A new Railway is Started

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We had a running day here on Wednesday and Silberhütte was well congested. I normally after a session play around with how the Wagons will be set up for the next running session, defining destinations and removing or adding loads as appropriate. During this process it became apparent that Silberhütte has a couple of issue with the stated Storage Capacities. Here is the point end of Road 6 which has a Storage Capicity of 5 x 4 wheeled Wagons. Below you can see that the Balconied end Wagon has extended an inch or two beyond the red and White Fouling Point Marker. Balconied Wagons tend to be a little longer than the Standard LGB 4 Wheeled Wagons. Not good as any Train passing through the point seen just below is likely to give that Wagon a Side Swipe.
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The solution was pretty simple and a couple of inches added to the other end of the Siding to resolve the issue. Of course the Signal had to be moved a little as well. Adding a Short Length of Air Pipe as can be seen by the Air Pipe Joiner.

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Now that Wagon is ‘inside clear’ as we used to say on BR. We could have an issue if more than 1 Balconied Wagon is placed in that Siding but there is just no room for any other lengthening so this will have to do.

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The next issue was how to make some more space by extending Road 7. Here can be seen the problem with this Road, with a stated capacity of 8 Wagons with one covering the point this is Wagon Number 7 not even in clear. Again something needed to be attended to.

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The board at the far end had a little space spare, I decide that a 10 inch section of Streamline would fit the bill.
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Fortunately I have a few Yards of Rail only in the Loft and a few Sleepers lurking in a Box. So this section of Track was made up.
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And offered up to see if it would all fit in. The Bamboo in its Pot was moved out for the duration to make the work on both jobs easier.
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First the Buffer Stop needed to be removed and the Nail Holes filled with roofing compound. This will stop any dampness getting in to rot the Decking below.
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Here the buffer stop and track have been placed. Ballast and gunge added with plenty of External Grade 50/50 with water to glue it all down.


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Finally not only do the 7 Wagons now fit but 2 more can be added admittedly fouling the point to the Fuel Road, but the Yardmaster can resolve that issue by moving just those 2 surplus Wagons out of the way when access is required.
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Another little job done.
 

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Some buildings have been added / upgraded with another on the workbench. First up one that has been lurking around for a long time, probably built when I lived in Luton so at least 19 years old. Was made out of old Expanded Polystyrene Ceiling Tiles removed from the main Bedroom. These days they are considered a Hazard, but were fairly normal in the 80’s when I moved in. Anyhow some were saved and made into Buildings Coated with External Grade Tile Adhesive and Wood surrounds to the Window. Here is a not very good shot of it prior to the upgrade above and to the right of the middle of the Tank Wagons.
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And here it is after works attention, I have recovered the 4 sides with Dark Grey Tile Adhesive. The Windows and doors have had new wooden surrounds. New Roof of Pantiles with all given a Paint Job with some dry brushing to Weather things Down. Location below may be temporary, not sure as I am thinking of a Station Building in part relief somewhere here.
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Next up is a House that I got Second Hand at a Show many moons ago. It has been lurking around looking for a home and getting in the way for too long. Also it had gone past the stage of full redemption to its former glories so I decided to make some Relief Fronts out of it. This is the first one in its location after some remedial work and some spare Window Shutters and Boxes added. Bearing in mind that this is East Germany before the Wall came down, make do and mend was a tradition in the bad old East. Hence the differing Shutter sizes and bit of lost wallwork bottom left.
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Here it can be seen in context with the nearby Halt behind the Shrub, the House Front suggests some kind of community hereabouts.
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Finally showing how it sits under another Station at a lower level, one has to imagine quite hard in places on my line to see what is being attempted.
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I had done an update the other week when the great meltdown of the Forum lost my post. Will get round to reposting some time soon. But in the meantime a project that has been in longer gestation than that one was. Some years back I tasked a friend of mine to take some Pictures of the building in this post. He returned saying that he could find no Building where I said it was. Hardly surprising as I discovered in 2016 when I visited Alexisbad, the space had been stolen for a Mini Bus Terminal. So there followed extensive searching of Books, Video’s and Websites to find what it looked like in better detail. These are the pics that I had to go on.
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Probably the best is the third image which was screen dump ripped from a DVD in my posetion. I also have a much better image in Black and White from a member of a different Forum but feel that I should not post that. So with some information to go on I prepared a Drawing on my CAD System.
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Below that can be seen the start of the Half (well less) Relief Model that would be Built. Doh bottom half is Stone work, so I cut it at the joint around 25% from the top. This proved fortunate as when Spraying I could Rattle Can the Top bit Red Undercoat and the Bottom bit Grey Undercoat. However scribing the Stonework is a much more protracted process than Brick as my slightly Arthritic Fingers complain after 20 or so minutes. HIPS has been used for this Building as is my Standard for Indoor Buildings and those that live in the Garden in perpetual shade. But all was finally completed and the two bits joined with lots of strengthening. You can see all the part done and wasted Brickwork Scoring here as well. Double Doh.
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Finally the Building was Painted up for detail, Brickwork a yellowish colour, Woodwork Brown with that Light Grey finish that untreated Wood gains after years of abuse. Though the pictures all show the Woodwork as Brown this will be well after unification of East Germany when things started to get Painted again. Stonework picked out with darker blocks and all weathered with dry and sloppy thing paint techniques.
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And here it is roughly where it would have been at the real Alexisbad. Probably more hidden by Tree Growth than it ever was.
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Some times one wonders if the effort is worth the time taken to achieve such a small feature. But it satisfies me to know that another of the Puzzles that are Alexisbad in 1981 has been achieved. Would that I had taken more interest and Pictures back in February 1981.
 

