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  1. That's interesting. I've named stations and junctions on my railway, but not farms, bridges and viaducts. I'll have to put my mind to that. I was very deliberate with my naming of stations, well that is what I tell myself. Having named my first couple of stations Amblethorpe and Colwick I realised that it was a good idea to name my third station beginning with the letter B so I'd have A, B and C stations. Since then I have made sure I haven't reused a letter for a junction or a siding. With a computer based signal box sorting things by alphabetical order makes a lot of sense.
  2. I don't have any motivation to exhibit. But with the tramway I have something "that will generate a lot of interest among the viewing public." The practicalities of going on the exhibition circuit are beyond me because I don't drive... I should be able to talk a mate or two into assisting me if I do book for the occasional show. A friend and I have big plans to build a modern image layout of Morecambe and Heysham and to exhibit it. But he is suffering from a chronic illness so all we can do at the moment is plan. The main idea behind taking some of Amblethorpe to the Coffee Shop is to get my station on show, with a few DMUs moving in and out. If we keep it simple the only extra boards required would be for a station throat. I'm meeting my mate John at lunchtime in the shop, I'll see if he's got any any enthusiasm to get it on with it.
  3. I've made a lot of progress with my tramway. So much so I am planning of showing it. My wife and I own a local coffee shop and one Saturday I'll set up the tramway there and run it for the customers. This idea got me thinking, could I also show Amblethorpe? One option would be to simply have a running day on the Sunday after I've had the tramway out, and had out flyers on the Saturday. Another option could be to take Amblethorpe to the coffee shop. A lot of the scenery on Amblethorpe are dioramas that I place next to my tracks when I am having a running session. I could make and indoor version of Amblethorpe by putting some track on a baseboard or two and simply place my scenic sections next to it. I've spoken to a mate to see if he fancies taking on this project with me. I'm awaiting his response.
  4. Yes Mick, I've done some preliminary work on board 4. My attention should switch over to that in the next couple of days. And if you think that they wax crayons were imaginative then my first posting on board 4 will blow your mind.
  5. I've been cracking on with my winter project, my tramway. Before starting on the new board, I've had a big push to finish of the one I started last winter. It is a corner board with a bandstand on the inside, and allotments, pinic area and market stalls on the outside of the tracks. This is how it's looked through 2016. The first job was to add a building as a tea and coffee bar. The Metcalfe cricket pavilion fitted the job, and the space. I also put together the Metcalfe pub tables I'd bought last year. A couple of low relief tree finished off the back corner. I wanted a tarmac path around the band stand. I would have used Metcalfe card sheets, which the roadways are made of, but I had run out. Instead I used a cereal box and aerosol paint. I needed to do some careful cutting to get the path to fit the landscape as the bandstand sits atop a small rise. I am pleased with the result. I used acrylic window sealant in the flowerbeds. I was going to flock the grass between the bandstand and the tracks, until a mate pointed out that a grass mat would be better. I'd run out of grass mat so bought a new one. He was right, it went down a treat and really looks the part. I'd also got to work on the allotments working on the greenhouse, pigeon loft raised bed etc. With most of the elements for the allotments made it was time to plant everything in the scene. Lots more brown acrylic sealant was applied to create soil and hold things in place. Noch laser cut plants are used for the veg. The runner beans are Busch. Today I finished the allotments off and planted the flower beds. The flower beds were mainly made with pan scrubs and grated wax crayons (the purple bits were from Woodland scenics). The tulips are Noch, but I added a flake or two of wax crayon to improve the look. There are a few more jobs to do. I will add gates to the allotments. Buildings need to be glued down. The market stalls require items to sell. It needs to be peopled. The final job will be to add the overhead. This has to be done last because it really gets in the way of doing everything once it is installed.
  6. I've been working a lot with correx recently. I've just build a baseboard for my tramway out of the stuff and I have produced a very sturdy yet lightweight base. Looking back at this forum I can see that I installed a correx back scene in August 2013. As you can see from my recent picture it still looks very good. It has lasted much better than the painted plywood it replaced. The top edge of the back board is now more brittle, but it doesn't look like it will fall apart anytime soon. After 3 years I'm still happy to recommend correx if you need a back scene.
  7. I recently bought some hooked knife blades for my Stanley knife. They weren't suitable for the job I got them for, but they are brilliant for cutting roofing felt.
  8. I have a "security shed". It's got small windows, internal hinges, padlock covers and a heavier grade of timber. If you are buying a new shed I'd recommend going for something similar.
  9. When I started build my garden railway I already had a big shed in a small garden. Over the last 6 years my railway has slowly grown to take over nearly all of the shed. Most of that growth was to stable the ever expanding depot allocation. The most recent reorganisation was/is to allow for the housing of a station in the shed. I've given up on the pretence that I have a shed which has a railway running through it. I now have a railway shed. Is my shed big enough? Yes, just. My shed is 12 by 6 (foot). When I bought it I wanted a 4m by 2m shed, it would have been a better fit for my garden. But imperial still rules in British sheds I'm helping a mate build a railway shed, it's 24ft by 4ft6. It will host an end to end layout, which may branch out into the garden. When it comes to sheds for garden railways my preference is for a long thin one. Anyone else got any thoughts on shed size and dimension ratio?
