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Garden Rail Magazine

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:31 am
by FWLR
Just received this months Garden Rail Magazine and inside I found an article by someone many of you will know...

ge_rik has produced yet another brilliant piece on how he "Bodges" his rolling stock and I have to say you have given me so many ideas Rik, it was an interesting article on how you used older stock to achieve what you wanted.

Hope Part 2 is just as interesting and pleasure to read...

Re: Garden Rail Magazine

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:00 am
by ge_rik
Thanks Rod. Not seen it yet. Wrote it before Christmas, so be interested to see how it's turned out.

Rik
PS Interesting. The online version hasn't yet appeared, nor have I had my complimentary hard copy which usually turns up when something gets published

Re: Garden Rail Magazine

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:34 am
by BorisSpencer
Are we seeing the results of a deal to serialise an upcoming book in GRM? :thumbleft:

Re: Garden Rail Magazine

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:35 pm
by ge_rik
No such luck. Just a few articles.

My copy of the mag has arrived in the post this morning. I must admit to feeling pleased with the way the article has come out.

Nice balance of articles in this edition (for me). Battery loco build, railcar kitbuild and an article on radio control (of DCC models). Also, a good article by Tag for newbies to live steam.

Rik

Re: Garden Rail Magazine

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:04 am
by BorisSpencer
Just finished reading said article, a great read.

Re: Garden Rail Magazine

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:42 am
by FWLR
I hope the standard of articles are has good as this issue. There was indeed a lot of very useful information, even Phil Parkers was interesting. Usually the person who has submitted the article goes way too deep or off tangent...By which time I have lost interest...... :roll: I don't really, it's a very good magazine and well worth subscribing too.

Re: Garden Rail Magazine

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:55 am
by Peter Butler
Well done Rik, congratulations on getting your articles in print. I am not a reader of Gardenrail but I think I should make an exception in this case.

Re: Garden Rail Magazine

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:49 am
by ge_rik
Thanks chaps, you are all too kind. :oops:

Rik

Re: Garden Rail Magazine

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:37 pm
by Big Jim
As others have said.
Well done Rik, nice article.

Re: Garden Rail Magazine

Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:31 am
by Keith S
I have to agree with the above sentiments.

When someone opens wih the astonishing claim that "I'm not that keen on live steam" I really am not sure what to think or do next. But the rolling stock featured in this article is really good, and the scenery in the photographs really appealing.

The writing style, unnecessarily self-deprecating, humourous and honest, captures the spirit of narrow-gauge garden railways and reminds me why I chose this hobby despite the handicaps I experience due to being in Canada. I really enjoyed the article and can't wait for the next one. Your writing style makes it easy to understand what you are doing in your garden, and why you are doing it. Notwithstanding the lack of steam, it's a garden I would love to visit.

Re: Garden Rail Magazine

Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:50 am
by philipy
Keith S wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:31 am

When someone opens wih the astonishing claim that "I'm not that keen on live steam" I really am not sure what to think or do next.

Keith, that comment suggests that you haven't looked at Rik's 'Peckforton' blog? If you haven't, then you really should (my apologies if I'm wrong :oops: ).
https://riksrailway.blogspot.com/p/contents.html

Re: Garden Rail Magazine

Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:10 am
by Keith S
philipy wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:50 am
Keith S wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:31 am

When someone opens wih the astonishing claim that "I'm not that keen on live steam" I really am not sure what to think or do next.

Keith, that comment suggests that you haven't looked at Rik's 'Peckforton' blog? If you haven't, then you really should (my apologies if I'm wrong :oops: ).
https://riksrailway.blogspot.com/p/contents.html
I think I have come across this blog in my internet perambulations, and I've certainly watched videos of Rik's railway. I was mostly just teasing when I made that comment, but I can't resist trying to picture that atmospheric trackwork and character-ful rolling stock with live steam engines! But there is a lot more to a railway than the motive power. It surprises me to admit that, because it was live steam that drew me to garden railways in the first place. But Rik's work shows me that there are more important things in a garden railway than what powers the engines. I have seen live-steam railways that appeal to me far less than Rik's railway.

Re: Garden Rail Magazine

Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:01 am
by ge_rik
Thanks for the compliments chaps. I hadn't expected the thread to stimulate a discussion about the efficacy of live steam - a discussion which I instigated on here about a year ago.

I think, as Keith has intimated, many garden railway modellers are drawn out into the garden primarily because of the lure of live steam. For me, the prime motivation was the opportunity to create a representation of a narrow gauge raulway system in its entirety. Hence the need for lots of goods rolling stock. For me, the motive power is the means to an end, rather than an end in itself.

I've got a live steam loco (thanks to Tom), have had a few live steam locos visiting, and have visited others' railways who run live steam. From my perspective, live steam locos become the focus of the running session and the movement of rolling stock is secondary - which is fine if that's what you want from your railway. For me, the movement of rolling stock, shunting at stations and slow running are my main foci. Hence, my locos are secondary considerations. There's a bit more about my views on locos in the next GR article, so I won't steal my own thunder by elaborating here.

At the end of the day, garden railways are the means by which we all live out our dreams. We are all different and so gain pleasure in different ways.

Maybe we should turn our attention to far less controversial areas, like Brexit
(that is a joke btw).

Rik

Re: Garden Rail Magazine

Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:31 am
by FWLR
ge_rik wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:01 am


At the end of the day, garden railways are the means by which we all live out our dreams. We are all different and so gain pleasure in different ways.

Rik
Yes, but without people like yourself Rik, who are prepared to put lots of time and effort into the how's and why of garden railways, would make our hobby a lot less interesting and dare I say, a lot more stressful.

In my signature I say what it means to me.....( Life is so easy when I run my trains. :thumbright: )

Re: Garden Rail Magazine

Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:53 pm
by tom_tom_go
I sometimes regret selling that loco to you Rik, Regners are a joy to watch and easy to operate and modify.

It would be nice to see it puff along on your line in a purposeful running session like you run your electric fleet.