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I thought I would share a little of what of have been up to over the last few months ( not that much )! I made up some covers to go over the track where the squirrel had been shovelling the stone onto the track. This seemed to work and by the Winter he had gone and so far hasn't come back (yet!). I also had a rat who burrowed under the track at one point but that dissappeared after I put bait down in the chicken run. The joys of living in the country!
Recently I have made a water tower from a Piko kit. This made up very easily although the instructions are just a set of exploded drawings. Once I got the hang of them it was plain sailing. They even supplied to small tubes of UHU. You can seal the tank with the silicone sealant provided so that it can be filled with water and emptied through the delivery pipe. Why would you want to do that with an electric loco underneath? I didn't bother with that. The only real problem was putting the metal rings around the tank to hold it together, There are 9 of them of 3 different sizes. Not much between them so it was a case of trial and error. Here are a few pictures.
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I gave it a coat of matt varnish to tone down the glossiness a bit and here it is outside in teh sunshine yesterday.
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Hi Chris Love the way you dealt with the Garden Wildlife. We have Squirels and Hedge Hogs we probably have a visit from Mr Fox. Keeps us entertained.
We have been sorting the Garden out for building the track bases have had to prune a few areas and move the odd thing as well. We have been here for 40 years well matured but getting there.
Like your water tower obviously American theme. I do know of a few G Scalers who have proper steam Engines, but for some reason they do not run Electric loco's.. Just maybe because of the oil residue on the rails
Nice to see your's.
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Hello Babs,
I would like more hedgehogs in the garden and squirells are entertaining to watch but I wish they wouldn't hide their nuts under the track! We have been free of Mr Fox for a few years, the dog's scare them off I think but in December one got into the bantam run and took all but 2 away, they were all dead. We now have an incubator on th go with more eggs so will have some little birds at the end of the month.
I need to do some more track maintenance. I made a base of some thermalite blocks in the station area and under a straight length. These were left over from another project. I asked at Jewsons and they are still like gold dust, I think they are all being taken for the large amounts of new house building going on. Anyway, I drilled and plugged the blocks but over the winter a lot of screws have worked loose, or the plugs have. I will try some longer screws when I get some brass ones.
My garden line is like my indoor layout, I can never keep to one theme! My 00 layout is an unlikely blend of GWR and Somerset and Dorset Joint. I have American locos and British NG stock for the garden line. As some one said,the hobby is for enjoyment and this works for me.
The point about oil on the track from live steamers is something I hadn't thought of. I have always wanted live steam and have ordered a Roundhouse "Dylan". This won't be ready for about another 12 months. I have been thinking of converting my electric locos to battery power and radio control so I think this will be a must.
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Just a little about what I have been doing over the last 4 months, where does the time go? I have repacked the track where needed and also re-aligned some curves which had shifted over the winter, not by much but enough to derail one or two items. I have converted the two american 4-6-0 locos to battery power and remote control and will convert the others over the next few months. I used Fosworks equipment for this, Steve at Fosworks is very helpful and gave me some good advice. I am really pleased with the way the locos respond to the controller and the realistic way the "chuff" sounds cut of when you close the throttle simulating a steam engine coasting. Great fun. I also found that adding a bit of weight to some of my wooden kit built rollingstock made them less sensitive to track defects. Gladys has been repaired, the rear pony truck had broken off, I bolted and superglued a strip of brass between the pivot and the wheel sets which so far has worked a treat.
i am thinking of laying another loop of track at a higher level inside the present layout, this will cross over the lower lever on bridges in two places, I have done a quick survey and there should be enough length to get a rising track to join up the two levels. I will need to do this properly once some of the plants have died down ( some will need moving ), I need at least 210mm clearance for the two Bachmann 4-6-0's, it looks as if I have 5 metres length to do this but I will have to test how much the locos can haul up this gradient.
Getting back to the wooden stock, one coach has a slightly warped floor, I keep a dehumidifier running in the cabin over the winter to protect my indoor layout and the G rolling stock is also stored there. Any one got a suggestion as to how to get this to go back to it's proper level shape?
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A couple of pictures of my latest item of rolling stock. A Denver and Rio Grande Observation Car bought second hand arrived in the post this morning. I will need to arrange a battery supply on board for the lighting, it won't work with battery powered locos. A little project for the dark evenings, I also need todo the same for my other passenger cars.
Train Wood Mode of transport Rolling stock Wheel

Standing on it's own.
Train Plant Window Building Rolling stock

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Plant Train Botany Wood Tree

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Now it is getting colder I have put together a video of some running one August evening. This shows my UK stock. Starting with Gladys which looks to be a Penryhn Quarry 0-4-2T. A model I bought at an online auction, it is on an LGB chassis with a kit/scratch built body, she needed a bit of repair, the saddle tank was a bit loose and after a few runs the trailing pony truck broke. Then we have Lyn, a Baldwin 2-4-2 from the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway with a two coach train. This is a Bachman model bought second hand, this runs nicely and I intend to convert it to battery power and remote control soon. Lastly we have George, an 0-4-0T Hunslet also bought at auction on an LGB chassis etc.
The last part og the film was taken in October showing the train above. I converted this loco to battery power with great success, I just need to do something about the valve gear on the left hand side which has become detached. This is only plastic so the best course might be to fix it permanently in place. The link to the video is below.
Honeysuckle Creek summer 2022
 
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