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Location : France

PostSubject: Geoff's garden railway   Tue Sep 30, 2008 8:24 pm

This series of pics show the progress to date on the Vendee Pacific Railway.
I had been planning and buying for the previous 5 years in preparation for retirement and spending months a year in France. I have a property with a large enough garden to accomadate long siding and loops and 20ft dia curves. I went for 15ft radius LGB points and Aristo track powered with a Massoth DCC system. Sleep Sleep Sleep
I made a start in 2007 by laying the concrete base on two sides of the patio this area is the main siding and lpassing loop formation and forms two sides of a reversing triangle which enables 10 car trains to be turned.
The railway was extended in 2008 to form a complete circle and access to the 5 storage sidings in the barn. Tunneling through the metre thick barn walls was not a great deal of fun but worth the effort as it allows me to run trains onto the main line in quick time from a secure dry area.
It may seem overkill to use such a concrete and blockwork but the rationale is to have a firm well running track bed which will require little maintenace and is a none back ache height. I will tackle shipping in fill for some landscaping next year in addition to building an extention.
I run USA outline trains due to the happy state of the versus $ while I was building the collection, and I like long trains.

This first pic is the Aristo FA1 diesel with a train of streamliners, I in retrospect I should have gone for the US Trains version

Picture two is one leg of the triangle and a couple of sidings

Here we have a view of the inside of the barn and storeage sidings, the sliding steel plate at the end gives some security from critters, varmits and the weather.
I should have arranged a couple more tracks to accomadte all my rolling stock

The LGB Mallet on a timber train. In the background the tarcks head off into the barn behind the grey caboose

The Mallet again heads down the long straight on the block wall, far too high for a derailment

The main yard and mainline, the railway is designed for 10 car trains in loops and sidings but as you can see I could not resist a 20 coal hopper train behind the Dash9

The Mallet again!

The LGB Mikado pulling a consist of Heavyweight Passenger Cars, looks good at night as the coaches are lit.

LGB Mikado leaves the main yard

LGB Mikado leaves the main yard

A few of the freight cars which have had cargo added along with the bulk gin tanker.

A general view showing the area around the patio

The Streamliner

The main yard seems rather congested due to unsupervised access to Garden Railway shops

The Streamliner eases out onto the main past the Coal train

Shunting

Not the Mallet again Rolling Eyes

View of the main yard, This will be the site of a passenger station

20 car coal train thunders up the 1% grade

The coal train eases around the 20ft dia curve ove rthe temp bridge

The main yard again Sleep


Roll on April 2009 when phase three begins
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Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: Geoff's garden railway   Wed Oct 01, 2008 8:45 pm

very impressive Geoff!

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PostSubject: Re: Geoff's garden railway   Wed Oct 01, 2008 9:04 pm

Thanks Mikey, I appreciate your complement.
I have a lot to do yet.
It will look a lot better when ballasted
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Location : Droitwich UK

PostSubject: Re: Geoff's garden railway   Thu Oct 02, 2008 6:57 pm

Geoff, you forgot to pick up the sample ballast from me. It is basically 2 to 4 mm Granit chippings from the local quarry. It is a bit dull and grey when wet but cheap and does the job.
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PostSubject: Re: Geoff's garden railway   Thu Oct 02, 2008 7:07 pm

Well that is a perfect excuse to impose myself again?
I love dull and grey , so like myself.
I had a great day out with Jeremy at Dragon, what a gent and great retailer!
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PostSubject: Re: Geoff's garden railway   Thu Oct 02, 2008 7:08 pm

He is such a great retailer he managed to flog me a z scale starter set!!!! affraid
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PostSubject: Re: Geoff's garden railway   Thu Oct 02, 2008 7:53 pm

GeoffW wrote:
He is such a great retailer he managed to flog me a z scale starter set!!!! affraid

Won't that be a bit lost in the garden...? Shocked

I know... It could be a G scale model in a G scale garden of a G scale railway. Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Geoff's garden railway   Thu Oct 02, 2008 8:00 pm

It is a lovely bit of kit though, MTS US outline with Kadee couplers.
I could model a massive Railway in the garden.
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Location : Droitwich UK

PostSubject: Re: Geoff's garden railway   Thu Oct 02, 2008 8:41 pm

GeoffW wrote:
Well that is a perfect excuse to impose myself again?
I love dull and grey , so like myself.
I had a great day out with Jeremy at Dragon, what a gent and great retailer!

