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  1. Further to my post above remember that these people who ask for money usually to make better quality videos, well they're the ones who decided to make and upload videos in the first place. No one held a gun at their head and said "you will make and upload videos to social media or else!". I think it's a bit rich of people asking for contributions from viewers to make better quality videos. If they want better lighting rigs, more sophisticated editing software so they can have more HAY WOW!! graphics etc, then they can buy those themselves. If people give to their channel via patreon and later
  2. Arrgh! my friend the duke. My daughter has been itching to meet you. Chlamydia!!! Men about to go into battle. Men don't worry you'll soon be home with your families. In a urn, on the mantle piece. Dr Who. We seem to have materialised in the 19th century. Oh no, it's Glasgow 2017. I though watching Queer Eye For a Straight Guy that it would be a good idea to have gay friends so that they could give me fashion tips. But actually they just sh##g me. A man from the ministry went to an NHS hospital to review their performance. He said "you seem to go through a lot of bandages w
  3. Watching a YouTube upload that was from the BBC so no doubt illegal were some jokes. 1. The train now arriving on platforms 4, 5 and 6 has just blown up on platform 7. 2. I'm afraid son but Santa will be unable to give a toy train set for Christmas. He is however able to give you a toy bus replacement set instead. 3. Athletics at the London Olympics. In lane one is the UK. In lane two is the USA. Lane three is closed for resurfacing. 4. Australia has once again beaten England in the cricket. Hitting things and running away it's the criminal mentality. 5. Ladies and
  4. Hi Mark I bought second hand from Hattons two power cars which are the latest ones from Hornby with the idea of having two powered power cars and 8 trailer cars. They were in black and silver grand central livery and it looks hideous. The two I bought new are in Intercity Swallow Livery and they look awesome. I've found with DCC sound that in it's original one power car and one dummy car that the sound from the power car had more depth to it than the dummy car. Apparently that's due to one having a motor and the other just a circuit board. I've now fitted the dummy Intercity car body with the
  5. Kadee's are used around the world but in the UK if you wanted to be as prototypical as possible then you would need a hefty supply of three link and screw couplings and an even heftier supply of patience to couple and uncouple them. Oh yes every piece of rolling stock would have to have sprung buffers. The tension lock or bar and battering ram as I like to call it is hardly British looking even though it's sold on all new OO gauge R-T-R stock. The Kadee is a much better and easier option even on steam locos and yes it can easily handle super elevated track work. Strong magnets can be plac
  6. An alarm system is only as good as someones response to it. If your alarm goes off due to a break in somewhere on your property and you're not home, you have to rely on neighbours to ring the police and they may take some time in getting to your home and the thieves will be long gone by then. A back to base response unit maybe a better choice although it will be more expensive. But good solid dead locks or dead bolts so doors can't be jemmied open is also good. Bringing your prized locos into the house is good but if the thieves strike your house they can still steal your prized locos. Ma
  7. NFSA stands for National Film and Sound Archive in Australia. Here are two films shot in B&W. What struck me about them is that the sound is real not dubbed as often happens in archive films on railways. Darling Harbour is right in the heart of Sydney. It's narrated with music and interviews with crews who worked the area. Preserved Garratt 6029 is not truly representative of how Garrats looked in the days of steam. The thumbnail is how they looked.
  8. Before handing over hard earned dollars/pounds or whatever currency you use on YouTube, google a persons channel to find out how much their net worth is. For YouTubers who've set up Patreon accounts they can rake in a huge amounts of cash and will often ask for more. There is a YouTuber who is the richest YouTuber ever who put a video up in September 2016 saying he was broke. His net worth as of December 2016 was $61,000,000USD. He then set up a Patreon account and got another $4,000 from unsuspecting people. I personally don't give money to YouTubers. People say that they put a lot of time an
  9. I like your new back scenes Ian. Have you sprayed them with a matt varnish to protect them from dirt. Is the pink patch a representation of willow herb? If you do decide to trial concrete with ballast make sure the concrete is rapid set. But instead of using a trigger action spray bottle try a pump action bottle say two litres and set the nozzle to a wide fine mist.
  10. Soldering bonding wires on rail joints or feed wires to a bus wire really is about as much fun as watching paint dry. But it is worth it. Please try to remember that a garden railway operates in the real world and not the climate controlled world of our indoor counterparts. Also remember to solder the wires to the OUTSIDE of the rails only and not the inside where the wheel flange rubs. Don't use a "blob" of solder on the rail joint as outside the rails needs to not only expand in the heat from the sun but also to contract once the heat of the sun has gone. Don't be afraid of using too much "f
  11. The reason I want to have a large two room building is to have the layout in one half and a modelling area in the other. There is also another reason. When I get too old for this garden railway game or I have to move out the second building can be turned into accommodation for either a trial basis/permanent moving in of the mother in-law or for a teenager who wants a bit of freedom from mum and dad but can't afford the very high rents of the area. My house is only a two bedroom dwelling and suits me to a tee, but to have another large room where an addition to the family or change living arran
  12. 3026 and 3102 head a tour train from Bombala in mid winter 1985. This line is now closed and many sections have been lifted. This is the only footage that I've been able to find on YouTube of trains on the line. The two half round wagons behind 3102 are "water gins" the leading one is a bogie variety and the second one is a four wheeler. They are necessary for all water columns for steam engines had disappeared on this line.
