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  1. 5 points
    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 mix of current manufacturer with some older Lima stuff being slowly restored to service. 90% of the rolling stock is Lima which I find runs fantastically outside. So just to give you all a taste I uploaded my first video to Youtube today with a pair of sound fitted 37's on a heavy enterprise working.
  2. 5 points
    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. This is the other point that I've tested this out on and the reason I've soldered the springy wire to the rail ahead of the point is because it's a left hand point and the stock rail curves round. I just couldn't get it to work the same as on a straight length of track. You can fiddle with the wire itself to adjust the tension and it requires little effort to move the points over. This is an old point and there's a bit of resistance between the point blades and sleepers that I need to ease before I'll be satisfied it's good to go. Just occasionally the points don't move fully back across but I can see which sleeper is causing the problem. I think I need to do this with the first point now as it's a much more reliable way to spring the points.
  3. 4 points
    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. 4 points
    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 it's fun to look down and see the trains pass through), and yet another viaduct.
  5. 4 points
    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 that, I’ll make the frames up for the station area. Watch this space....
  6. 4 points
    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 train at Northdown Sidings: Running across the Northern Viaduct and past Foxdale Carr Hall: Heading past the new footbridge on towards Foxdale Bank: And past the commemorative platelayers hut: Just caught a threequarter rear view as she passed: Then the N Class reappeared on a local passenger train: Rumbling past empty coaching stock in the sidings:
  7. 3 points
    It's bucketing it down outdoors right now so that looks like the end of play for today. I've just managed to add Kadee couplings to a couple of Bachmann MK2F coaches, stick on some paper corridor connectors and give them a quick run out along with a couple of MK3 sleepers behind the ETHEL. Poor old ETHEL has been sitting at the side of the loco shed at Shieling Bridge for months without moving a wheel so it was good to finally get her moving. Here's the train formed behind 37114 'Dunrobin Castle' crossing over Low Shott viaduct and heading in towards Shieling Bridge. Half a dozen photos and 3 video clips is all I managed before I had to hurriedly pack everything away
  8. 3 points
    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. It's disappointing when you receive something you've been looking forward to that doesn't work properly but it's not the end of the world. Sure there's going to be a delay of a few days while they get another one out to you but if it's what you want then it'll be worth the wait. As Dave says, just ask for a Royal Mail certificate of posting in the same way Hattons recommend you do, and it's then no longer your problem as you've done as you were instructed.
  9. 3 points
    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.
  10. 3 points
    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.
  11. 3 points
    I was looking forward to posting some footage of the Scotrail HST and my latest class 37/4 but typically it's been a day spent faffing around trying to get things working properly. I'm sure Hornby are well chuffed with their Scotrail HST power cars and reasonably priced matching coaches but unless you're prepared to accept a massive gap between coupled vehicles you are going to want to change the couplings to bring the coaches closer together. I was delighted to see the coaches now have NEM sockets so it's a simple matter to pull out the tension locks and replace them with my preferred Kadees but how on earth do they expect you to couple them to the power cars? Pull the tension lock from the power car, replace it with a Kadee, and it ends up much lower than the adjacent coach - so low in fact that the Kadee trip pin is between the sleepers. I've had to fashion a scrap piece of plastic, drill through the shank of a Kadee coupling and the plastic, glue them together and insert a track pin through the previously drilled hole for additional strength and then secure that on top of the power car coupling drawbar so that the height of the Kadee is correct. It's a £400 rake of vehicles and I'm drilling and gluing bits of plastic to them just so they couple closer together. When I eventually got it coupled together it would run for a while and then stop abruptly as if there was some resistance in the motor. I ended up removing the body only to find one of the pickup wires had come adrift on the PCB. Out with the soldering iron this time! £400? Anyway, all's well that ends well as they say and from there on in, apart from a slight annoying wobble from coach B, it's run perfectly for the best part of two hours. There's clearly going to have to be diversions in place for me to justify this on Worsley Dale but you've got to love the HST's haven't you? It's fitted with twin TTS sound decoders that make quite a noise even outdoors, though I'm not sure how prototypical it is. Next job is to fit corridor connectors to hide the remaining gaps between vehicles. I've never been entirely happy with the alignment of the track coming off Low Shott viaduct and onto the points where the track changes to double. The track on the viaduct really needed moving over slightly but because it's been ballasted it's always seemed too much trouble however, today was the day I decided to do something about it. I cut the track on top of the viaduct and removed a section probably 15 to 18 inches in length which I replaced with a spare length. I'm really pleased with the exterior varnish I used for the ballasting - it was still solid but not too difficult to remove, even from the strip of roofing felt which I was able to reuse.
