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#676 The Oily Rag

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Posted 11 April 2018 - 13:49

Bob and I have talked about this, 44690 since I caved in and bought something instead of making it. Basically I received an inheritance from my late brother and part has had to be paid outside the estate the way these things work. There is not much which takes my eye in 7/8ths (the scale I am passionate about) but Tim Wilson in Australia makes an Hunslet  "JACK"  (Waril Class of Sand Hutton fame?). Have a look on the Wilson Locomotives website. As a fitting recognition to my only brother I ordered one and Tim is even making special nameplates "PETE" for me as well. So far the experience has been brilliant and as said I have been informed of an early despatch. There is a picture of my part finished loco in the e-mail update hence these postings. I will certainly post up a pic when it is finished. Can't wait for Christmas to come early.

 

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 07:18

Sounds like a very nice legacy and a fitting tribute O.R. As O.R. and 44690 already know i totally had the opposite experience  this Christmas when my younger and only Sister passed away on Xmas eve' and the DSS refused to help us out to pay for a basic paupers funeral because our elderly Mother was said to be able to have enough assets or savings she could sell off/use, not fair to lumber my 81 year old Mum with a bill that would leave her totally wanting so i sold my Roundhouse 'Jack' loco' to help out. At least i'm lucky enough to still have two live steamers that swmbo can always sell off to pay for my funeral :jester: ...and don't worry! if i did'nt laugh about it all i'd probably go feckin' Ga-Ga!  :crazy: Good thing we have this great hobby and friends to keep our minds off things.  :friends:

Got some more plastic tubs filled with plants put along side the re-laid track yesterday. The ballast has set solid and i should be able to remove a few track fixing screws by the end of this week. Hope you notice that the track is now leaning over on the curve the right way! :jester:  The warmer weather is on its way so they say! ...might get to run something next week!  :locomotive:  

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 08:03

Now that's getting technical Bob, Super elevation of curved track and all that. Just think how much faster you can run your trains. :locomotive: :mosking: 


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Posted 15 April 2018 - 20:29

I am happy to report that I visited the McMullen Coal Company light railway yesterday and although no trains were running, I can confirm that repairs are almost complete.

I look forward to news of the reopening special train.

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 11:57

Thanks Ian, always great to have a visit by a like minded person to keep me going and give me the verbal kick up the rear i need to carry on at times, although i said i was'nt doing much this week Ian :mosking: i started on the 'Hoghton Chapel' station re-build whilst it's been dry and warm this morning. Only half a barrow mix of granite chippings and cement mixed 50-50 was enough to get a two inch thick bed down to form the platform into which i then pressed bits of my home made broken walling for the platform edging, the old fences were also pushed into the wet mix, enough mix was left to form the road way behind the station. A couple of rolls of turf were laid last week, although it can be a pain to look after you can't beat the look and smell and feel of freshly cut Grass on a warm Summer day. :sungum:  

 

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 18:33

On time and on budget Bob. Network Rail eat your hearts out!!


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Posted 17 April 2018 - 07:57

This is looking good Bob. And I really agree about the grass. No matter how good artificial turf looks or is made it never seem "quite right" to me. I am a bit perverse I suppose but there is some satisfaction in looking back at grass you have just cut. A job I hope to get to here this week. After today our forecast is pretty good, warmer and drier.


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Posted 17 April 2018 - 09:39

Looking a bit cooler the further North you go O.R. We should get 20c. around here on Weds & Thurs' We've got an old camper van body to hand paint whilst it lasts ...just a tart up with a couple of rollers, more importantly though the re-laid track & ballast bed needs painting up matt Black as well. :derisive: ...the new Grass already needs cutting  :mosking:


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Posted 17 April 2018 - 10:01

Bob I was in Lidl yesterday (Wigan gas works branch !!) I bought a couple of colourful and nicely made "hanging bird feeders" which look like decent buildings for an outside model railway. I bought a couple (on offer at £6.99 each). Removed the hanger & they look OK

 

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 11:24

Station finished and track painted up. :superman:  :sarcastichand:

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 14:16

Station finished and track painted up. :superman:  :sarcastichand:
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Lovely work Bob,
What are you using to paint the track with? Also how did you about getting the lighter grey effect afterwards....it looks cracking!

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 07:36

CME, i use pound shop matt Black or Blackboard paint, 50/50 mix with Turps' or White spirit for the track & Ballast, and a weaker 70/30 mix to get the Grey effect, it go's on Black and it only looks Grey when it's dried  :thankyou:


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Posted 20 April 2018 - 10:26

Thanks Bob, it looks great!