  13. Super heated 3001 with slide bar covers and saturated 3026 run from Cowra to Blayney on the Blayney to Demondrille branchline in 1994. This line is now closed throughout due to needing massive investment to upgrade the track work. 3026 suffered a major problem on this trip which is shown in the film.
  14. This short journey is on the now preserved part of the Dorrigo Branch line. It starts from near Glenraegh and goes up to the two tunnels going through one of the tunnels and looking into the other which is full of bats. There is then a condensed trip back down the line towards Glenraegh. The footage is a little shaky and the growth of line side vegetation is very vigorous with a high rainfall in this part of the north coast of NSW.
  15. Filmed in 1993 two locos run a six coach train to Michelago from Queanbeyan. The line has since closed but when open ran all the way to Bombala in southern NSW. The two locos have a history. 1210 was built in 1878 and at one time was the oldest operating loco in the world. It was withdrawn several time but due to economic conditions it reentered service finally being withdrawn for the last time in 1958 at 80 years of age. It was plinthed outside Canberra railway station and the ARHS society negotiated with the authorities to keep it clean. Further negotiations saw the loco removed from th
  16. Well actually Tony the old Glenbrook Tunnel was on the mainline. Originally to climb from Emu Plains up the eastern face of the mountains there was a zig zag. That was replaced by a single track viaduct and the old single track Glenbrook Tunnel. Due to it's horrible reputation and at least one accident when the crew of a loco was overcome by smoke from their engine. The push up loco at the rear had already reversed out of the tunnel and was getting ready to reenter the tunnel when the wagons and loco came out of the tunnel and hit the push up loco. The train loco crew were unconscious on the f
  17. This railway tunnel was taken out of use years ago and has had a two uses that aren't railway related. The above video is one use the old tunnel was put to. Here's another video in the same tunnel showing it's second use after that use had ceased. The company that ran it an Australian owned company was bought by an Asian company and their H&S left a lot to be desired. The company is in battle with the state government for they just walked away and left a filthy putrid mess and they're in no hurry to clean it up. The tunnel today is closed off to the public and
  18. Hi Roddy, yes I did google "Summit tunnel fire" and read what happened. Some of the bricks melted in the intense heat but there was no structural damage to the tunnel. Here Garretts weren't favoured in single line tunnels due to loading gauge restrictions. As can be seen the loco is of large dimensions and they often fitted single line tunnels like the proverbial "cork in a bottle" or like the tube trains in London. But being steam locos in long single line tunnels crews would notice the air temperature rising. None of our tunnels had ventilation shafts and there's one near to me called t
  19. The Mountain High Railway was begun around the late 1980's and was on the line from Tumut to Batlow. It folded around 1991 through lack of interest being too far away from Sydney. Here are three videos of the railway filmed in 1989 using a small shunting 0-6-0 diesel of unknown origin with an ex NSW railways passenger coach and a bogie flat converted into an open air coach. This is all raw unedited footage. In video number 2 is a view of the wide Gilmore Valley In this the third and final video of the line we have two ex NSW railway coaches
  20. A number of shuttle trains were run between Bathurst and Newbridge with 6029 leading and C502 trailing. Tumulla bank is a torturous 1 in 40 climb and even worse in wet weather. Also at an earlier time (1988) 4472 came to Australia in lieu of Mallard and she too tackled Tumulla Bank. However all was not well on 4472 and 3801 did most of the work with 4472 doing more of it's share as the two proceeded up the bank. The occasional smoke rings are from 3801.
  21. After having done a light load trial run. 6029 did a loaded trial run from Canberra (it's base) to Bungendore and return. Note how at the opening shot the automatic stoker is turned off due to the single line tunnel. Note to the shape of the tunnel very different to British single tunnels. The tunnel is fully lined with bricks.
  22. I recently posted a video in the "Buffet" section of the forum. To do that I had to rejoin YouTube but I haven't uploaded anything. On the home front I'm busier than ever with work and family. Heaven only knows when I'll get time to start on the next railway. It's summer now and hot today with the temperature going past 40 degrees. I recently bought a book not on railways but with the title Ford Australia The Cars and the People that Built Them. It's a great read for anyone interest in industrial history. Ford Australia had two plants in Victoria. One at Geelong and the other at Br
  23. Here in Australia when I was growing up Ford Falcon Hardtops were commonplace. That was in the 1970's. By the end of that decade Australia's love for big two door Falcons was fading with sales really slowing so much so that in 1978 Ford Australia had 400 body shells sitting around that no one knew whether to build them into cars or just scrap them. To boost sales of those 400 bodies they were built and released as the Cobra. A white car with two wide blue stripes from bonnet (hood) front to boot (trunk). The first 19 were basically racing cars but street legal. The rest were standard Cobra's.
  24. Bad news my YouTube account has been hacked so all the videos I had have now gone. I'm in two minds whether to rejoin YouTube it seems to be going the same way as Facebook. Facebook to me is very, "look at me! look at me! I'm so much better than any of you!" and "I had a cup of coffee today and I need to tell everybody!". YouTube seems to be going the same way. I had one guy who persistently kept asking for a video I had to be put onto DVD and sent to him. He said his intentions were honorable but I just refused. With a copy of the footage on DVD he could have made a thousand copies and sold t
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