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 Posted: Sat May 5th, 2012 12:11 pm
   
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This spring has brought back a red headed woodpecker. I do like the wood peckers. Yesterday I spotted sparrows dining on my lettuce plants, but they were so cute I let them have what little bit they eat.

The video's look great. Really enjoyed the coal train.

Your storage yard sounds perfect, i still suffer from having to take things off the track after each session. Putting it on the track isn't a hassle, but when you've got more trains than layout sitting on a table top the end of session wrapping isn't half as fun.

Note to self: must get a shed and add a 50" line to the back yard.



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 Posted: Sat Sep 15th, 2012 07:27 am
   
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A few months ago I discovered that some of my base timber was starting to warp and cause running problems. I replaced a 25 foot stretch with a cement based fibre board used in the building industry here in Aust. "Blue board" is supposed to be waterproof, and highly resistant to warping or distortion.

After the wettest coldest, and windiest winter in many years, I managed to get outside and run some trains today. The blue board has stood up really well, with absolutely no sign of twisting or warping at this stage. Early results suggest this might be the way to go forward.

I spent around 20 mins cleaning track and then had a couple of hours running trains. It was a good opportunity to test my new NCE wireless cab, which worked really well, with no problems, straight out of the box.

With summer getting closer, it is time to get out and start replacing the remaining timber base with Blue board, and laying the remainder of the second track.

Just because its winter outside, it doesn't mean all railroading stops. A new loco made its appearance recently, and had to be run-in. CLP14 is seen here in what was probably the best livery seen  on an Australian locomotive and was originally used primarily on interstate passenger trains.



Here is CLP14 running on the new support base that was laid just before winter

 




CLP14 again from another angle.

I'm looking forward to more progress in the next few months

Last edited on Sat Sep 15th, 2012 07:30 am by topcat2000



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 Posted: Sun Sep 16th, 2012 09:11 pm
   
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nice loco. Lots of detail too.

That cement board is a good idea. I may have to steal it. ;)



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 Posted: Sat Sep 29th, 2012 02:43 am
   
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Another beautiful spring day in this part of the world, and I should be working, but its more fun watching trains running in the garden.

Here is Loco 702 basking in the late afternoon sun, waiting for its next assignment.




And a couple of videos of trains running -

http://s1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee466/trevorclark/?action=view&current=Longfreight.mp4

http://s1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee466/trevorclark/?action=view&current=Coalscurves.mp4

Hope you enjoy them

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 Posted: Sat Sep 29th, 2012 11:33 am
   
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I like that coal train. I noticed the fabric draped on the layout. Is that all you are doing with the fabric or will it get a layer of plaster or who knows what to make it solid?



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 Posted: Sat Sep 29th, 2012 01:02 pm
   
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Very cool, I love running trains outside. And the lighting for photos is the best ever! More photos please...

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 Posted: Sat Sep 29th, 2012 05:54 pm
   
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I guess you would call me a minimalistic type of modeller. I have no intention of making this into a work of art, like most of the layouts I see on this site and other forums. My imagination will fill in the missing details.

Once the track is completed, I will paint the supporting base boards, and tidy up the cloth sides and make it all look neat and tidy, but that's about all. Lots of small garden plants, bushes and shrubs will eventually be planted to hide some of the sides and supporting structure. I do not have the skills, nor the desire to learn them, to do much more than that, at this stage of my life.

I came to the hobby late in life - I was in my late 40's before accumulating the three most important items necessary to make a start - disposable income, available space, and a wife who was supportive of my aims. Whilst I get  a lot of joy from watching trains running, and I spend some time photographing the real thing, motor racing, watching the footy and bush walking, also demand some of my spare time.

TREV

 

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 Posted: Tue Oct 16th, 2012 12:45 pm
   
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topcat2000 wrote:
I guess you would call me a minimalistic type of modeller. I have no intention of making this into a work of art, like most of the layouts I see on this site and other forums. My imagination will fill in the missing details.

Once the track is completed, I will paint the supporting base boards, and tidy up the cloth sides and make it all look neat and tidy, but that's about all. Lots of small garden plants, bushes and shrubs will eventually be planted to hide some of the sides and supporting structure. I do not have the skills, nor the desire to learn them, to do much more than that, at this stage of my life.

I came to the hobby late in life - I was in my late 40's before accumulating the three most important items necessary to make a start - disposable income, available space, and a wife who was supportive of my aims. Whilst I get  a lot of joy from watching trains running, and I spend some time photographing the real thing, motor racing, watching the footy and bush walking, also demand some of my spare time.

TREV

 



I've taken the same approach. I can model things well, but I find I am too impatient for it. But I love to watch trains roll on my mainlines.

Keep the pictures coming, I enjoy seeing your progress.



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 Posted: Sat Oct 20th, 2012 01:07 am
   
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BREAKING NEWS

A major derailment occurred today when a train collided with a car stuck on a level crossing. The locomotive overturned and a number of gondolas were derailed as a result. A local resident photographed the train moments before the collision, and then followed up with this exclusive photo report.


Moments before the collision....

...and immediately afterwards




The wreck train was on its way within a short time..










... and was soon hard at work.












What a great opportunity to show off my newly aquired wreck train. Oh well,enough joking around, time to get back to work.

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 Posted: Sat Oct 20th, 2012 09:35 am
   
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Must have been an O scale auto to cause that much damage!


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