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  1. My Lima 66's are the only locos in my fleet without lights. I thought about adding them, but decided that it was too much like hard work.
  2. I've got a couple of these 66 from when they were manufactured by Lima. Quiet and smooth they are not. I re-motored one as an experiment, but it didn't improve things much. By the looks of things the new 66s have the same motor as the Class 91 I bought a few years back and that can haul a 10 coach train with just two powered axels, so I guess that the new 66's will be equally as impressive.
  3. Dashed out before the big black clouds arrived and glued them in place. Their style was taken from these planters that are on Alnmouth station.
  4. Cheers Andrew. I've become too reliant on having my scenic bits on boards that live in the shed and are only plonked by the railway when I'm running. I'm going to have to face the challenge of weatherproof modelling and create a few more areas that are permanently out there. With that in mind I've spent the afternoon making planters to go on station platforms out of pan scrubs and off-cut correx. I'm going to hot glue gun them in place. They will be up against the fence which should stop the fence falling over!
  5. Thanks Mick. Just spent another hour sorting out track power to all the rails in all the points. It never ceases to amaze me that every single type electrical connection I use on my railway will fail. Had to replace a crimp-on connector to allow power to flow to a frog. Also got my JMRI software working again ever since one feature had started crashing it after I had upgraded to the latest version. One day I'll do this kind of snagging before my mates come round for a running session, rather than the day after...
  6. Needed to do some repairs and spring cleaning on a few of my scenes today. 4 of my baseboards live outside, but under cover. The local cats like to walk and sit on them. Yesterday and today I repaired the damage and removed the cat hair form 3 of the boards. The 4th, a campsite, will need to be completely stripped and started form scratch. Anyway, after rebuilding all the fencing the building site looked the part in the afternoon sunshine.
  7. chris

    DCC++

    I often have issues reading from chips. But simply crack on and write to them. I then test the unit to see if it wrote OK.
  8. My Snicketway is going to run outdoors. This has always been the plan, but I haven't got around to it. Each year in out village there is a May Day Street Fair and this year we are going to take a couple of railways down to our coffee shop to make a bit of an attraction. I'm setting up the Snicketway outside and I will have me tramway inside. I've built it to be weather resistant rather than weatherproof, so I'm hoping the weather will be OK. It will be the first outing for a couple of new buildings, both of them have benefitted from the use of my crafting paper cutter.
  9. Spent a bit of time yesterday adding feeds to the frogs of my electro frog points. I tend to use insufrog points outside because they need a lot less wiring. But for historical reasons I have 4 for 5 electros outside. I've used a mixture of mechanical switches and frog juicers depending on the location of the point. If there is room to fit a mechanical switch I take that option, otherwise a Gaugemaster DCC80 Autofrog goes in. Yesterday I installed one of each. These points had been in for years and nearly all of my stock could pass over the dead section of frog without a problem. But not this year. After close inspection I could that bridging wires I have soldered inplace for DCC operation had failed and this meant that most of the point was dead. The solution was to power the frogs and things are now running through smoothly again. This reminds me that a belt and braces approach always pays off in garden railways. Knowing how often bonding wires fail I think that in future I will add a pair of connections between rails in points as this significantly improves the odds of them not failing.
  10. Stick some low relief trees around your tunnel mouth. Trees are best for hiding what the landscape is, or should be doing. When I look out my window I can't see the road on an embankment climbing to bridge over the railway, I just see trees and sky.
  11. I can relate to this. Personally I think it is impossible to plan a project as large as a garden railway. At the start we can sketch out a general intention, but over the years things change and need to be adapted as we go along. If we planned everything in detail from the start we'd never get anything done. When I'm stuck and can't make progress I've learnt to ask myself a simple question. "What is the one thing that you haven't made a decision about?" When I stop to answer that question it alway clarifies what my problem is. I then have a choice as to whether I make that decision and get on with work, or ignore it and keep procrastinating. Either way, I have to face up to the real issue.
  12. A quick reminder to you all that most of my scenery is built on moveable baseboards which only come outside when I'm playing trains. So they aren't weatherproof. The grass on the slopes is just different shades of scatter material dropped on to a surface I'd covered with PVA. Modelling the current railway I realised that I could save myself a lot of trees if I they had all just been chopped down. There is a lot of line side clearance going on these days as they try and reduced the number of leaves getting on the line. A few cocktail sticks and some brown scatter created the right effect.
  13. Had a bit of a play time over the weekend. There were a few maintenance tasks which needed attending to. The main thrust was to sort out electrical connections that had failed over the winter. One point motor was brought back into service and a couple of sections of track. Trains wise, things were running well. Helped by the servicing of much of my fleet got over the winter ready for last months show. I was pleased that a couple of old Lima Class 66's ran without the need for attention. One longstanding issue I managed to resolve was a coach that kept riding up and derailing. It is part of a permanently coupled set, so it was a pain to un couple to work on, so I had been ignoring it for a year or 3. On close inspection I noticed that busy wasn't siting snug to the under frame. I pulled it all apart and the metal weight was not sitting right. Careful alignment of everything and it all went back together snuggly and the derailing is no longer and issue.
  14. At the moment I'm making a lot of windows with my paper cutter. My technique is to laminate three laters of card to create the depth of the window frame and then glue it onto the background window pane. The cutter is so accurate it is easy to glue the pieces together using a cheap PVA which takes a while to go off and therefore give me the time to get them properly aligned before I leave them under something heavy so they glue flat. The kiosk for the cinema is now in the finished building. Its all rather chunky because it's On30 (1:48ish) and themed on a children's book.
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