A Garden Railway Pipedream: the odyssey continues

Discussion in 'Layout Progress' started by Dikitriki, 7 August 2013.

  1. 3 LINK

    3 LINK Western Thunderer

    That rockery will look great once it becomes established, can’t beat a garden railway once it blends in with the plants and shrubs .

  2. simond

    simond Western Thunderer

    in the days of yore when I used to commute to Poland, I met a similarly fated regular on Ryanair, one Dennis from Lincoln. We found ourselves having curry and chips in Katowice airport on a Thursday evening quite regularly.
    One evening I asked him if he had any plans for the weekend.
    “Decorating the lounge”
    “Oh,”, says I, “what colour?”.
    “No idea”, he replies.
    “Don’t you get a say?”, I enquire
    “Don’t be daft, I don’t want to do it twice”.
  3. isambardme

    isambardme Western Thunderer

    Excellent use of alpines & houseleeks, well done. Will look great when assorted Pacifics run by, hopefully not before too long, if people are allowed to meet in small groups, always 2 metres apart. (Now where did I put that 2 metre stick? !!) Keep safe all. Steve
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  4. Focalplane

    Focalplane Western Thunderer

    Simon reminds me of a story my doctor in Walton-on-Thames told me a long time ago:

    Just before the end of WWII the wife of a POW airman wrote to say that she was planning to decorate the bedroom before his imminent return. He replied that she only needed to decorate the ceiling as that is all she would be seeing once he finally returned.

    OK, back to the workbench!
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  5. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad


    More hard labour and rockery 2 is finished and planted, and you can see most of rockery 3 which we shall plant after lunch today.


    What I can't work out is why our original stone pile remains much the same size!

  6. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

    Well, after umpty ump years of planning and hard work by a lot of mates, I finally, for the very first time, ran my own live steam loco. A bit hit and miss as I am a complete beginner, and have to learn as I go, but I did get it to work. I suspect a lot of practice is needed before I fully understand the machine, and can get steady controlled running.

    It's a start.

  7. 7mmMick

    7mmMick Western Thunderer

    Fantastic Richard, what scale speed is that? Looking forward to seeing some loaded test runs :D:thumbs:

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  8. Pencarrow

    Pencarrow Western Thunderer

    Great achievement Richard. Looks fast enough to show Mallard a clean set of heels. Might need some safety nets on the elevated sections though ;).
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  9. TheSnapper

    TheSnapper Western Thunderer

    Great stuff Richard!
    You must be really chuffed (pun intended)!
    A great milestone for you personally and for 'the team' collectively.
    Also great work on the landscaping recently.
    Looking forward to some running 'when this bloody war is over'.
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  10. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

    Thanks guys. I do think I need a lot of practice:) Tough, but someone's got to do it:cool:

    It's too fast for my liking at the moment, but, hey, getting it to move is an achievement. I shall hang my 7 Mk1s on the drawhook and see whether that slows it down. I assume that as it runs in and I get more familiar with it, it will become more controllable.

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  11. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

    More practice :)

    A much better speed I think.

  12. Dan Randall

    Dan Randall Western Thunderer

    Excellent stuff Richard. :thumbs: Are you planning to incorporate a station? If so, perhaps you could call it “Hey Outside”...:)):))


  13. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

    That's awful Dan!

    No infrastructure outside. Purely a watch the trains go by experience. Or a 'run after them' experience if you don't know what you're doing.:)

  14. SimonT

    SimonT Western Thunderer

    A comfortable margin from escape velocity!
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  15. Pencarrow

    Pencarrow Western Thunderer

    Tumbleweed there Dan.
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  16. Pencarrow

    Pencarrow Western Thunderer

    Looks and sounds great Richard.
  17. Focalplane

    Focalplane Western Thunderer

    Well done, Richard! The sound on the last segment reminded me of the sounds of the real thing passing Tamworth at speed.
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  18. isambardme

    isambardme Western Thunderer

    Well done Richard, looks great on the second run, indeed pretty majestic sweeping round those curves.
    Remember the gas supply knob gives some speed control, as well as the regulator. How long did you get her running for?
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  19. 3 LINK

    3 LINK Western Thunderer

    Wow, I think that second clip has converted me, I must have a talk with the wife regarding the garden :cool:..

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  20. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

    I don't think the gas supply can do anything for the speed, merely increase/decrease the rate at which steam is created. So it can reduce the propensity to stall through lack of steam if that's what you meant. I ended the session after 35 minutes, but I hadn't exhausted the gas. I shall time a full running session when I am more familiar with the locomotive.