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3 hours ago, Andrew said:

I can't take credit for the cant - it's a bonus(?) of having an ageing timber track base.  Mostly it tilts in the right direction!

ūüėĬ† I was going to ask whether it was intentional or not because I couldn't see any packing beneath the sleepers. It still looks impressive by the way so I wouldn't worry too much and as you point out, at least it's heading in the right direction.

I introduced a cant when I first laid my ground level section and I have to admit that it does look better than track which remains flat around curves, however, this time I decided against it in order to keep things as simple and basic as possible. There's only so much you can realistically do outdoors and I find the less things you introduce the better it all performs.

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Scotland, Steam And Scenic Splendour

This is possibly the ultimate garden railway video (18 mins):

https://youtu.be/RVG4hs10WFo

Highly recommended (even though not a Class 37 in sight, Mick!).

 

 

 

 

 

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Really enjoyable video featuring trains in the landscape rather than the loco itself. Yes, if only I could recreate that in my garden, though I'd need to add the occasional class 37 at some point.

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Green and Black

Self-explanatory, really:

 

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Now I do like to see coal trains and those little mineral wagons are one of my favourites - they look especially good behind the 9F.  Have you run these before? I don't recall seeing them or perhaps my memory's fading - if so then I apologise in advance. 21 ton hoppers next please Andrew!

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The mineral wagon collection has grown a bit in the past months.  After noticing that very few new ones were on sale, I decided that this once ubiquitous wagon needed to be properly represented on my period layout, so started buying secondhand ones of almost any make.  The real ones came in many variants, so uniformity isn't needed - unlike more modern block trains.  Then I had a weathering session with acrylic paints.  Absolute realism probably demands more wagons than the current DGR fleet...

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Goods vibrations

 

Quite liked this shot:

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A new feature has emerged on the layout.  Black Ghyll is a large cavern, much visited by serious potholers because of the extensive cave system to which it provides an entrance.  It's very close to Sycamore Manor, but was previously obscured by vegetation, now cut back.  A close look shows what may be ropes left behind by cavers ascending to the lip before going down into the caves...

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That's one of the great things about a garden railway - you can always find new viewpoints from which to film or photograph your trains and there's always the possibility of uncovering some aspect of natural scenery that you can use to expand the story. Black Ghyll certainly deserves to be seen as it adds a great ruggedness to the backdrop.

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Here's a context shot to set the scene.  No doubt the local residents always knew it was there, but probably didn't want to encourage inexperienced potholers who often get into difficulties, particularly when unanticipated rainfall swells the underground rivers...

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