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    Iain's occasional drivel, moans & groans

    Ive not been upto much lately, but exhibition time is back and i am busy with visits. Here are a few videos of just the last couple of weekends. I visited the CMRA show in Stevenage, at the weekend, for the first time (free travel comes in handy πŸ˜‰ and was really impressed with the great selection of layouts, traders and demonstrations. Most impressive was the free πŸ€” showguide, which was brilliant. I left a loco with a certain dcc sound chipping supplier, who is going to bring it to life for me - cant wait.. Here are some links to my videos. https://youtu.be/cBMCauiXrDo https://youtu.be/UaaPxngm0pM https://youtu.be/coTwtzeQbNc
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    Foray into O gauge

    Very nice Mick. I'd be itching to get them dirty
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    Foray into O gauge

    As you say Mick, I will post a response to your comments on my Summer Hampton thread, here, so as not to go off on a tangent, over there! I only intended a bit of dabbling, as it were, when those naughty people at Dapol offered the 08 for less than Β£200. I had 2 or 3 sheets of board left from the Summer Hampton construction, so sliced them up, with the intention of making a long shunting plank to play / shunt on. This I was going to attach to the fence posts on 1 side of the garden. However, when I checked out the strength of the fence, I decided this might not be such a great idea. It might be ok for an 08 and a few wagons, but the Western weighs a ton, so, I am steering clear of temptation! A house move would be the answer to my prayers - but that's not going to happen in the near future.
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    Summer Hampton Railway

    Well, depending on what result you wanted, todays surveying in the garden went well. It was good in as much it proved that an O gauge circuit wouldnt fit in the garden, before Id invested a lot of money in track, but not so well because I wanted it to fit πŸ™ So, all plans for an expansion into O gauge have been shelved and my Heljan "Western" will have to be restricted to occasional use on my local clubs test track - at least until a change of address happens!
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    Iain's occasional drivel, moans & groans

    Well, Christmas has arrived early in Summer Hampton! This beauty arrived at the weekend and its very impressive (although I will be reworking the weathering a bit). I have been surveying the garden, to see how I can incorporate an O gauge line as well as the OO. Im thinking a single line can replace the outer 2 OO circuits, around the "square" part of the railway - it wont be able to go around the pond, as thats too tight. Im going to have to get my engineer head on and see how I can alter the existing boards to make it work. Stay tuned!
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    Iain's occasional drivel, moans & groans

    Well, temptation did get the better of me and I placed an order with Rails for a "Whizzo". I'm in no hurry, but am looking forward to it arriving! Just need a few 16t coal wagons, brake van etc, to give me enough to set up a shunting plank for the "Whizzo" and the "gronk" ive already got
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    Iain's occasional drivel, moans & groans

    Its no good - I think temptation may get the better of me https://railsofsheffield.com/products/34401/heljan-5289-o-gauge-class-52-d1067-western-druid-in-br-blue-full-yellow-ends-weathered?utm_source=Mailing+List&utm_campaign=d22cbdbcc0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_05_09_COPY_04&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74d01bc2ed-d22cbdbcc0-5334145
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    Worsley Dale Garden Railway

    All of my class 37' are Bachmann, but your picture of 37403 shows the one big positive, imho, that the ViTrains loco has over the Bachmann model - around the cab windows. The Bachmann window apertures look too small, compared to the ViTrains version. The multiple working cable connectors needs a splash of orange, on 37403. Have you every tried removing weathering with a gentle rub with a fibreglass pencil? - it sometimes can soften the impression. Keep going Mick - your posts are great reading ☺️
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    Worsley Dale Garden Railway

    Mick As an alternative to using thinned down enamels, have you looked at the different types of weathering washes you can now buy? I think they would give much the same results, but without the fumes! I bought a set, but have yet to pluck up the courage to use them. I think the idea is, you completely paint the bit of bodywork you want weathered, and then wipe most of it off. Whatever you do, you've nailed it on the 26 & 37 - they look excellent.
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    37025 at Stackgarth Gill

    Awesome weathering Mick
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    Worsley Dale Garden Railway

    Mick The WD's chimney looks odd - has it lost the top?
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    Summer Hampton Railway

    Cheers Mick Today I have been outside replacing the broken track and fettling up a problematic section of line. It suddenly all looks a lot better, for just a couple of hours work. TBH O gauge wouldn't work in this garden, unless I remove all the boards and posts and replaced it with something more solid, nearer ground level. Even then, it could only be a 15ft square and this would seem a bit of a waste of time, just to change scales. A house move has been thought about recently, as we need more room and extending this property isn't feasible. If this were to happen, Id be building yet another garden railway and would definitely think seriously about scaling up!
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    Summer Hampton Railway

    Before getting back to the "big trainset" tomorrow, Summer Hampton has been hosting an English Electric day I hope you are all making use of this good weather. Ive had a few issues with buckled and broken track - the first time ever. These will be replaced shortly, but I am still tempted to move upto the "senior" scale πŸ€“
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    A Bachmann main range loco, fitted with Legomanbiffo sound chip. Class 37/0, 37284, allocated to Cardiff Canton. The loco still needs a sheep depot emblem on the bodysides.
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    A Bachmann Area Rep Limited Edition for the South West region. The loco is fitted with a Legomanbiffo sound chip. Class 47/4, 47625 "City of Truro", allocated to Cardiff Canton. The loco has been finished as per photos of it during late 1986 / early 1987.

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