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My latest mini project has been to do alternative Station Names and Signs for my Railway in the Shed. Have had a friend Round this week and though we managed some good running in the Garden Tuesday and Today, Wednesday was a different matter altogether. So we ran in the Shed which I have long had a French Timetable for. A small sort of Fiddle Yard exists that normally acts as (Alexisbad Carriage Sidings) has the Line that goes to the Great Outdoors that nicely holds 2 Pignosed Railcars and a Van. The other Road holds 3-4 Wagons a Bogie Coach and a Corpet, more than enough for a back woods French Light/Narrow Gauge Railway. For each Location I have removed the German Names, mounted them on Plasticard with Magnetic Tape. I also made new French Station Names the same. I also made up small flats of Tinplate on each Location that the revised and original plates can sit on. My through Station (Alexisbad) has a line that goes out of the other end of the Shed, this nicely holds a Pignose and a Van, the Van lives here for the Start of the Timetable. The Terminus (Harzegerode) works well also. Sundry but not too many Wagons are distributed and moved around by both the Railcar and the one Mixed each way. So now I have a French and German Railway that I can run happily in the Shed all weathers.

Fiddle Yard at the start of the session. Anemasse (Alexisbad Carriage Siding).
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Mixed and both Railcars at Bonne (Alexisbad), busy part of the day, the Station soon returns to a sleepy existence with the Chef du Gare enjoying Wine in the Cafe du Gare.
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Note that the Station has been renamed as has the Buffet.
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This is Sammeens just an imaginary location at the exit of the Shed. Works fine for just a Railcar and a Van.
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Bonneville (Harzegerode).
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Annemasse (Alexisbad Carriage Siding) the Fiddle Yard.
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Here is where the German Names live while running as the French Line.
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This is something that I did on my old line at Hemel Hempstead, but all the Stations moved from East Germany to Ireland as Stations on the Lough Swilly Railway.
 

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I have written a lot about ballasting indeed a few words here, but as I have mixed stuff all over the place I feel that I would like a more formal set of posts within this thread. I did a specific thread on the ballasting of this line here:-


In the last few months I have been worrying about Ballast having thus far failed to find a anything that is a suitable size. So as I mentioned elsewhere this Chicken Grit stuff has been sourced and although the colour is not quite right the size is perfect, not entirely too round and no Sea Shell content. At just under £11 post included x Amazon for the 25kg bag it was a bit of a no brainer. So I have been refreshing some badly broken up Postcrete and installing new ballast at my ET Station.

First up the postcrete replacement showing before and after pictures. In the first pic you can see my trusty brush and home made shovel that were both used to remove the old ballast. Second pic shows this section freshly ballasted, note that I didi not remove all the postcrete but just enough that the new stuff will fill up to the sleeper tops. All glued down now with my standard mix of 50/50 External Grade PVA and Water with a splash or two of Washing Up Liquid applied with an old 500ml Evo Stick Glue Container, this has a 5-6mm spout. None of your silly applying glue with an Eye Dropper as you read in many Magazines. In some cases if the mix looks like it is not penetrating a Spray with some Water and washing up liquid can help. I give points a little bit of Oil on moving parts to stop possible gumming up though I generally do not ballast the Tie Rod gap and do my best to keep glue away from this vital part. However that oil is also applied to the moving parts of the stock rail again to stop things being gummed up.
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I am sure that you will agree that this below looks a much tidier job.
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The other side now.
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Another part with an after shot.
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Next up ET.
 

