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Re: Two Dogs Railway

Post by Dwayne » Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:11 pm

tom_tom_go wrote:
Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:07 pm
The plants are looking very lush and healthy.
Hence the need to clear the right of way. In an average summer I'd be watering everything constantly just to keep it alive. In the past two days we've had about 6 inches of rainfall.

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Re: Two Dogs Railway

Post by bazzer42 » Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:15 am

Are your trees evergreens? You don't seem to be getting too much leaf fall. We've had an unusually hot, dry summer that has given rise to an early, persistent dropping of leaves by our wysteria. British farmers are renowned for always having the wrong weather, too wet, too dry etc Perhaps us garden modellers are the same? Battling the elements is part of the fun, I think!

The railway does look nice with the green growth and lovely to see the canine helper :)

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Re: Two Dogs Railway

Post by FWLR » Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:59 am

Think we are all a bit envious of you greenery Dwayne. :thumbright: :thumbright:
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Re: Two Dogs Railway

Post by Dwayne » Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:35 pm

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Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:15 am
Are your trees evergreens? You don't seem to be getting too much leaf fall. We've had an unusually hot, dry summer that has given rise to an early, persistent dropping of leaves by our wysteria. British farmers are renowned for always having the wrong weather, too wet, too dry etc Perhaps us garden modellers are the same? Battling the elements is part of the fun, I think!

The railway does look nice with the green growth and lovely to see the canine helper :)
The majority of trees on my property are deciduous (pecan, silver maple, oak). There are four large western red cedars scattered around as well. And the wife unit planted three loblolly pines (affectionately known as the Tree Amigos) along the driveway when we moved here in 2011.

The layout is located beneath a medium sized pecan tree, which is towered above by a massive laurel oak. In a normal year they'll start shedding leaves during August as they protect themselves from limited rainfall. Since we've been getting inundated with rain late this season they're not dropping any leaves yet.

The canine helper... Hope... is my constant shadow. My other dog, Maggie, tends to busy herself sniffing around everywhere. They aren't such a help when they spot a possum or raccoon at the back of the yard at night as they'll rip right through the middle of the layout if I don't command them to stop.

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Re: Two Dogs Railway

Post by Dwayne » Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:37 pm

FWLR wrote:
Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:59 am
Think we are all a bit envious of you greenery Dwayne. :thumbright: :thumbright:
Glad to know. Normally everything is about to give up the ghost by this time of year because of the heat and lack of rain. Oklahoma is located in an extremely demanding climate range. Tornadoes are the funnest part of the entire experience.

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Re: Two Dogs Railway

Post by Soar Valley Light » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:41 pm

Hello Dwayne,

You've certainly got your hands full taming Mother Nature there (if it's not plants it racoon chasing hounds!)

For all the reasons you've mentioned and one or two more besides, I've virtually stopped work on my line over the last 12 months. In that time some of the Alpines I planted have really found their feet! Some of the thymes are beautifully in scale and have wonderful flowers but boy do they creep, or what?

With a bit of look and a following wind I hope to start work again in the next couple of months.

Great to see your line establishing itself in the landscape now, it looks really natural.

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Re: Two Dogs Railway

Post by Dwayne » Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:16 pm

Hey all. Been awhile since last visiting the forum. Life has been keeping me busy and away from the Two Dogs unfortunately so nothing new about the layout to report since the last update. At the moment I'm recovering from a motorcycle accident whereas I was hit by a car. At my age it's taking awhile to recover though it is slowly happening. At least I survived which is a good thing. Hopefully in a few more weeks I'll be in a bit better shape and can get back to the railway. Cheers.

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Re: Two Dogs Railway

Post by tom_tom_go » Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:19 pm

Glad you are alright, how's the bike?

I don't have the balls anymore to ride on public roads.

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Re: Two Dogs Railway

Post by Peter Butler » Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:37 pm

Sorry to hear that Dwayne.. I have never been a biker and aware of the vulnerability of being on two wheels without a steel shell around me! I hope the recovery will be complete soon.
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Re: Two Dogs Railway

Post by invicta280 » Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:21 pm

Wishing you a speedy recovery. I don't think I would have the courage to ride a motorbike these days - certainly not on English roads which are jammed with cars
( often driven by impatient drivers) and potholes, lots of potholes.

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Re: Two Dogs Railway

Post by philipy » Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:31 pm

Best wishes Dwayne.
Hope you can soon get back to the railway but in the meanwhile you will have plenty of time for planning the next develoopements, so it's not all bad :thumbleft:

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Re: Two Dogs Railway

Post by Dwayne » Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:01 pm

Thanks guys. I'm doing well for the most part. The body takes awhile longer to heal now that I'm in my 50's. Still having issues with my back which I think may be an issue for a long time to come.

Weather more or less curtailed railway activity this summer. Not the hottest by any imagination but abnormally humid which is nothing more than a condition where you wear the air.

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Re: Two Dogs Railway

Post by IanC » Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:44 pm

Dwayne, Glad to hear that you're recovering albeit slower than you'd probably like.

I am do a lot of cycling and I am all too aware of how dangerous the UK roads are, not to mention there are far too many lunatics and careless drivers to contend with.

Hope you make a speedy and full recovery.
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Re: Two Dogs Railway

Post by LNR » Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:45 pm

Good luck with the recovery Dwayne, hope the back problems don't become too much of an issue. Backs are bad news on garden railways.
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Re: Two Dogs Railway

Post by FWLR » Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:01 am

Glad to hear you are well Dwayne. I've missed your’e updates.

Don’t overdo it to soon like I did after my double bypass mate. Take your time and hopefully you can get back on Two Dogs. You can though make some more of your’e excellent buildings.
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