  10. Hi, I have a twin track railway that is about the same size as your plan. I run it with a PowerCab, hooked up to a computer and use iPhones and iPads as throttles. It works very very well. I have a lot of points, about 20 in the shed and 16 outside. I cannot control all of that with the PowerCab, I need the computer to make sense of it all. I doubt your system will be as point heavy as mine (I try not to think of the cost of all the points, motors and accessory decoders!) But it's worth thinking about whether you want points and if so how you plan to control them. Buy a big shed. I've got a 12 foot by 6 foot. I'd love it to be 14 by 8.
  11. I was going to place a DMU on the line for the photo, but the ice crystals on the railways were so large I was put off.
  12. It's a bit chilly in York this morning.
  13. I've met Gordon at a few shows this year. Ravenscar Pier is a fine model, especially with the addition of the cliff railway. I've been considering buying from Model Railway Scenery for a while, but something put me off, so I haven't got round to it. Has anyone any experience of making their models? The John's Model Railways kits are a great design from a functional/structural point of view. But the graphic design is a bit lacking. They build a good model, but could look better.
  14. I'm building a fairground for my tramway. Looking for stalls and rides I came across http://www.johnsmodelrailways.co.uk'>http://www.johnsmodelrailways.co.uk. For reasons that aren't clear his fairground stuff isn't on his site, I had to order through eBay. I like the look of his models, but the print quality isn't anywhere near to what I can do myself. I'm going to have a go at making my first stall, I may report back on progress.
  15. I used to have a list of winter projects, which were mainly adding lights to locos and DMUs. But I now have one winter project, my tramway. It's been on hold since April and I now switching back to it. That said. I'm giving my shed some attention. I installed some twin-slot shelving this morning. That should facilitate and extension to Amblethorpe within the shed.
  16. For the first time, I've mothballed Amblethorpe for Winter. Computers and DCC kit have been brought in to the house from the shed. 60% of my rolling stock has also migrated. Yesterday I erected covered over sections of my baseboard. They are simple, a clear plastic sheet stapled to the fence and the underside of the baseboard. I've done half a dozen of them and they cover all my points. I've had water ingress into my baseboard through the holes under my points. The covers are to protect from this at a time of year when I won't be using them. While looking under the boards I was concerned at the layer of mould that had grown on the underside. It doesn't appear to have affected the integrity of the boards, but it is messy. I used kitchen antibacterial wet-wipes. The mould was wiped away with easy, but I did go though half a packet of wipes.
  17. The way to link and lever the servo to the point is simple and elegant. I like it a lot.
  18. It's my favourite ride. From Alnmouth, up through Rock and Lucker and then over to the coast at Bamburgh and Seahouses. Returning along the coast calling at Beadnel, Low Newton, Embleton, Craster, Boulmer and to The Red Lion in Alnmouth. I usually give myself all day, 7 hours, but only had the afternoon yesterday so the legs had had enough for the last 10 miles. Lovely ride all the same.
  19. Almost there with my hill. both boards are painted a basic green and the front board has been fixed in place. That front board still needs to be filled and sealed and that will need a coat of paint. After that I'll turn my mind to dressing it with flock, fences animals and buildings. In an hour or so I'm catching a train to Northumberland for an afternoon bike ride. I plan to visit Preston Tower and take lots of photos.
  20. I'm looking forward to seeing your work on point servos. Operating points outdoors is very long running thread on here. It would be great if you could add a post or two to this thread http://www.oogardenrailway.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=84 as you progress so our collective ideas can be found in one place. cheers
  21. I'm making steady progress with my hill scenery. Both boards have been filled, smoothed and sealed with brown acrylic window frame sealant. The first board has had a single coat of grass green acrylic. I've had a go at shaping a front board, but the old ply I was reusing fell apart when I attacked it with a jigsaw. I may go with Correx board instead.
  22. Yesterday I started the process of filling and sealing my fist hill with brown acrylic window sealent. I then went on to build the Kingspan structure for the other side of the cutting. The first hill betrays it construction method, in that its has obvious flat sections at 5 cm levels. I've tried to ensure this isn't the case on the second hill. I need to do a lot of shaping and sanding, but that is an outdoor job and its raining
  23. We popped up to Northumberland yesterday afternoon. I was looking at the landscape for ideas for my railway, Amblethorpe is loosely based on Northumberland. While looking at how the railway cuts through the topography and at the slops of hills and mounds, I cycled passed my favourite castle, Warkworth.
  24. Sounds like an great plan. I'm all for the fiddle yard inside option. It makes it so much easier to get running. My only concern for you is scale length trains on a helix. My railway is on the level and some of my locos have tractive effort problems and my longest trains is a Class 91 + 10. If you can find a helix to run some tests on it may be worth while.
  25. Yesterday I cracked on with a job that has been going a round my head for 3 years. My tracks are completely level. I have an embankment with an bridge under. I have a viaduct. But i don't have any hills or cuttings. I designed one corner with landscaping in mind. There is room here for the landscape to rise above and fall below the baseboard level. I'll have it rising on both side of the track, so the railway will pass through a cutting. Yesterday day I built a two level baseboard, out of core. It's so easy to work with, I had it built in no time. Then I added Kingspan on top which I've roughly shaped. Lots of work still to be done on it, as well as the far side.
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