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In the last few days ET (Eisfelder Talmühle) has been ballasted, had not been done for the 2 or so years that it has been in existance due to that lack of suitable ballast.

1st pic showing my collection of stuff for doing the work. Glue, ballast, tools that all important small home made shovel. What a boon this has been for getting stuff out of between sleepers to adding measured amounts of concrete dye to mix with ballast.
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Here you can see that I have given the first flood of glue round the points. The points had been oiled around the moving parts and you can see that I have not put any ballast or glue within where the moving parts are. The rail that slides has also been oiled as inevitably some glue is likely to get in but will not work. You can see that I do not pussy foot with the spreading of glue.
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Here we are looking the other way where some junky old stone has been glued in place as a filler before a top layer of ballast applied. I do not always do this but had a convenient plastic box to use up so.
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Looking back the other way some gray smaller ballast has been added, I like to use this smaller stuff in sidings but something will need to be dine about the colour, after all these are sidings in East Germany and look just too neat at the moment. Note that the far siding being in effect the running line has had the larger ballast used.
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Looking across the pointwork the difference in ballast colour is very apparent.
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Looking the other way again (hope none of you are getting stiff necks) the top coat of ballast has been added and is well on the way to drying. Note now how neat I have tried to make this as it is technically a running line.
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Here I have given the sidings a blow over of Halfords Rattle Can Matt Black to tone things down a little, probably a little overdone. I did learn my techniques when I was with Mr. Done and Mr.Over who used to get his instructions from Mr.Under. Moving on......
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I like to use a little scatter to add to the unloved end of sidings, some is quite colour fast and survives outside. Some just goes a funny weathered colour, but at least the texture stays.
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Finally I have added a little brown to reflect rusty track in sidings. Again at first I over did it some but a second coat of sloppy brown with black toned it all down somewhat. Certainly does not look so bad now that everything is not matt black. Those fouling point markers have also had a visit from the painters.
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Looking very good Jon, a great " how to do it ":clap::clap::cool:
 

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My Lindenberg Station has always been rather tight fitting in the rear of a Sun (avoiding) House as it does. Last Wednesday a side swipe occurred (in the area where the red pliers are) whilst another operator was shunting the Station, no damage but obviously something that needed sorting. First job was to lift the track, pull out the trunking and give things a good clean up, my trusty Lidl Garden Vac can be seen plus many of the tools littered about.
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Here you can see my 2 patented spacing gauges, though the rails here are within one of the gauges Nearer the point they were not. It is apparent that there are a few mm to play about with here so all should be good. But as can be seen by the new wood the board needed a few mm widening as well. Without doubt the fact that the track is clamped and that the points are Air operated makes these jobs so much simpler, plus all the wire and Air lines being in trunking helps as well. FE9FC8AC-8A74-40DE-9D17-7939237412AA.jpeg
There has been some chatter on here recently about Rail Clamps, this close up shows that there are still traces of LGB Graphite Paste in here some 6 years after this track was originally laid. As I have given up outside with Track Power I never bothered to clean up and re paste the rail ends. However I have no doubt that is I were to need Track Power again, a severe surface track cleaning session would soon see things in working order.
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Job completed with some new Roofing Felt down, roofing mastic in all the joints and wherever there has been cuts to fit round bolts or posts. Just behind the water butt you can see the high level support that had to be moved out yet again to facilitate this work. I had already moved it a couple of inches a few months back probably trying to skive off the full job that has now been completed. The plastic brown bit is for the H sign that can just be made out behind the clearance marker, this will be revised to be a ground one after having been knocked off a few times, both by myself and a visiting cat that uses this setup as a jumping place to get to next doors garden, sometimes whilst Barney is hot pursuit.
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Still as Frank Spencer would say “ another little job done Betty”.
 

