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 mainteinance 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 ....

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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 ...
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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 ...
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up the back towards rockery cutting...
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then through the cutting, watched by the engineers ....
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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.