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  1. Dear Thomas, since a lot of Years I thought I'm very alone with the idea to bring HO scale trains outside. I searched Youtube and the www to all this topics, with some small results. Yesterday Evening I found your link and got here and I'm totally impressed by your work. This is absolutely amazing... Since 2 Years I got back to my childhood hobby (where I gone also outside with Roco Line/ but just for 1 day) and since that date I'm testing with DCC and Roco Line all over my house (but so far just inside). Some rails of RocoLine are stationed since over a year in my garden for testing for the w
    5 points
  2. Afternoon, Well I thought it high time I shared my garden railway with you all. It's approx 70' x 30' double track main line, and features several challenging gradients which requires some trains to actually be driven as opposed to being left to run themselves. All controlled by Lenz DCC, with a wifi connection. This allows me to utilize a couple of old iphones with touchcab software giving me total fdredom to control trains from anywhere in the garden (and the top garden when SWMBO calls!) Era is mainly BR Blue but with the occasional foray into the modern day. Loco's are the usual m
    5 points
  3. Been a while, hope you are all well. The Z21 arrived today so we can finally run a few trains around at the same time. Impressed with the system so far and I've managed to set up the supplied router as an extender for our home WiFi which means I don't have to manually connect to the Z21 network and now have home WiFi coverage in the garden.
    5 points
  4. My first turnout completely built by myself.
    5 points
  5. Ballast! Probably a bit overkill in the garden, but I did say I wanted to take my indoor railway outside!
    5 points
  6. Found this video of a really great H0 garden layout based on US motifs. Probably from the Czech Republic, but it really gave me new ideas. Have a look, it's worth it.
    5 points
  7. Despite getting the sprung points working I just knew there had to be a better, perhaps much easier way. I kept going back to what @ThomasIsaid about fastening a spring to the points and to a screw alongside the track - it's most simplest form. I'm just making things far too difficult for myself! So overnight I'd come up with a couple of methods that I thought I'd try this morning using materials I have to hand - well materials is hardly the word because what I've now done requires just one thing - a short length of springy wire (and a soldering iron!) It really can't get any simpler than this
    5 points
  8. Thomas and the snow Annie and Clarabel were delighted to see the snow, but Thomas wasn't so sure. "I don't think we'll be able to get out of the carriage sidings" he said. Even when they turned round to face the other way, the enormous depth of snow defeated them: "If we try to move from here, we'll just get stuck!" said Thomas. Annie and Clarabel were very sad. "Isn't there anything you can do, Thomas?" they said. So Thomas jumped everyone across to another track, but still the snow was too deep to risk.
    4 points
  9. I use "Typhus corrosion" from the Warhammer paint range, which has a sand type substance in the paint.
    4 points
  10. nearing completion ok my skills not not great but it will do with just a bit of 60git to sand it flat just need to cut some keys stones now to complete a 50 mm gap in span 7 of the viaduct
    4 points
  11. Here's a very brief video made up of clips taken during yesterday's running session, the final clip showing the train passing over the sprung points before crossing onto Low Shott viaduct.
    4 points
  12. Here's a few more updated pics, I've been trying to work away over lockdown on the landscaping, 30 bags of soil went in to the main section to bring it up to a higher level, I had a garden gazebo that had been wrecked by high winds so I cut the patterned curves from it and painted them with hammerite to make the bridges. They probably aren't perfect scale wise but I think they look quite good. Been plodding away all summer when I get a moment, planted a few plants in the rockery so it's getting there..
    4 points
  13. Selection of clips with the few mineral wagons I have running on the Garden Railway. Must invest in some more freight wagons! I have also started making some false floors for the wagons with coal loads on top. I'll show these in a future video. No progress yet with the platforms. Link to my You Tube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYmxyrVYHbKF0NODKlqzh6A?view_as=subscriber
    4 points
  14. Some running today
    4 points
  15. A little later than planned but here finally is a video with action over the past 2 days mainly featuring the SLW class 24 quartet in yesterday's bright sunshine.
