the UK. The weather features heavily in postings. As it should. Its a national pastime to talk about the weather. As I type I am sat in a hotel in Fort Lauderdale having flown from Christchurch to Sydney to LA to Miami. On the OZ to US flight I got the person who insisted on telling me it was his first time going to the US and all the places he was going to see. I am dead on my feet. LA airport is horrible. Nobody smiles. People all have a coffee in one hand and a mobile phone in the other. Awake at three this morning. I am in the bridal suite.....on my own. Not sure what gives it the right to be a bridal suite other than there is a big bed and a huge spa bath at the foot of the bed. Never seen a bath in a bedroom before. One decent bounce on the bed followed by a back flip will have you in the bubbles in the blink of an eye. I am waiting for the day that that young fella Mr Musk can invent the star trek transporter. He seems to be pretty good at that sort of thing as long flights suck. 10 minutes walk from the hotel is the sprawling Sawgrass mills shopping mall. It is the size of the south island of New Zealand. I asked the hotel doorman for directions. He called me a taxi. I said its only 10 minutes walk. He said this is Florida. Nobody walks. I did. I should have listened. Pavements here (sidewalks) are for decoration only. To stop the grass growing out onto the road I reckon. A sign said do not feed the alligators. There was a big lake beside the pavement. It sort of becomes your main focus of attention having read the sign about reptilian dieting requirements. I tried to cross the road. 3 lanes in each direction. I pressed the button at the crossing. I waited. Trucks the size of apartment blocks whizzed by. The traffic stopped. I was invited to cross. I got to lane 2 out of 6 and the lights changed. I was honked at, swore at , "what choo doing man" ,and a hand gesture was given to me that I am still trying to figure out what it meant. I got the gist. Nobody walks here. I saw not a single soul other than myself on the pavements of Florida. One squirrel and one gecko was all. Why bother with pavements and pedestrian crossings at all. Save yourself money people and rip them all up! Anyway. I survived. The mall was spectacular. No model shops. Not even a newspaper stall where I could get an American railroad magazine. There were shops selling everything else though. If I was fat, skinny, bald, 2 feet tall or 7 feet tall, white but wanted to be tanned, tanned but wanted to be white, had size 5 feet or size 16, waist size 20 up to 58 there was a shop for you. I returned to my hotel empty handed. Salomon the door man asked me how I got on. I said I was still alive. Yes you are he said. So I join my ship on tuesday. Each port we go too I am going to try and get off and see what rail goodies are nearby. a) its a reason to get off, b) i need to get a bit fitter so walking will help and c) having started this load of drivel I suppose I ought to continue it. Unless I am told to stop. We shall see. I hope to post photos. I like photos. I like looking at other peoples photos on the forums. In the hotel foyer is a large international coffee chain shop. I am going to avail myself of its services and see if there are any other idiots going for a walk. ta ta.
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    Have being busy testing the track on each module and working my way down and straightening up track and points, the first pic is what the track was and last two after straightening them up much better,. I bit the dust and took out past he diamond cross over onto the second module and swapped points, the point to the left in pic 2291 is a powered Roco point, I have a flat Atlas point motor I will put on the point on the second track and join them both up to switch together. The idea of those two points like that is when the Indian Pacific train is coming in on the outer track, other trains can get past, like the real thing at Sydney Central station . Got some real hot days coming up, will ask my wife if I can being the module into the Barth room and res-older the feeders wires and check each block . Tony from down under keeping on moving ahead
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    Don't worry Griff, I'm not about to eradicate my feline intruder but it is extremely annoying when a cat from a good distance away is causing damage to something I've spent a great deal of time putting together. I've only added anti-climb spikes on top of the fence adjacent to the viaduct so if it uses common sense it will jump over a little further up the garden and not end up with sore feet.
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    Video Tasty My favourite garden railway video team, Duck End Pictures, have just produced another superb gauge 1 epic which I hope you'll enjoy: https://youtu.be/f3SOzcLvaGk
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    I have finely got, instead of pulling those plugs have replaced with toggle switches and has worked well, then I decided to add LED lights to like up when the power is on. I have wired the LED's so one will light out in each direction, have done the same for the second block as well, first pic is ford, with the yellow colour, second pic pic reverse I may switch the wires around later to have green for ford, third pic with switch off and if I move the throttle to on both lights will come one, on a high. Be as close as I will get to DCC on DC just all that wire, I am thinking of using a computer 25 way plug to save all that time plugging up those 20 plugs. Pic four is the terminal strips for all the block bus wire to feed into and then to the control panel makes it nice neat and tidy and easy to track when there is a short, on top of that the wires have to match how the control panel is wires up. Last pic about 14 blocks with the module that has the plugs I have to run wires from the terminal strip to those plugs, have wired in 6 so far and two to that module. Today I started cutting 3 inch ply for the adjustable stand, to save bending down to tighten up the wing nuts and looking at the level very hard, with the new modifying wont have to and save getting a sore back, will finish tomorrow pics to follow. Tony from down under keeping on moving ahead
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    You always seem to strive for and achieve, a really tidy and professional finish on the outdoor section and now you've extended this to inside the shed. You should be really proud of what you have done.
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    Early morning Tony, pure awesome, you are going great guns, looks like you will be running before me, the German 103 Electric sure looks stunning indeed especially with those coaches, the windows on our trains are not as wide as yours . I am looking forward to see what you have planned for the scenery around that bridge, have had a set back for a couple of days lap top trouble, had an update from Microsoft and knocked out the USB ports, though we had to put in a new mother board. After ringing ASUS they wanted my wife to do a factory reset, wife wasn't keen and still wouldn't of worked, she decided to a search on the hardware , found the problem the USB port was switched off, bingo every thing working, today back to the layout track work have changed track to fit the Indian Pacific and not hold up the main line. Tony from cool down under, not much of winter left.