  12. 3 points
    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.
  13. 3 points
    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 chose OO for cost reasons, and because the family already had a selection of rolling stock at that scale. The concept was to mount the track on sections of a ‘baseboard’ (not much wider than the track itself) which would be laid out in the garden for the summer and stored under cover for the winter. This would protect the track from the worst weather, and would allow most of the work of pinning the track down and wiring ‘off-site’ during the winter. The first task was to make a detailed plan of the garden, including the locations of plants and other immovable features. I then decided on a track route, and began negotiations with the Authorities over demolition orders for plants which could not be circumnavigated! I kept to a simple single-track figure of eight, with a station, passing loop and siding at each end. For me, the attraction of a garden railway is in long sweeping curves, weaving amongst foliage, and dramatic bridges and viaducts. My garden, in a Manchester suburb, is about 18 metres long, and the track follows a bed which extends down one side of the grass. The baseboard was cut from 5mm plastic sheet , sold as ‘foamed PVC’, which I found easy to cut using a jigsaw, and it will take screws like wood. It has proved durable and strong enough. The sections are 50 mm wide (for single-track) x 1 – 2 metres long, joined with a short lapping piece and stainless steel screws. During winter, the sections are hung up indoors on a couple of portable clothes-rails. I used Peco Streamline track, code 100, pinned down to the baseboard by brass pins. For underlay/ballast I used the Peco product. The railway had been outdoors for 5 or 6 summers since 2011, and the basic track survived the elements well. However, the underlay disintegrated, or maybe it was eaten by slugs, stolen by birds for their nests, or otherwise vandalized. I replaced the underlay with roofing felt, which looks ballast-like from a distance, and weathers well, but does not conform to the sleepers like the foam underlay. The other track problem encountered concerned the points: there is a small over-centre spring used to hold the points set which is subject to corrosion and clogging with earth. The clogging can usually be cured by a water jet from a syringe. I have had to replace some of the springs (obtainable as spares from Peco) and it is, shall we say, a challenging task! As regards the electric power supply, I initially used conventional pick-up from the track (not DCC). I bridged all fishplates with soldered wires, and ran a cable down the garden to avoid voltage drop problems. The result was satisfactory initially, but the track needed laborious cleaning before use, and the loco wheels needed regular cleaning. These problems led me to consider on-board battery power and radio-control. The modern Lithium Polymer batteries are small and lightweight, and I have converted four locomotives now to this system (obtained from Micron Radio Control). This gives a run time of 1 – 2 hours depending on the usage and the loco (different locos have surprisingly differing current draws). Of course it removes the need for any wiring and isolation switches in the outdoor environment, and several locomotives can be run on the same track, which is particularly useful on the long tracks available in the garden. The points (6 in total) are not power-operated. The bridges I used are the commonly available plastic kits, and they survive well outside for the summers. For platforms and viaduct arches I used expanded polystyrene, recycled from packaging, cut to shape and painted, which survives surprisingly well considering the material’s low strength. Other buildings and trackside items are deployed when the railway is in use, but stored indoors. All in all it has been a pleasurable hobby, and has been much appreciated by visiting grandchildren, but as with any outdoor activity, we are always at the mercy of our British weather! Peter
  14. 3 points
    After years to procrastination I have finally started work on the Paltryville Ridge & Peak Railroad. My second railway in the garden, it will run close to ground level below Amblethorpe which is on a shelf about a metre above. Running on 16.5mm gauge track at 1:48th scale it is an American Narrow Gauge O Scale commonly known as On30. Paltryville is a fictional location found in The Miserable Mill, the forth book in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The book begins with the children traveling on a train to Paltryville when they find themselves working as slaves in the Lucky Smells Lumber Mill. The Ridge comes from the design of the layout. The main run will be on a raised bed built from aerated blocks. The blocks have been carved to create a rock face effect, the railroad will run along the ridge. The Peak is in there because I like the interlaced alliteration and that the abbreviation P.R.& P.R. Ground works have begun. Blocks have been carved. Track is on order.
