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Slow progress

Posted by petertg , 11 December 2018 - - - - - - · 95 views

Good evening all. Since my last post modelling has been almost stopped. I had got to a stage where I had to wire up two new platform lampposts and two street lighting posts. This obviously meant working on the underside of the board, which is now a problem. My physical conditions no longer allow me to tip the board on edge like I could a couple of years a...


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New platform

Posted by petertg , 26 October 2018 - - - - - - · 270 views

I mentioned in my last post that I was building an additional new platform so that I could have two trains running simultaneously and both would have where to pick up and set down passengers as required or otherwise one would have to run continuously with nowhere to stop. I can now report that the new platform is in an advanced state and enclose some phot...


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I am still alive, in spite of all.

Posted by petertg , 11 October 2018 - - - - - - · 324 views

I have just realIised that six months have passed since my last post and a lot of things (not all pleasant) have passed in the meantime. To be brief, In May I was rushed into hospital with a lung edema (lings full of blood) and was discharged a week later with a new addition, namely a stent. Then I had a couple of short visits (a few hours each time) for...


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I am still alive, in spite of all.

Posted by petertg , 11 October 2018 - - - - - - · 91 views

I have just realIised that six months have passed since my last post and a lot of things (not all pleasant) have passed in the meantime. To be brief, In May I was rushed into hospital with a lung edema (lings full of blood) and was discharged a week later with a new addition, namely a stent. Then I had a couple of short visits (a few hours each time) for...


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New material received

Posted by petertg , 17 April 2018 - - - - - - · 139 views

Further to my post of last Friday, I have received the new material, the Jinty was pre-owned and i decided to have the chip hard wired by Hattons themselves since it is becoming increasingly difficult for me to handle very small parts like the screws used to hold the bodies in place on the chasses and other small accessories. I fitted both the autotrailer...


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An update

Posted by petertg , 13 April 2018 - - - - - - · 117 views

Good evening all!. I have just seen that it is nearly 4 months since my last post. Since then there have been events such as I got the Fowler tank to run but, as mentioned on the Forum, I cannot get it to run well through the points. In November I purchased a new Hornby R3553 and in December part of the crank mechanism fell apart. Since sending it back fr...


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Some success

Posted by petertg , 27 December 2017 - - - - - - · 189 views

I have been rather under the weather for the last three days but, while far from being OK, I can at least get out of bed and do something other than watch TV. So, after lunch to-day, I decided to have a look at one locomotive that was a poor runner, namely, the Hornby R505 Fowler LMS tank. From previous tests I hd the feeling that something was binding an...


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Another type of modelling

Posted by petertg , 17 December 2017 - - - - - - · 398 views

It has been over three weeks since I have been able to lower the layout from the garage ceiling since the floor has been, and still is, occupied with Christmas material. Firstly, it was the boxes containing the Christmas decorations, then it was the boxes containing 37 5-litre bottles of olive oil (we buy first press virgin olive oil for all the family an...


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Railway Model shops in London

Posted by petertg , 02 October 2017 - - - - - - · 217 views

Hi all! This is probably not the best place to request information, but in view of its nature, I don't know where to place it.
I need to have the names, addresses and e-mail adresses of model railway shops in London with good repair facilities for Hornby models.
Can anybody help?
Thanks in advance


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One hard task finished

Posted by petertg , 15 September 2017 - - - - - - · 152 views

Good evening all. Two and a half years after relaying the track I have finally finished the ballasting. Unfortunately, in spite of my efforts, it has not been a tidy job, in fact it is rather messy, but it is the best I have been able to do. Some of the earlier work will need touching up but, after a clean up, I can start start fixing down certain buildin...


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Signal Box repair

Posted by petertg , 24 August 2017 - - - - - - · 424 views

Good eveninng all.
I think (i.e. hope) that the end of ballasting is reasonably near. There are only a few metres lest to be done. The downside is that, no matter how hard I try, I cannot do a neat job.
On the other hand, one of the two signal boxes (Metcalfe) kits was a bit decrepit and damaged, namely, it had lost its steps (kept safe in another place)...


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Water Tower

Posted by petertg , 02 July 2017 - - - - - - · 389 views

Helo again.
My layout is based on a track plan from the 1975 Hornby catalogue and does not contain a water tower and, from the range of accessories illustrated in the catalogue, it does not appear that any was available. The front cover of te catalogue, which is a colour photograph of this same plan, shows an engine shed and steam locomotives, so water wo...


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Story of an Engine Shed, part 2

Posted by petertg , 13 June 2017 - - - - - - · 371 views

I can now update on this subject. In the last entry, I placed several photos and will repeat one, namely, the shed in the wrong place

In the end, I decided to chop the shed down to its original height by removing the supplements I added several years ago. The photo also shows the door posts I had to remove. When I relaid all the track early last year to...


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The story of an Engine Shed

Posted by petertg , 21 May 2017 - - - - - - · 316 views

When I started placing scenic elements on the layout, I discarded resin made items because of their weight (to avoid overloading the electric motor raising and lowering the baseboard) and price and opted for a Metcalfe Card Kit. I then decided to place it in a different site from the one shown on the layout. It was not fixed in place because, at that time...


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More sessions of fitting Kadees

Posted by petertg , 08 April 2017 - - - - - - · 115 views

As mentioned in a previous post, around July last year i came to the conclusion that my UK 00 fleet was very poor in comparison with my continental H0 fleet. Namely, I had two DMUs, three steam locomotives and only four passenger coaches. So, I lashed out and purchased four passenger coaches (Dapol) and seven goods vehicles, all Bachmann. I had the idea o...


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Lima Collection - Trams

Posted by petertg , 06 January 2017 - - - - - - · 438 views

In October, my wife and I had a holiday in Geneva with a daughter who was working there with the WTO. On the Saturday, she took us to the flea market where there was a lot of rubbish on offer, but one lady had 3 or 4 of the Lima Tram collection. I didn't buy then, because I wasn't quite convinced of its suitability for my layout. Nevertheless, a few weeks...


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A decorative defensive wall

Posted by petertg , 26 November 2016 - - - - - - · 289 views

While I am still pondering on the best way to set about finishing the ballasting, as a diversion it occurred to me that I should protect the last unprotected side of the layout, where the track hovers over a precipice and, fortunately, in nine years only one locomotive has fallen to the floor.

For a time, I had a programming track fixed along the edge b...


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Ballasting

Posted by petertg , 03 November 2016 - - - - - - · 360 views

Since I relaid the whole track using cork underlay instead of the previous foam underlay I have been faced with the problem of decent ballasting. Since, for reasons explained in previous posts, I used a 5 mm thick cork, I now have the problem of how to disguise this steep step. I tried gluing 7 mm wide cardboard strips at an angle to form a hypotenuse and...


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Ballasting

Posted by petertg , 03 November 2016 - - - - - - · 109 views

Since I relaid the whole track using cork underlay instead of the previous foam underlay I have been faced with the problem of decent ballasting. Since, for reasons explained in previous posts, I used a 5 mm thick cork, I now have the problem of how to disguise this steep step. I tried gluing 7 mm wide cardboard strips at an angle to form a hypotenuse and...


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Success confirmed

Posted by petertg , 12 August 2016 - - - - - - · 349 views

As mentioned in the last but one post, it is now nine years since I started out on this adventure and I think I can now say that we are in in a position to play trains. The layout is far from finished scenically, as ripping up and relaying the track caused a lot of damage. but no dead spots appear on the track. It seems, however, that some vehicles do not...






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