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Last week I finally got round to finishing painting the Road behind Alexisbad. Inevitably I slopped some paint on the backscene so decided to try to loose it with some scenic greening. In the end I used some Astro Turf cutting it into 1 or 2 ridge widths depending on the location that it was to be used. Below you can see the underneath of the Astro and a piece cut 1 rib wide.
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This cutting as can be seen inevitably leaves lots of rubbish around, some of which with a little patience can be used for long clumps of grass as below.
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Here we see the end result at the rear of the Station and its approaches, not for the fine scale modeller but much better than the unpainted Road and poorly aligned back-scene.
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Great job! I like the search for details.
Just note that the café, besides your Bonneville station should read "café de la gare" not "cafe du gare" (hope you don't mind).
 

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Great job! I like the search for details.
Just note that the café, besides your Bonneville station should read "café de la gare" not "cafe du gare" (hope you don't mind).
Interesting have been looking through my one of my French Books and found the following:-
CAFE DES DEUX GARES
CAFE Brouillard Modern-Hotel
However looking through one of my Belgium Books I find:-
CAFE DU TRAM
so perhaps this or somewhere else in a Belgium book is where I got the reading from.
I have a lot of books so looking through them all to justify what I have done would take some time, possibly differences in French dialect could be an issue as well? I am certainly not even a low level French speaker, beer Please, thanks and goodby being around my limit! But have no problem in being put right.
 

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CAFE DES DEUX GARES and CAFE DU TRAM are correct. The first one is the plural form, the second is the singular form. Besides, in french you have two genders: masculine and feminine "la gare" is feminine, "le tram" is masculine. French is not an easy language to learn. In english you use "the" for station (gare=feminine) and also "the" for tram(way) (tram=masculin), in french it is different according to the gender. Hope I don't puzzle you with all my explanations.
 

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Interesting have been looking through my one of my French Books and found the following:-
CAFE DES DEUX GARES
CAFE Brouillard Modern-Hotel
However looking through one of my Belgium Books I find:-
CAFE DU TRAM
so perhaps this or somewhere else in a Belgium book is where I got the reading from.
I have a lot of books so looking through them all to justify what I have done would take some time, possibly differences in French dialect could be an issue as well? I am certainly not even a low level French speaker, beer Please, thanks and goodby being around my limit! But have no problem in being put right.
Yep, I was going to say, in French it is la gare (station) so it will be Cafe de la Gare

your cafe des deux gares is the Two Stations Cafe - an interesting concept

Tram I suspect is masculine (and railaddict confirms) so Cafe du Tram is OK, as would also be Cafe du Train because train is also masculine.

All this comes from the Latin, which at school was very boring, and makes life rather tedious; the fact that we don't have masculine and feminine noun forms is probably the only area of English language that is easier than the European languages :devil::devil::devil:
 

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Back in 2018 I created a new Timetable based upon the 2016 Selktalbahn line in the Harz that was in operation when I visited in 2016 with my good friends John and Maggie.

Below is a printed copy of the Timetable with all of my scribbled notes to work out how many units of Motive Power are required to work this service. Note I only use the services the are involved with passing through Alexisbad. Others on the Trans-Harz are ignored even though I have an Eisefelder Talmühle Station on my line.
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I have written out the workings of each service as shown below so that individual Operators could work the Timetable, these must some day be typed up and laminated.
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Below you can see my rough and ready (very rough) graphing out of the Timetable.
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Finally a few pictures taken yesterday when I ran the service single handed on a nice warm sunny day. A very satisfying 4.5 hours in the Garden on such a nice day.

Below 99-6001 (the so called Ballerina) approaches Magdesprung on Train 8961 the 0734 from Gernrode to Harzegerode. This is a tricky train to ride due to the early start and the only opportunity in the TT then to access Harzegerode by Steam. Another friend of mine achieved this goal by staying in the Hotel next to Alexisbad Station, a lonely quiet place to stay with Alexisbad having little else except being a delightful sleepy Village.
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Here we are at Eisefelder Talmhüle with Railcar 201 waiting to pick up it’s first Train of the day 8980 the 0850 x Nordhausen for Hasselfelde. The other 2 units of the 3 that circumnavigate from Nordhausen are out of shot in this picture, they will appear in service later in the day.
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Below 2 pics, 6001 has nearly completed its working day and is heading back to Quedlinberg on 8964 the 1702 x Eisefelder Talmhüle. Seen passing the Gernrode Railcar at Magdesprung also on its last out and back journey from Quedlinberg to Alexisbad and ending by it‘s return at Gernrode. Note some of the Handsets hanging around for the other services out in the line, the one with the Red Lanyard is for a Railcar that was sitting at my take of Hasselfelde, a run round loop and one siding at low level behind the Steam Loco.
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Below part of the excitement at Alexisbad on an occasion where more than one train is present. The Big Railcar (a PM bash) is on 8973 the 1539 from Quedlinberg to Hasselfelde where it will arrive at 1747 before turning round to return back to Nordhausen to end it’s day. The small Railcar is another Nordhausen Railcar that is in the middle of a series of shuttles between Alexisbad and Harzegerode. This unit does 4 of these shuttles each way, must be quite tiring for the driver to keep trundling to and fro on a 10 or 11 minute run with just over an hour to wait between one of them at Harzegerode. Suppose that will be his or her Snap time.
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Hope you enjoyed another visit to this Timetable.
 