  15. 3 points
    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!
  16. 3 points
    I managed to run a number of trains yesterday afternoon and every single one of them ran perfectly through the sprung point but now that I've discovered that it will work I need to think of a more reliable way of making it work. I don't feel I can rely on a piece of elastic so I have a couple of ideas that I'll be trying out later. Here's a quick hand-held video of a train passing through the points, showing that the points successfully revert to the normal running position.
  17. 3 points
    With the Paltryville Ridge and Peak Railroad operational, the next task was to create the link to the Snicketway. This was a two part job. A short 90º bend to needed to be built and the Snicketway Baseboards needed short legs to lift it to the correct height of the PR & PR. I'd previously cut a suitable piece a of 18mm ply for the link board. I had to worth though how it would attach at each end. I added another piece of 18mm ply at a right-angle to enable it to be screwed to the Snicketway. I'd previously cut a step out of the aerated block for the other end to sit on. The track was pinned to a simple curve. Carefully alined with the Snicketway and fishplates used at the Paltryville connection. I cut 6 short legs for the baseboards and screwed them into the existing insert nuts. This took awhile, my saws are blunt after cutting the aerated blocks. And I was up and running. With the weather playing nice I left it all set up overnight. Yesterday morning I put in a permeant power feed. Dropping off one of the bus zones for Amblethorpe, I added a DPDT switch to allow me to switch it off while running my OO setup. The MacBook relocated to the shed and I was soon running using my old iPhone as a throttle. I then went the whole hog and got all the buildings, backscenes and people out on the Snicketway. I spent most of the time with a trolley circling and a shunter shuttling wagons back and forth. I have a magnetic uncoupler installed on the Snicketway. I need to add another in Paltryville. I may install that today.
  18. 3 points
    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 the live frog. While holding the file in position so that it doesn't move and using one of my lightest wagons, an empty HEA, I can run through the points without the wagon riding up onto the rails and once through, the point blades return to the normal position. It works, but there is a fine limit to reliable operation with the lightest wagons. I will have to do some testing with wagon weights in order find the optimum weight per axle for my needs. I haven't yet sourced a suitable spring but there's no reason why the rubber band or a piece of elastic wouldn't suffice for the time being providing there's a means to adjust the tension. Obviously the points will need to be kept clear of dust and debris but that applies equally to points that are motorised.
  19. 3 points
    I've spent the majority of the day filming again but this time instead of chasing trains round the garden, I've remained in the same place and everything today has been filmed over Low Shott viaduct. I've missed not having the steam train running so I've got the coaches back out on track and coupled up to Black 5 No.45010. I noticed Andrew had placed some crew in the cab of his Black 5 and it really makes a difference so I've done the same with mine. Here's a photo of 45010 running tender first across Low Shott viaduct: And then to show the difference the addition of a driver and fireman makes, here's a photo of 45010, still running tender first, having just crossed Low Shott viaduct. Thanks Andrew. Next I think I need some lamps on the front. Over the next few days I intend doing a lot less filming because there's still work to be done on the layout and it's best to do it while the weather is settled. I also need a break from videos because you can't enjoy a running session the same when you have a camera in your hand all the time. Sometimes you just need to sit back and enjoy it.
  20. 3 points
    Thanks for that Thomas. It's by no means as impressive as Maximilianshafen but of course they are two completely different settings. I hadn't realised just how many video clips I had taken today and while a few of them were unsuitable I've put the remainder together in a video of just over 10 minutes duration.
  21. 3 points
    Yesterday I began the process of filling the gaps with earth and stone. Months ago I rescued the stones form a friends driveway before she had it tarmaced. I didn't know if I had enough, which meant it was guess work as to how much earth I'd need to fill with first. We did about 72% of the filling. Getting the point where the final position of the trackbed blocks has yet be decided. This morning I placed some track down and, for fun, popped some coaches on. This turned out to be helpful, it shows me how long my passing loop will have to be, allowing for a loco on the front. Up shot is that I can'y make it any shorter. I'm still uncertain which point to use where. I have two right hand and two Y. I've started thinking through how I can create a connecting line to the Snicketway baseboards. I'm going to use some 18mm ply which should be ridged enough for the 70cm length it will span. For the radius I'm following the track that came with train set, which ensures that it won't be too tight. This afternoon I'm going to have to lower a couple of the ridge blocks by 18mm to allow for the linking track to be able to pass over them while the track stays on the level. Feels like real progress now. Should be sticking down roofing felt and laying track soon.
