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clive_t



Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: The 3 'R's of Garden Railways...   Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:48 pm

... Running Repairs and Renovations!

The same gentle breeze that took out the old bridge (see separate thread) earlier this year, also finally did for my Pola engine shed. Specifically, it was all but reduced to its constituent components by a combination of bad weather and bad construction techniques. Admittedly the building has stood out in all weathers and numerous attacks from neighbouring cats and irate tortoises for a good number of years, but finally it just gave up.

This is how it has lain for the past few months:



Yesterday, I was tidying up the various mountains of clutter in the garden that I have evidently inherited from numerous quarters, and I came across some celcon blocks that were left over from the internal works carried out on the other house recently acquired. It occurred to me that the blocks were exactly the width, and significantly longer than, the engine shed. It also occurred to me that embedding rails into it would be a simple matter given its softness and ease of carving. So I measured up:



I then carved the slots needed to house the rails, which were stripped of their sleepers (sleepers put by for some other purpose yet to be discovered):



I used the U-class as a test, to see if it ran freely on the rails once in place:



I then reconstructed the Pola building, using Evo-stik impact adhesive and some wooden battens for reinforcements - yet another use for those firework sticks:



I cut some slots in the celcon block to house the lugs in the base of the building, and also some small holes for the 'hinge' at the base of each door. Then came the hard bit - excavating a hole in the ground for the block to sit in, so that it was at the level needed to meet the rest of the track:



Then it was downhill all the way, with just a bit of backfilling around the block, and retrieve the roof from where the wind had deposited it all those months ago:



Finally, a quick test with the U-class. Along the way, I discovered quite by accident that this loco has an opening smokebox door with a modicum of detail behind it!



So there you go, a rejuvenated engine shed, a happy U-class loco... oh, and a very very slightly less cluttered garden. A good day's work I think!



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Bearcastle



Location : Brie

PostSubject: Re: The 3 'R's of Garden Railways...   Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:03 pm

Excellent idea Very Happy
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Bearcastle



Location : Brie

PostSubject: Re: The 3 'R's of Garden Railways...   Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:05 pm

I have to add that could be good for a road share with tramway.
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: The 3 'R's of Garden Railways...   Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:17 pm

Not only a repair job but an improvement!! Nice one Clive

Mikey
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French Chuffed



Location : Droitwich UK

PostSubject: Re: The 3 'R's of Garden Railways...   Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:10 am

Great idea Clive, it’s in the realms of ‘now why didn’t I think if that’.
The one advantage, if it is, with the Pola buildings is that when the do finally disintegrate they do it back to the original panels, so all you have to do is re build the kit.
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clive_t



Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: The 3 'R's of Garden Railways...   Sat Aug 21, 2010 9:43 pm

Today I found myself at a loose end whilst turning a succession of bits of wood into ash for further ballasting operations. I also found myself with 2 other things... 1 very tatty and obviously rotting wooden coaling stage (see photo number 6 above!), and 1 spare celcon block of the same sort as used in the renovation of the engine shed above. So I took some time out, and hacked said block about a bit, and came up with a replacement coaling stage:





The whole thing is carved from a single block. The lower level, where the rails are in situ, will be where the coal goes when I have made up some wooden staithes to make separate compartments. The rails themselves are culled from some old 4mm-scale Peco flexitrack. I am going to make a 'coal bucket' that will ride on those rails, from an old 4mm-scale wagon chassis that has been gathering dust for many years. I shall attempt to make it from old food tins etc so that it might rust if left outside long enough.

The crane is a USA Trains crane that I obtained last year I think, when GeoffW showed his off in a couple of pictures.

Oh, and the old coaling stage? That's now ballasting material!

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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: The 3 'R's of Garden Railways...   Sat Aug 21, 2010 10:02 pm

That's some very neat carving work. What tools did you use?

I have one of those cranes too, still in its box at the moment but they are a nice model.
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clive_t



Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: The 3 'R's of Garden Railways...   Sat Aug 21, 2010 10:07 pm

Just an old saw to take out the big lumps, then a flat-bladed screwdriver for carving out the steps. About an hour's work I'd say Cool

The design is loosely (very!) based on the Pola(?) kit, I have seen on a couple of other people's lines now. But a lot cheaper, obviously!

