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Re: NEW FWLR LINE

Post by FWLR » Sat May 25, 2019 6:29 am

Just Julie wrote:
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It is great to see your new line taking shape and how you have worked around the tree. Like your windmill too. :D
Thanks Julie. The Windmill was a B&M but last year... I thought it would be better all round (forgive the pun) to be able to take it away for Anne and also to put the garage on there too.
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Re: NEW FWLR LINE

Post by ge_rik » Sat May 25, 2019 6:40 am

Great to see progress being made, Rod. Soon be up and running again. But slowly does it.

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Re: NEW FWLR LINE

Post by Sylvian Tennant » Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:18 pm

Shame the tree extended construction time but it's looking grand so far.

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Re: NEW FWLR LINE

Post by FWLR » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:25 am

An update is needed on our line. After some more unforced illness again, I am now back into the swing of things. I have finished the garage, so I went to place it on the new extension, for which it was originally for. It looked good until Anne pointed out the slight overhang with the car compound.

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Has you can see it's to flipping big.... :( :(
So now it's going to be a small Hamlet or village, is a Hamlet smaller than a village...... :dontknow:
The garage is now going to be on the curve by the front patio...
The weather is supposed to be fine for the next week, so it maybe finished by then.
I do have a short video of Anne's tram pulling the coach that wouldn't run on the old line, so it seems the extension is now able to have most locos and rolling stock running on it, hopefully he says.... :lol: :lol:



The tram is a little bit noisy, but it's only run twice this year and I am hoping some dry grease on the drive will help to make it run a bit quieter...
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Re: NEW FWLR LINE

Post by Peter Butler » Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:33 am

Looking good Rod, shame about the garage but you will sort out a different location I'm sure.
Your tram is noisy, but probably about average for its type..... it is a hollow 'sound-box' and will amplify the noise of the gearing unless you can deaden it somehow with insulation. It might not be as noisy if operated in the reverse direction?...... or it could be worse?????
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Re: NEW FWLR LINE

Post by FWLR » Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:05 am

You're correct Peter, it is more noisier in reverse. Will have a look at trying some thing to deaden it a bit. I do have some of that poly stuff, [they look like quavers], :lol: might do the trick, but if not we will probably have to put up with it...... :roll:
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Re: NEW FWLR LINE (UPDATE)

Post by FWLR » Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:38 pm

Well another update on our line.....

It's finished, well almost, I just need to sort a problem out with the side of the bridge closest to the pond. It is a bit wobbly...but it's an easy sort.

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Also just needs the three corners making a little bit rounder and another coat of Shellac, then the grass Anne wants putting it on.

I am knackered now so going for a lay down first and then finish those little bits before the blooming rain comes again. Looks like it may still be raining for a local open day in Southport Anne and I was going too..... :( :(
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Re: NEW FWLR LINE

Post by tom_tom_go » Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:44 pm

That's a good sizeable run your locos will have now Rod.

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Re: NEW FWLR LINE

Post by Peter Butler » Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:02 pm

Nice overview of your garden Rod, shows the space and how you have used it to advantage.
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Re: NEW FWLR LINE (1st, 2nd, 3rd RUN UPDATE)

Post by FWLR » Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:33 am

It's been sometime since I ran my Billy ("Patricia Anne") You may notice I have took the old name plates off. After Tom's maintenance on her and only finishing the relaying of the line on Friday, the rain stopped for Sunday. So after going to Fleetwood, it was a large fishing town in the North West of Lancashire, (before the EU quoters) to what is called Tram Sunday. We were there about 9.30 in the morning and it was extremely busy then.

So after we got home we had a go at running "Patricia Anne". She only ran for about 8 minutes on her first run. She or was it I, :roll: was a bit tentative, but off she ran. I am still getting used to her controller, it's a bit sensitive.





So after refilling her with gas, off she went again. I was starting to get used to the T/X, you can even the hear chuffer now, after Tom replaced it back to how it should be.





Anne and I are really pleased that after 15 minutes she was still running. I can run her with a lot less gas and she isn't blowing her top with escaping steam. Anne did notice that and remarked " She is running a lot better now Rod, it's really great how long for "
After more running this week, I will be used to the sensitive T/X and she will run many hours with lots of enjoyment from the Grandkids with Anne and I.
The Grandkids won't be running her though... :roll: :roll:

This is her still running. Forget about the title, it's just for Youtube.




She eventually stopped running after 28 minutes. My right finger was getting tired.... :lol: :lol: :lol:

If you could have seen the smile on my face afterwards, it was beaming with delight after so long not being able to run her for one thing or another. I will be running her now with more rolling stock behind her. Maybe a photo or two will appear in the Photo Competition too.... Maybe...... :D :D
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Re: NEW FWLR LINE

Post by ge_rik » Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:16 am

Great to see you've got things up and running, Rod. 28 mins sounds like a good long run for a live steamer to me.

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Re: NEW FWLR LINE

Post by Peter Butler » Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:52 am

Congratulations Rod, it is certainly good to see her running smoothly, it sounded just like that for me so it must have been the fall which dislodged the chuffer.
28 minutes run is a long time which I couldn't manage so Tom is a miracle worker.
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Re: NEW FWLR LINE

Post by Tropic Blunder » Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:47 am

Lovely!

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Re: NEW FWLR LINE (1st, 2nd, 3rd RUN UPDATE)

Post by TonyW » Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:34 pm

FWLR wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:33 am
My right finger was getting tired....
An aching of the finger caused by a historical limitation that no longer applies.

30 years ago, the only radio control transmitters available for on 27MHz. The left stick went up and down, and the right stick went left and right. And that is all they did. It was decided by person or persons not necessarily unknown that the left stick should control the regulator and the right stick should control the reversing function, with left being forward and right being backwards.

Nowadays we have lovely 2.4GHz systems and the sticks will move wherever you want them to. However, for the reason explained above most locos on stick transmitters still use Left=Forward, Right=Reverse and, to make things worse, they have a spring that returns the stick to centre. This means the stick has to be held in place, and it makes your finger ache.

If you're happy with that, well that's fine. If not, move the reverser servo plug to the channel that uses right up and down, remove the spring in the transmitter and fit a ratchet strip (copy the one used on the left stick). Not only does this give a more meaningful use of the stick (the reversing lever on a full-size loco goes front to back, not side to side) it allows finger-free operation.
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Re: NEW FWLR LINE

Post by DonW » Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:23 pm

Its is a nice little line making the most use of the space and the limitation of not owning the place. You would have been alright with the reversing out as far as railways go. The reversing out would have been done at a slow speed for a short distance before proceeding mormally. The pushing of a train from the rear for any distance has to have a driver up front so he can see the line is clear to go at any speed. However you are right about the Grandkids, over doing the throttle going to the end and the loco takes a dive. Best to be safe.
Controls can be funny my Taliesin has one of those gun types, it is designed for a right hander really being left handed I end up moving it from hand to hand. Turned the throttle the wrong way and being a bit of a greyhoud it lept off the track where it went behind the back of a shed on a friends layout. I ought to change it.

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