Time to build a railway...but where?

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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by FWLR » Mon Sep 06, 2021 8:15 am

Those weeds are a real pain aren't they. We have no where near the size of your line Peter and we have struggled this year to try and keep them down. Yes and lockdown has also had me not wanting to do a lot with the line. I must try now to get back to a more normal life and get back to running and building our line.

I know with the help you are getting from your assistant, 'Henry' it will soon be back to it's brilliant self... :thumbright:
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Andrew » Mon Sep 06, 2021 8:27 pm

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Yes and lockdown has also had me not wanting to do a lot with the line. I must try now to get back to a more normal life and get back to running and building our line.
Me too! I'm glad I'm not alone. I've run the odd battery-powered goods train this year, but nothing much beyond that. Nice to see your railway coming back to life Peter - with luck, you'll squeeze in a train or two before you pack all the buildings away for winter!

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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Peter Butler » Mon Sep 06, 2021 8:45 pm

I'm pleased to say my assistant, Henry, (other assistants are available!) got to work with his usual smiley face, and between us we managed to remove all of the debris from the track and particularly, the points.....
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As can be seen in the picture, a locomotive appeared to 'road test' the line to pick out any faults. Fortunately none were found and no derailments occurred. Before long another railbus showed up to play and I found myself enjoying a tail-chasing session, the first in a very long time.
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by FWLR » Tue Sep 07, 2021 6:33 am

Henry does look pleased. Glad you got to have a run with your locos Peter. It makes the effort you put into cleaning your line worthwhile doesn't it. :thumbright:
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by FWLR » Tue Sep 07, 2021 6:33 am

Andrew wrote:
Mon Sep 06, 2021 8:27 pm
FWLR wrote:
Mon Sep 06, 2021 8:15 am
Yes and lockdown has also had me not wanting to do a lot with the line. I must try now to get back to a more normal life and get back to running and building our line.
Me too! I'm glad I'm not alone. I've run the odd battery-powered goods train this year, but nothing much beyond that. Nice to see your railway coming back to life Peter - with luck, you'll squeeze in a train or two before you pack all the buildings away for winter!

Andrew.
Love you new avatar Andrew.... :thumbright:
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Andrew » Tue Sep 07, 2021 8:30 am

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Love you new avatar Andrew.... :thumbright:
Glad you like it - I thought after 2,500 messages it was time for a change... The picture's from a sticker with the word "porter" underneath the image, a primary school teaching aid of my Grandma's, and must date from a very brief period where mass colour printed coincided with children actually knowing what a porter was, let alone needing to spell it! Late 50s?

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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by ge_rik » Tue Sep 07, 2021 9:21 am

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... The picture's from a sticker with the word "porter" underneath the image, a primary school teaching aid of my Grandma's, and must date from a very brief period where mass colour printed coincided with children actually knowing what a porter was, let alone needing to spell it! Late 50s?
Lovely story ..... and a telling image of its day.
Presumably, middle class kids would recognise the image from when they went on their hols and working class kids would recognise the image as one of their relatives...... 🤔

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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Tropic Blunder » Tue Sep 07, 2021 9:58 am

Good to see trains have returned. your modelling is stunning especially in the village area. still dont think ive ever seen functional drainage in a model villiage before!

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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Peter Butler » Tue Sep 07, 2021 11:05 am

Thanks Jake, when planning the village scene I immediately foresaw the potential of flooding with so much concrete there so drainage had to be installed. I'm delighted to say it works.
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Trevor Thompson » Mon Sep 13, 2021 10:44 am

Good to see the railway back to its usual condition Peter.

So what are you working on now? I know you won’t have been idle!

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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Peter Butler » Mon Sep 13, 2021 12:26 pm

Never idle Trevor, but other activities tend to take priority over models occasionally. Some not specifically railway related, but I will mention a few here as it is my thread, so drifting is permitted!
1. Keeping my good lady happy with much work in her kitchen.
2. New drainage alongside the house in preparation for anticipated Autumn/Winter wet weather......
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Railway associated work...

3. Dredging and digging drainage channel underneath the 'Hospitality Shed' .... TOP priority!.....
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4. Removal of tree stump alongside the railway path steps. A potential trip hazard.....
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5. Preparation for laying of slabs to form access pathway to my railway shed.....
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Other activities.....

Much work on my 'Classic' V70, as described in 'Off Topic' under '2 into 1 will go'
Also, our model group are pleased to say we have now managed to return to exhibiting at local Vintage events etc. So some time has been spent on preparation to get back into the routine of displaying our models. In addition, I have been making new contacts to promote both our club, and local preservation lines, by planning new exhibition proposals with their staff and my colleagues.

That has kept me quite busy recently but it will soon be time to get back into kit building. I will post details when that begins.
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Old Man Aaron » Tue Sep 14, 2021 7:01 am

Hard work, but always worth it. :salute:
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Peter Butler » Tue Sep 14, 2021 10:57 am

Agreed Aaron, it can be hard work, especially in our clay soil but someone has to do it! I am trying to get such matters sorted while the body is still capable, who knows how much longer it will be possible?
Meanwhile, back to some proper work.... model making.
Since completing my Braugham carriage I have become aware of the mistakes I made by using an early standard gauge type as a guide, where the carriage sat on top of a flat-bed truck instead of side mounted platforms. So, an appointment with mister bandsaw was made and the width reduced accordingly. I am now constructing more prototypical supports. Pictures to follow.
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Peter Butler » Tue Sep 14, 2021 11:09 pm

Fortunately mister bandsaw was very gentle with the flat truck and neatly removed part of the deck on either side making it possible for the Braugham's wheels to drop onto platforms.....
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I need to make support brackets to attach the platforms to the underside of the flat deck so the wheels can be rested on them.....
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I am now basing my model on the Ffestiniog Railway four-wheel carriage-truck as shown in my copy of the 'Spooner Album', which I have acquired since I built the first model....
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Unfortunately it doesn't show how the load was secured to the wagon. Can anyone please offer advice on this?
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Trevor Thompson » Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:39 am

Peter Butler wrote:
Mon Sep 13, 2021 12:26 pm
Never idle Trevor, but other activities tend to take priority over models occasionally. Some not specifically railway related, but I will mention a few here as it is my thread, so drifting is permitted!
1. Keeping my good lady happy with much work in her kitchen.
2. New drainage alongside the house in preparation for anticipated Autumn/Winter wet weather......

IMG_8546.JPG

Railway associated work...

3. Dredging and digging drainage channel underneath the 'Hospitality Shed' .... TOP priority!.....

IMG_8543.JPG
4. Removal of tree stump alongside the railway path steps. A potential trip hazard.....

IMG_8544.JPG
5. Preparation for laying of slabs to form access pathway to my railway shed.....

IMG_8545.JPG

Other activities.....

Much work on my 'Classic' V70, as described in 'Off Topic' under '2 into 1 will go'
Also, our model group are pleased to say we have now managed to return to exhibiting at local Vintage events etc. So some time has been spent on preparation to get back into the routine of displaying our models. In addition, I have been making new contacts to promote both our club, and local preservation lines, by planning new exhibition proposals with their staff and my colleagues.

That has kept me quite busy recently but it will soon be time to get back into kit building. I will post details when that begins.
Wow - you are keeping busy!

At least it is staying reasonably dry for outside work!

Trevor

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