  22. 3 points
    No. The felt needs securing properly. Track pins will not stop it from moving with extremes of temperature, or even lifting in a wind and ripping the track out with it.
  23. 3 points
    As mentioned yesterday I've used two methods to hide the blue power bus cable, the first being to simply remove the outer sleeve leaving just the copper core. Don't worry about the apparent kinks in the copper wire as it's just where I've formed it to fit into the outline at the base of the rocks. I plan to cement some stones on top to hold it down and within a few days it will have tarnished and be much less visible. This has worked well without any problems on the other side of the layout so hopefully there won't be any problems here either. The second method was to simply bury the cable along the edge of the track base and where there have been connections to it I've left it covered with just a small pile of stones as in the photo below. I want to try open up this small section and remove anything blocking the view from within the circuit itself so that it becomes a good position for filming around the curve and onto the small viaduct. The point motor housing, just visible to the right in the first photo, is one such obstacle that needs reducing in height as it is quite substantial!
  24. 3 points
    Well, following on from my comments regarding 'small scenic areas' I've taken advantage of the better weather by doing something about the section of track leading onto Low Shott, the smaller of my two viaducts. Being located in full view from my open shed door it's never been a place that I've particularly liked as the track has always looked precariously perched right at the edge of the raised blockwork and I'm amazed that to date there hasn't been any serious 'goings over'. Here's the section in question. The width of the aerated blocks standing on edge doesn't leave a great deal of room to play with when there's two tracks in position and although I did initially put sections of log roll on the face of the blocks they've gradually either rotted away or come adrift so there's currently no border along the lineside, save the one left standing, only the drop below. So it's been a case of finding suitable rocks and mixing the scrapings of sand and cement I have left. Most of the rocks have had to be balanced in a way that there's a nice smooth side facing onto the track and there will need to be additional rocks behind and plenty of infilling in order to securely set them in place. From the rear it's currently not a pretty sight... ...but from the lineside I hope you feel it's an improvement. I'm not sure what the ground cover plant to the right is called but it looks okay out of season although the flowers are quite tall and tend to hide the view when they appear. I'll leave it for now. There's still some more rocks needed before it's finished but hopefully it's another spot that's going to become a good place to site the cameras.
  25. 3 points
    And so, onto the OO. All worked fine, except for a couple of old Hornby PGA wagons, which seem to have developed problems with axleboxes and wheelsets. Anyway, here is a short video of what I ran yesterday. Over the next few days / weeks, I will be trying to give the rest of my stock a good run out.
  26. 3 points
    Not the weather for being out in the garden today. Fitted sound to my Grand Central 125.
  27. 3 points
    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:
  28. 3 points
    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 also on a short freight. It would be nice to know just how many scale miles that little engine has done for me!
  29. 3 points
    Had trains looping today, so I shot a video.
  30. 3 points
    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 all this extra time on my hands I'll have to get to the bottom of a few of the running problems with my stock. Having had a very pleasant week for late March, the forecast is more gloomy. I'll continue with the rebuild of the campsite baseboard for which I have plenty of the static grass and look for a few more indoor tasks to work on.
  31. 3 points
    A short 60 second video of 60048 and MGR wagons through the new landscape
  32. 3 points
    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
  33. 3 points
    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.
