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 Posted: Mon Jul 13th, 2015 03:40 pm
   
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Herb Kephart
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Dumb like I am, I keep forgetting that you folks have your seasons a half year out of sync with us.

Good to hear from you. Have you ever tried plowing the white s**t? I would suppose that would only be successful with  powdery snow, which I don't know if it gets cold enough in your area to occur. Had a friend years ago, who had an O scale outdoor trolley line, and he said that he had some success with continually backing and ramming powder but with the wetter snow the plow would just roll up a ball until the ball got too large to move. His layout was on ground level.

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 Posted: Wed Jul 15th, 2015 12:08 am
   
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I doesn't last long enough to worry about here Herb. A heavy rainfall washed it away by the next day. I could have easily cleared it away to run a train but the biggest problem would have been staying upright. The ground was still warm enough that I was walking on ice not dry snow and my football boots that had studs on the bottom were given away decades ago :>;)
The wind chill from the polar vortex made it decidedly unpleasant outdoors.

The 48 did attempt to climb the grade.




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 Posted: Fri Jul 17th, 2015 09:33 am
   
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yep great winter weather even snowing in sunny Queensland, your rail motor brings back memories of younger days

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 Posted: Fri Jul 17th, 2015 10:16 am
   
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Hi Bob,
after today's drop of snow you'll need a bigger plough :bg:
The temperature readings for the past 72 hours on the Bureau of Meteorology website for Glenn Innes airport at http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDN60801/IDN60801.94588.shtml make for some interesting reading. Hope you've rugged up well for tonight



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 Posted: Sat Jul 18th, 2015 12:24 am
   
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Another 3 railmotors would make a nice sight Dennis.

The good thing about all the cloud cover is it keeps the minimums warmer so my pipes don't freeze John. -8C no bathroom hot water and -10c and below no water at all :>)

Plenty of things to do indoors at the moment and have managed to get a couple of short sessions flying r/c although the new battery technology does not give me nice hand warmers after a flight like NiCads did. :>(

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 Posted: Fri Aug 14th, 2015 12:57 am
   
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Not much to report lately. Outdoor railroading doesn't seem to be popular at this time of year for some reason :>;)



After the recent heavy winds I found most of the goods shed scattered around the yard.  Repairs were done with a thinners based construction adhesive.  I'll see how successful I am next time it blows, soon be windy season here.  Got to put the roof back on yesterday, maybe I'll leave the rocks in place?

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 Posted: Fri Aug 14th, 2015 02:36 am
   
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You mean those BIG chimneys, Bob?



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 Posted: Fri Aug 14th, 2015 04:56 am
   
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There's a thought Herb, I'll search for some chimney shaped rocks. :>)

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 Posted: Sat Sep 12th, 2015 10:12 am
   
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With spring approaching I have started on the first round of low level scenic development this week. Also known as lawn mowing and edging :>)
I will have to re-attach the trees I found scattered about the yard, do some painting to preserve the wooden buildings and refresh the greenery with some spray paint just for starters. I added a small touch of graphite to a couple of inches of track when the railmotor was noticed to be a bit jerky in places as it trundled slowly around as the first train for the season. After another couple of laps it ran flawlessly.
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 Posted: Mon Sep 14th, 2015 01:32 am
   
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Glad to see you coming out of "hibernation" Bob :bg:

We finally had a nice, low 70s day today with low humidity and blue skies after getting much needed rain yesterday.

Pace yourself on that "low-level scenery", save your energy for the big tasks such as running the RR :moose:

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