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#801 Owd Bob

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 08:08

Cheers Don. Thankfully its still warm and dry so it helps a lot with the mind set and staying in a good positive mood so its all going ok and to plan for now, we are hoping to get a few bags of sand and cement today and then we can try and get some walls back up before the really bad weather comes again this Autumn/winter time, we are trying to get as much done as we  can before this weekend weather and health permitting.


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#802 alastairq

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 09:17

I sincerely hope you are going to be able to re-use that water tank??  :)   [ A lovely bit of use-what's-there modelling]    :)



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Posted 02 October 2018 - 09:26

I sincerely hope you are going to be able to re-use that water tank??  :)   [ A lovely bit of use-what's-there modelling]    :)

Do you mean this Green one? If so i've no idea yet alastairq, it all depends how things work out as i go along.

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#804 CME and Bottlewasher

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 09:31

Chin up Bob, fine work as always, garden railways are often subject to change as they're real railways but in miniature.
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#805 Edwardian

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 09:48

I wouldn't chuck owt out - I am sure it can and should be re-used on the re-configured line.

 

I am sorry that it has come to this, but I wish you all the best in the sure and certain hope that the line will be resurrected and achieve new glories.


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#806 Owd Bob

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 11:09

Thanks all for the support! :friends: I'm sure we can get something done that looks like its actually going somewhere by the end of this week, as for all the buildings etc i'll see what happens when the track is in its new positions, i took a lot of pics' before i started the deconstruction just in case i broke some buildings. Some will need a repaint and a some will need repairing. Its been the coldest and warmest year since i started garden railway-ing about 12 years ago, and most buildings have survived very well. The old signs have started to fade and fall apart on the station buildings, ....like you say Martin...we have to continually battle the real probs' on our layouts.  :D   

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#807 PaulRhB

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 12:28

I visited a line on Vancouver Island thanks to a friend over there and he had subsidence caused by the weight of his 'rockery mountain' !
His rendition of the Landwasser viaduct was two inches lower at the mountain end due the ground settling ;)
Mind you bears and moose climbing over it didn't help either.
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#808 Owd Bob

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Posted 03 October 2018 - 08:02

Thats something worth me thinking about Paul, i'll go a lot easier with the heavy rocks along the fence and garden edge this time. Despite the wet start and the blustery drizzle yesterday we manged to get a full dry mix of concrete made and managed to lay a dozen blocks. :locomotive: After removing more blocks Hoghton Chapel station is now left sitting completly and high and dry, we are planning to move and transplant the whole lot in one piece elsewhere on the line. :scared:  Just enough sand and cement left over to get the next row of blocks on top and this section finished today ......when it stops drizzling! 

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#809 Dr Gerbil-Fritters

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Posted 03 October 2018 - 08:15

Maybe more of a 'Chat Moss' approach would work?   You might need to refettle every now and then, but having the track 'floating' on a more flexible bed might ease the subsidence. 

 

It's been super dry where I am since May, but you can bet when it finally does rain again, boy will it rain!


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#810 PaulRhB

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Posted 03 October 2018 - 11:45

Or drive some deep piles into bedrock ;)
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#811 Owd Bob

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Posted 03 October 2018 - 14:22

I don't think there is any bedrock around here its all be mined away :jester: A mornings mix has got me a bit further on , i'll be needing access into the far corner so i've left a gap and moved the bridge as it won't be needed in its original place anymore, its roughly set in its final position but chocked up level until the blocks have set. 

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#812 Donw

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Posted 03 October 2018 - 16:36

I visited a line on Vancouver Island thanks to a friend over there and he had subsidence caused by the weight of his 'rockery mountain' !
His rendition of the Landwasser viaduct was two inches lower at the mountain end due the ground settling ;)
Mind you bears and moose climbing over it didn't help either.

 

not heard of any problems with moose or bears over here although a herd of cows that got through didn't do the the trackwork any good on John Wenlocks line. Neither did live 11Kv lines falling on to the track on David Meyrick's 0 gauge line. 

