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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The way to link and lever the servo to the point is simple and elegant. I like it a lot.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. On the other side of the level crossing is the stable and paddock (see above). Sarah suggested that we add a small house on the entrance to the paddock. With removable baseboards it was simple to slide the paddock along to fit small board in. We've had an unpainted resin bungalow for years. It'll do the job. When I get round to painting it.
  14. I've built a small baseboard with buildings to support my fuelling point. I've placed it next to a level crossing. With the static caravans behind a lot of foliage, including B&M Bargains plastic plant leaves. (as ever I'm following IanR's lead). I've painted a road surface on the roofing felt. I should get round to weathering the ground on the depot so the transition from black to grey isn't as stark.
  15. I've had some Ten Commandment castings hanging around for years. I finally found a way of using a couple of them. My fence is made out of interlaced planks of wood on either side of the frame. The construction allows the wind to blow through. It also means that the top plank is set back 4cm from the one bellow. I've finally worked out how to make this a feature of my railway. When I cover the near plank in pan scrubs I can place a low relief building on the rear plank and make use of the depth. Like so. I've also knocked together some low relief static caravans to make use of the feature.
  16. You say that you have a big oval. How big is big? My assumption is that you are thinking that you will be running one train on each track. Which is great. Buy a DC controller. However, if your oval is large enough (say over 20 metres) then running more than one train at a time on each track becomes very attractive. When friends are round we will run up to 3 trains on each (30 metre) loop, so 6 trains in all. When on my own I often have a slow freight lumbering around one track while two passengers operate on the other. For this operation you will need DCC. I use a NCE PowerCab, it's great.
  17. I've been using NCE for 6 years and I've got on well with it. I've not found it intuitive, but I'm the kind of person who will play with something until I find a way that works for me. These days I don't find I touch the PwerCab much. I have the USB interface and I control my railway using computer and iPhones and iPads. Again, it took get it to the setup I have now, but it is a great setup. One of the things that attracted me to NCE was the upgrade path. The PowerCab is a 2amp system and upgrading to a 5amp system is not expensive. But even with 6 trains looping round the garden I've not got close to the 2amp limit so I haven't upgraded.
  18. I'm trying o focus on scenery at the moment. The building site, which I've been building for three years has received rebuild and is finally complete. Attention has moved to a long strip of baseboard which is totally bear apart form the twin track. I did a lot of train travel in June and July, lots of rover tickets and spent a lot of time looking at what is right next to the railway. Horse stables and paddocks appear surprisingly frequently. I purchased the new Metcalfe horse stable and show jumps along with some fencing (Peco have redesigned there trackside fencing - looks the same, much better to build). Found some suitable hardboard, glued on some grass matt added the stable and fencing and within a week I had a nice new addition. They are four separate boards for ease of movement and storage. They need dressing with tree and shrubs to finish them off. Since the picture I've repainted the fence in a fresh coat of sky blue and will be adding pan scrubs soon.
  19. Have you tried working with a single piece of card cut into a stubby cross shape and then scoring and folding? The Metcalfe card building kits I construct make use of a lot of score lines.
  20. Trevor, In your Hornby Mag article, the thing that grabbed my attention was your use of SBR Adhesive for ballasting. Is there any particular technique you use when applying this to the ballast? I only saw the Bachmann Quays for the fist time last week and I liked the look of them. I am very impressed with the scene you have created with them.
  21. I'm quite confident on the respray these days. I'm tempted to have a go. So far I've made the rake up of Bachmann MK1s in BR maroon. I've added in a couple of pullman livered coaches and it looks right, even though it doesn't have the west coast branding. I could do with adding another BSK and a RU restaurant and I think I'll be happy with that.
  22. Shot some video a couple of weeks ago, but it wasn't up to much. Finally got round to cutting this together. I've had this train for a couple of years, but so far it has been camera shy. Of to the show at NRM Shildon tomorrow which should give me some insipation. The weather is looking good for the weekend. I need to think up a storyboard for my next video.
  23. I have a container train on Amblethorpe. I'm thinking about doing a baseboard rebuild in the shed to allow me to have a small container depot in there.
  24. Short answer. No, I won't be buying them. And I have a good reason to buy them - I'm modelling a West Coast charter rake. That price is about double what I'd be prepared to pay for a coach. They do look very good models, correct detail and table layouts. Working lights adds to the cost. I'm not a collector, so I can't comment on whether this is a fair price for a limited edition collectors item. But as a modeller, it's way too much.
  25. Very enjoyable videos Mick. It's a great achievement to complete the loop and leave trains to run, even if it is because the controller has run out of juice. Have you thought about creating a U shaped baseboard in the shed? Joining up the two boards at the far end of the shed and running a chord between the two sides would add operational interest. It would also mean that you had a railway you could run within the shed as an end to end. I'm toying with this kind of idea for Amblethorpe.
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