And my wife has a similar view to yours by the sounds of things - a railway line meandering through the flowerbeds is one thing, but a village of quaint cottages looking like they belong to families of gnomes is another...
All the best,
In fairness, Gnometown might get me off the hook with the Missus who likes them. However, I think wife's prohibition of "Toytown" is more a case of "ask before you build" rather than an absolute ban. I am going with the idea that she wants free exercise of the right of veto on any structures that are left in position permanently. It seems I have been granted permission for removeable structures that can go on shelves somewhere when not in use. I broached the idea of remodelling the garden with some small flower beds inside the spirals, and gooseneck curves, and that seemed to get some fairly enthusiastic response as she is teetering on the edge of getting rid of the old rectangular flower bed anyway.
Very much a case of watch this space!
Peter in Va
I do have trouble imagining how you can integrate the gnomes though!
Very good Peter....
Life is so easy when I run my trains.
https://gardenrails.org/forum/viewtopic ... 41&t=11364
My trigger finger is itching already!
My construction methods are decidedly at the light railway end of the spectrum, but that tends to reduce the impact on the garden, so all is good from the missus' point of view. The 24' by 14' area in the angle between the dining room and the kitchen is out of sight enough that I won't have too many planning permission problems, so I am planning to put the main station there, and work in a continuous run in what is, to all intends and purposes, the only reasonably flat bit. It will have to run at about 2' off the ground to ease operating, but like I said, it is reasonably hidden.Peter Butler wrote: ↑Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:34 amHi Peter, I think I must agree with your wife about 'Toytown', I'm sure with your knowledge and skills with creating prototypical railway stock she expects no less than an accurate and well presented infrastructure.
I do have trouble imagining how you can integrate the gnomes though!
After that I will keep it fairly lightweight going up the hill to reduce the visual impact until I reach the shed. I have a plan to put a couple of storage roads in there, so I won't have to lug everything up from Nibelheim when I want to play trains. The top station will be behind the shed, and thus out of Herself's line of sight from the kitchen window. If I put it there it will give me an incentive to deal with a scrubby corner of the garden. The only potentially controversial bit will be the mid-point station, which is likely to be a loop with a siding trailing off one end KSR style - if I can afford a 14' break in the climb, and still make it to the shed. That will be in line of sight, but if I keep the buildings down to a removeable small station and goods shed, put away when not operating, so all should be good. Another point I have to consider is the amount of 'shelling' that the backyard gets from black walnuts/squirrels. Any building left outside close to the trees will need to be able to survive a direct hit from a walnut from anything up to 60' up!
Philipy - I like the integrated gnomes.
Peter in Va
I managed to get a good bit of a second steel bodied van built over the weekend despite the fact that I was, as usual, moderately busy. Modelling time tends to be an hour here and an hour there, but that works rather well when you are waiting for things to dry. I drew the van out Friday evening, then cut the sides and ends, and made the underframe Saturday. Sunday evening I managed to get the angle iron framing attached to the basic body, then today it has been doors, door catches, and HINGES. The roof was laminated, so tomorrow it will be handbrake gear - about a 20 minute job, and then I shall have to put it aside until Thursday when the weather forecast claims it will be warm enough to spray paint outdoors. They were forecasting snow showers for tonight!
Question now is, 'what do I do to occupy my mental health breaks until Thursday?' I am almost to the point where I think I need to build a carriage for the walking freight, but on the whole I am a bit too fond of starting carriages and never finishing them, so perhaps prudence dictates another open. However, the KSR had some interesting four wheelers in the early days, though the thirds were the typical 'knee zipper' compartment stock of the era, looking decidedly ungenerous in their dimensions. The were probably as short as 15,' but they could have been as much as 17,' which would have made them about as roomy as any narrow gauge stock in the UK of GB&I.
The firsts look as though they had a non-smoking compartment, and a small smoking saloon. The small saloon is suggested by the fact they had seven windows, including the two doors, a side. They are definitely different to the usual DHR bug box. The other early KSR vehicle that packed a lot of character in a small space was the combined Mail and Guard's Van. This looks like a stretched version of the DHR vehicle of the period, and of course, it sits higher. There was also an interesting little saloon with a balcony at one end, and a 'deck light' in the roof, which may have been an officials saloon, as it seems to be a one off, though pictures of the KSR from 1903-1907 are few and far between. None of them look to have been more than 15' or 15'6" long, but the photos are a bit short on features to scale from. Certainly, I am incline to think they are 14 or 15 foot long when I compare them to the steel vans.
