View single post by topcat2000
 Posted: Sun Nov 17th, 2013 06:14 am
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Joined: Thu Feb 2nd, 2012
Location: Adelaide South Australia, Australia
Posts: 25
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.

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

South Australian Railways
Para Gardens Division
"It's not as much fun if it works the first time."
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