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  1. You should see some of the derailments my 2 kittens have caused! I'd be at one end thinking "Hmm, where's the train gone" Only to walk down and find half in the flower bed and the other half on the grass! The buggers never do it whilst I'm watching though!
  2. That's the good thing about our hobby, it doesn't have to be 100% correct, just pleasing to the operator and an intercity 37 will always please this operator!
  3. So I spent a couple of hours this afternoon just running trains a s a reward for soldering joints left right and centre. I thought I'd do some video's at the same time, however, it doesn't always turn out right.... I had 6 trains out on the layout this afternoon, with two in each direction at once, the most I've run solo. Can't wait for this lockdown to be over so I can have my planned "open day" with friends round to drive whilst I film!
  4. So, not able to do much on the garden railway today (frustrating with glorious weather!) as my back is screaming at me, I started out cleaning my loco's instead, however, it didn't take long so I decided to start cleaning the loco's I've inherited from Jez Laming for his Staple exhibition layout... I couldn't resist and I know Jez would have loved to watch Norman pulling a long (by light railway standards) coal train over the JL Memorial bridge! Not the usual fare on Pentney Parkway but it looked good and ran well. https://youtu.be/JNmwyC6Zdtk
  5. That bridge over the pond looks fantastic, I would love to do that with my pond, however, I have encountered the same planning permissions you speak of, still I can't complain, still loads of scope and a huge bridge! I'm still in the process of acquiring buildings and furniture for the layout. So far I have platforms for both stations and a station building and pub for the small station.
  6. So, not that work is out of the way for a week and the weather "isn't too bad", I thought I'd crack on with the rebuilding of Pentney Parkway Station. All four platforms have now been built, all hold a loco + 7. I decided not to make them longer as this starts to involve curved platforms! The sidings have been laid today and the wiring finished. Lessons learnt from the original siding mean that the "Back Road" curves at the end following the main line to avoid going into the back corner where the leaves build up, and only two loco sidings instead of three avoid the tight reverse curve over the pointwork for loco's. Hopefully this weekend will see the return of trains to the layout (Only the 25 out today on track testing!) All platforms now in place awaiting lights and sundries. Sidings now in waiting for buffer stops. 4 Cep on an Up Semi-fast past 47712 on the push/pull set in platforms 3 & 4
  7. The xpressnet is what Lenz calls the connection between it's products. Tochcab is software available for iphone's & ipad's that allows you to control trains wire less.
  8. Hi Mark, I operate through a Lenz 23151 (USB & LAN Interface). The Lenz command station connects to the 23151 via the Xpressnet. The 23151 then connects to a router. I use a stand alone route as my home router is miles from the garden! Connect your iphone (Or similar) to said router, that will then allow the touchcab to connect to Lenz.
  9. Brilliant, cheers Chris, I'll be sure to do just that!
  10. So last weekend, with a couple of days off work and with a bulk delivery of wood having arrived, I set about rebuilding the main station area. This section was the first bit built 5 years ago and was done in a "bit of a rush" with 9mm external ply on a 2x2 frame. However, part of the frame was secured to the concrete fence posts and the screws basically failed. On top of this I never covered the area with felt, I just treated it with preserver. As it was under the tree not only did it get very wet but occasionally had branches land on it. As a result the boards were literally falling apart and the track geometry was a little bit "dodgy"! So the "new build saw the same method I've used on the rest of the layout with enhancements. The foundations are now concrete blocks. This forms part of a frame for decking planks which are topped by 12mm external ply which has been treated and covered in felt. The 4 through platforms have now been relaid and joined by a 5th in lieu of one of the sidings. This gives and extra through line or more importantly a platform to enable a shuttle to Pentney Town to operate whilst leaving 2 through lines in both directions. The sidings have yet to be laid (Waiting on fishplates) and I am currently bonding out the joints using copped strip which will run under the platforms where possible. The 1st platform has also been built using cable trunking (Thanks to Chris of Amblethorpe fame for the idea). This is being topped by plasticard for the platform surface. The big question now is, do the platforms get made permanent and just get covered over by the tarpaulin that protects the station or do I make the removable so I can take them in . Any suggestions greatly appreciated. Noel
  11. Ooops, accidentally hit the "buy now" button... it'll be a 12 car by the weekend
  12. So better weather today and a day off gave me a chance to run so recently acquired stock. 4 CEP 7134 & 4 VEP 7830. The VEP did not run very well on it's own, but when in multiple with the CEP it ran great. Defiantly nostalgic now as these were the norm for me when I started on the railway!
  13. Yes, it was @chris post on Amblethorpe that gave me the idea, so all credit to him Well, the sun was out about 1/2 hour ago so I thought.. time to test the newly acquired Vep & Cep... too late, heavy rain now
  14. So, you've seen the railway (and some of the fleet) so he is the rest of the fleet... The latest acquisition (Alongside a 4 Vep & 4 Cep) to join the fleet is one of my favorite small engines, a 25, this example, 25245 is the first sound fitted one. The other two, 25079 & 25283, do not yet have that luxury.
  15. They may be old, but they were the best thing since sliced bread when they first came out. Still run well now
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