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Had a funny sort of few days with some Track Relaying and an extension. But first the relaying, just got 5 points from Maybach and they have been laid in my Gernrode West part of the Station. They were 3 left and 2 right which worked perfect and as this part if the line was not ballasted it was a pretty simple swop out. Whilst I was at is some of the Track Power feeds had to be disconnected but as I am now all Battery Powered I did not bother to replace them. Worked out a pretty quick job, Air Operation of the Points simplifies things as did the fact that many of the joints had been done with Hillman Clamps. These have been recovered and everything has just plain Fishplates. As this is in a Shed I am happy about this. Though some of the joints were a bit tricky with the long Peco Fish Plates, so some were cut in half to make fitting easier.

The Stock all had to be removed from the Shed before I started.
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Then the original points as seen here needed to be lifted.
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Leaving a blank tapestry to refill with the new second hand dead frogged points.
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I see little point is posting an after view as it will be exactly the same as the before view except with no Hillman Clamps, though the Bridge Clamps remain in place for the lifting flap. So that was another job done.

The extension.
Below you can see the end of Road 4 at my Silberhutte Station, this acts as a Wood Yard receiving loads of Logs to be cut with the resulting Cut Timber departing in Opens and Vans to sundry points. Some just within this Station with the Barrell Factory taking in Cut Timber from this Siding. As can be imagined it gets a lot of Wagons and after the last operating session we had a tight fit for access to Road 4a as seen in the second picture.
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Here we see the other end with a Bogie Open pushed hard against the stops showing the Road 4 was full in fact a little over full.

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Thus I decided that a short extension was in order. 60mm to be precise, hardly worth the effort but as the picture below shows it means that this selection of wagons fits nicely. No doubt another selection will overhand but overhanging to a considerable degree is much better than looking like it is ok but it is not. This picture shows I still have a little to do to disguise that screw head.
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Thus it came to pass that this 60mm was added to the siding resulting in better clearance as shown in the pic below.
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hopefully the AYM appreciates the change at the next Operating Session. Though I expect he would have been happier with a full 4 wheel wagons worth of extension, just no pleasing some Railwaymen.
 

dunnyrail

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I have been asked to describe how I move Wagons on my Railway.

Tricky to know where to start on this one, but perhaps the best place is with a plan then an audit. The plan involves a big “What do you want question”? That is very much a key to knowing what you want to achieve, for me it was pretty simple. My want was to replicate and run the Selktalbahn in East Germany as close as possible. Over the years my purchasing and modelling has been towards that aim. First I used Toy Train Wagons at my line in Hemel, but as time went on I started to replace these with proper sized LGB DR Wagons though there have been a few additions that do not fit the theme, these have been justified as left over reparations from the War (French Wagons) and a few that were used on the Ruschbahn.

Thus having a set of wagons (and you could start with only 2 or 3) the next stage is to workout where they will go. Ok so you may have only 1 Station on your line with 2 sidings A and B, but imagination could put those 2 sidings at different stations even though it will be the same station, a few trips round the loop will take you to that next station. Thus a wagon traversing from siding A to B will have gone from somewhere to somewhere even though in fact it has only moved a few feet in the station, it has gone a few laps to achieve that. Those sidings can be spit into spots, thus spot 1 would unload say coal, spot 2 vans etc, giving more variety on what may at first appear to be a simple line with few options for Timetable and Wagon movements.

Having described things in a basic level let us now look at what I have done to achieve those principles on a somewhat more complex line with more stations and quite a few wagons. Some 40-50 Wagons circulate my line so keeping track of them and where they go during a timetabling session is quite important.

