Time to build a railway...but where?

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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by philipy » Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:39 pm

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More of a concern is the nuisance caused by our feathered friends who fling my track-side accessories everywhere in their search for insects.....

You have my sympathy with that Peter. Not so much trackside accessories, but I've lost count of the number of times already that I've retrieved and replanted the vegetation along the stream banks. When they fling it actually into the water it then floats downstream and clogs the filter bag in the top of the sump!

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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Soar Valley Light » Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:23 pm

Our Jackdaws are masters at dismantling a low retaining wall on my line that supports the drainage shingle beside the line. The retaining wall is made with modern standard (35-75mm) 12" to the foot scale track ballast. You'd think they come armed with jacks and bars but I've watched them and its just their beaks they use! :shock:
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by FWLR » Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:16 am

Well Peter, just goes go's to show how true to life you make your scenes. If we were to be 16mm scale and walking down your village streets we would encounter all that debris.

Has for those pesky birds, not much you can do about them is there, apart from putting heavy stones like you have done on the wagons. Other things, like the logs and stuff. well...... :(
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Peter Butler » Sat Jul 20, 2019 11:30 pm

I don't seem to have achieved much recently, other than decorating the living room, painting the house and fences, entertaining guests, attending shows, gardening and other time wasting things, so little to report.... other than my current build, a wooden kit of the 'Rocket' which I received for my birthday in April.
Not much progress there either, except that I decided it should be motorised as a static model so needed a motor with slow running capabilities. Searching good old e-Bay I stumbled upon such a thing with 12v, 1A, 40 RPM spec. At only £13.00 (freepost from China) I thought I would order one and it arrived yesterday.
Having seen it in close-up I have just ordered a second with 90 RPM speed which I can adapt to use on a future loco build as it is possible to fit 33mm diam. wheels directly onto the 6mm axle which is at 90* to the motor and extends either side of the gearbox.
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This unit is amazing for its build quality and power output, I have had it running from an old 'Duet' transformer/controller and it is so smooth and quiet it will be well suited to power a slow running loco. It does need large diameter wheels as the gearbox is fairly big, but it will allow wheels to be fitted easily within 32mm gauge.
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Other voltages/reductions are also available... JGY 370 Speed Reducer Gear Motor.
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by philipy » Sun Jul 21, 2019 7:48 am

That looks to be quite a find Peter.
As you say there is a variety of voltages and rated speeds available and I realise that you chose the 12v version to run from a transformer. Have you tried it on a lower voltage, say 7.2v to simulate batteries?

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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Peter Butler » Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:41 am

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Have you tried it on a lower voltage, say 7.2v to simulate batteries?
Not yet tried on batteries but if I get round to fitting into a loco I would use 10 x 1.2v rechargeables = 12v. so I'm hoping the performance should be much the same.
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Peter Butler » Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:17 pm

It has only just occurred to me that the guests who visit my thread (thank you each and every one!) might not be aware that it is featured in the August edition of Railway Modeller magazine as Railway of the Month, (out now).
The professional photographer has taken some superb pictures, which show the railway far better than I ever could, and I have tried to give the factual history of the original exhibition layout and the fictional story of the garden railway.
I am very pleased with the way it is presented and proud to have achieved so much in just 6 years of garden railway building.
I hope you enjoy it too.
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by DonW » Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:22 pm

I saw the article in RM and liked very much what I saw. I followed the link and found myself on here. Great layout.

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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Peter Butler » Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:14 pm

Welcome Don and thank you for your comments, I'm glad the article led you here and hope you are just the first of many.
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by FWLR » Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:17 am

Hi Peter,

Can you please tell me where I can get some steel wheels from without the axles. I have scoured the web and for the life of me I can't seem to find them, only with axles. I would prefer the curly type, but if not solid will do. Also is 22 mm about average size for wagons and locos.

I do have some 3mm steel bar somewhere... :roll: :roll:
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Peter Butler » Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:41 pm

Rod,
I can't help but feel you would get better advice from others as I just use anything I can find for my 'individual' stock. I have used 22mm wheels on my Emetts, and possibly elsewhere, although they might be small for some coaching stock? Probably too small for most locos too!
As far as wheels with axles go, I believe most are sold complete but all are detachable.
Binnie Engineering supply glass filled nylon, spoked wheels of various diameters if that is of any use to you
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Peter Butler » Fri Jul 26, 2019 11:02 pm

I know that some members think that living in West Wales is akin to colonising another planet, however, I can assure you that we have plenty to occupy ourselves with, particularly concerning our hobby!
For the past two days our local model group have been exhibiting at the National Woollen Mill Museum where we have gained yet another garden railway member from amongst the visitors.....
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Tomorrow we will be visiting one of our members own garden railways overlooking the sea on the beautiful Gower coast. (Details on that will be forthcoming).
Then on Monday and Tuesday we are showing at Picton Castle, near Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, where they have asked us to arrange an exhibition to accompany a bequest of vintage toys recently given to them. This will be a new experience for them and may become a regular event?
If any of you readers are in the area on holiday please visit and introduce yourselves.
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by DonW » Sat Jul 27, 2019 12:04 am

Nice to see you are busy with the missionary work

When you get a chance to show people from outside the hobby what we can do I find they are quite interested.

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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by FWLR » Sat Jul 27, 2019 6:29 am

You are busy Peter. I am going to be operating a layout for a few hours myself in August at the new Southport BIG Model & Hobby Show.

Hopefully it may encourage some new people into the hobby also.
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Peter Butler » Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:09 pm

If I had a 'Bucket List' this would be one of the first items on it....... one of our esteemed colleagues on the Forum, Rik, very kindly offered to visit the B&UR and shoot some video film. This has now been done in Rik's highly professional style and the finished film is now available on YouTube.
So, may I present to you..... Brockhampton and Umbridge Railway, The Movie, now showing at a terminal near you!
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Many, many thanks to Rik for his work in creating this, I am eternally grateful.
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