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    Hi Mate, Many thanks for the advise. I'll do some investigating when I have some time. Cheers, Marcus
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    Hi Mate, thanks for the feedback. This is an SD751. I'll take a good look at the bogies/wheel axles when I have some time. It seems like one of the middle wheel axles doesn't have any lateral movement. It could be a lemon loco, or just a design fault. Having been used to European locos (Trix, Brawa, Roco etc.) and Bachmann Branchline UK stock which are mostly great runners, I was expecting something better out of the box. Maybe 3 axle bogies aren't really suited to tighter radius curves.
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    I tested my new Athearn CN loco both on my outdoor layout and my indoor test track. It seems that it really doesn't like curves or points. It constantly comes of the rails. I had to use 2nd radius curves on some sections, but none of my other locos have issues. Has anyone had any experience with this make of models before? It's a real shame because it's a stunning looking loco.
  4. Hi Tony, Thanks for your comments! I've Been looking at your layout progress which looks amazing! Great to know there's at least 2 OO/HO garden modellers in AUS! I've decided to keep this layout pretty simple and so that it doesn't sand out too much (need to keep the wife happy on that front!). I'm trying to really keep the exposed track covered up when not in use. The ply I used is only in a few places, and I painted it with two coats of exterior paint and covered with roof bitumen, so it will hopefully last a while! I've been doing some landscaping work on the tunnel/return loop sect
  5. Hi Thomas, Thank you for your comments. Luckily a lot of the track on my layout is under cover of the conifer trees, so it doesn't get much sun. I try to keep the rest of the track covered up when its very sunny - especially the 3 Peco points. Re my old indoor layout, I used fishing line for the contact wires, so it obviously didn't run electricity, but it was under tension, so the pantographs actually contacted them. The posts were a mix of scratch built and Peco ones (the older plastic variety). I'm actually now playing with some old Hornby/Tri-ang catenary on my indoor t
  6. Hi Mick, Many thanks for merging the videos! I'm not great when it comes to uploading things in the correct place! Also, the name of the layout is 'Killarney Junction' - named after the street we live in! Please feel free to change the title. And yes, I was pleased with the day's running. I also have some video of my LMS steam 4-6-0 pulling some maroon stock. It's not a great runner though, as it's an old Airfix model. I think it's time to get a newer British steam loco! Regards, Marcus
  7. Hi all, I had some fun today running a selection of my stock. SNCF and Swiss. All went well with smooth running. The track seems to be holding up well after all the rain we had last weekend!!
  8. Thanks Mick, Many thanks for your comment, It was a great moment to have the loop completed! I've got loads of stock to play with (lots of European and BR stock). I just hope the track work holds up well in our harsh Australian Summer!! I'll be covering the exposed track to keep the sun an UV from doing too much damage. Luckily most of the track is in shade from the conifer trees. Regards, Marcus
  9. Hi All, I've now finished the track work (just needs final pinning down). Ran my Turbostar set to test it out. All seems to work well!
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    BTW, the tracks closest to the camera are only place roughly in position, in case anyone is wondering why they are so close together!!
  11. Hi Mick, Thanks for the congrats! You're definitely right about space (or lack of it). The nice think about my garden railway (Work in progress) is that it's also very hard to see it's there, and I also get a full 26 metre loop of track, much more than I had in my spare room. It will be interesting to see what challenges I have to look forward to (track cleaning, good electrical current etc.) But that's all part of the fun! Also, I was thinking of using very small screws to fix the track (as opposed to track pins). Any thoughts on this? I'll also be leaving some small g
  12. Hi Mick, let's just say, it wasn't very popular with my lovely wife (of 27 years today!), and to be honest it was starting to take over the spare room in our new extension we had just built. So I decided to dismantle it. I've kept everything though, even some of the scenery, baseboards etc. Luckily only a few sections of my track were ballasted, so I have a good supply for my Garden railway project. Suprisingly though, my wife half doesn't mind the garden railway at all!! Cheers, Marcus
  13. And I though I might share some pics of my indoor railway I had (unfortunately now dismantled). Maybe this should go into another separate post, if so, please advise! The overhead catenary was scratch built and used finishing line!!! It was an absolute labour of love!!
  14. Hi Mick, Many thanks for your comments. The Station Kit is a Faller one (plastic) which I built. I'd like to get a few more buildings and try to create a mini town scene, although they are not cheap. I'm also looking to get a nice British Station building and building which I can use when running my British trains. I think Ratio make a few plastic kits if I'm not mistaken. I've got some Superquick buildings and a Station, but being card, they won't last long in a shower!! Regards, Marcus
  15. A quick update on the layout. I finished the reverse loop at the far end last weekend, and I've started to lay the bitumen felt as a track bed. I'm hoping to get the track Layed in the next couple of weeks, but it seems that track pins are hard to source at the moment!! I'll be using the sandstone tiles for the station platform area, which will look pretty realistic. The German station can be swapped for a UK station depending on what trains I'm running, and I'm looking to get some more buildings in the future. 'till next post. Cheers, Marcus
  16. Hi Mick, Thanks for the advice. Much appreciated. I've used a mixture of Treated pine fence palling (screwed directly onto the timber retaining wall) and Exterior Plywood for certain sections, painted in good quality undercoat and a top coat. I've decided to cover the whole track in Roofing felt (very inexpensive) which should look better and hopefully keep a lot of the water off the timber. I'll try to upload some more pics tomorrow. Cheers, Marcus
  17. Hi, and thanks for your comments. The Warship is actually a really good runner, considering its age, although I did modify the bodywork when I was a kid, as it didn't come with Yellow ends! And yes, I have been into model railways since childhood, although this is my first foray into an outdoor railway. As far as stock is concerned I've got a collection of British - Hornby, Lima, Bachmann, and even an old Airfix Royal Scots Fusiliers 4-6-0 loco plus a large collection European (Brawa, Roco, Trix, Jouef etc.). I'll try to post some more pics soon. Also, I was wondering if Its ok to ju
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