You can impose yourself (almost) anytime Geoff.
With regards to the J Dragon. I ordered some track from him the other day to be delivered to my son in the UK and it turned up before I phoned him to say it was on its way.
Embarassed Embarassed
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Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: Geoff's garden railway   Sun Oct 05, 2008 9:14 am

GeoffW wrote:
It is a lovely bit of kit though, MTS US outline with Kadee couplers.
I could model a massive Railway in the garden.


Looks like you are well on the way to that goal Geoff..........your line is ideal for long trains. Surprised
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PostSubject: Test of my ability to follow instructions   Thu Jul 23, 2009 8:02 pm

Night shot taken by Frank at the Open Weekend


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PostSubject: Re: Geoff's garden railway   Thu Jul 23, 2009 8:16 pm

The image was hosted just fine Geoff but you need to paste that URL as an image into the post.

Click on 'image' icon (the little green square with a tiny picture) paste the URL into the box and click ok.

It will put tags around the URL and present it direct as a picture.

You can do that manually if you want and it works.

If you click 'edit' you will see it for this picture.




Nice shot btw.
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PostSubject: And again   Thu Jul 23, 2009 8:41 pm

Good heavens, facility this could be dangerous

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PostSubject: Re: Geoff's garden railway   Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:20 pm

Another picture from the home of cheque book modelling the Vendee and Pacific Railway
An Aristocraft Mallet which really needs the wheels spraying to reduce the shine


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Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: Geoff's garden railway   Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:37 pm

Nice pics... a cautionary tale on spraying of wheels - my Spreewald still doesn't run properly since I weathered it with an airbrush and acrylic paint. It could be coincidence of course, as the pick-up skates are quite worn, but just thought I'd share that with you.

I noticed that Carl used chemical blackening on his signal post, I wonder if that might be a better way of doing it, from the point of view of preserving electrical pick-up-ability? Or don't those wheels do electrical pick-up?

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Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: Geoff's garden railway   Fri Jul 24, 2009 2:12 pm

thats a lovely looking engine Geoff (as they all are). how do you chemically blacken metal?

Mikey
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PostSubject: Re: Geoff's garden railway   Fri Jul 24, 2009 3:12 pm

I reckon a light spray over with the airbrush of Tamiya Desert Yellow ( a muddy browny colour) should look OK.

I have used this method on Z sclae and 0 gauge before with out any ill effects
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Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: Geoff's garden railway   Fri Jul 24, 2009 3:46 pm

Will you be weathering the rest of the loco as well, or just the silvery wheels?

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PostSubject: Re: Geoff's garden railway   Fri Jul 24, 2009 3:47 pm

mikeyh wrote:
thats a lovely looking engine Geoff (as they all are). how do you chemically blacken metal?

Mikey

With a chemical..... Very Happy

Seriously try this site.

C and L Finescale metal blacking

I get mine from there.
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PostSubject: Re: Geoff's garden railway   Fri Jul 24, 2009 4:15 pm

clive_t wrote:
Will you be weathering the rest of the loco as well, or just the silvery wheels?

Now that needs a lot of thought Question I will probably start with the wheels only but have found a very nice article in Garden Railways on weathering such a beast
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Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Geoff's garden railway   Fri Jul 24, 2009 6:06 pm

I have a bottle of the said product - happy to exchange for half a tonne of ballast Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Geoff's garden railway   Fri Jul 24, 2009 7:15 pm

GWhizz wrote:
I have a bottle of the said product - happy to exchange for half a tonne of ballast Laughing
Mikey, I feel it my duty to advise you that it don't work on grey hair! Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Geoff's garden railway   Fri Jul 24, 2009 7:36 pm

clive_t wrote:
GWhizz wrote:
I have a bottle of the said product - happy to exchange for half a tonne of ballast Laughing
Mikey, I feel it my duty to advise you that it don't work on grey hair! Cool
HAIR! you have hair, you're lucky mate, I would settle for grey hair. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Geoff's garden railway   Fri Jul 24, 2009 8:22 pm

I'm sure I could throw some grey hair into the bargain - I'll get the clippers out in the morning.

Look out Sebastian (he's the one on the left) ....


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PostSubject: An inspector calls   Fri Jul 24, 2009 8:46 pm

A newly ballasted and aligned section of track is completed and the feared MOW inspector, Carlos Eebs, pulls up in his speeder to inspect the work Crying or Very sad


But all seems well as he seems unable to get out of the vehicle





So all is well

good night children, everywhere

Very Happy
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