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    Really nice, your tracks in the mountains. Since I'm a bit jealous that my garden is just so flat ... 😃
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    I'm far from happy with my weathering on ViTrains 37403 'Isle of Mull' at the moment but this is what it looks like at the present time. Ignore the missing coupling hook, wipers, and the mould line on those air horns. It's all too easy to add too much weathering until it begins to look a sorry mess and I've had to go back and remove some when I thought I'd over done it slightly so for now I'm just going to sit and gaze while I decide what it needs next. There's one quite noticeable difference between this ViTrains model and the Bachmann version and that's that you have to be very careful with the white spirit because it soon starts bringing the yellow and blue away so you need a careful wipe rather than any scrubbing. I think the main area for weathering that gives a marked improvement over the factory model is the underframe and bogies. If you can get those areas right then you're well on your way to turning a toy into a model.
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    Had a successful weekend with the wiring department, finely sorted out the switch issue with the last post, didn't work, found a DPDT slide switch switch and it worked cutting anthe power off past the first loco . Mick how do I type in words between the pics, do I submit the post first and edit the post???? First two pics is testing the switch before screwing the switch in place under neath the module, second pic is the isolated joiner on one side of the track and last pic, the hole is big enough to get my finger in. I also put in a length of track long enough to fit a loco on before the point, was told it's not good to stop a loco on the point, can't wait to actually shunt the Indian Pacific, more pics next post. Tony from very cold down under, hit minus three, keeping on moving ahead.
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    I encountered problems when I eventually got mine up and running too Iain but I just accept it as part of the whole OO outdoor experience. I know it can become frustrating but the real railways have problems with buckled and broken rails too. Each obstacle we overcome is one less to be concerned about and if I'm honest, in my case they're all down to the way I've constructed everything. My elevated boards appear fine at the moment but certain sections close to the ground are in need of attention. I'm going to replace the plywood and use a masonry track bed when the time comes - probably using aerated block sections as they withstand the weather very well. I have a number of O gauge loco's but I'm content with the smaller stuff for now. Perhaps if I were starting over again from scratch, a move of house or something, then I'd have a good think about changing to the larger scale. Enjoyed watching the 'EE day' video and a lot of people would be surprised to discover how successful OO can be outdoors. You've made a great job of it.
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    Hi Deano, Mark is spot on, I be doing the same with just one block where I have points leading onto another block, will be doing the same to hold a train at the suburban platform while I am shunting around the Indian Pacific on another track, needing that power, saving a small block and cutting out extra wiring, DC is such a pain, not much I can do, wont be switching to DCC. Just a matter of soldering to the bus wire before the isolating fish plate and one after, bongo, will you be planning to switch to DCC. Tony from slightly warmer down under, will check that bloke out get some good ideas, worth while checking Kalmbach are bringing out a new wiring book, pretty good from what I have seen in the news letter. ,
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    The 56 on the Tarmac train is the most impressive train I've seen running on a garden railway.
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    The new bridge has being redrawn to full scale and construction of the arch is under way, it should work the same way, when I join the two halves together will make up a centre pier so the two halfs can sit on while I bolt them together top and bottom and take out the pier, that e a while off. I have already started work on the arch, looking at the two section I have cut out I think I will cut off where the bottom of the section is sticking out 6 inches , will cut back to an inch , might look better when the bridge is sitting on it's pier.. Off to Cambale post as I finished the back of the house back door corner module. Tony from down under keeping on moving ahead.
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    Hello ! So, the last track gap in the low level parking yard is closed. Since the sun was shining a bit today, I also worked on the further construction outside. Respectively, I have eliminated the resulting damage. Unfortunately, I had installed the tarpaulin so unfavorably that the running water has washed under a pillar. Part of the superstructure of my bridge in the bend has deformed as a result. But I have a spare part, which I then painted today. I also gave the pillar a new foundation. In addition, I found that the concrete foundation of the house wall passage on the garden side has lowered by 5 millimeters. After I got angry for a while, I found out that I can now cover it wider at the top and drive four tracks out into the garden. Then I revised the plan and found "yes that works" as you can see from my sketches below. In the end, that's luckier than misfortune.
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    Going one step further say a programme last week about high speed trains and they had a man from Alstom on a French hst saying that they had done away with signals on the new French line and it was all controlled by computer now allowing trains to run closer together and boost line capaticy. He also said that this system could easly do away with the driver as well and the better reaction times of the computer would speed journeys as well. I think the French drivers might already be laying in a supply of tyres for burning if that came in. Come to that l dont think l fancy a HAL2000 driving the train at 200 mph without human supervision either.
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    I have ordered a 12 Amp hour battery. Meanwhile here are some pictures of my little solar system. The white connector box is for 5v out for the three lighting sets.
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    From the album: Weathering Bachmann 16t Mineral Wagons

    This shows one of my Bachmann 16t mineral wagons undergoing weathering. Weathering has been carried out using enamel paints thinned with white spirit and applied by brush. The textured rust effect is achieved by using small pieces of sponge on the tacky enamel paint. The rust in the centre of the panels is also enamel paint where a blob of paint is applied to the wagon side and then a small drop of white spirit is used to make it run downwards.
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