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Re: The Skebawn and Castleknox Light Railway and Tramway

Post by Andrew » Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:43 pm

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I have been totally stopped on railway projects since February thanks to finding myself in the middle of a Church Planting effort which has absorbed a vast amount of my energy over the spring and summer. Anyway, the situation seems to be stabilizing a bit now, so I might be able to get on with both the S&CLR&T, and the outdoor line - except now the annual vacation is looming. <sigh>

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It is funny how that real life manages to get in the way of model railways.
I know the feeling Peter, I have been suffering with parish related issues for the last few months. It was only last week I got into the shed for the first time since January.
Either times have changed since Rev Denny's time or you two are doing something wrong! He managed to build a garden line AND an indoor one, and still earn his daily bread. Mind you, Rev Awdry must have had a fair bit of time on his hands, and Rev Boston's flock must have had to pretty mych fend for themselves while he looked after his locos and traction engines... Guess they weren't running three parishes and the local food bank back then...

Hope you both get some modelling done soon!

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Re: The Skebawn and Castleknox Light Railway and Tramway

Post by Big Jim » Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:06 pm

Andrew wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:43 pm
Big Jim wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:57 pm
IrishPeter wrote:
Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:11 pm
I have been totally stopped on railway projects since February thanks to finding myself in the middle of a Church Planting effort which has absorbed a vast amount of my energy over the spring and summer. Anyway, the situation seems to be stabilizing a bit now, so I might be able to get on with both the S&CLR&T, and the outdoor line - except now the annual vacation is looming. <sigh>

Peter in Va.
It is funny how that real life manages to get in the way of model railways.
I know the feeling Peter, I have been suffering with parish related issues for the last few months. It was only last week I got into the shed for the first time since January.
Either times have changed since Rev Denny's time or you two are doing something wrong! He managed to build a garden line AND an indoor one, and still earn his daily bread. Mind you, Rev Awdry must have had a fair bit of time on his hands, and Rev Boston's flock must have had to pretty mych fend for themselves while he looked after his locos and traction engines... Guess they weren't running three parishes and the local food bank back then...

Hope you both get some modelling done soon!

All the best,

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Re: The Skebawn and Castleknox Light Railway and Tramway

Post by Andrew » Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:10 pm

Yes, thought it must be - keep up the good work!

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Re: The Skebawn and Castleknox Light Railway and Tramway

Post by IrishPeter » Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:59 am

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Good to hear from you again Peter....know what you mean about holidays....it's an unusually hot summer here, I'd be happy to get hot in this country (near a railway) but Mrs B feels the need to fly somewhere warm. To be resolved!
I usually quite look forward to the end of summer holiday, but this year things are more than a little nuts. Firstly, I have taught three courses back to back at the Theological Institute, and that has eaten time like nobody's business. Secondly, the missus has had some health issues of the more annoying than serious variety, which has meant plenty of time at the Quack Shop. Thirdly, we have had to have some work done on the house - additional electrical outlets, and a repair to the aged central heating system. All of which stress seems to drive my ocular migraine into overdrive with the result that my GP is packing me off to a neurologist. The latest circus is that the vet where I usually board the dog is moving while we are supposed to be away, except now they are not - maybe - so that means Plans B & C have to be reformulated.


I could really use some railway time, but every time I think I have a clear evening I have something comes up...


Very frustrating!


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Traffic Pattern? What pattern? Spuds out; grain in, but cattle, sheep and passengers are a lot less predictable.

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Re: The Skebawn and Castleknox Light Railway and Tramway

Post by IrishPeter » Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:00 pm

The temperatures have dropped, and the weather has dried up enough that I can get to work on S&CT, which has been more-or-less neglected since last winter due to fact the basement has been unusually damp this summer, and I am not keen on being down there listen to the blasted dehumidifier rumbling. The next stage will have to be some serious benchwork building, so I can get the continuous run established down in the basement. In the mean time I am messing around with some HGLW kits making a couple of small open wagons (original tramway stock that survived) for the S&CT, and also contemplating a locomotive for my other line. The wagons are getting tweaked a bit, larger wheels, and I will probably alter the strapping on the ends to be more reflective of mid-1880s practice. These wagons will get low running numbers.

In all events - progress at last.

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Traffic Pattern? What pattern? Spuds out; grain in, but cattle, sheep and passengers are a lot less predictable.