This brings us to Wagon Cards and Waybills. Below are 2 Wagon Cards from my line, they are shown with the Waybills that are normally assigned to these Wagons. One of the Traffics that was quite heavy in 1981 was Flourspar, this moved from Silberhütte to Gernrode mostly on Mixed Trains there being not that many nominated Goods Trains on the Selktalbahn, though there are pictures of them in my interest days and were certainly present in later years when Rollwagon working was instituted.
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I make my cards from a simple print (using a Cad package but a normal WP could be used) then they are laminated to Business Card size. Thus the print needs to be a little smaller and I do them double sized folding them over before laminating them. The cards you see will have similar sized fronts and backs. The front has the Wagon Number and type at the top. Below that is the type of traffic carried (note for many other opens this will be 3 or 4 differing types). Under that is the orders, a printed no orders routing may be added here, but this is also where Waybills are inserted. The Waybill is held in place with a small piece of clear plastic sellotaped in place with nine in the too to make a pocket so that a Waybill can be inserted. The rear if the card has some of that basic information repeated but also the Unique Number I assign to all of my purchases plus how much it cost me. I keep that and other information, but to save a second record you could certainly put where and when purchased here should you wish.


This brings us neatly to Waybills. I have used in the past playing cards to define where wagons move to, the playing card being a destination or siding. Different suites can be used to indicate urgency or even an Operating Session I.E. Red next session, Black the one after next. The pic below shows the Matrix I have used for this.
3A2A5725-03E0-4AEC-8111-12FA800B8889.jpeg Looking at the Waybills you can see from the example that there are 2 sides and that this one has 2 moves in the outwards journey from Gernrode to Lindenburg. I have named Silberhütte to its original name for artistic licence on my line. These are Open Wagons that are in Circuit working for Silberhutte, circuit working means that they are dedicated to that traffic. There are many reasons why this might be so on the real thing, with Flourspar being a White Powder it would be inconvenient to use a wagon to load it that had coal dust polluting the inside. Thus on the card for Ow4021 the Waybill advises that the journey will be on Train 69715 from Gernrode to Alexisbad, note that on arrival at Alexisbad there is an instruction to put the Card into the bin for Train 69717. We will come to bins shortly. The next instruction moves the Wagon from Alexisbad to Lindenburg on Train 69717 later in thensession. This will be the end of its first move and the Wagon is now available for loading. However the Train Operator will not do that loading, the card is just placed into the Wagons Arrived Bin.

Contd next post.
 

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Now we need to talk about Bins. I made these up from scraps of thin timber and cuts of MDF, Plywood or Hardboard. They are not the prettiest of things but are functional. I allocate each of my Stations one of these and each Train a Bin, some Stations have a Shunt Bin and all have an Arrived Wagons Bin.some Stations even have Bins for Waybills as well. Each of the Services that is due to call and pick up Wagons has a Bin, this will have the relevant Wagon Cards in it. Operators generally do not need to concern themselves with the how except if a Wagon has multiple journeys within a session, then the Waybill tells what Train Bin the Card needs to be placed. Some journeys can move over 2 sessions, thus a card may say put in bin 69NNN and that train has already run today will move on the next session in that Train. That is fine and what can happen on the real thing. This brings up the issue of Wagon Storage which will be covered shortly.