Rather unhelpfully the only dimension I have been able to turn up for them was from a description in "Indian English" that described them as "17' buffer to buffer" leaving it a bit unclear - at least to me - whether they were 17' over the buffers, or 17' over the headstocks. If the former, then they were about 14'6" or 15' over the body allowing about 12" - 15" each of the ABC couplings on either end of the vehicle. Can anyone shed any light on this?
More pondering required...
Peter in Va.
Haha! I used to live in a town in New Zealand that suffered ( if that is the right word) from a rogue shooter who would strike at night shooting the heads off of garden gnomes with a .22 cal rifle.
The carriage project has re-emerged thanks to encountering the above photograph of DHR No.119 built Tindharia 1902, and retired in 1968. I will add a picture credit when I rediscover the photographer's name. It looks as though the last time it was repanelled it got plywood, galvy sheet, or aluminium sheet put on rather than renewing it the old fashioned way. CIE did much the same thing with some of its NG stock, so I am going to go with the flow and do the flush sides - they are easier to model anyway.
I think my version may be a tadge bigger the original, as mine is a scale 13'6", which is about 7/8th of an inch longer than the wagons. I am also going for drop lights (non-functional in this case) rather than sunshades. I have started on the wooden frame, drew out the sides on Bristol board, and raided the Binnie bits box for W irons and wheels. The underframe is separate in this case so I can go ahead and paint it before fitting it to the vehicle, rather than leaving the running gear until last. Photos when I get a bit further on.
Peter in VA
The wagons have received a few improvements. Dummy handbrake gear has been fitted, and the location marked for the benefit of shunters and brakemen by the strategic use of white paint.
The main project at the moment is a four-wheel third based on a DHR vehicle originally built in 1902. Here is a three quarter view of the half completed carriage. The handrails and door handles are just lengths of cut to length and bent to shape (or vice versa) and painted before being glued into small holes drilled in the Bristol board structure.
For once I am actually getting on with the interior... The 'lino' and the seat covers are shelf paper scrounged off the Missus.
So how do the passengers fit? The figure is a bit small being LGB, but there is enough room there that a proper 5/8th scale person would fit. Having established that it is time to glue t'other side on. The three clips are holding the top rail in position whilst it dries. The rubber bands are holding the side on whilst it dries. This side will have short handrails thanks to the floating pool of bits theory of narrow gauge railway maintenance - or the lack of it!
Flash photo as a bonus. Not that great a shot, as it washes out the colour, but it gives you an idea of what it looks like on the rails. Bit of touch up work needed with the paint. White lines are an occupational hazard when one used Bristol Board. A felt marker or a steady hand with the paint brush will fix that.
That's it for now!
Peter in Va
I am also drawing out the next vehicle, which is loosely based on a Kalka-Simla Railway TPO, so exposed solebars on this one and perhaps full panelled, rather than it getting the 'flushed front door' look. I am also wondering about giving it a cream and chocolate livery rather than my usual dark maroon to represent an earlier era. Whether or not I do that may well be determined by, of all things, the weather forecast. I have sort of had the idea that the FET had survived into the 1950s and was doing its best to maintain and 'update' its rolling stock on a limited budget - hence the flushed panelled carriage.
Today saw the start of some more serious ground clearance outside ready for the first section of the railway to go in. Unfortunately, the area designated ended up over run with ivy in the years before we bought it. Ivy as ground cover isn't difficult to remove, though at times it took my full 16 stone hanging off it for the root system to yield, but it is bloody near impossible to stop it coming back. The locals say cut it hard back, and then keep going after it with white vinegar in a sprayer. The only thing worse for taking off and running rampant is Virgin's Bower, but it seems to be primarily a climber, so it is less of a pain for those of us with horizontal, or lightly graded preoccupations!
Peter in VA
Surveying has started in earnest outside. The biggest job will be to erect the raised (18" - 24") underpinnings for the main station and steam up area. I am heading towards using composite decking boards for that section. If I get 20-25 years out of them I shall be around retirement age by the time they start to fail, and ready for the bad back club raised circuit. I reckon timber would need to be replaced in about 10 years more due to warpage than rot, as I tend to prefer steel posts. As the ground rises very sharply immediately behind the house where the previous owners terraced the garden to stop the build up of earth behind the kitchen, after about 20 feet of running it will become a ground level line, then weave its way up the slope. The gradients will be quite steep, so this may well be an all battery line, unless I cannot resist the temptation to let Roundhouse relieve me of some money for a Bertie, or perhaps something more ambitious.
At least rolling stock building is going well.
Peter in Va
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