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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: What do you do for Winter?   Sat Oct 17, 2009 5:07 am

Although last night was quite warm, the night before was a cold one causing the water in my 'river' to freeze and general frostiness all over. So I have now taken all my wooden buildings inside, put straw around the bases of the more delicate plants, and generally 'closed down' for the forthcoming winter. I am going to concentrate on building the steaming up area and installing lights and sound to the layout. what do you do ready for winter, if anything?

mikey
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Paul Stainz Holt



Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: What do you do for Winter?   Sat Oct 17, 2009 6:52 am

For me its

"Carry on regardless" Very Happy


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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: What do you do for Winter?   Sat Oct 17, 2009 7:20 am

Excellent scene Paul.

I usually like to get out and run a few trains as long as it's not too damp. Cold okay, but not damp!
We don't 'shut down' but there is definitely a reduced service.......brrrrrr!

It was a bit too cold here yesterday.....affraid

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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: What do you do for Winter?   Sat Oct 17, 2009 7:05 pm

I wasn't planning on "Winterizing" the railway at all ! Having said that the pond pump will be removed and thje watermill left static!

I do take in the "garage" diorama in adverse weather anyway, and will take in my plywood based station for fresh paint and weatherproofing!

Luckily, my plantings are evergreen and they thrived last winter and I'm hoping the POLA buildings will live up to their reputation for all weather.

I generally leave out rolling stock other than loco's in any case.

In fact I was looking forward to winter running with steam plumes, smoke, lights, snow and a hot mug of tea or vin chaud!

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clive_t



Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: What do you do for Winter?   Sun Oct 18, 2009 4:56 pm

I don't do anything special to the line itself - the buildings stay out, and if they get blown around by the wind I just relocate them. No stock is left outside anyway, apart from one or two items that form static exhibits - those static exhibits will also stay outside. In the past I've tended not to run very much over winter, because of problems with electrical continuity, and encroaching undergrowth obstructing the track. All cleaning, clearance and general repairs/tidying up will be done probably March time. Over winter, then, I'll probably just do little indoor jobs like making up kits, maybe a bit of figure-making, painting and weathering stuff, etc.

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philkelly



Location : Vienne, France and Islington. London

PostSubject: Re: What do you do for Winter?   Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:35 pm

Carl Hibbs wrote:
Excellent scene Paul.

I usually like to get out and run a few trains as long as it's not too damp. Cold okay, but not damp!
We don't 'shut down' but there is definitely a reduced service.......brrrrrr!

It was a bit too cold here yesterday.....affraid


Carl has a rotten micro-climate: I came on Eurostar on Friday and there was no snow anywhere else in northern France or Paris...no wonder he wants to up sticks!

What do I do in the winter? Well this year, take up the tracks:



and start putting down new concrete:



Hired a car in Poitiers, but can't get away from that man:



On me suive!
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Bearcastle



Location : Brie

PostSubject: Re: What do you do for Winter?   Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:48 pm

Have you notice something on the registration plate ........


The car come from Chelles .......... that remind me of someone Wink
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philkelly



Location : Vienne, France and Islington. London

PostSubject: Re: What do you do for Winter?   Mon Oct 19, 2009 7:32 pm

But there was no snow on the tyres Surprised
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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: What do you do for Winter?   Mon Oct 19, 2009 7:34 pm

That's a bit bloody spooky...........

Metin is the local Peugeot dealer.

If you want to bring it back to Chelles you come and run a 'last train' or two here.
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philkelly



Location : Vienne, France and Islington. London

PostSubject: Re: What do you do for Winter?   Mon Oct 19, 2009 8:02 pm

Unfortunately it has to go back to Hertz in Poitiers on Thursday.Your local dealer obviously does a good line in supplying car-hire firms...
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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: What do you do for Winter?   Mon Oct 19, 2009 8:38 pm

If you're about Phil? by all means pop down!

BTW I'd be careful concreting, we've had a couple of mornings severe frost!

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philkelly



Location : Vienne, France and Islington. London

PostSubject: Re: What do you do for Winter?   Mon Oct 19, 2009 9:21 pm

I am relying on forecasts that say it should stay above freezing (just) but it is very cold outside now. Thanks for the invite, but we are also engaged in one of those Clochmerle style boundary disputes which might end up with my station being next door....the plan cadastral is being consulted and visits to the Mairie are on the agenda...a round of get-togethers next year should be planned...

