- Ready for paint
- Painted - details next
- MER Van
- The Saxon Coach
- Brake Van
Cheers for now!
Peter in Va
A few weeks ago, I'd been spray painting in the conservatory while my wife was out. A fussy neighbour came to the front door with a message for my wife. Her house is always immaculately clean, ours isn't. She sniffed the air and said, "Oh, been polishing the furniture?" Not only did I get away with it, I think I actually went up in her estimation.
It isn't that bad - honest, Graeme! I have only made one clanger in 10 years, and that was with the Saxon coach, but it is recyclable onto the other line.
I hadn't realised the zig zags were a later addition, but it makes sense. Certainly a low tech way of gaining extra height without major realignment.IrishPeter wrote: ↑Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:13 pmI seem to think the DHR was built without zig-zags, Rik, but I would not want the pre-zig-zag grade! They were introduced 1881-1883 to reduce it - from 1 in 19 to 1 in 28! I am going to try to avoid anything that extreme on my line as they would, as you rightly point out, but bloody awkward to operate. What will probably emerge is something between the two - the Darj's lack of heavy engineering and spirals, but with the KSR's 1 in 33 ruling gradient. There will have to be the obligatory tunnel so I can get with mower over the line without lifting it over the rails, and possibly a 'gallery' on the raised section close to the house if the missus will tolerate it - if not it will have to be a girder bridge. She has already warned me that she does not mind looking out at a railway (if I make it 'tidy') but she does not want to have to look at Toytown! Message received and understood.
There's another van on the way, which is not quite so tall as the previous one. I needed something to divert me from the pile of meeting preparation I have to get through this week, including giving a lecture on the Evangelical Movement in the Protestant Episcopal Church! At least the lecture bit will be fun.
Peter in Va
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