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  1. The scenery is looking good in those dark colours, Mick, and the whole thing is coming on impressively. I hope you can keep up the good work even if/when the weather gets colder. It was interesting to see your comment a couple of days ago: and the whole point in building a layout up in the attic is to run all those trains I've been hanging on to for years and which wouldn't fit in anywhere else. That well sums up my reasons for building a garden railway - nice long trains, and of course the scenery is already there. Anyway, each to his own. It's great to be able to follow your rapid progress, and to see the videos.
  2. That's a nice bridge, Mick, and your detailing on the stonework has come out very well. All looks most promising. I'm trying to work out what the bridge is made of; presumably resin rather than plaster (which would be too fragile). If it is resin, then there would be scope for me incorporating something similar on the garden layout...
  3. Thank you, Mick. Just to set the record straight on 'the sunny south', the runnng session for all all those Cornish pictures was in fact rained off by late afternoon, and I don't think we've seen the sun since. So you don't need to feel hard done by. But you might consider a treacle mine to fill up those empty wagons on your loft layout...
  4. Final helping of Cornish 68xx Grange class 4-6-0, No.6869 ‘Resolven Grange’, of Penzance shed (83G) brings an empty stock working down from Newquay into St Blazey. The first vehicle is a Siphon G. Meanwhile, a 45xx (again probably No.4570), is still busy in the yard marshalling china clay empties.
  5. Cornish Pastures After working an express down to Plymouth, Castle Class No. 5043 ‘Earl of Mount Edgcumbe’ of Old Oak Common (81A) retired to Laira shed (83D) for servicing and repairs to a damaged smoke-box dart. A smart turn-round on these tasks provided the Laira shedmaster with the opportunity to allocate this locomotive to a special duty, taking a large party from various local Sunday Schools back to Newquay after an outing. The first photograph shows No. 5043 easing down towards Laira Junction, where it will turn on the triangle. The next two images show No.5043 passing through the north end of the yards at St Blazey, before making an assault on the long climb up to Luxulyan, some of it at 1 in 37. In the yard an unidentified 45xx (but possibly visiting No.4570) is shunting china clay empties. The last photograph shows No.5043 and its train approaching Luxulyan.
  6. Small Prairie and B-set on a Cornish branchline
  7. The Cornish china clay traffic Here are some photos taken on the Western Region in the late 1950s at a location in Cornwall probably near St Austell. A nicely-weathered Prairie tank engine sorts empty china clay wagons at the junction before they are picked up by a better-groomed Small Prairie and taken back up the branch towards the works for another load. At its height, Cornwall was producing half the world's supply of kaolin, which is used for ceramics, paper and other products. Thanks to Julian for bringing all the superb GW assets yesterday, including those fine signals. Somehow I had the idea that Cornwall was famous for its treacle mines, but they must be somewhere else. Postscript: Having just checked the Wikipedia entry on Treacle Mining (yes, really), although there are mentions of treacle mines in many English counties, it seems Cornwall is not one of them. My mistake.
  8. Dorking Garden Railway 7th Anniversary Celebrations The commemorative operating session took place yesterday, one day early because of wet weather forecasts (which proved accurate). Looking back at the early photos on this thread, after seven years the vegetation has advanced impressively and some of the timber track base is starting to deteriorate. More importantly, the timber decking on which Bamboo Curtain Straight is founded has been discovered to be substantially rotting, being around 13 years old, and will have to be replaced. The hope is that that part of the railway can be underpinned so that it becomes free standing, with the decking then being swept away and replaced by something more permanent. We'll have to see. At this point I'd like to say a big Thank You on behalf of all the users and viewers of this site to our webmaster and proprietor Mick for his commitment, work and expense in maintaining such a splendid resource for us over so many years. We are really grateful, and the site has been a pioneer in advancing 00 and HO scale modelling outdoors. Back at the DGR, yesterday was business as usual. First out of the box was a Black 5 with a stopping train. The new platelayers' hut needs a bit more weathering. And the platelayers need to deal with all that vegetation in the four-foot -- this isn't Network Rail! Now autumn is definitely approaching and it won't be long before Sycamore Curve is covered with leaves... Then the Jubilee arrived and is seen here tackling Foxdale Bank with a mixed rake of pre- and post-nationalisation coaches: At the end of the day, the Jubilee heads towards home: Meanwhile, over in Beijing the anniversary celebrations continue, although there may be confusion about the number of years involved (or perhaps they know more about the Fat Controller than they're admitting):
  9. Yesterday I had an enjoyable morning at the annual American flavoured exhibition of the Seaboard Southern group who are based in Crawley. Ian Lampkin's excellent Fort Myres layout is a very effective depiction of railroads in Florida, as in this photo with two local residents thinking about lunch.
  10. It's great to see some trains, Thomas. That makes the railway look alive at last. All your hard work will soon bear fruit and we shall see the results. In terms of what they are, I think the first is a Japanese Shinkansen, the second probably Chinese, and the third is quite exotic (and the trains did not look like that when I was in Ethiopia, although that was a few years ago!).
  11. Like you, Tony, we're all looking forward to seeing the results of your incredible work once the trains start to move. Well done for getting so close to running.
  12. But I've used Hornby and Bachmann chipped locos on DC for some years without any problems. And after I acquired DCC equipment, those locos ran well on it. And they still run well on DC when needed.
  13. Size isn't everything I wasn't sure I'd heard correctly, but it turned out the engine Robert was going to bring round yesterday with some visiting wagons was "a real Little Barford", as built by Andrew Barclay in 1939 for the power station of that name: She certainly is a lovely Little Barford, caught here hauling empty wagons down to the exchange sidings for further shunting: ...where, at the main line connection, a real big b****rd was waiting for the wagons to be attached to its train. The 8F with its train of coal trucks then headed off round Sycamore Curve towards the next port of call: Meanwhile, rather more than a century earlier, Mr Stephenson had been very busy after his triumph at Rainhill, and duly provided motive power for the Liverpool and Manchester Railway: Here's a rare photograph of the "Rocket" with what might be a bit of the infamous Chat Moss clearly visible (ooohh!): Back in GWR territory, this Pannier tank was seen in a timewarp with part of its train being a newish BR standard coach: Someone had been busy getting an impossible gleam on that safety valve cover:
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