  34. 3 points
    WOW at long last a big mile stone indeed, 5 years n planning and construction now the back of the layout has being joined up with the front of the layout, still a lot more to do, the decking I used won't be, I have got a 3 inch wide by 6 foot length and a 3 foot piece I will cut down to 2 foot and join them together , unscrew the 6 foot sides and more them down to cover the join . Can see in pic 26 where the ply decking is sagging, the last two pics is the signal arch concrete bridge I modelling to scale have plan drawing of the bridge and measurements , the bridge length is 1011 feet in length, clearance height to the water line is 200 feet about 28 inches to scale, main arch is 380 feet , scale inches is 42 inches will work out well. Off course the shrub will have to go is in the way, I be planning a stream with a water fall, what I always wanted to do, I will use tarp for the water and paint to the creek colour in the pic, it is very hot here and on top of that bush fire smoke haze, was bad today could smell it as soon as you walked the door, that is slowing me down, but I have other work I can in under the pergola till it gets too hot. Working on rewiring the modules where I changed the track, was told on Tuesday for my hobby shop in Ipswich the Peco are putting there prices up after Christmas , big hike the bloke said , I need to buy one more express point and diamond cross over either before Christmas or soon after, not fair. So yeah I am on a very big high, once the bridge is built and set up I can start laying the track down, you will also notice in the last two pics that the track goes into a tunnel , be planning the same, two tunnels on the northern ramp.I will celebrate with drinking a bottle of Canadian Whisky, nice drink .😂☺️. Tony from down under keeping on moving ahead
  35. 3 points
    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 kitchen paper. In order to hide the exit hole as much as possible I worked out that I could close off a large section along the top of the cut out so a piece of MDF was cut to fit and fastened in place. A bit of paint on the MDF and adjacent timber and it looks better already, just a bit of filling required along the join. It was my original intention to fit a tunnel portal here hence the oversized hole. I then turned my attention to the land surrounding the bridge and began by fitting cardboard formers on which I would then lay the plaster bandage. I've gone as close as I dare to the bridge for now and will complete the fitting later. The road across the bridge will disappear into the end board but don't be alarmed about the colour of the road as I just gave it the same coat of paint I had been using on the side faces. I will be trying to create the look of a dirt track rather than tarmac which I think would be more in keeping with the appearance of the bridge - at least that's my thinking at the moment. So that's about it for today. I will eventually lay something on the opposite side of the exit hole, even if just a few shrub type things, to hide any distractions seen through it as here.
  36. 3 points
    Thank you for that Andrew. It gives me a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction to see some of our 'pioneering' layouts continuing after all this time and it's good to see how our layouts have developed together. Long may we all continue. I'd just keep that vegetation in the 4 foot under control rather than clearing it completely. Sorry to hear that some of your timber decking is nearing it's end. Seven years or thereabouts appears to be par for the course with timber as that's what I managed with mine. Still, now you get all the fun of starting over again! EDIT! You just made me realise that 2019 is actually the 10th anniversary of the forum! Starting out as the forum on my Selby Garden Railway website in July 2009, we transferred to OO Garden Railway in October 2011 so yes, we're 10 years old!
  37. 3 points
    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 to taking. Has it been worth the effort? Well yes I think it has and it's a relatively inexpensive addition. I just have to remember the lights are there now when I'm reaching across the layout or cleaning the track. Wonder how long it's going to be before one comes a cropper?
  38. 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!
  39. 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.
  40. 2 points
    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 permission from the chief we have been given the green light to get a garden railway setup. It will be a single line loop which doubles back on itself giving the impression of a double line most of the way around and my dad is building us a nice bridge to add to the interest. We are using inside the garage as our main station and "Thomas style diesel works". I've done a lot of research and went with 18mm ply supported by lengths of batten, treated fence posts, paint, 15yr roofing felt etc. There seems to be a million ways to do it and a lot of opinions on the right way so I've just gone with what works for me. The layout will be DCC operated with point motors, signals etc and hopefully controlled by something like the Z21 system so I can tweak train speeds from the comfort of my chair in the garden using my phone or tablet. I'll be having a go at building the platforms from scratch and also a dabble at weathering buildings etc for the first time. Anyway, enough waffle, lets have some pictures Hope everyone is staying safe and enjoying the nice weather when it appears. Cheers P.S - I decided to call it the pickle line as that's our nickname for our son
  41. 2 points
    Tried to avoid the procrastination (beard stroking) phase of development which was looming upon me. So far with my railways I've built baseboards and then laid the track independently. This has meant that I haven't had to have an exact track plan before building the baseboards. With this build I don't have the baseboard so I need to finalise my track plan beforehand. Yesterday I worked through that process; placing, levelling, adjusting and swapping around blocks to enable the track plan I am after. One consideration was to try to keep the track from being below the drip line off the Amblethorpe baseboard. This would have been easy if it was a constant width, but it varies form 40cm to 20cm to 30cm along its length. Locating points away from drips was more important. I still can't figure out how things will work at the house end of the line. A track needs to turn off to allow a connection with the Snicketway baseboards. This requires a 90º turn in around 40cm, which is around 1st radius. This is OK for a narrow gauge, but I'll have to check that my stock is fine with that. Not that there is any set-track for On30. At the shed end the level trackbed creates a significant rise within the landscape. I cut the tops off the blocks at 45º to create a very narrow track bed, a common feature on American railroads. Still work to be done on the trackbed before I can fill the gaps and create the landscape.
