A new Railway is Started

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After yesterdays work I was ready to get started on Carolstadt. Though I worked on the Low Level up to where Carolstadt would be started, I am putting Carolstadt on the higher level. So decided that it would be appropriate to get the first board in place. The next pic shows the boards for this Station in their Winter Hibernation Location after I had taken of the Tarp and moved some of the sundry bits of wood away.

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I then started on the first Board, needless to say this one was at the bottom. It was also in need of some re-engineering as it was built at an angle to sit next to a Fence in a non too square Garden. So the next two pictures show the work involved. I modified the Construction with end Timbers and will fit Decking onto these when the High Level and next board have reached/been joined to it. I should not complain too much about the lack of Square on the original ends of this Board. I made it myself and it also sat at 90 degrees to the next board that it will be joined to. Again at the bottom of the New Heap that is Carolstadt in store!

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Finally I got called to Lunch next door with the neighbors so just managed to finish off the board after 2 more Metposts had been concreted in the ground, posts and supports all put in place. Inevitably I used it straight away as a store for Timber and put a Tarp on it for the night. Good job I did as it has been bucketing down this evening.

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I am beginning to feel that I am getting somewhere now, just hope the weather holds. Snow would not be good for my progress.

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Yesterday was a bit of a Washout so I spent the day doing Indoor Stuff, out Shoping for bits and just generally organising stuff.

This Morning was a different case however. Also Monday. I have made a good start on Carolstadt and the Dual Level now goes under the Carolstadt Baseboard to emerge at the front. It will continue along here rising untill it gets to the point where it will need to do a reverce on 4ft Radius Curves to Join the line from Carolstadt which will have been dropping to meet it. Shades of the Channel Tunnel Digging, will it all match? The pictures show well what has been achieved since the last post. There are still 3 more Carolstadt Baseboards to go, had the Heavens not opened around Lunch Time I may have got the next Board in place. Certainly the Metposts would have been in.

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I am also toying with the idea of a Reverce Loop here on the loop by the House, ala Stiege. Also the Low Level has space to allow for a Siding or Loop that may well just be called Friedrichshoe, though it will be in the wrong place entirely, it could have its uses. The Sticking Out bits of Decking are the start of this. I will only put it in if I have enough Track and Points. Carolstadt of course will be used as Silberhutte in the Timetable.


I have also refitted Carolstadt Station Building which was buit some Years ago by me for the Ruschbahn. It is Half Relief and based heavily on the MOB Station at Chamby, a particular favourite of mine. Though Swiss, in line with my desire to preserve some of the Ruschbahn it has been decided to keep it. What the heck.

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By the way Chamby Station would make a great Model in its own right, being the Junction for the MOB and the BC. LGB Malletts and all sorts run to here in the Summer.

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Thanks Mr Stainz, even more to report now.

Progress has been pretty rapid in the last few days. Friday saw the last 3 Boards of The Ruschbahn Carolstadt put into place on their respective Metposts. The length of this Station was always pretty impressive, but now that the Original Loco Shed Board has been straightened out and a couple of extra feet added at the bottom of the Garden. Well it is very long. The first  picture shows the former location of the Loco Shed Turntable, the Paint Pot represents where the Turntable used to be with the Felt PEN Part Circle nearest being the other part.

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The Second Picture shows the Angled few feet of additional Board that has also been added to Carolstadt.

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Next up shows the re-engineering done to one of the Boards.

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Then a Couple of Views from the Gravel Loader end, currently in its Raw State having just been put up.

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Now we see a couple of views of the same area and the other end after sundry repairs have been carried out and felting competed ready for Track Laying. The second has some Buildings and Track placed to get a feel for how things may be laid out. Carolstadt will be a much more Industrialised Station than in its former life. It is after all representing Siberhutte which was all Factories and Industry. The Rollwagens will be working to here with Coal for the Power House. I need to do a couple of rough ideas on paper before I start to lay Track. As things are going whilst I can fit everything in, there is currently the feeling of all Track, where Silberhutte was Heavily Industrialised but had not many Sidings and lots of Trees. I think that the Factories etc were built there in WW2 in a Green Field Area which was kept pretty much as that to confuse the Alies. 

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Finally a Couple of views of the length of the Garden from a high perspective to give a feel of the scope of the line.

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Yes it is a lot of Railway, but once I get on with the Gardening and planting out the effect will be very much softened.

If this weather stays as it has been today, I may get some Track Laid from the Shed to join into Carolstadt.

JonD




 

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Very impressive! A lot of hard work - incorporating a lot of memories - with a great future.
 

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Very impressive JD....
 

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Track was laid to Carolstadt today, I made a late start due to the Cold but once I got out progress was rapid. I just needed to continue the Felt to the Ally Bridge on the High Level. Re-engineer a bit of Track by the Door that had been loosely laid for clearances. Then it was Rock and Roll. I decided that this momentous occasion required a Train, I also used it to clear out some of the Stock from the Shelves that I built to House Locomotives. It is pretty near clear now. It will be well known by now that as a former Railway Operator, I like to do things the correct way. So just plonking some items of Stock on the line is not for me. I intended to move 6 Log Wagons to the Wooden Shed Low Level Fiddle Yard with a little trip to Carolstadt to celebrate the Track Laying. This is what I did.