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Re: The Skebawn and Castleknox Light Railway and Tramway

Post by Big Jim » Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:34 pm

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Re: The Skebawn and Castleknox Light Railway and Tramway

Post by LNR » Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:11 pm

Glad to hear things are moving again on the S&CT.
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Re: The Skebawn and Castleknox Light Railway and Tramway

Post by FWLR » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:44 am

Great news Peter. Hope your health is improving too.
Please show us some photos of your projects when you get to them.
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Re: The Skebawn and Castleknox Light Railway and Tramway

Post by Andrew » Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:56 pm

Hello Peter,

I'm glad you're able to get modelling again, I always look forward to updates from your line(s) - a continuous run in the basement will be fantastic, a great way to test stock or just to run trains when you want to play but the weather doesn't. I really like those little HGLW opens, I'll be interested to see what you do with yours...

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Re: The Skebawn and Castleknox Light Railway and Tramway

Post by IrishPeter » Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:39 pm

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Great news Peter. Hope your health is improving too.
Please show us some photos of your projects when you get to them.
The only health issue I have to contend with is a text book case of complex migrane, which really isn't that bad once you stop being frightened by the symptoms. The visual disturbances, the tingling in tongue and both hands, followed by speech disturbance can be very disconcerting, especially the first few times they strike. My main worry these days is having a bad one in public, and someone having me carted off thinking that I have had a stroke. They cannot do anything about the migraine itself, but they can at least do something about the migraine "hangover" which used to make the next day rather unproductive.

The missus has a lot of minor things going on which she finds very discouraging, mainly because they don't seem to be readily identifiable/treatable. Given her ancestry - Scandinavian and Sephardic - she never has the textbook version of anything, which our GP regards as a bit of a challenge! Big improvement on the last GP who thought it was all in her head.

I will put a photo of the tweaked HGLW kit in a day or two. Need to finish tweaking it first. One minor concern is will the Accucraft choppers I use on the S&CT fit with the end strapping. Guess that is what I need to establish if I get some modelling time later today. After these two opens I will have to convert to building closed wagons, as I will have five opens, and Irish NG railways, especially in the southwest, tended to have way more closed wagons than 'flats.' The usual ration is three closed to every flat. The characteristic Irish closed wagon with its open centre covered by a tarp would be something different to model, but compared to the standard box quite complicated.

The CLR is stirring too, but more of that anon.

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Peter in Va
Traffic Pattern? What pattern? Spuds out; grain in, but cattle, sheep and passengers are a lot less predictable.

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Re: The Skebawn and Castleknox Light Railway and Tramway

Post by ge_rik » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:28 pm

That migraine of yours sounds really debilitating, Peter. I do sympathise with you. I used to suffer, though not as badly, until dietry changes more or less eliminated it.

I agree with you about the value of HGLW wagons. They underpin many of my semi scratch builds, particularly when I wanted to produce lots of stock in a short space of time.

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Re: The Skebawn and Castleknox Light Railway and Tramway

Post by FWLR » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:20 am

IrishPeter wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:39 pm

They cannot do anything about the migraine itself, but they can at least do something about the migraine "hangover" which used to make the next day rather unproductive.

The missus has a lot of minor things going on which she finds very discouraging, mainly because they don't seem to be readily identifiable/treatable. Given her ancestry - Scandinavian and Sephardic - she never has the textbook version of anything, which our GP regards as a bit of a challenge! Big improvement on the last GP who thought it was all in her head.

Cheers,
Peter in Va
I know what you mean about having none productive days Peter. When I have a bad day with my heart, I don’t have much energy for anything at all.

One consultant also said to me “I think it’s all in your head” when they were trying to find out if I had a heart problem. 10 months before I had my double by-pass.
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Re: The Skebawn and Castleknox Light Railway and Tramway

Post by IrishPeter » Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:39 pm

The latest addition to the S&CLR&T stock, a mildly modified HGLW open, still waiting for Chippy Norton to get the paint brush around it, and put the Norwegian couplings on.
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No.16 - short flat wagon

Supposedly one of the early 'short' tramway wagons constructed for the opening of the line in 1887. I simply changed out the wheelsets so that it is running on 28 or 30mm and put wooden end braces on instead of the MDF iron strapping. I have a second kit that will get the same treatment when I get a roundtuit.

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Traffic Pattern? What pattern? Spuds out; grain in, but cattle, sheep and passengers are a lot less predictable.

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Re: The Skebawn and Castleknox Light Railway and Tramway

Post by FWLR » Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:55 am

Not bad that Peter. It gives it a bit more appeal…
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