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by IrishPeter
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: Rail Car for Dirranbandi and Toowoomba Light Railway
Replies: 10
Views: 3369

Re: Rail Car for Dirranbandi and Toowoomba Light Railway

That looks just the ticket, Ian! I an see something of the old KSR 'buses in it. Lovely!

Cheers,
Peter in Va
by IrishPeter
Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: The Far End Tramway - Construction starts!
Replies: 39
Views: 7950

Re: The Far End Tramway - Construction starts!

The odd thing is that I think I may be back to the drawing board. Somethings work on paper that do not work out of doors. The main thing I need to do now is get the benchwork completed so I can work out how that station throat is going to work. I cannot seem to get it put together in my head. I find...
by IrishPeter
Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Garden Railway Technical Help & Advice
Topic: Working with Concrete Block
Replies: 20
Views: 3863

Re: Working with Concrete Block

Rod, I discovered that we go to clay about a foot below the surface so I could have driven longer piles/post down into the clay, and not have concreted for five of the eight legs that hold up the decking. The other three would have had to be concreted thanks to their location being in the roots of a...
by IrishPeter
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Post Length
Replies: 6
Views: 1403

Re: Post Length

Wood will always rot betwixt wind and water (or ground level) eventually. Generally speaking where houses are built of wood, the usual custom is to raise the wooden structure a little above ground level, and then make sure the siding goes down to a little below the sill rail of the building so every...
by IrishPeter
Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: The Far End Tramway - Construction starts!
Replies: 39
Views: 7950

Re: The Far End Tramway - Construction starts!

It's great to see some track going down - and doesn't your new stock look fantastic in the sunshine?! The "I only do this to enjoy it" rule is a good one - and one I often only remember after I've tied myself up in knots over some obscure and irrelevant detail or other! Cheers, Andrew. Being out in...
by IrishPeter
Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: The Far End Tramway - Construction starts!
Replies: 39
Views: 7950

Re: The Far End Tramway - Construction starts!

I gave some serious thought to the post-1947 station. The 1947 track layout is a little larger than its predecessor - two bay platforms, through platform, loop and through siding; turntable road, and two road loco shed. The older station lacked the through roads, and was simply a loop and a couple o...
by IrishPeter
Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: The Far End Tramway - Construction starts!
Replies: 39
Views: 7950

Re: The Far End Tramway - Construction starts!

The coat of paint was duly slapped on last Saturday followed by a second on Sunday when the weather was reasonably warm. The net result was an area 11' by 4' that looked as though it had been assaulted by the Royal Navy's finest wielding paint brushes - though judging from the shade of grey it looks...
by IrishPeter
Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Garden Railway Technical Help & Advice
Topic: Working with Concrete Block
Replies: 20
Views: 3863

Re: Working with Concrete Block

The wife banned 'the brown stuff' as she did not want to be down wind of something that smelt like a garage, so I ended up using what they refer to as "deck stain" which seems to be some sort of paint. She is fairly sensitive to the smell of paint, varnish, etc., so I have learnt to be cautious as t...
by IrishPeter
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Rolling Stock for the Far End Tramway
Replies: 106
Views: 22936

Re: Rolling Stock for the Far End Tramway

Now the clocks have changed there is a danger that that might happen, especially as there is now track outside. My favourite time for rolling stock building is late afternoon, so I usually grab the camera at the end of a session and record the recent results, which is not very conducive to outside p...
by IrishPeter
Sun Mar 31, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Early retirement
Replies: 47
Views: 7581

Re: Early retirement

I wouldn't be too hopeful of having lots of extra time available, when I first retired I found that I appeared to have even less hobby time than when I was working! After 8 years of retirement things have now settled down to a comfortable balance but when I look back I still find it hard to underst...
by IrishPeter
Sun Mar 31, 2019 4:09 am
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: Chronicles of the Dirranbandi & Toowoomba Light Railway
Replies: 32
Views: 8230

Re: Chronicles of the Dirranbandi & Toowoomba Light Railway

A very similar sort of block system (but in proper units ;) not this metric nonsense) was used extensively at our old house to provide retaining walls in certain parts of the garden. Very effective and solid it was too despite the absence of mortar. When we costed it out it came in at about the same...
by IrishPeter
Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: Chronicles of the Dirranbandi & Toowoomba Light Railway
Replies: 32
Views: 8230

Re: Chronicles of the Dirranbandi & Toowoomba Light Railway

I have a favourite gardening fork which 'kem owt t'ark wi Noah' that I use for heavy jobs, mainly because the sleeve that holds the fork to the handle is actually long enough to stand some significant leverage being applied. Most modern tools quit at the third or fourth heave. My wife is also famili...
by IrishPeter
Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: The Far End Tramway - Construction starts!
Replies: 39
Views: 7950

Re: The Far End Tramway - Construction starts!

Peter, They are kind of halfway between the two here. 'Decking boards' are some sort of pressure treated planed soft wood over here, though you can get things like cedar for a premium price. It has a slight greenish hue which the camera did not pick up, and it smells a bit weird too. With regular tr...
by IrishPeter
Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: The Far End Tramway - Construction starts!
Replies: 39
Views: 7950

Re: The Far End Tramway - Construction starts!

Hi, Boris, I can vouch for it being substantial as I sat down rather heavy on the first section yesterday when digging a hole for the first post for the second section. The height was determined by the fact that I am going to ground as the slope rises so 20" was about the maximum, but that will at l...
by IrishPeter
Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Run time
Replies: 39
Views: 8384

Re: Run time

The saddle tank in front of the dome is the first to empty, but it still helps even out the weight distribution on the full sized the loco given that the tank itself weighs something. It also has to be kept in mind the coal bunker is being emptied at the same time, so weigh is disappearing both side...