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  1. love the bridge! don't forget to keep on taking photos from the upstairs window so we can look back at the images from a single pov to see the development from its start to its future greatness.
  2. your garden is pretty big, and clearly you have some good gardening skills as the deck is nice and the new sheds are well done. The left side there is lots of space, and along the right edge there looks like room for a nice dog bone layout. with one turn around in the flower bed by the blue shed, and the other turn around to be built on a raised table like wood structure nearer the house - but leaving enough room to walk around it. http://i.imgur.com/cJJjOfD.png http://i.imgur.com/RrSk5l8.jpg http://i.imgur.com/r1Im7SK.jpg having the layout on a raised bed is a good idea as the trains are at a good viewing level and also away from peoples feet. Anyway, that's my first idea as I think its safer to keep the children's fun on the lawn and adult fun patio area separate from the model railway rather than trying to have both in the same space.
  3. I got particular 08 loco to do the humbro weathering, I brought all the powders etc that is required. - "> My son and I go on many adventures, kayaks, bikes, bike races but for some reason he really likes trains. My father showed him that they are putting up power lines for the new electric cross rail trains that will replace the diesel 125's. This lead to a rather existential debate on where trains go when they are not needed so we said a museum and he didn't believe it and kept questioning it until I took him to didcot railway museum. That sounds interesting so I did some searching and came up with almost nothing appart from there might be an office in portsmouth which can operate outside of the letter opening law. 'This (referring to Belfast), and the smaller office in Portsmouth where most of the parcels go, is the only place in the UK where the Royal Mail is allowed to open letters.' - but the link is from 2003 http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2003/jan/27/post.features11 There is not much information on these places, and no way of contacting them.
  4. while we are here talking about lego trains.... - the lego train and the pond tunnel.
  5. Long story about an Engine. I brought an engine on ebay.co.uk but as I was out of the country I had it sent to my sisters. When I arrived in England I asked her where it was, 'oh that we were out'. Ok. so some calls later and it was no longer at the post office as too much time had passed, so it should go to the sender. When I contacted the seller they said they did not put a return address on. So some calls later we decided it was at the 'Royal Mail National Returns Centre' in Belfast to be destroyed..... unless someone looked inside to try and find a return address.... Apparently they hold 20 million items so most of it gets destroy but this little package got opened, the ebay paper work read and an return address found and readress and sent! Once back at the seller he kindly informed me and I decided it was best if I payed to have it sent to France. Excitably many weeks after the purchase we got it on the test track.... non runner.... Thankfully the skills I previously learned here on the forums came into use and it runs. ''> '> - video
  6. I buy most my points on ebay.co.uk the other place I recently discovered was a second hand model shop in the UK. There must be plenty of those dotted around the UK. Ehattons is great for bulk purchases of flexi track and other new items. Have you brought track pins yet? As I have two pack of peco pin's that I found to be useless for my strong outdoor baseboard, worth making sure you get the right ones before you bulk purchse, also having a tool to push the pins in might help. I wish I had known to stagger join's when laying corners. When you lay your track this is really important to avoid kinks that can derail trains - http://oogardenrailway.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=649&p=14408#p14408
  7. Thank you! The idea is good but my linkage from points to lever is too fragile. Currently garden wire inside bike outercables. It worked perfectly last year, but this year I have not got all 4 working consistently at the same time. I am currently trying to think of a planB to make it so solid that it will last a lifetime but no feasible plan has been drawn up yet. Solid metal rods from points to levers, but where would I get the rod's and could I link them up with out destroying that whole area? Here is a quick lap edit from today - ">
  8. "> We have action, one line cleaned and operational. Points are in serious trouble, be lucky to have them working this year. greenery is growing strong, happy with that. Still not built my station etc, still its only april.
  9. Fast work, I am enjoying watching the progress. I agree its best to keep things private . Actually a few years ago I could see a garden railway layout over a fence when I visited my friends flat. It inspired me to go and do one.
  10. I have some moss, but in my hot location the sun kills any moss it see's. My moss has to be very much in the shade. I can only keep moss alive in a few dark corners. If you live somewhere with less sun and a section of layout with shade it should work.
  11. I brought the basic items to do some weathering, but there was only 1 weathing powder in the shop. In your experience is it worth me hunting down £4 a pot powders, or will home made soft pastel powder work?
  12. I think it would be really neat if you could take a photo with the same camera,from the same window, one photo portrait one landscape each time you do some work, and once a month. That way, when the railway is looking really good we can go from grass, to destruction, to progress, to amazing layout like a flip book.
  13. Grass is over rated in gardens. Your last garden railway and the videos you produced was a big influence for me to start my layout and to try and combine the garden with small planes with the layout. Looking forward to seeing your videos once you get this new line up and running
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