    4 points
  16. Yes Mick, the two viaducts are still there! Both are in need of repair, I should rebuild them, but that's too big of an undertaking to stomach, just the thought of replacing 8 metres of viaduct in-total......! I will have to put a speed restriction on the trains crossing! WEAK BRIDGE! Only half of the line is at ground level, after the pond the ground drops away so the track is about 500mm above ground, running over elevated rockeries before entering the garage. Here are some photos of the extension to the garage, which includes two tunnels (one has an oversized ventilation shaft, but i
    4 points
  17. So with the ‘Brio’ blocks assembled and checked, the next stage was to put some tops one them. These arrived in the form of some 9mm ply....which was reclaimed and free! ...and then some upvc cladding to the sides, and some roofing felt on top.... ...and finally, some nice GWR Green (current livery) to tidy everything up... I’ve started painting the posts a stone colour so that they bland better with the garden. It’s surprising just how sturdy the structure is! This brings my work up to date, with all of the main sections done bar the felt, and once I’ve done t
    4 points
  18. First trains of the year About time too, I hear some say. Well, up till now the weather hasn't been great this year, and there's always real life which conspires to get in the way of running trains. But with this recent spell of fine weather - and no social obligations intervening(!) - I was able to make the most of today. It was a Southern day in honour of the sunshine, and the first train past was a coal train hauled by an N Class 2-6-0: Then a West Country appeared with a passenger train, seen here running past the goods tra
    4 points
  19. Evening all, I'm Chris from sunny (well, sometimes) south Devon and I'm currently in the middle of building my first garden railway for my little lad who is 4 this year. A quick bit about me I suppose. My father and I built a 00 gauge layout in my bedroom when I was about 8, we then moved to the loft and expanded. We moved to Devon and again started a project in the loft this time switching to DCC. Years have flown by! We were just getting to the scenery part of the loft then I moved out, got married and had a little dude with another on the way. My son is MAD on trains and with
    3 points
  20. Joined this forum what I thought was a couple of years ago, and when I checked my email yesterday I couldn't believe it was actually 5 years ago. Have been having a look for ideas etc and have managed to convert a hidden corner of the garden into an outdoor layout. There were various challenges along the way, the land ran at a gradient so some deep digging was required at one section and then elevated supports at the other, so all in all its taken about 2 years to build. It's still a work in progress, I have work to do to try and raise the ground to make it look less h
    3 points
  21. There's nothing really to add to yesterday's progress. I've done very little today other than run the log train round onto the elevated boards to check clearances for the possibility of converting to a double track section. There's ample room should I decide that's the way I'm going to proceed. The trouble is that as nice as double track would be, looking at the above photo with the additional line it doesn't seem to offer the same sense of remoteness or solitude that a single line within a deep sided cutting would give. It's probably because the single line route is how I'd always
    3 points
  22. It's quite a pleasant change to be outside with trains running round and be under no pressure to chase after them with a video camera. Not that I would have had much opportunity today anyway with messing around changing couplings and rummaging around indoors trying to find coaches I know I've got but can't remember where I put them. But at least I've now got one 11 coach rake of BR Mk1 Pullman's together and all now fitted with inner close couplings and kadee's at either end. I'm not sure they will see much service outdoors as the indoor stations on Worsley Dale can't handle a train
    3 points
  23. Had a first attempt at weathering a wagon. Pretty pleased with it. I used some soft pastels which created a dry dust, mixing orange, brown and grey then a mix of burnt umber and Payne’s grey Acrylic paints dry brushed. The coal load was made along the lines as described in Model Rail June 2020 using a false bottom and some black cork granules that look like coal fixed with PVA glue slightly watered down. There are a couple of nuts embedded so I can remove with a magnet.
    3 points
  24. One just sat on the track and happily watched as it ran in to him, daft as a brush
    3 points
  25. We all have those kind of days now and again Iain, days where nothing seems to go right and everything seems to have been a waste of time. Lanzarote will still be there when everything sorts itself out but for the time being just enjoy what's available to you - there are far worse places around than Wiltshire to be confined. It's only 23 degrees in Lanzarote right now anyway, you'd catch your death of cold. Put the On30 to one side for another day - I find that works a treat for me. If it's still giving you grief then let it go and concentrate on what you do best with the OO gauge. I
    3 points
  26. I've managed to salvage the following footage taken over the past couple of days although there's nothing featuring the new Scotrail HST worth adding. I need to sort out those wobbly coaches at the very least before it can be seen.
    3 points
  27. Has anyone else noticed that lockdown + good weather has seen the popularity of garden railway expand and actual layout grow. Besides the new active member on here there are a load of new 00 gauge garden railway videos on youtube as well. Long may it continue.
