A Garden Railway Pipedream: the odyssey continues

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

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  1. isambardme

    isambardme Western Thunderer

    On 16mm gas powered locos it is well known that you reduce the gas supply soon after starting, otherwise the excess gas can produce too much steam & the safety valves blow off, wasting power & reducing the running time, no matter how careful you try to be with the regulator. The 16mm locos use a 'poker' burner, however although the earlier Bowande Gauge 1 locos used a 'poker' design variant, that was soon replaced with a ceramic burner. Some of Bowande's A4's are known to have had issues with a lack of power hauling a rake of say 6 coaches. As the latest G1MRA magazine article shows, replacing the original ceramic burner with a new burner having substantially more holes has cured this. I had wondered before seeing the video how good the ceramic burners on the new Duchess would be. Clearly all is well. Phew! Meanwhile, well done for getting a 35 mins run with gas to spare . Further running in and operator familiarity should lead to even better runs for us to watch enviously while locked down!

    Steve
     
  2. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

    Another test run.....



    Still learning, but I was able to sit and watch it lap for a while:)

    Richard
     
  3. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

    I also took some stills today. The garden is looking good, and I wanted to capture the attraction of a garden railway.

    Bollocks, I just like a maroon Duchess:)

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    Richard
     
  4. isambardme

    isambardme Western Thunderer

    I think those still photos capture the essence of why we love garden railways. Brilliant shots of a red Duchess in the sun with attractive scenery & blue sky behind. Who said 'Wish I was there!'.

    We will see what Uncle Boris says this Sunday. Perhaps wearing masks with a 2 metre spacing between people when outside may be possible at some time fairly soon?
    Maybe as long as we are doing some form of exercise?
    - Like running round after a meths powered contraption?;):)

    Cheers,

    Steve
     
  5. Steph Dale

    Steph Dale Western Thunderer

    Ah. I now see how you earned your reputation. M'lud.

    Steph
     
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  6. SimonT

    SimonT Western Thunderer

    Swears less than a true blue Duchess;)
     
  7. Remco Vegting

    Remco Vegting Member

    Very nice pictures and videos :)
     
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  8. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

    Thank you.

    Last set (promise) showing the final part of the rockeries planted out:
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    The rockeries absorbed 45 plants, and they all seem to be still growing!

    We are also preparing the ground for a slate chipping path, but that will have to wait for the quarries to reopen.

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    We will now start planting out under the baseboards to the right of the rockery.

    Richard
     
  9. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

    Hi,

    After all the hard work, some fun!



    Richard
     
  10. isambardme

    isambardme Western Thunderer

    Great to see a decent train of wagons winding around the garden line, with an A4 passing at speed the other way. Brilliant!

    Steve
     
  11. Lancastrian

    Lancastrian Western Thunderer

    Working head and tail lamps I do hope Mr. Dikitriki :thumbs:

    Ian
     
  12. isambardme

    isambardme Western Thunderer

    It's hard enough keeping ordinary headlamps on in my experience - believe it or not, Blu tac helps!:)

    Cheers,
    Steve
     
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  13. 7mmMick

    7mmMick Western Thunderer

    Just superb Richard. The sequence at the end with the standard tank and the A4 is magic:thumbs:
     
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  14. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

    Thanks Mick,

    With the relaxation of rules, We had a mini meet for German DCC running. It didn't take too long to clean the layout from the previous live steam running, and the only issue was the fact that it took a while to realise that we needed my 10 amp system rather than Tim's portable 5 amp system. Once that had been sorted, we could sit in the sun!



    Richard
     
  15. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

    Hi,

    With the recent glorious, if almost too hot weather, we had another DCC meet. Roger and Allan took some stills, and here's a selection:

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    Richard
     
  16. Steph Dale

    Steph Dale Western Thunderer

    The pick of the lot for me is that Baden 75. I think the Saxon BR75.5 series were marginally prettier, but there's not much in it. If anyone did any of the larger Saxon locos in G1 I'd be having a very difficult time. :)

    The BR38 would not have been able to lift that train of hoppers in real life. Even on the DR, oil-burning BR44 were limited to 24 hoppers; any more than that would have required double heading. Coal burners were typically down to around 18-20 before double heading was called for.

    Lovely pictures, it reminds me well of the fun I had modelling German outline.

    Steph
     
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  17. michl080

    michl080 Western Thunderer

    Fully agree, the badische IVc is a real beauty.
    Did you know that the only survivor, 75 1118 once was the first price at a tombola? The winner, a student, was a bit overstrained with the price.
    It is running today on the heritage line Amstetten-Gerstetten close to the Geislinger Steige.

    Michael
     
  18. Steph Dale

    Steph Dale Western Thunderer

    I've not heard that story, no! That's one of those occasions when you're not sure you want to win the prize or not :confused:

    Steph
     
  19. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

    I also took some video from Tuesday's running and have just got round to processing it.

    1) Rebuilt Merchant Navy



    2) German outline



    3) Around the garden



    Richard
     
  20. isambardme

    isambardme Western Thunderer

    Particularly liked the camera's eye trip around the garden line, especially when another train rushes past complete with dcc sounds. Great fun & isn't that what garden railways are all about!
    Steve
     
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