Battery Diesel Locomotive Depart Light Engine from Gernride Hbf at 1625 to Alexisbad.
On arrival at Alexisbad pick up Green Brake Coach.
Return to Gernrode with Brake Coach Run Round and Couple to Log Wagons.
Run to Carolstadt with Empty Log Train.
Propel Log Train Back to Magdesprung, Run Round and put Brake Van on Rear.
Run to Low Level Fiddle Yard.
Detach Log Wagons in Loop and Run Round Brake Coach.
Return to Magdesprung.
Run Round Brake Coach and return to Gernrode.
Shunt Brake Coach to Siding and Run to Loco Shed.
Sign off at 1705
Note that was 40 minutes (real time) running for just 1 simple Train. This Railway is certainly going to keep me amused.

Just a few pics of the event and a Vid of the run over the newly laid Track.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-PwwWvVB4Y

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When I got up this Morning, the drizzle looked not good for Garden Railway Progress. So I did a bit of retail therapy with Glendale Jcn. and Local DIY Stores. More importantly as I live near to Cambourne Cambs a visit to Filcris is a dodle.  I wanted a few bits of Ladder and other Plastic to both Repair my Lift Flap Section to the Tin Shed and to make a Bonsai Tray that will display my Bonsai behind the curve where the Track makes a 4ft Rad near the House. After a raid on their Skip and a few as new parts were grabbed, some Money Changed Hands after they kindly cut the Long Lumps to fit the Smart Car.

Once I finally got home it was not long before Blue Skies loomed so out I went for some work. I decided to attack various small jobs around the Wood Shed Doors then attacked the Tin Shed. The next Pics show the issue and I guess I knew in my Heart of Hearts that a Wooden Hatch would just not cut the mustard being stored Upside Down even with a Tarp over it.

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So a bit of simple construction with Filcris Ladder and a size able  lump of Hips that the previous owners of the House left lying around. The following was made up, the old one can also be seen here.

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The final Pics show it in place and in it`s Storage Location. I have no worries of expansion with this. Filcris do give warnings of expansion, but this location NEVER gets any sun.

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JonD


 

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Are you going to pop a few drain-holes through the lower end to let the water out when in the 'open' position??
I know it should not rot, but if water gets in the joints, and then freezes it might 'blow' them apart..
 

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Phil, you read my thought exactly, in the Rain Yesterday I noticed a little puddle. So will be on the Job List to do today if it stops raining. Many thanks for the suggestion.

As an aside, my Grandfather John Dunford Senior (known to all his friends and workmates as Jack) was a Carriage and Wagon Foreman on British Rail. He retired around 1960 ish after a career of 45 years. He once told me of a Trip he made to Derby, on his visit he was shown the then Brand new BR Open Steel Mineral Wagons. On noting that they were Steel Construction he made the suggestion that they should have some holes made in them to stop Water Puddling. Coal in such circumstances apparently can be very corrosive. Should have remembered that little story when I made that new Lifting Flap!
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We forget the lessons of our forebears at our peril! - Nothing new under the sun it seems!
;) :happy:
 

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loooking damed good, keep it up. :eek:
 

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Managed to lay the Track on the first Station on the Low Level this Morning, but then went for some Retail Therapy at Glendale so no pics I am sorry to say as yet. Needed to get some details of the Tain Line Bridges, drop off some stuff for them to sell so that I can get a Train Line Mallett. So if any of you are looking for the following LGB:-
24152 Green D4 Centre Cab Diesel DIgital Sound
20520 Red and Creme Austrian Centre Cab oldy Diesel Digital
22150 Stainz Lookalike with Powered Tender Chipped
22150 Analog of above
41220 Steif Bear Wagon
Just hotfoot it to Glendale, all at very good prices.
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The last couple of days have been pretty mixed Weather wise so I have been working in the Shed. However I managed at the back end of last week to get the Track laid for another Station. This is to be Lindenburg, the older Station name for the current Straßberg. I have decided to name this Station as such because my line is not to be a slavish copy of the Selketalbahn but a `sort of like the` Selketalbahn`. Most of the Stations are to be named after the real places but will be different in subtle ways. For example because of the Topogrophy of the Garden, Magdesprung is the wrong way round. I.E. you arrive from Alexisbad at the end that should be Gernrode. Harzegerode exits Alexisbad from the Gernrode end of the Station rather than the Silberhütte end. These little changes do not effect in too many ways that the Railway will Operate so I can live with them.

So now to get down to the Work. Lindenburg was always going to be tricky as it is located on the Double Deck outside part of my line and mostly within the Abour to boot. Space being severely restricted. As a result of this Track Spacing has been cut down to the bare minimum that I can get away with using LGB Stock. This means that the Station can be operated as the real location, but will be very challenged scenically. The 2 pictures show the results, again I can live with this to have a Station that is Operable and in the correct place Geographically to boot. Oh and the Buffer Stop in the first pic is one that I built for the Ruschbahn, it protected the Train from leaping off the end of the Rack Line. The drop here is pretty similar, so hopefully the 4 inch Screw incorporated will do a similar life saving job!

