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I've made an attempt to repair the viaducts today with limited success. I'm going to have to think of either another method for the parapet walls entirely or cut a lot of new pieces and start over because there have just been too many repair jobs now and it's not looking good.

Low Shott viaduct has turned out better than it's larger sibling. It's a bit of a wavy line and I'm left with a 1cm gap to fill in but at least it's better than it was.

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On the other hand Stack Gill viaduct is now an assortment of smaller pieces and not only have the pigeons destroyed large parts of it, it appears they've even made off with some of the pieces! It will have to wait until I can bring myself to start cutting again by which time I am sure the adhesive will have dried in the tube and I'll be unable to squeeze anymore out.

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I'll have to come up with a better plan.

 

 

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58 minutes ago, Clay Mills Junction said:

A bit of disrepair isn't unrealistic for BR days. Is there a TSR in place?

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4 hours ago, Clay Mills Junction said:

A bit of disrepair isn't unrealistic for BR days. Is there a TSR in place?

I've always said that Garden Railway maintenance is realistic - it's just like looking after the real thing at times.

I've not done anything else to it since the photos. I feel I need to look for a better method of adding the walls along the top. Given time I'm sure something will pop into my head but right now there's nothing at all in there.

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Leaving the viaducts alone for the time being, I decided instead to clean the tracks round Worsley Dale (tick), trim back some encroaching vegetation (tick), vacuum along the viaduct tops (tick), clear away the cobwebs from inside the tunnels (tick), check all the points were still operating correctly (tick) and run a short train (tock...!!) Yes, there was nothing, the handset wouldn't connect to the router. But hold on a moment, it might help if I plug the router in (tick).  That's right, it's been a long time since I did anything on Worsley Dale.

However, that wasn't quite the end of my problems as even with the router plugged in the handset still wouldn't connect to the router. I tried connecting using the app on my phone and luckily that worked so I removed the batteries from the handset, replaced them and it finally connected.

37425 'CHARLIE BOWER' was chosen to haul the first train, a short 3 coach set and it completed the circuit without a single hitch and that was without running the CMX track cleaner and IPA solution round. In fact the CMX is up in the attic and I never bothered bringing it down.

I had a good hour or two running the train round and filming short clips but it was very dull and the light wasn't the best.

I haven't done anything along Buttlebank, the stretch along the bottom of the garden, for a long time now. This is where I began adding a rock face to form a cutting. It really should be near the top of my to do (to complete) list as it creates a nice backdrop for the trains. You'll motice the unfinished sections in the distance.

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Here's another couple of photos of 37425 approaching Watch House Tunnel

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One of my least interesting videos but just to record that Worsley Dale is up and running again for the first time since February.

 

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It was such a glorious morning that I decided I would try another running session today because I was disappointed with some of the results I obtained on video yesterday.

Opening my stock boxes to select some wagons for the session I was amazed by just how many there are that I have yet to get round to weathering and to be honest, in my opinion the ones that aren't weathered look well out of place. I was going to run some Heljan Cargowaggons but the bright silver and blue livery really does need toning down so instead it was a few vans along with 2 brightly coloured BBA's which I don't think I have run outdoors yet. I'll certainly be toning these down shortly but I wanted to see how they performed, though first of all I had to fit some Kadee couplings - number 20s in this case.

However before the wagons got a run out I began with the push-pull set hauled by 47715 'Haymarket'. The coaches were already out in the shed so it was just a case of choosing the loco and although the coaches are in pristine condition, the loco is certainly not.

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I'm pleased to be able to say that it runs perfectly in either direction, something I was a bit concerned about though I needn't have worried. I had half-expected the coaches being pushed off the track but they've behaved impeccably.

The only other loco working today was 37025 which began the day hauling the 3 coach passenger set,seen yesterday, to which I added a couple of TTA wagons on the rear. Later in the day it took charge of the vans and the pair of BBA wagons which is how it's been captured in the photos below.

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One other point worthy of note is that my two spring points are still working perfectly, 37025 having just passed over the set furthest from the shed. They certainly make operating the layout much easier.

I've published a couple of videos from today so I'll post links to them here shortly if you haven't already seen them.

 

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