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  1. After years to procrastination I have finally started work on the Paltryville Ridge & Peak Railroad. My second railway in the garden, it will run close to ground level below Amblethorpe which is on a shelf about a metre above. Running on 16.5mm gauge track at 1:48th scale it is an American Narrow Gauge O Scale commonly known as On30. Paltryville is a fictional location found in The Miserable Mill, the forth book in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The book begins with the children traveling on a train to Paltryville when they find themselves working as slaves i
  2. With The Paltryville Ridge and Peak Railroad now running services it is time to increase the size of the working loco fleet. Task one was to DCC a Porter I bought 3 years ago. For 2 years I thought it couldn't be done because taking it apart was next impossible. Turns out, it was quite easy. So I did that last year. Then I spent a lot of time trying to workout how to hide the chip and wires. As is my usual practice, I left it in a box in bits for year. Yesterday, with the new determination of lockdown life I had another go. This time it was going to happen. And low, it did happen.
  3. I've been looking for a small boat to sit in the scene on my On30 layout. I searched for a kit, doable but not a cheap option. Then twigged on that a child bath toy could do the trick but nothing really worked. Eventually I came across a children's craft kit for making your own boats. They're very basic, but provided me with the shape I needed. I bought them, dismantled them into their three parts, confirmed they were what I needed and then did nothing with them as while procrastinated for a few months. I mucked around with my plotter-cutter to get the shape of the deck sorted.
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