Time to build a railway...but where?

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

Post by Peter Butler » Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:48 pm

I think I remember reading in one of Peter Jones' books about maintenance of a garden railway and how much time could be occupied just keeping it tidy. Over the past couple of days I have been reminded of this as I was on my hands and knees clearing out all of the accumulated crud from between the rails and down the drains.....
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It certainly proves the efficiency of the drainage system as the water managed to carry away so much surface muck yet not block the pipes, I must brush the covers more frequently next year. The soil over the tracks is the after effects of rabbits digging for something?
When visitors ask about the 'extension'..... the answer is well rehearsed, enough is enough!
I still need to pull out the bush which was blown over by storm Dennis, I will try to plant it elsewhere in the hope there is enough root for it to take.
There was so much clearance to do I decided to enlist the help of a good and trusted friend, Henry was given the job of removing loose ballast etc. from the trackwork and points, many of which were locked in position with the grit trapped beneath the tie-bar.....
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On the plus side, the points which are cable operated work perfectly. The one point which is rod operated is jammed due to the crank being seized in its housing. This has happened before and I managed to free it with oil.
Eventually I managed to get a train running and gave the honour to the new girl, 'Alice', who ran sweetly hauling the Jerry Irwin coaches built during the winter.
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by FWLR » Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:40 am

Our lines are certainly high maintenance Peter. But all your hard work is well worth it when we see such a brilliant line. :thumbright:
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Andrew » Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:35 am

Peter Butler wrote:
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I think I remember reading in one of Peter Jones' books about maintenance of a garden railway and how much time could be occupied just keeping it tidy.
I recall that too - I think I remember an article when he put a ratio on the amount of time that should ideally be spent maintaining what you've already made compared to the time spent building new stuff. I don't remember what the numbers were, but I know I've got them wrong! The idea of spending an evening or two mending the coaches I've already got is far less appealing than spending six months building a new one!

Glad you've got your line running again. Do post some photos of Alice in action, it's a lovely model.

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

Post by RobRossington » Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:00 am

High maintenance or not, it looks great!

I actually quite enjoy the maintenance side of things.

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

Post by Peter Butler » Sat Mar 28, 2020 8:23 pm

Andrew, I found my Peter Jones book, 'Garden Railway Guides No 1' and read it through this afternoon but found no reference to the ratio of time spent on maintenance compared to operation and building new items for garden railways. It is annoying to know we both remember the article but not the figures. How many other Peter Jones books are out there?
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Andrew » Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:23 pm

I think it was in one of his regular columns in SMT...

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

Post by Peter Butler » Sat Apr 18, 2020 10:36 am

Well, another milestone passed by yesterday, my 71st Birthday, which was a very pleasant occasion, just a little quiet without my local model friends to see.
However I was sent some very nice goodies to build and a personalised card which I think is worth sharing. This is a photo montage (what I call cheating really!) but is a very clever virtual gathering of some of my friends and myself (I'm far left at the front) set in my own garden railway village street scene...... brilliant!.....
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Lock-down continues and I haven''t left home for a month now, I don't feel trapped though and have so much to do, especially with my new kits.
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by LNR » Sat Apr 18, 2020 10:44 am

Happy Birthday for yesterday Peter, someone has been quite clever with the card.
Glad your finding things to occupy yourself in these strange times.
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PS down here if your over 70 your advised to stay home, so I do :lol:

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

Post by andymctractor » Sat Apr 18, 2020 10:57 am

Peter Butler wrote:
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(I'm far left)
Peter, first of all 'Happy belated birthday'. Also may I add that i thought politics was banned on the forum? :shock:
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Peter Butler » Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:00 am

Yes Grant, same applies here to over 70's. As you can see from the picture, all my friends are in that position.
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by FWLR » Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:17 am

Happy Belated Birthday Peter. I completely forgot it was yesterday. :|

Not able to get out to send you a card unfortunately.

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Great virtual card from your friends.
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by ge_rik » Sat Apr 18, 2020 1:41 pm

Many Happy Tea Urns, Peter.

Looking forward to seeing shots of trains in action now you've done the maintenance. I'm glad to see Henry lending a hand. His sister, Hetty, does a similar job on the PLR from time to time.

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

Post by Andrew » Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:08 pm

Happy Birthday Peter!

That's a great card...

Have a good weekend,

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

Post by jim@NAL » Tue Apr 21, 2020 9:36 pm

Happy birthday peter

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

Post by Peter Butler » Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:53 pm

Thank you all for your Birthday wishes...... you make a happy man feel very old!!!
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