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  1. That is an impressive bridge Tony and will make a great feature.
  2. Is it possible to re-title this to 'Glen Dollar garden railway' please?
  3. Havering is a Scottish word for talking nonsense. So updates on what is going on in my railway world. I've just got back from a couple of weeks at my parent's so little has happened on my own railways as I've spent evenings fiddling on my Dad's. Doing general maintenance but also laying a bit of new track and starting the base for his new island platform. I talked with my Dad about my garden railway and about a name. He tended to like my favoured suggestion which is Glen Dollar. Named after a park we liked going to when I was little. That park had a railway line next to it with a sem
  4. I'd get the lawnmower with a bigger battery, probably 5ah. That should do front and back lawns but the drill batteries would finish it off if it ran out of charge towards the end. You got me thinking, would one of the saws be a good cutter for aerated blocks. I've already got my evolution saw and an angle grinder with a stone cutting disk but maybe the reciprocating saw might work better. Probably not worth the outlay for the number of blocks to be done.
  5. I've picked up a Ryobi One+ percussion drill from B&Q. It was on offer with two batteries, charger and case. I'll see how this goes and then may get the lawnmower as the batteries fit the whole range.
  6. 60s have the same mechanism as the 56 I believe. Being in a box doesn't seem to prevent them from drying up either. Reminds me, I need to lubricate 60014 before I go home.
  7. The first set of blocks are laid so I stuck some track on top and sent a train down as a test. The roofing felt isn't glued, the track isn't glued or pinned yet and I had to use a temporary board to run off. It was really just to get something working - anything. By the time I did that, it had gone dark. So all I've got to prove it is a grainy video. I'll stick it up anyway and try to get some better footage in the light.
  8. I don't think anyone else can answer that for you. I've not been following your build for long, but in the short time I have, it has always seemed like just an approach to the main scenic area you film on. What would it allow you to do that you can't do now? Would it make operation any more (too) complicated? I don't know how much of a general view you have of it when operating from other areas. Could it end up a bit like rounders or baseball where you end up with trains following each other from base to base?
  9. Just bought two and tried them on 36" radius curve with a Lima 156. Plenty of room there. In fact they'd probably work with 4th radius setrack, if not 3rd. It'll do for my purposes anyway. I'll build the tunnel over winter but having them is helpful for planning. The remainder of this year is about gardening, which I best get on with.
  10. I think that was down to the gradients around Scotland they would have to cope with, possibly it was also reliability and not blocking the line if one failed. The Fife coal fields seemed to be served more by pairs of 20s or type2s as far as I can make out. 37s or 47s on their own were still seen a lot across the central belt where it is flatter. The Hunterston to Ravenscraig MGRs would be doubled to Mossend and then one of the Mossend shunter 37s would get to cover the rest in soot stretch its legs for the climb up to Ravenscraig. Pretty sure one 60 replaced the three 37s. https://www.
  11. I think I might copy you on that front as well. I have one broken coupling on one blue grey Mk3a TSO and repair has not gone well. Is it possible to know what materials (Kadee No. plasticard thickness etc) and process you used please?
  12. I can confirm the Evolution saw is worth its weight in awesomeness. Unfortunately the blocks are a bit big for it so the blade guard needs retracted first (fingers in peril) and the blade won't go all of the way through so the final bit needs sawn manually. But getting the cut started with the Evolution means the angle is perfect and the surface is also smooth. I'll start a build thread at the weekend, but, I need a name for the railway. I'm thinking something-glen.
  13. Block gluing rig. Using Aluminium L section to keep everything straight. So I have glued the 4 blocks for the first straight section using Gorilla grab adhesive. The first two blocks were done with the two smooth edges mated and this worked fine. The third block was one rough edge to one smoother and took a bit more glue to fill in all of the gaps. For the third I did the same but wore down the rough surface first to reduce the amount of glue needed. All seem to have stuck well. For the next blocks to be glued I need to chop them at angles so will have to wait until the weekend. I'm kind
  14. You've made me think about expansion in my metal bridge plan but my thoughts might apply here too. I was thinking about how real road bridges cope with expansion. The bridge sits on bearings that allow for the movement and then the surface has expansion joints. Could you split the construction into smaller lengths with the track only secured at a limited number of locations and have a sliding joint at the end of each section? Basically allowing the plastic to expand and contract underneath without affecting the track. Edit 7 hours later : Just so I understand the problem correct
  15. Well they look good with that paint on them Mick. And the double looks fairly generous to accommodate two tracks on a curve so perhaps the single one will be generous enough too.
  16. So my old cordless drill has picked up a nasty smoking habit of late and is perhaps reaching the end of its useful life. It gets a fair bit of use as a drill and as a screwdriver; and probably going to get more use building the railway. Does anyone have any experience to recommend a decent cordless drill please?
  17. I was on top of Holme Moss that day in 2014, never experienced anything like it. I've been chasing them around most of my adult life. lol I swapped chasing trains to chasing bike races. Now I'm a bit like a labrador - I chase everything. The biggest cycle race from the USA is the Amgen Tour of California. I don't think I'm wrong in saying that Amgen is the licence owner for E.P.O. And the owner of Amgen was the owner of the race team that was US Postal Service and then Discovery Channel. i.e. Lance Armstrong's team. Perhaps I'm seeing something there that is more than it is.
  18. Hi, I can't find any dimensions for the tunnel portals on any of the ready-made plastic tunnel mouths. I'm really hoping not to have to make my own, I think ready made plastic will be far more durable outdoors. It looks from laying out the blocks that at one end the tunnel entrance will be on the straight but immediately going to a 36" radius inside the tunnel, there is a little more space to get around the lavender than I planned for. The other end is looking more like it will be on a curve 36" inside the tunnel again but widening from the tunnel mouth but how much I'm not sure. So my
  19. They have NEM pockets so changing the couplings is OK. I've no experience of Kadees in push mode, though they look like they should be better for it. I'm interested in what you find out since a fully fixed rake is awkward.
  20. Which reminds me, I have taken on-board Andrew's suggestion about the temporary becoming permanent and started with the other side of the garden to my original plan. Also partly out of practicality of setting the height from the point above the decking. So the new 1st stage is going to be on the blocks up the side and then along in-front of the back fence. The plywood base of the tunnel is cut so I can set the blocks in place. I'll wait until winter to build the tunnel properly and put a roof on it. I'll set up a journal once I have actually broken ground rather than just laying things out
  21. I roughly laid some blocks to work out the route up the side and the change in ground level. I also got a load of turf from bee and queue as it was reduced that I am going to lay properly but want to get the blocks figured out first. I also cut the base for the tunnel around the back of the camellia, chopped some of the lower bits of the camillia and confirmed there is more than enough space to get around the back of the main stem of the plant.
  22. With my Dad's Bachmann 47/7, Oxford Rail Mk3a and Bachmann DBSO set I used a pack of Bachmann Cl 411 (I think) drawbars to make it a permanently coupled rake. I found this the best way since the Oxford Mk3 couplings are really weak and can tend to drop when used in push mode. The fixed bar makes it impossible for them to drop. My Dad's does run on setrack though so you can probably get away with a shorter connection. Though I found the Bachmann 47/7 needed a longer coupling to the first coach than between the coaches.
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