The shunt bin is for Wagons that were not able to be placed for Loading or Unloading on a previous session, these are defined by the Yardmaster outside of an Operating Session (me) and are to be carried out during the session. More about this later. All Wagon Cards for Arrived on Trains Wagons are placed in the Arrived Wagons Bin. This allows me to do 2 things, one ensure that Wagons have been moved as expected during the session but more importantly so that I do not give them an immediate journey till a session after the next one. This helps to give some randomness and logical fluidity to Wagon movements. There are some exceptions to this which will be covered later. Note that there is no indication of which Siding the Wagon is located in the Train Bin other than that it is in the Station. Tabs have been the solution to this and again more later.
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Storage of Wagons out on the line, some of the Stations on my line have sidings that are not defined for Traffic, these can be used for Wagon Storage for Wagons say waiting for an onwards service or for Wagons that cannot be placed for Loading/Unloading because the siding is congested. I initially used to do a Shunt list to take care of these things and this worked just fine when I could rely on an Operator for Silberhütte. However last year I was only for most sessions able to rely on 2 visitors so had to come up with something different. I had been messing with hand written Tabs for some time and have now pretty well formalised them with Laminated ones that slot into the Wagon Cards and can cover all sorts of eventualities. But first perhaps I should explain more about the Train and Siding Bins. As can be seen above the Siding Bins will have a bunch of Wagon Cards, but ones for Trains will be in the Train bin even though they are in a Siding still, this has caused a little confusion over time so Tabs have been created to show where the Wagons are located. Similar Tabs have been created to indicate the Shunts that need to be carried out, some Trains do have Station Layover and it is expected that Shunts will be carried out during those layovers. Note these Shunts are in addition to any that a Train Driver may need to carry out to extricate a Wagon for his service! Below are some examples of Tabs in use at Silberhütte, the most busy Station on the line Freight wise.
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The next picture shows some of the Tabs in a Wagon Card. Although the Waybill shows that Wagon being due for Spot 4-4 as this siding was full at the time of arrival it was shunted for stabling in Road 7 and the 2 Tabs reflect this for whoever gets around to the Shunts. That Wagon Card at the start of a session will have been placed in the Shunts Bin by the Yardmaster (me between sessions).
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Below is the Signal Box Diagram that shows the varying Sidings at Silberhütte. Siding numbers are in a Circle with a Green Box elsewhere to show the Spots for Loading and Unloading. Capacity of each Siding is shown in an oblong box as in Standard LGB Wagon Lengths, note that Siding has 7+2, this means that 2 extra Wagons can be stored over the points but this will block in the Fuel Train which uses Road 8 and require extra shunting at some stage. Normally this extra storage is not used, but it can get a troubled Train driver out of a jam if need be. These diagrams look quite busy and need to be understood by Operators. Yellow boxes are Points, Red ones are Signals.
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There are some exceptions to these rules, I have 2 Block Trains and 5 Milk/Mail Vans that travel the system. I do not use Wagon Cards for the Block Trains unless a Wagon has been detached for Servicing at Gernrode. Then a Wagon Card has a Green coloured Card Waybill order to move it to Gernrode and the Wagon passes through the system via Trains and Bins as would any other. Returning the same way after repair. The Mail/Milk Vans move out and return during the same session (well mostly if operators follow the instructions). These are the only Cards that have the Waybills turned for their return journeys by the Train Drivers in a session. The Wagon Cards are coloured White to differentiate them. Some have 2 services on their outwards journey and one has 3 services for the return. That 3 Train journey was a revision last year and is taking some time for Operators to get used to it. I think it went perfect at the last session of the year.

Finally I should say how I created a Matrix to start up my workings on the line. I used a spreadsheet for this, the side nites had the Wagon Types with the expected loads that can be carried, at the top each Siding in Each Station is listed. I then put an X against each location and load type for the varying options. This gave me a plan for the Waybills that I needed to create.

I should point out that Vans have 4 movements on each waybill. 2 each side. These are rotated after the first journey then then turned for a further 2 journeys. When it gets to the final location the Waybill is removed (again me out of session) and the Waybill put at the back of the Waybill Bin and a new one grabbed from the front for a further 4 journeys. This gives some serious random factor to the Vans and they circumnavigate all over the line. I have created a lot of differing possible journeys in the varying Van Waybills thus they are truly random and can cause some serious congestion at times, loads of fun! Below you can see in 4 waybills the way I have created these 4 journeys. I have tried to revise these as some Operators were taking the “Remove Ticket on Arrival” literally. This info was just for me when in Yardmaster mode between sessions and I am revising these Waybills in a way that does not cause this to occur.
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Jon, thanks for taking the time to detail the various methodology on how your Operating System works, finally, I think the space between my ears has absorbed how it is put together and a how it works.
 
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I was talking about a way of showing Loco Diagrams as used in Germany, have found this in my archives though of French origin it shows the principle well enough. Though I am somewhat unsure what the U’s are at the begining and end of some of the Diagrams, as this line was a Tramway and had a fair bit of Freight I am assuming that this was allocated Shunt time either before or after a journey. I also have the Timetable for this line and the Solid Line soes indeed represent the Trains running time. The single letters to the left, right and in the timings represent a Station letter code, a much simpler way than writing the name in full. Would love to know what the right hand Columns are about, but as I do not speak French and cannot decifer the writing enough to do a Google Translate I remain ignorant.
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