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Lindenburg just about got done before the Weather turned. So I decided to look at the Low Level Fiddle Yard in the Shed. I had been thinking of changes here for a while. The site was the same size as Andy Rush`s Fiddle Yard so I surmised that I ought to be able to fit in 5 Roads as he had done. The Secret was the way that he cut Down the Points. I managed to procure 4 of his R3 Left Hand Points from Glendale, 3 of which he had cut down. So I did the same
With the other one and my 4 that were already in the Yard. Then it came to pulling all the existing Track Out. Quite fun in the restricted space, it had all been laid before the High Level went in. The next pic shows the before.

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I then re-planned the layout to get rid of the R1 Point and most of the R1 Curves but also get that vital extra Road and a Kick Back. The two Curved Roads are retained, but one of them is R2, much better. the LuLu Bahn Train and Stock will live and work from here on it`s infrequent journeys on the line. another bit of the Ruschbahn that is to be incorporated, though all the LuLu Bahn Stock belonged to me. The next 2 pictures from almost the same angle shows the revision and looking the other way. I am well pleased at the extra space created with not too much effort. All that need to be done is to get the Air Oerated Points System re-installed and the Extra Motors incorporated. A clever part of the re-design is that I do not need any extra Switches. In the Timetable this site will get little use, but I do need the storage for when the line is not being Operated.

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Next up, get to grips with Carolstadt (Silberhütte). This is giving me night mares, do I retain as much of Andies layout as possible? Or do I slavishly as far as I can replicate the Prototype Silberhütte layout? Watch his space, or should I do a Poll?

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Gosh surprising how time goes by without an update. In truth I have been busy working on the Arbor and the weather has been Carp. But yesterday I went to meet up with that nice Mr Maybach and collected a big lump of Metal. In truth I have been in negotiation to get this for a week or three and until I got it progress was not realistic. None of this was Mr Maybach`s fault, just the logistics of getting to the West Country at the moment.

Well having negotiated the thing through First Great Western, the Tube and First Capital Connect It was finally man handled home. Funny looks on the Tube but no comment, not even from the Lady that walked into it `I did a delayed Ouch when she was out of site`. It is solid Steel, some 6ft or more long about a Foot Wide and around 7 Inches Deep. Big Lump.

So here are some pices of it, roughly where it will be in the Garden.

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Many thanks to Maybach for a superb Fine piece of kit.

This has goaded me into action and I got a Half Circle of Woodwork done Today between showers for the line that will go to Join the Bridge. It will be in front of roughly where I stood to take the First Picture, dropping down to go Under Carolstadt that you see to the Left. The reason for the Bridge is that I need a Removable Structure so that I can Garden the space in the Circle.
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That´s going to be a fantastic sight, when it´s installed :eek:

I´ve got four removable 100cm steel bridges which conntect the two sides of my layout and its two loops together. I don´t want to know what twice the length weighs, but I´ve got an idea that you´re going to create a low maintenance garden underneath the bridge ....
 

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That is one impressive implement! ??? ???

That will look sublime with a train rolling over it.
 

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Yes the bit of Garden inside the loop will be made as low maintenance as possible. Yes it will be nice to see a Harz 2-10-0t trundling over with the Rollwagens.

Having collected the Bridge last Monday, the weather has either been Carp since or I have been out Socialising at Shildon or other paces. Still yesterday and Friday were acceptable days so I made a start on the next and nearly final piece of Track Infrastructure. Initially I needed to make the Curve Sections. These are made from 8x2 inch Flooring Joists, cut the 15 degree angles and joined using cut up lengths of Builders Strapping. This is the stuff that they use to secure Joists and Roofing Trusses to Houses. Very useful stuff and it makes very good solid joins. Having made a half circle it was time to get posting and the Half Circle plus Joint to the existing Carolstadt Baseboard went in over Friday and Saturday Morning. Then some more Curve was made with a Test Fit of the Bridge to see exactly where it would go. Having satisfied myself of the viability of the Curve (I did not want the Bridge to end up under Carolstadt) I proceeded with the 1st Bridge Post. This is a 3x3 inch Post and has a Double Section Bolted on at the Tops with a Cross Section for the Bridge to sit on. Having got one in place the Second Pier was made up the same and lo Bridge in Place. I lucked out with the Curves for the other end of the Bridge too, these were off cuts that fit just right. Even the long length of off cut has the correct angles.

Pics as at Close of Work Yesterday. See next post for pics, skrewed up Picture Insertions big time!

So with good weather Today I may get the rest of the woodwork done, painted, felted and evan some Track Laid.
 

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Pics OK this time I hope. From Yesterdays work on Bridge installation.

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Can´t wait to see the trains crossing the bridge :happy: