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 Posted: Sun Nov 17th, 2013 01:14 am
   
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Well... how times fly when you are having fun. It's been over 12 months since I last posted, so time for a quick update.

Due to (here in Australia) a very hot summer, and then a very wet winter not much has happened, but for those who have ever contemplated HO scale outdoors, here is the good news. It took just 15 mins to get 30 metres of track ready to run trains. All I needed to do was give the rails a buff over with a hand held Peco track cleaner (it looks a bit like a pencil eraser), and move some weeds from overhanging the track.

The new sections that had been re built with "blue board" as a base were totally unmoved by the last 12 months weather, so this is the way forward for me.

I originally felt a bit like an explorer going outdoors with HO scale (Almost everyone who I spoke to said it would not work,) so I get a lot of satisfaction seeing trains running with such a small amount effort.

My intentions this spring / summer will be to rebuild the remainder of the base with "blue board", and then maybe complete the second loop.

Here are a couple of videos of todays running.

http://s1229.photobucket.com/user/trevorclark/media/PB175767_zps6584127c.mp4.html

http://s1229.photobucket.com/user/trevorclark/media/PB175768_zps26c81efd.mp4.html


Both vids show loco 946 hauling a string of open gondolas. The wagons are either 40' OB class bogie wagons or O class two axle wagons. These wagons were the mainstay of freight during the 60's 70's and into the 80's here in South Australia

Hope you enjoy
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 Posted: Fri Mar 14th, 2014 09:49 am
   
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Hi Tony M from Ipswich QLD and from what I have seen is pure awesome, I too am going HO scale garden railway now I know it an be done.

I model both Aussie and US trains and some British trains, aiming more at US trains Union Pacific

My HO scale garden railway will be modelled on the Tehachapi loop as my pergola floor isn't level with the car port floor by 9 inches. My layout won't be permanently set up be like a module layout, mainly interested in running long trains, longer the better.

The layout will go out into the yard and at a latter stage down the side of the house, first stage 53ft by 24ft.

Most of my Aussie locos are NR's with older locos and I have mainly UP AC/4400 locos.

Modelling The DD's locos got one DD40 UP and have scratch built a DD35/B loco which I am working on, both have dual motors. Also have Those Amtrak super liners, want to model the Amtrak Auto train.
Got one DD40AX centennial loco pained up in UP colours with the running number 6936 a Bachmann loco.

Also modelling the Boeing 737 fuselages on 89ft flat wagons nearly got one fuselage finished builtbfrom scratch.

NO idea on how to add pics to the posts, once I find out will keep everyone informed on my progress.

Tony.

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 Posted: Fri Mar 14th, 2014 10:03 am
   
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To post photos, follow the guide posted in "General Talk'' as stickys.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 15th, 2014 03:25 am
   
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Hi Tony, Welcome to the forum. I will be very pleased if my modest effort can give you some inspiration. Most people I talk to say HO outside is not viable, but for me, things like wide turns, and long trains disappearing into the distance more than make the effort worthwhile.

A couple of tips for you before you get too much track laid -
1)I no longer have turnouts out in the weather, as they become unreliable quite quickly
2)You should ensure EVERY piece of rail has a direct connection to your power buss.

Ignore both tips if you are planning to use something other than track power to run your loco's

TREV

PS I have sent a PM with my direct email if you need it



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 Posted: Sat Mar 15th, 2014 07:33 am
   
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Hi Trev,

Many thanks will chat to you later, as I said my HO outdoor layout won't be a permanent set up so wont have those issues with the points and only one point outside .

Sill will have the bus wiring like on a proper module layout and set up as block wiring to run more than one DC train .

WE have something in common I too started late in the hobby, 1995 40 was the year,around40. Bought Austrains NR95 to remember the beginning.

Three quartes of the spiral deck is cut out now and looks good screwed together, good join fit too.

Still can't figure out how to put pics on the posts.

Tony

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 Posted: Sat Apr 12th, 2014 08:15 am
   
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Many thanks Bernd for helping me out by finding the forum gallery, I have uploaded all the old layout pics from Photo Bucket, not an easy task but worth it in the end.

Have all the other threads to go through before I delete Photo Bucket.

Many thanks love this forum. Tony

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 Posted: Sat Apr 12th, 2014 08:35 am
   
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I am starting to get the idea of posting pics on the forum, hit the wrong button to add the info.

Coming along nicely with my Tehachapi loop version outdoor layout. I was hopping to have the top track on the tunnel 12 inches, but not to be it is 9 inches high.

The spiral grade is working out to be 3/8inches a foot, worked out well as the spiral length it 24ft on a 7ft diameter radius double track.

Where the pergola post is nearest to the grass may have to add in another couple of feet for tunnel 9 to get it right.



The Tehachapi loop track design has been redesigned and mover closer to the house now


Herb and Bernd let me know if the pics are too big.

Tony on a high

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 Posted: Tue Apr 22nd, 2014 07:48 pm
   
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Not happy with photobucket, I deleted the pics in my photobucket folder to resize them and that also deleted the pics on my post on the forum, any ideas to sort this problem out .

Tony m

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 Posted: Tue Apr 22nd, 2014 08:22 pm
   
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Hi Tony,
For each affected message with missing photos, the easy way is to click the EDIT button and fix each affected message one at a time.
Delete what is between the [img][/img] markers and paste in the new link to your revised photo between these two markers.
Do this for each missing photo.
PREVIEW the message to check that your revised photos are in the right place/order.
Save the message.
Do this for each message with missing photos and you are done. Your revised photos should them magically appear in the right spots.



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 Posted: Tue Apr 22nd, 2014 11:23 pm
   
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Hi John,

Many thanks for the advice on editing the pics on the post, have got the pics back.

Have discovered you can add as many pics as you like on each post with the edit button, pure magic.

I didn't know you could do it that way till now.

Even change the typing too and check on preview.

What scale trains are you into garden railway too.

Many thanks from Tony M

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