  42. 2 points
    I have a long list of things waiting to be done on and around the layout but I just don't seem to be working my way down it and I have loco's waiting for chips to be installed but the required parts simply haven't turned up - almost 2 weeks after supposedly being posted. Anyway it really brightened up this afternoon so it spurred me on to doing something I've recently been thinking about. Since relaying the ground level section the tunnel portals have been left leaning against the tunnel itself while I tried to decide what I was going to do in that area. I've already inserted pieces of wood along the lineside in an attempt to keep dirt off the track but it didn't give a sense of the West Highland line from where I get inspiration. What's missing are rocks and cuttings and while I can't really begin creating mountains I do have some rocks that could be placed by the lineside. There was already one or two rocks that had been positioned on the outer edge of the tracks but which have since been covered up by the gradual growth of the buxus hedging plants but perhaps if I were to place some on the opposite side of the line it could resemble one of the many cuttings to be found along the West Highland route. I don't want to build things up too high because I'd like to maintain open access for photos and videos so I'm intentionally keeping them at a low level. I think it would work better on the single tracked area rather than here, where there will eventually be the reinstallation of the passing loop. It also needs the ground cover plants replacing to cover the bare earth. Anyway, I decided to continue my rock building around the tunnel portal which was first replaced by gluing it back onto the face of the tunnel. It's a pity I can't build upwards above the tunnel to create the effect of a mountain but I need access along the path. The ground level section is the most problematic area of the layout, or at least it has been up to now, but it's also one of my favourite areas for taking photos and videos especially at either side of the path that crosses the line, and the photo below is a rarely seen viewing angle looking along towards and through Watch House tunnel. It's going to need a good vacuuming before trains will be able to run again.
  43. 2 points
    My wife, Sarah, and I had an enjoyable few hours modelling yesterday. Our focus was on a small scenic board with a bungalow on it. We'd bought the home many years ago. It's a Hornby Scaledale model, but came unpainted. I was planning on Sarah doing the painting part, but it sat in the box for years. Finally I cracked when I decided that I fancied it in yellow brick. However, it did hang around with just a coat of grey primer for a couple of years. The main task on Sunday was to dress the scene. This basically involved trawling through several boxes of all the bits and bobs that could be included on this board. But having watch a Luke Towan YouTube the night before we were determined to include interior details and people. Trying to put very small items on the windowsill was very tricky, it would have been a great deal easier if I hadn't already put the windows in. The result was a nice little scene, which only took 3 and half years to take form this: to this: The bungalow is the entrance to the livery stable. This is spread along four 50cm long boards. The first two of these were basically completed 4 years ago. But we had never got round to dressing the last two. This was also addressed yesterday. One paddock got a few sheep and a couple of donkeys. The final board gained a pair of trees. There are pictures of all these scenic boards in the gallery, but here is a panorama shot of the lot.
  44. 2 points
    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 high, all garden cuttings etc have been put in last few years, and it's still ongoing. I'm planning to build a rockery and plant flowers to bring it just below track level, and had a first attempt at soldering the track yesterday but a bit to learn on that front still. My father in law helped with the cement work, and he also blowtorched the roof felt on to give it a great finish. First trains ran July 2019, after a good track clean it's running again no problem so far. It's still a work in progress with a few imperfections so I'll try upload some pics below.