Phil
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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: What do you do for Winter?   Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:11 am

philkelly wrote:
Thanks for the invite, but we are also engaged in one of those Clochmerle style boundary disputes which might end up with my station being next door....
Phil

Best of luck with cadastre! Wouldn't want to see your station buildings annexed by a neighbouring state ! Imagimonde that!

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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: What do you do for Winter?   Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:48 am

I hope these disputes are amicable.

That's usually what one pays the scandalous notary fees for to sort these things out before they get disputed.
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philkelly



Location : Vienne, France and Islington. London

PostSubject: Re: What do you do for Winter?   Tue Oct 20, 2009 5:26 pm

Got the all clear! No need to visit Mairie - M le Maire lui-meme arrived this morning, plan cadastral in hand! Existing ratty wire fence is on boundary line so new fence can replace it! And troublesome tree - which grows right over line and shades half the garden - is on our side so it will go! When you all come next year, the railway will have a very different aspect. The station thought it was in Alsace for a while...
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Knotty Ash



Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: What do you do for Winter?   Tue Oct 20, 2009 6:43 pm

Good evening, I have just joined you. my railway like Pauls runs all through the winter and I try to run every dry day, as my railway is based in the garage with 3/400ft in the garden all stock is in the dry, I have winter projects like building to make every winter so I'm kept busy Les
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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: What do you do for Winter?   Tue Oct 20, 2009 7:33 pm

Hello Les and welcome, you must know Paul then.

Would love to see some pictures of your line. 400 ft is a lot of railway. Shocked

If you have any difficulty posting pictures please let us know.
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fm12



Location : 87210 Haute Vienne, France

PostSubject: Re: What do you do for Winter?   Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:16 pm

mikeyh wrote:
what do you do ready for winter, if anything?

mikey

LIGHT THE FIRE
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Knotty Ash



Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: What do you do for Winter?   Wed Oct 21, 2009 5:48 am

fm12 wrote:
mikeyh wrote:
what do you do ready for winter, if anything?

mikey

LIGHT THE FIRE
Morning I do have trouble sending pics, yed Paul does come over the mountains to see me, his layout is something to see Les
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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: What do you do for Winter?   Wed Oct 21, 2009 6:41 am

Les, I have sent you a word doc guide for picture posting on here.
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French Chuffed



Location : Droitwich UK

PostSubject: Re: What do you do for Winter?   Wed Oct 21, 2009 9:30 am

Welcome Les, we would be very interested in some pictures of your railway, I am always looking for inspiration. What stock do you run?
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Knotty Ash



Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: What do you do for Winter?   Wed Oct 21, 2009 3:56 pm

Carl Hibbs wrote:
Les, I have sent you a word doc guide for picture posting on here.
Many thanks for that I will read very carefully and hope to send you pics of The Potty Line Les.
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Knotty Ash



Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: What do you do for Winter?   Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:08 pm

French Chuffed wrote:
Welcome Les, we would be very interested in some pictures of your railway, I am always looking for inspiration. What stock do you run?
Hi I will try and send some pics shortly, I run LGB NG as I have always enjoyed them, I worked on the Welshpool & Llanfair Railway for many years as a signalman. Son Kieth and I have just returned from a trip in his motorhome of 3210 miles visiting the Harz Mountain Railway,The SLB Pinzguer Lokalbahn, The Brienz Rothorn Bahn and The Schynige Platte. He drove all the way, he is wheelchair bound!! We have only been in Gscale for 4 years befire that I was in O Guage GWR. Regards Les
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Paul Stainz Holt



Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: What do you do for Winter?   Wed Oct 21, 2009 6:06 pm

Hi Les.

Good to see you here my friend.
I can confirm that Les's line is a cracker - lots of gradients and changes of level - and recently altered - which I haven't seen yet.

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Knotty Ash



Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: What do you do for Winter?   Wed Oct 21, 2009 8:58 pm

paul stainz holt wrote:
Hi Les.

Good to see you here my friend.
I can confirm that Les's line is a cracker - lots of gradients and changes of level - and recently altered - which I haven't seen yet.

Hi Paul, stopped at the mo due to my son Allan, he was to remove the base plates of the shed weeks ago, still waiting, I have removed a 10x8ft shed this has given us a lot more room as you will see from the pics Les
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