 

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#813 The Oily Rag

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Posted 07 October 2018 - 08:06

A sad day to actually see the damage and the amount of work to reinstate something of a railway. Its good to see the pictures of the infrastructure again, thanks for posting them. You seem to have made amazing progress again on the rebuild, puts me to shame. However after a few days sojourn on the Norfolk Broads again (thats another story) I am back to getting on with things here. The 9th sees the new workshop going up and the quotes hopefully this week for the hard landscaping that needs to be done.

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#814 Owd Bob

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Posted 08 October 2018 - 07:51

It's looking like a dry warm week O.R. and ideal for block laying and shed building, so hopefully we can both make some good progress this week. I'm just preparing a borrow full of  mortar to make another start. :locomotive:


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Posted 08 October 2018 - 09:48

I thought your plan was to take it easy this week? Your progress certainly puts me to shame.

 

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Posted 08 October 2018 - 10:33

I've had to do it that many times before Ian that i can now do it blindfolded, :blind:  the blocks and plants should be numbered and fitted with flippin' Skateboard wheels they get moved about that flaming much! :no: Just come in for a brew and a break, one more barrow load of mortar mixed by 'Her indoors' later and i should have it nearly all joined back up into a connecting circle again by late this afternoon.... we seem to fly through it using the big blocks, they soon get you where you want to go ... :superman:


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#817 Owd Bob

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 11:05

The loop is now connected and just in time before the gathering storms! Planters, soil and rocks have been put back along side the line and we've two steps to get over the line to finish off. A short spur with a spare set of points i had left over was also laid, an ideal future steaming up area. Lots to do yet but we'll have a week off until the weather gets better again.

New raised beds either side of new unfinished steps

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 11:49

The loop is now connected and just in time before the gathering storms! Planters, soil and rocks have been put back along side the line and we've two steps to get over the line to finish off. A short spur with a spare set of points i had left over was also laid, an ideal future steaming up area. Lots to do yet but we'll have a week off until the weather gets better again.

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i am sweating my wotsits off today up here in ossie bob


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#819 Dr Gerbil-Fritters

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 13:20

ossie bob - related to owd bob?

 

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 13:23

ossie bob - related to owd bob?

 

:)

Only in the fact that we are both Lancastrians Dr. Gerbil Fettler. :jester:


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#821 Owd Bob

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Posted Today, 08:37

Thursday saw a busy day when we got both the steps mortared in and finished and both their sides planted up. The bridge was set in its final place and leveled up. Some of the old track was laid out to get the final positions of the curves on top of the new wall roughly in place. We still have a lot of blocks left over which we'll use to build the new pit and coal yard/drops area with. We managed to save the old stone mine tunnel complete and still in one piece. Things are on hold for at least a week as the weather is going to be cooling fast over the next week, so the experts are now saying! 

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Posted Today, 09:06

So glad you are bringing it back to life Bob! Not much more to do now, to get the track down?

 

I have been AWOL for a few weeks, dealing with a family matter in England, but I did manage to get to the Bradford show on 6th. Excellent, bought several kits and ordered my next, and final, steam loco, so not all bad (but have posted a query on my thread, if anyone has come across this problem). Final part of the foundations for my long loop circuit now laid, just blocks to set and then track, much of which has already been pre-bent. But, like you, weather proving tricky here at the moment, for block laying. But should finish in the next few weeks, and then will post pics on my thread.

 

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#823 Owd Bob

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Posted Today, 09:32

Cheers Mike, sounds like good progress news at your end, i was at the Bradford show on the Sunday only and came back with a few more of those Binnie skips and GVT Granite wagons, one day i'll have enough of each to make a decent length train of each type  :) We've about two full barrow loads of mortar to make up to lay the rest of the old blocks to the new pit site behind Pendlebury Fold Station, the points are still in place from the last loop line which we'll use and come off at and then thread a single line through the existing plants to the new pit area which will have two sidings using up two sets of points we still have spare from the old route.

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