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French Chuffed




PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:30 pm

Got all those plugs connected yet Mikey? Twisted Evil
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Wed Apr 20, 2011 3:08 pm

Managed to get started on the weeds today. It's amazing how they've grown considering we've had no rain for five weeks!!





after a couple of hours it was starting to look like a railway again



Also started the extension by firstly opening up the end curve;



more sun more fun tomorrow!!

mikey





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French Chuffed



Location : Droitwich UK

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Wed Apr 20, 2011 3:53 pm

It is all looking very good Mikey, Yes it is amazing how the weeds grow dispite the lack of rain, we are way down on our yearly average.
The buildings look as if they are surviving well too.

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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Wed Apr 20, 2011 4:28 pm

I tried an experiment this year and left all the buildings outside (and a few figures). a couple of glue joints have given way but everything else has been fine until,,,,,,,,, our french neighbours keep rabbits for meat and a few of them escaped, Most were caught but one has taken up residence underneath the Demiel church (i guess its claiming sanctuary!). I havent told the neighbours (too soft) but it is causing a bit of damage by knocking over some of the horsedrawn wagons, but c'est la vie!!

mikey
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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Wed Apr 20, 2011 6:45 pm

Mikey:
Looks like a loverly spring there in Demiel. We are also behind in our rainfall here in Houston - 10 inches behind where we should be this time of year. They say it's our worst drought since 1917. Anyway, it hasn't stunted the growth of weeds here, either. The wildflowers have suffered though.

Watch out for those rabbits. We had a couple of house rabbits for a while (SWMBO's idea) and discovered (and verified by google) rabbits love to chew the insulation on electric wire. I had to replace the cord on several lamps. They must be driven by some immutable force.

About the only good thing about owning those rabbits was it encouraged me to read Watership Down - quite a good book.

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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Sun Apr 24, 2011 11:19 am

Been rebuilding Demiel today to make it look more 'urban' than rural, to justify the existance of a tramway; Of course the addition of a train would make it more interesting!!:




mikey

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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:37 am

The only train of the day winds through the town approaching the Easter fair (Fete de Paques)





We're getting there!

mikey
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Paulus



Location : The Netherlands

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:34 pm

Nice pictures! It surely catch the "urban look" you are after.
Are you gonna embed the tracks in to the streets also?

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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:41 pm

thanks Paul, we will certainly try and create the illusion of embedment! Our experiments with woodash have worked to a point when the ash is in direct contact with the earth. Through the town itself we will use cat litter! Been experimenting with that for a while quite successfully.

mikey
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:45 pm

The autorail had a breakdown this morning;



Two engineers came out and after a bit of a chat (well this is France!) managed to get it going again;



mikey
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French Chuffed



Location : Droitwich UK

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:22 am

They managed to get it going! without saying No ‘tut tut that will take at least a week to get the parts’ I am impresses, it must have been the driver mislaid the keys after too much ‘vin rouge’ at lunch time. drunken
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Fri Apr 29, 2011 5:14 pm

I said earlier that we were rebuilding Demiel, and I wasn't kidding::



for some time I have been aware that one side of the track is slightly higher than the other so with the open weekend coming up it's time to do something about it!

hopefully raking the loose soil and compacting some cat litter (brilliant stuff for ballast!) should do the trick!

mikey



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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:28 pm

What a glorious and industrious day in Demiel.

It's not really a railway but a model village with a railway. Very Happy
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Sat Apr 30, 2011 4:29 pm

Working under 28 degrees (no rain for six weeks come monday) was no joke but we have made progress!






cant completely level the track until some new rail joiners arrive, but there's plenty of other things to be getting on with!

mikey
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Wed May 04, 2011 2:49 pm

Today being wednesday we had both the grandaughters at home. In order to stop them arguing as per normal i decided to gainfully employ them on the railway
One had to clean up and design a new cemetery and a farm while the older one had to resite and repair the windmill and clean-up the army exercise area:









They didn't do a bad job; so i paid them handsomely (1910 rates) 1 euro. 80 EACH!
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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Wed May 04, 2011 3:48 pm

Charming pics Mike Very Happy

I could do with some slave labour up here at those rates!

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French Chuffed



Location : Droitwich UK

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Fri May 06, 2011 11:25 am

Your trees are really doing well. Glad to see you have got troops working for their upkeep..
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Tue May 10, 2011 5:49 pm

Bit of an update on the rebuilding. In no particular order; the miller has got a new house (again made from a concrete building block, the window frames are cut from a plant holder)


the western end has been opened out to lengthen the curve;
The farm has been extended.
The trees and bushes have all been trimmed, and finally the picket siding has been tried out and is successful. tomorrow the track will be levelled and ballasted and conifers planted inside the bigger curve






Mikey


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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Sun May 15, 2011 11:51 am

Haven't quite finished reballasting the line but at least we were able to run trains today!








mikey
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tram47



Location : Aquitaine (France)

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Sun May 15, 2011 1:58 pm

bientôt le 4 Juin !!! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Wed May 18, 2011 11:25 am

This morning the new 'passage a niveau was installed:



mikey
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Wed May 18, 2011 6:53 pm

Papermill siding is now full!





mikey



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tram47



Location : Aquitaine (France)

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Thu May 19, 2011 11:00 am

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Sun May 22, 2011 11:52 am

Finished the loco workshop today. lots of little spanners, hammers etc bought on ebay ages ago;



mikey
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Paulus



Location : The Netherlands

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Sun May 22, 2011 4:39 pm

Nice work!

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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: A diary of Tramway Demiel   Tue May 24, 2011 8:18 am

The new siding is proving really useful for the papermill!



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