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20 minutes ago, ThomasI said:

I would leave it as it is, do not paint or varnish.

That works too Thomas. It will gain a natural colour anyway. Forget about the door. It is still only a shed!

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4 hours ago, roddy said:

That works too Thomas. It will gain a natural colour anyway. Forget about the door. It is still only a shed!

My room as a kid, the one in which my first model railroad layout was, my father had paneled with just such panels.

Even without painting or glaze.
Therefore, I associate with such an untreated wood paneling a lot of beautiful memories, also and especially in terms of model railroad

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Thanks to everyone for your thoughts regarding the finish of my timber cladding. The consensus appears to be leave it as it is and so I'm in agreement with that as it will save me additional work. I haven't totally ruled out painting the roof white in order to reflect some light back down but I'll see how it goes - it does seem bright enough with the two lights.

I've fastened the shelf bracket uprights to the rear wall of the shed but as yet I haven't got any suitable timber boards for the shelves. I've slotted brackets in place but I'm not sure exactly where they'll be going just yet.

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Once again I've run out of cladding, as you've probably noticed, and there's just a few sections needed to complete the lower part on the non-door end wall.

Plastic conduit in place to take electrical cables and once the shelves are installed I'll be able to get rid of the trailing wires and cables too so we're getting there.

Once the lower shelf is installed it's going to shield a lot of light from the terminus section but I have a 5 metre LED strip that will fit under the shelf so I'll give that a try.

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Having done some things with wood and really liked the raw wood look, I can say that it will yellow. SO a varnish or some such, like clear varnish, would keep it nice and pale.

 

The room looks great BTW. My shed is a disaster zone. 

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Well here's a view that hasn't been seen for some time - Shieling Bridge station almost completely devoid of rolling stock and infrastructure!

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I've done a bit of weatherproofing on the outside of the shed and just had a general tidy round inside so thought I'd grab a photo of the empty station. It shows just how much work I still have to do but at least now it's a much more comfortable environment in which to do it. By the time I'm back up and running there's unlikely to be many opportunities to run anything round the garden but at least if it's cold or wet outside, I should be able to make myself comfy in the shed and get on with finishing the stations.

I've not yet got round to altering the far left hand siding which scrapes against the cladding and I've still to repair the damage to my colour light signal, which currently lies on the platform, after it's unfortunate trip up the vacuum cleaner nozzle.

But looking at the overall state of play, there was a time when I would have given anything to have been in this position

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I like these elegant track layouts in your station, everything is flowing harmoniously and not so aligned with the track geometry of a manufacturer.
This is also the advantage of the "inside and outside" layout, you just have to create the space.
Simply because you can use the whole room under the roof for train station and depots and you're not compelled to "squeeze in" a parade route somewhere because that runs so generously in the garden .... 😁

Meanwhile I also consider an outdoor station.
With long waiting tracks for freight traffic and two transit tracks for express trains ... * dream *😎

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Garden railways require frequent repair and maintenance and this morning I've been out trying to put this back together. Perhaps it was the Sparrowhawk or maybe the pigeons perching on it? It's only damaged along one side so it doesn't feel like a cat that's jumped over as I would have expected it to have damaged both sides.

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Yes, I just say catenary wire and young sparrows ...
... they thought it was funny, the poles did not ...😎😂

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Since I reported on the damage to Stack Gill viaduct, and after having repaired it, I discovered a few days later that it had been damaged again. I now believe it's a cat that's causing the damage and so I've nailed some security spikes along the top of the boundary fence where it seems it's jumping over and down onto the top of the viaduct. It appears to have worked so far.

I've not finished work inside the shed so nothing has been replaced and thus there's nothing new to report, however, I have managed to get hold of some new Bachmann MK2F coaches which I'm looking to forward to seeing on track. I've also ordered a Mk2F DBSO which, as far as I'm aware, I've never seen in operation in real life but which appear to offer me a way of running back and forth between the two stations without the need to remove the loco in the terminus station and stick it back on the other end. I'm probably going to be operating a model railway with vehicles and liveries that might never have been seen together at the same time but that's the way I enjoy it.

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Don't worry Griff, I'm not about to eradicate my feline intruder but it is extremely annoying when a cat from a good distance away is causing damage to something I've spent a great deal of time putting together. I've only added anti-climb spikes on top of the fence adjacent to the viaduct so if it uses common sense it will jump over a little further up the garden and not end up with sore feet.

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We used to have the neighbors cat on its wonder around the neighborhood climb  up over our double gate and jump onto the rubbish bin onto the air-con making a noise  early hours of the morning, found him lying on the layout.

He is getting on in years don't see him much only likes to lie in the front garden now.

You will probably need to put those spikes all the way along the fence, could try bard wire, he will find a way to jump over your fence.

I wish I kept a pic of a Cockatoo , he used to come and sit on the layout , he had a go the track, no damage.

Good the Kitty has found a new place to jump over your fence and not on the bridge, cat owners should keep their cats locked up in their own yard.  

Have you fixed the bridge now Mick.

 

Tony 

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