    3 points
  28. Hello All I enjoyed reading your posts and seeing the photos of your railways. There are some wonderful creations, which are I am sure an inspiration to anyone contemplating building a garden railway. Over the last few years I have been experimenting with a garden railway, and I thought some of my experience may be of interest. It was to be ‘a bit of fun’, not a serious scale model, of course, since the plants and foliage are way too big. Against that, the space available means that the scale track length can represent a few kilometers rather than 500 metres at OO gauge. I
    3 points
  29. Just a few clips from yesterday of the sprung points using the short length of GEM Mercontrol steel wire soldered to the rail sides. You can see the tie bar moving back and forth as each wagon passes through in the first clip of the class 20. Apologies for the rather extended whistle from the Black 5 in the final clip!
    3 points
  30. In for a penny, in for a pound, as they say. Excuse the crudeness of the set-up but I've removed the over-centre spring from the point just off Low Shott viaduct so the blades are now loose and free. Using the operating linkage, which I previously installed with the car central locking motor, to connect to the point tie-bar, a rubber band looped around the trailing end and a rounded file passed through the opposite end of the band, there is now sufficient tension to keep the points in the normal position of travel from the viaduct. The plastic box houses the auto frog module for powering
    3 points
  31. 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 a
    3 points
  32. 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
    3 points
  33. 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.
    3 points
  34. Just for you Mick, the mgr's come out to play, along with the sleeper set.
    3 points
  35. 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!
    3 points
  36. 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
    3 points
  37. 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.
    3 points
  38. Not the weather for being out in the garden today. Fitted sound to my Grand Central 125.
    3 points
  39. A bluebell railway Pictures from yesterday's running session. First, the Black 5 on Foxdale Bank: The same stretch of track, here with a Jubilee and 10 bogies: Scene at Throstlebeck (note Powercab): and Sycamore Curve in late sunshine:
    3 points
  40. They're very nice Chris and yes, typically Scottish traffic so will go nicely behind a 37 freight once I've sorted something out with the couplings. I've finally put together some clips from today (includes one from yesterday too but it all looks the same) and there's a little over 8 minutes worth which is a bit longer than my usual videos. I was going to split it up but decided in the end to leave it as it is. There's only 4 loco's featured as that's all I've got out at the moment and one of those is 26024 which did a good number of circuits again today with the track cleaner and al
    3 points
  41. Had trains looping today, so I shot a video.
    3 points
  42. Having discussed the Hatton 66 I decided to get one of my old Lima 66's out for a run. I've replaced the motor in this unit and it runs well. But it is low on tractive effort so can end up with wheel slip. First run in 6 months or more after wintering in the shed and I didn't need to clean the wheels or pickups, which is always a pleasant surprise. I took 10 minutes to lubricate the wheel bearings on the wagons. One of the auto-ballasters was emitting a squeak. The "falcons" were running a little heavy. Lubrication is one of those jobs I mean to do, but don't get round to. With
    3 points
  43. A short 60 second video of 60048 and MGR wagons through the new landscape
    3 points
  44. Mick, You're very welcome. That is just to say a big Thank You on behalf of all the contributors and visitors to this superb website which you have diligently maintained over so many years to provide so much enjoyment and encouragement to people interested in model railways. Long may it, and you, continue! Happy Christmas, and a Happy New Decade, Andrew
    3 points
  45. I've ordered some small bags of scatter material and static grasses in order to try them out before deciding how I'm going to tackle the embankments. In the meantime I've been painting up some more toy filling material ready to cover in scatter to simulate bushes and shrubs. The ones I did a few days ago don't look too bad when placed on the layout so I'm going to need lots more of them. Today I've painted some in brown and some in a dark green colour so that I can have several 'varieties' rather than them all looking much the same.
    3 points
  46. Things are now taking shape on the small scenic end section despite me saying that there was no rush to finish this part of the layout. I began this morning by painting the bridge that has been in storage awaiting decoration for nine years or so. Using the same method as on the tunnel portals I first gave the whole bridge a coat of the only yellowish colour I have available, Railmatch 'Brake Dust', and once dry I went over it with a heavy mix of brown (Railmatch Frame Dirt) and Black (Railmatch Roof Dirt), painting small sections at a time and then wiping away the surplus paint with kitch
    3 points
  47. Just before dark I took this overall photo of Shieling Bridge showing progress with the platform lights. I think it's going to look good when the remaining lights are fitted but it does highlight the need for lights in some of the buildings, something I was hoping not to have to do. A little later I posed 37401 on track for these photo's. Photo's taken with my phone camera and a bit grainy but I'll experiment with other camera's at a later date. As mentioned earlier, I think the lights will offer opportunities for alternative photo's to the standard shots I'm used t
    3 points
  48. 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 ga
    3 points
  49. 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 peo
    3 points
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