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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: The 3 'R's of Garden Railways...   Sun Aug 22, 2010 6:25 am

That really is excellent work Clive! Have a housepoint.

mikey
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clive_t



Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: The 3 'R's of Garden Railways...   Sun Aug 22, 2010 1:33 pm

Carl Hibbs wrote:

I have one of those cranes too, still in its box at the moment but they are a nice model.
Yes I was quite taken with the look of the thing when Geoff posted his pics. The only criticism I would level at it is that whilst there is a mechanism for raising/lowering the hook, there is none for raising/lowering the arm. I think it could be modified though, by removing the existing static rod that the chain is soldered on to, and replacing it with some sort of geared crank handle/ratchet mechanism. Probably a bit beyond my engineering skills, sadly. Sad

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French Chuffed



Location : Droitwich UK

PostSubject: Re: The 3 'R's of Garden Railways...   Sun Aug 22, 2010 2:27 pm

It looks like you have a nice new modelling material there Clive; I must have a go at calving some of my blocks.
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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: The 3 'R's of Garden Railways...   Sun Aug 22, 2010 2:39 pm

French Chuffed wrote:
It looks like you have a nice new modelling material there Clive; I must have a go at calving some of my blocks.

Intentional or not a very funny line "calving"

I don't mean to be "beastly" Shocked

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French Chuffed



Location : Droitwich UK

PostSubject: Re: The 3 'R's of Garden Railways...   Sun Aug 22, 2010 2:45 pm

Ok sorry that one escaped........ (get ready for the roundup)…half asleep it is Sunday afternoon.
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Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: The 3 'R's of Garden Railways...   Sun Aug 22, 2010 3:59 pm

French Chuffed wrote:
Ok sorry that one escaped........ (get ready for the roundup)…half asleep it is Sunday afternoon.

"Vin Rouge" is my normal excuse!

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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: The 3 'R's of Garden Railways...   Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:11 pm

GWhizz wrote:
French Chuffed wrote:
Ok sorry that one escaped........ (get ready for the roundup)…half asleep it is Sunday afternoon.

"Vin Rouge" is my normal excuse!

..and mine drunken


Have you thought about motorising this crane Clive. I had a look at mine and it could be possible even the arm/jib thing too with an off-the-shelf geared motor.

Or....what about steam powered?.....a bashed up Regner Willi vertical boilered geared machine would be great.
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Paulus



Location : The Netherlands

PostSubject: Re: The 3 'R's of Garden Railways...   Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:46 pm

Again a topic that somehow totally slipped my attention... Luckily I noticed it tonight! What a great idea Clive and very well done. That coaling dock looks great also.
I was wondering though, does the celcon blocks need some sort of sealing layer? I can imagine it suck up moist and get brittle/soft?

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clive_t



Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: The 3 'R's of Garden Railways...   Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:27 pm

I've heard it said that Celcons are susceptible to frost damage - I have to say that last winter here was one of the coldest i've experienced in20+ years, and although the viaduct suffered badly from it, the coaling stage did not! I suppose a wash of dilute PVA would possibly help prevent absorption of water and frost shattering

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clive_t



Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: The 3 'R's of Garden Railways...   Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:24 pm

Here's a pic I'd forgotten about - in the background you can still see the old wooden coaling stage:


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French Chuffed



Location : Droitwich UK

PostSubject: Re: The 3 'R's of Garden Railways...   Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:17 am

A good interesting shot Clive, was that before the roof went on? It must have been hell for the little people laying all those 9' tall bricks to the left there, but they don't look out of place at all.
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clive_t



Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: The 3 'R's of Garden Railways...   Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:34 am

Laughing
I tried taking the photo with the roof off, but it didn't look right - so rested the camera between the rails, set it to 'timer' mode, and pressed the button . I had about 10 seconds to get the roof back on! I recall it took me several attempts to get even one half-decent pic

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French Chuffed



Location : Droitwich UK

PostSubject: Re: The 3 'R's of Garden Railways...   Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:58 am

Thats dedication, I must try it sometimes......
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