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

philipy wrote:
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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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