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Everything posted by Voicey

  1. ...and back to running trains in the sun!
  2. Replaced the troublesome corner with a new length, turns out a track join where the boards meet was causing the issues.
  3. Bone on an MGR. First time I've got to run this loco! Aside a faulty point switch, having to adjust one corner of track, and having to clean the contacts for one of the dublo light signals, winter had been kind
  4. My accurascale PTA wagons seem pretty forgiving, not one derailment yet!
  5. With my stock being mostly south wales but a fondness for class 31s and other locos rarely seen there, my layout is somewhere on the severn estuary it seems. A 'nuclear ped' awaits its next trip to Hinkley point perhaps 😄
  6. Running session before the storms hit, Layout survived unscathed!
  7. I have one corner I had to pack and adjust last winter and now this winter. Just the one same corner. Maybe it's slightly more exposed so it makes a difference. How well My long rake of older version hornby MGR's run around are usually a good guage of track conditons (even with the axle swivels fixed) If they make it around everythings fine!
  8. Another bargain bin hornby building and some detail added
  9. Thanks! Its quite fun taking videos and looking for matching sound from the real thing. I would like dcc sound etc, but I simply have to keep things somewhat budget, though its nice to splash out on some of the great new models such as my rake of accurascale ptas. (All the track on this layout is secondhand too, I had a great saving with a big box of used but decent flexitrack). As for the lima 31s they're a great model for the age. Along with the class 73 they were limas finest. Cheap to buy, Bit of detailing and they look good. I was swapping my old lima bodies to hornby railroad chassis, but the railroad 31 is pricey now. I have two with the later plated lima wheel chassis and they run nice with cd tray motors and robust for outdoor.
  10. Inspiration for me to make and aquire more buildings! Look great
  11. The 31's with TTA's. This rake was mostly the cheap bright red and yellow tta tanks you can still pick up for under a fiver. The 31s are lima with railroad chassis and some detailing such as shawplan roof fans, flushglaze and etched wipers. Sound added as I'm running DC as part of my attempt to keep this hobby affordable 😄
  12. The grids and PTA's during sunnier months.
  13. Light weathering and detailing of the 121 today. Also I enjoy looking for bits that will work for detailing an outdoor layout. Picked up some brass speed restriction signs that will bend rather than break (brass ones hard to find now)
  14. That looks so real, if only we could tame moss. The viaduct is great!
  15. Been a while since any updates. Mostly because the layouts been under tarpaulin! Uncovered it and cleaned the track today to run the 121 bubble I had for Christmas. Bloody cold though 😆 No winter problems so far except one broken solder joint on a point frog microswitch.
  16. Thanks! Its all outside so I put trains out every time. However most of the time I'm just running one or two around whilst I do things. If I've a full relaxed day and its dry I'll fill up the fiddle yard 😄 There's also a shunting section so if I'm lazy I just play with that, though it only takes ten minutes with a track rubber, occasional wipe with alcohol to get going. There's an outdoor 240v socket for the controller and it plugs to the track with 2 pin plugs like you use for a mower.
  17. Thankyou! Its certainly not your layouts level, but its fun to play trains again! The signals are very old hornby dublo with some beefing up to the bases. They seemed the most robust option for outdoors
  18. Thanks! Aside the accurascale tipplers I'm slowly collecting secondhand stock and locos I can fix / detail or repaint. Its nice to be able to run long trains!
  19. I already posted in 'members garden layouts' but really shouldve posted here. I returned to the hobby due to lockdown. I was a member of Barry and Penarth model railway club from 1993 to the early 00's (youngest member back then by a long shot) built one or two exhibition layouts but left the hobby until lockdown, when I retrieved the only trains I had left...a rake of honrby MGRs and some lima locos. I fancied running them but had no space so after researching outdoor layouts here I am! The idea for a simple loop in the garden has escalated a little though. Been good to get back into the hobby, even if budgetary contraints mean I'm slowly collecting mostly secondhand locos and stock I can fix /detail or repaint. This forum was a souce of some useful info for sure!
  20. Thanks. Its been through one so far. Its sheltered and I cover it up so in adverse weather so I'm cautiously confident
  21. Hi everyone. I returned to the hobby during first lockdown. Hard to believe that was 18 months ago. Due to lack of space, love of running long trains and looking at peoples outdoor layouts I built my own! Its been reliable so far. Running DC to save money, though every track joint has soldered bridges and there's a 'bus' running all around, points have been modded with live blades etc Reclaimed outdoor switches used for some isolating sections. Some buildings and details, mostly from the bargain bin or scrap box
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