  45. 2 points
    Thanks for the comments guys, so a bit more detail. I started the layout 4 years ago, initially as an end to end with a view to making it a full circuit. That has taken 4 years thanks to work getting in the way. The first section built was the main station at the top end of the garden. This features 4 platform roads (Platforms yet to be built) 2 fully reversible, 4 carriage sidings and a small stabling point. From there it went slightly up hill to go round the top of the rockery and then down the far side of the garden to the shed. This section included a long passing loop on both the Up & down lines, whilst the shed consists of three terminal lines. The next extension was from the other end of the station down the opposite side of the garden to the smaller 2 bay platform station with two "through" lines laid ready for the bext extension. This came last year and starts 1/2 way down to the shed but swings out and round the front of a flower bed then across to join the two through lines that were previously laid ready. The station is built on external ply, but is in desperate need of a rebuild after part of the tree landed on it last year. Temporary fix done for now, with the replacement planned to be external py laid on decking boards and covered with roofing felt. The rest of the layout is on treated decking planks fixed to breeze blocks, the whole layout is between 1 & 2 foot above ground level. Hopefully if the weather stays and I don't get called into work then a large bridge is being installed part way round. I have got several other vids which I need to get off of the phone, none of progress through building, but attached is the only video of the full circuit.
  46. 2 points
    Thanks Dean, the shifting went well, we are now settled in the new house, just had air con fitted today ,going to need it next week 41 degrees on Tuesday. Camdale is now in its new home, be there for some time, be waiting till it cools down, I e starting a new thread in the planning thread , be nearly a complete new design, I have on got 30 9 inches to play with width wise. The two approach modules be completely rebuilt so I can fit in the station complex, have started drawing a small plan to see how the modules to scale far ok, the length still be 54 feet long,and bridge be further down hopefully where the yard is flat. The new shed is a lot bigger to what I had in the old address , is 3m x 3m , two opening doors, now I can have a good work bench to one side, be where the the box is, I will scrap the old wooden one . Tony from down under keeping on moving ahead.
  47. 2 points
    A nice day in South Yorkshire yesterday so I decided to smooth out one the curves I wasn't happy with. Looks much better now. See picture 1. I know green isn't authentic but it does blend in better keeping planning happy. Selection of running videos below as well. On the indoor layout 'Mallaig' I run NCE Power Cab and computer interface with JMRI software/WiFi throttle on my ipad. For the next running session I'm going to set up outdoors and see if the WiFi works reliably enough in the garden.
  48. 2 points
    I had every intention of going into the shed today to make some progress with the indoor scenery but it was such a lovely day that I decided instead to clean the track and see if I could get some trains running. It had after all been some time since any last ran. Once I'd been round with the track rubber and cleaned the rail tops I cut back some overgrown lineside vegetation and then set about cleaning up a mass of bird droppings, mainly along Stack Gill viaduct as it's where the birds like to perch. I had to use an old toothbrush to dislodge the droppings from amongst the sleepers and ballast before hoovering it all away. I then sent out trusty old 26024 with the track cleaner and IPA solution and it circled the layout without any problem. With the track nice and clean I ran a class 158 2-car DMU and then decided it was time for some blue/grey mark 1 coaches behind a large logo class 37. I chose 37401 'Mary Queen of Scots' as it's never been out before. The MK1's were just the first few I could lay my hands on and not a set I will likely use in the future but blue/grey MK1 coaches behind large logo class 37s just look so good. Here's the class 158 DMU crossing the river Buttle which remains dry at this time but will hopefully show some sign of water in due course. 37401 Mary Queen of Scots is seen crossing the span between Buttlebank and Stack Gill viaduct with its rake of MK1 coaches. This span section requires some central supports to cure the slight bow in the middle which is noticeable to me. The trackbed here is comprised of 2 layers of 18mm exterior grade plywood so it's pretty substantial. After crossing the span, 37401 makes its way along Stack Gill viaduct. I really like the look of the arches in this view but still feel that the parapet walls are a bit too high. I'd like to be able to see just a bit more of the train. And lastly one of my favourite sections of the layout for obtaining realistic lineside views. There's very little distraction in the background and you'd hardly notice that the tunnel portal was in fact stuck onto the side of a path. The old pieces of timber, miniature foliage, rocks, and the plethora of cabling just looks so right. It would be a shame to alter any of this but very soon I'm going to have to relay this area. 37401 and MK1 coaches again passing through Watch House tunnel. In addition to the photos I've also taken a few videos which I'll try to add later. Tomorrow I really must try to do some work on the indoor scenery.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
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