Thursday, 15 June 2017

A visit from Mr Steamy ....

A visit from Mr Steamy, a steam powered Accucraft Ragleth 0-4-T with radio control. My friend brought round his loco to check it ran round OK on the radius 1 curves I've used in the garden layout.

Prior to the visiting loco arriving I did a quick brush of the track and ran a short train round to check all was OK.

video clip ....

On arrival my friend got his loco ready for running; setup on his improvised 'steam up' platform...

watered, fuelled, boiler lit and steam up, then transferred to the track - simmering before a run round

a quick run round to check it was OK on the Radius 1 curves (video clip..)


after that we ran the loco round with a short freight train...
we also tried it with a couple of carriages as well. Nice to have a little steam train running round the garden railway. Useful to know it coped with the radius one curves, so I could buy one - although I would have to save up for a while 😀

Friday, 2 June 2017

Model Towns ...

A nice little book on model towns,
I'm not going to build one, but have gleaned some ideas to add some bits to go round the garden railway.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

A little addition to the 'townscape' ...

A police box, about the right size found in a charity shop for the princely sum of £1..

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Track maintenance and first train running session of the year ....

Decided to do the track replacement in rockery cutting today. Nice weather, just right for faffing about outside. So up with the old track section ....
 I laid the track down in position and marked the overlap, to be cut off
after cutting off a inch or so from the end of the long straight, I fitted some new track joiners to the curves
new track section in place, now the bend is better positioned ....

As I worked I was being watched - a robin was keeping an eye on me. He was quite un-phased by me taking a photo of him

having had his portrait taken he flew off ...

With the track works done - time to run a train :)

Before I started I gave the track a good sweep and checked for any debris in the points. For a test train I used my Playmobil battery r/c diesel and a guards van.
 round the bottom of the garden through the town ...
up the back towards rockery cutting...

then through the cutting, watched by the engineers ....
nice to get the track sorted,  main pending job is to get the track cleaned for running powered trains.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Getting ready to run ....

Finally got round to getting ready to run trains again.

The trackbed has been weeded and sprayed with weedkiller as a preventative measure. So now ready to run battery powered trains, hope to get to work cleaning the track for electric powered trains.

A bit of track maintenance is required; derailments over the past in rockery cutting have resulted in an inspection by the company engineers..
a new section of track has been recommended - a rummage through the spare track in the garage is needed, plus a bit of use of a hacksaw to get the right lengths.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Flat wagon - generator load

A small enhancement to one of my Accucraft wagons; the flat wagon (single plank) had no load and I was lucky to find a generator engine of the about thee right scale at a recent Toy&Train fair.

I decided to make the load removable, so it was mounted on a card base cut to fit on the wagon...
I gave the card base a coat of brown and a wash of dark grey, then stuck on the generator. The load in place on the wagon

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Break down train ....

After a track clean of the indoor garage layout I decided to run the breakdown train round, using the track cleaning loco in ordinary running mode.

the video clip shows one circuit of the the garage layout.