A stream for the Elderbury & District Light Railway - FINISHED

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Re: A stream for the Elderbury & District Light Railway - FINISHED

Post by ge_rik » Sun May 26, 2019 8:29 am

philipy wrote:
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...... it's losing say 15 litres a month!

I'm 99% sure I haven't got a leak, I put it down to a combination of evaporation, the plants using some, and the birds drinking and splashing. The local blackbirds, sparrows and goldfinches have dicovered that they can sit on the bank and drink, and if they jump in they can splash bathe for ages and the water goes everywhere!
That's quite remarkable. I reckon on losing around 5 litres a day, so quite a contrast. I know I lose some from splashing over the edge of the stream bed, and where the liner doesn't quite reach fully into the sump. I think, also, your mesh cover is a lot more efficient than my perforated upturned lid - which over time becomes clogged and so needs to be cleaned out periodically. The loss has increased over the years, so maybe there is a small leak somewhere in my system.

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Re: A stream for the Elderbury & District Light Railway - FINISHED

Post by philipy » Sun May 26, 2019 11:35 am

ge_rik wrote:
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I think, also, your mesh cover is a lot more efficient than my perforated upturned lid - which over time becomes clogged and so needs to be cleaned out periodically.
Since mine runs behind/under a Camellia and a couple of apple trees, I soon discovered just how many flower petals and leaves drop all the time, plus the bits of soil, moss and other debris from the birds. I've made a small net filter on a wire coat hanger frame that just sits under the final waterfall, and lift it out and shake it clean every 4 or 5 days, plus a wash under the tap a couple of times. It's amazing how much it collects in a short time. I cleaned this out under the tap yesterday morning and took the pic a few minutes ago.
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Re: A stream for the Elderbury & District Light Railway - FINISHED

Post by ge_rik » Sun May 26, 2019 1:02 pm

I put an old plastic colander under the outlet for a few minutes each time I run the stream for the first time after a lay-off and it's amazing what debris it captures. I don't leave it there, though, because when it gets clogged it overflows outside the sump.

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Re: A stream for the Elderbury & District Light Railway

Post by philipy » Tue May 28, 2019 11:22 am

FWLR wrote:
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Just need a few little fishes now swimming under it.... :roll:
Rod obviously knows my stream better than I do, I hadn't previously realised that it is a Salmon river. As far as I know this is the largest specimen seen so far! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: A stream for the Elderbury & District Light Railway - FINISHED

Post by FWLR » Tue May 28, 2019 11:24 am

Brilliant Phillip..I love it...Now all you need is an open fire or pit and cook it.... :lol: :lol:
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Re: A stream for the Elderbury & District Light Railway - FINISHED

Post by markoteal » Tue May 28, 2019 9:16 pm

ge_rik wrote:
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Looks brilliant, Philip! Once the moss and groundcover takes a hold, it will tone down the starknss of the concrete. Your sump cover does look a whole lot more subtle than my upturned dustbin lid and will probably be a lot more efficient.

I think this project is worthy of an article in Garden Rail.

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Re: A stream for the Elderbury & District Light Railway - FINISHED

Post by DonW » Tue Jul 30, 2019 12:18 am

Love the stream looks really good.

I did build a stream when we had some pet ducks rather deeper and wider so they cold swim along. The ground sloped so I made serveral sections with a shallow waterfall at each join. This meant that when the pump was off it didn't all empty to the sump,. The idea might be of use to someone. I recycled the water through a filter of the type used for fish ponds. However Ducks produce a lot of waste and it did need frequent cleaning out. Seeing yours I must plan one for the Garden railway.

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Re: A stream for the Elderbury & District Light Railway - FINISHED

Post by Lonsdaler » Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:11 pm

Hi Philip,
My first foray onto the forum for quite a while - what a brilliant job you have made, not just of the stream, but also the walling. I had great trouble trying to make walling from the aerated blocks, so congratulations on your success there. The only section of my railway with a 'stream' is where the bridge over the Greta is located, and I bottled it and used blue slate chppings instead :lol:
I am now sorely tempted to rethink introducing moving water there!
Well done, and thanks for the tip about white cement - who knew? :thumbup:
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