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by IrishPeter
Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:20 am
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Run time
Replies: 39
Views: 8384

Re: Run time

One thing I was not aware of until a discussion over on Facebook last year is that the Bertie has a high centre of gravity with more weight on the rear axle thus can be prone to centrifugal force rollovers on tight curves - mine has done it twice now. I've had a couple of derailments but thankfully...
by IrishPeter
Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:50 am
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: The Far End Tramway - Construction starts!
Replies: 39
Views: 7958

It has grown a bit!

The construction work on the 'table' for the main station has proceeded quite rapidly. I had the first 6' panel more or less complete on Saturday morning, and this was joined today by a second. I would describe the construction as 'orthodox' - PVC legs embedded in, and partly filled with, concrete; ...
by IrishPeter
Wed Mar 27, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: The Far End Tramway - Construction starts!
Replies: 39
Views: 7958

Re: The Far End Tramway - Construction starts!

As far as I can discover, the Filcris used in the UK is just recycled HDPE. The composite decking materials such as 'Trex' used in the US and 'modwood' here in Oz are a mixture of plastic and wood fibre (sawdust?) and are more stable. The data I have on the Aust 'Modwood' is that it expands with te...
by IrishPeter
Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Garden Railway Technical Help & Advice
Topic: Working with Concrete Block
Replies: 20
Views: 3863

To Felt or not to Felt

I am leaning towards giving it a good lathering with fence stain, rather than felting. The worry with our relatively damp climate is that the rot will set in quite quickly and I will end up with a bench life of less than 10 years. I do know that the decking boards are intended for use laid flat, and...
by IrishPeter
Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:07 am
Forum: Garden Railway Technical Help & Advice
Topic: Working with Concrete Block
Replies: 20
Views: 3863

To felt or not to felt? - that is the question!

I have not done the raised track bed thing before, but I am currently construction a raised platform for the main station of my line. This is constructed of 5.5" by 1" (actual) deck boards carried on a 3" by 2" wooden frame on PVC drainpipe posts. Thus far we are OK. The question then becomes, once ...
by IrishPeter
Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: The Far End Tramway - Construction starts!
Replies: 39
Views: 7958

Re: The Far End Tramway - Construction starts!

I try and make things substantial, Andrew, but I really don't want to have to lay masonry unless I have to. My main thing is to avoid using inappropriate materials. For example, softwood posts are a non-starter here because of the wet and the termites - hence going for either PVC or concrete. I got ...
by IrishPeter
Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Garden Railway Technical Help & Advice
Topic: Working with Concrete Block
Replies: 20
Views: 3863

Re: Working with Concrete Block

It is usually called composite over here, and is readily available, but quite expensive - around three times the cost of pressure treated timber. Treated decking boards are supposed to have a life of 10 to 15 years here, so I am keeping in mind the fact that replacement will come due somewhere aroun...
by IrishPeter
Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: The Far End Tramway - Construction starts!
Replies: 39
Views: 7958

Re: The Far End Tramway - Construction starts!

I did indeed get a little further. March 22 C U O me a peony.JPG This was close of play today. The ivy covered area has been cleared and the first four posts are in. They are a lot more lined up than the look in the photo, it seems to be a trick of the camera angle because every thing measures about...
by IrishPeter
Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Railways & Layouts
Topic: The Far End Tramway - Construction starts!
Replies: 39
Views: 7958

The Far End Tramway - Construction starts!

I have been clearing the site for a couple of weeks now, and have developed a fairly keen eye for how much ivy I can wedge in the wheelie bin and still get the week's rubbish in there! The final stage this morning was removing a well rotted tree stump, which must have belonged to a far sized tree as...
by IrishPeter
Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Rolling Stock for the Far End Tramway
Replies: 106
Views: 22939

Re: Rolling Stock for the Far End Tramway

Rattle cans, masking tape, and painting before laminating help me enormously. I am not good with a paint brush being generally best at applying a single colour to a large area, and anything lucky enough to get in the way. Removing the expletives, my painting style has been described as being reminis...
by IrishPeter
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Rolling Stock for the Far End Tramway
Replies: 106
Views: 22939

Re: Rolling Stock for the Far End Tramway

Of course, having got myself organized it is pishing it down today! :roll: Good job I remembered to put the cement straight in the shed - everything else is dumped at the work site. They have promised us a full day of it, so I am going to have to watch the basement too, because if the water table ge...
by IrishPeter
Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:31 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Rolling Stock for the Far End Tramway
Replies: 106
Views: 22939

Re: Rolling Stock for the Far End Tramway

As anyone who knows me can tell you I tend to be motivated by deadlines more than anything else. Until I have a deadline looming I will ding around, read, do research, chase various rabbit trails, and generally amuse myself whilst dealing with the routine. I guess it is a case of 'knowing one is abo...
by IrishPeter
Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Garden Railway Technical Help & Advice
Topic: Working with Concrete Block
Replies: 20
Views: 3863

Re: Working with Concrete Block

I am liking the plastic downpipe idea more and more - it somehow seems more efficient. How deep do you go below the surface? I would be inclined to go about 8" to a foot depending how far I could get down before hitting a tree root or a rock. :D This is the first time I have had to build a raised se...
by IrishPeter
Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: Rolling Stock for the Far End Tramway
Replies: 106
Views: 22939

Photo Round-up 19/03/19

I have been able to get down in the basement again the last couple of days and seem to have got quite a bit more done without really trying. 19Mar trains1.JPG I am a long way on with the van with the partition between the mail and guard's compartments in position, and the roof rolled. Lots of little...
by IrishPeter
Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Garden Railway Technical Help & Advice
Topic: Working with Concrete Block
Replies: 20
Views: 3863

Re: Working with Concrete Block

Peter, I have heard a cacophony of different views on whether or not to felt. I was going to object to felt on the grounds of our humidity and rainfall, but when I saw you are in West Wales I decided it was a case of 'never mind!' We are warmer than West Wales but otherwise the climate is similar, s...