Fallowfield Road 2019

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Having assembled a batch of goods wagons with look-and-link couplings, I reckoned I'd better get something to pull them, ...

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... so I cut some styrene bits to fill the hole on the underside of the Playmobil shunter's loop couplings ...

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... drilled holes, bent up hooks and glued them in ...

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... checked them out with Brandbright chain and a Swift Sixteen hopper ...

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... took the little train outdoors (here in its "quarry siding" home base) ...

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... and ran it around for a while through the awakening landscape. Lotta weeding to do ... :oops:

... so now I have a loco that can haul wagons with look-and-loop LGB style couplings and the new wagons with three-link couplings.
 
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A neat idea.
 
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Playmobil material still in the running ...
 
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First day of the May long weekend. Having an hour free, I ran a slightly longer train -- two wagons this time :D.

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Entering the north end of the quarry siding over LGB R3 points. Happily, no problems ;).

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And rumbling through the station. I tested the running through the loop and sidings as well: the wagons had no trouble on the curved leg of the R1 point in the yard, though the loco with its longer wheelbase was less happy.
The sky had turned overcast after a sunny morning -- this is actually better for my basic camera, which has trouble in bright light :cool:.
 
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First day of the May long weekend. Having an hour free, I ran a slightly longer train -- two wagons this time :D.

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Entering the north end of the quarry siding over LGB R3 points. Happily, no problems ;).

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And rumbling through the station. I tested the running through the loop and sidings as well: the wagons had no trouble on the curved leg of the R1 point in the yard, though the loco with its longer wheelbase was less happy.
The sky had turned overcast after a sunny morning -- this is actually better for my basic camera, which has trouble in bright light :cool:.
Looks like you remembered to put the battery cover back unlike I did earlier today when I took my video.

Paul
 
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First day of the May long weekend. Having an hour free, I ran a slightly longer train -- two wagons this time :D.

View attachment 252339

Entering the north end of the quarry siding over LGB R3 points. Happily, no problems ;).

View attachment 252341

And rumbling through the station. I tested the running through the loop and sidings as well: the wagons had no trouble on the curved leg of the R1 point in the yard, though the loco with its longer wheelbase was less happy.
The sky had turned overcast after a sunny morning -- this is actually better for my basic camera, which has trouble in bright light :cool:.
How well does the loco perform on your R1 curves? My experience is that it slows down negotiating them on my trailer layout.
 
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First day of the May long weekend. Having an hour free, I ran a slightly longer train -- two wagons this time :D.

View attachment 252339

Entering the north end of the quarry siding over LGB R3 points. Happily, no problems ;).

View attachment 252341

And rumbling through the station. I tested the running through the loop and sidings as well: the wagons had no trouble on the curved leg of the R1 point in the yard, though the loco with its longer wheelbase was less happy.
The sky had turned overcast after a sunny morning -- this is actually better for my basic camera, which has trouble in bright light :cool:.
My PM Shunter noticeably slows down too even on Larger Curves and in Gradients. This is where one needs to get ones Driving Skills in place to add more power for those humps and curves, reducing again when on the straight and level. If ever you needed an excuse for more running.............
 
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How well does the loco perform on your R1 curves? My experience is that it slows down negotiating them on my trailer layout.
I haven't run it much (if at all) on R1. The backyard layout only has the one R1 curve, the points in the yard (because it was the only way I could make the sidings fit the way I wanted). It does hesitate a tad on the inner leg (3') of the Piko curved points. Everything else is either R3 (the quarry siding crossovers) or Aristo x-wide (nominal 5' radius), and I have noticed no slowing on either.
 
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"Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out."

May 22 being a lovely, warm day (mid-20s C on our backyard thermometer), I grabbed an hour or so and ran another G-rail (get it? nudge nudge wink wink) train. Fourth train of 2019, four wagons (plus one loco, which makes five -- I hope that is not too naughty in the sight of Him whose train filled the temple :eek:).
This time it was the turn of the modified HLW wagons: two bolsters carrying logs, and two flats acting as runners.

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Running around the rockery curve (Aristo "5-foot" radius, actually 1500 mm), and testing the only R1 curve, in the yard -- no problem.

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Entering the south end of the station loop, 3' radius on the inner leg of the Piko curved points, and heading south through the station. In the background is the honeysuckle that provided the lumber load; I had to do some fairly sharp pruning to get rid of low-hanging limbs.

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Kit-bashing. The flat wagons have HLW's standard wheelbase; I cut a section out of the middle of the solebar on the bolster wagons to make a shorter w/b -- not my idea, but I forget :blush: from whom I pinched it years back (OTOH, the flat has been modified according to the precepts of GE-rik).

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And proof that I did count to three on an earlier outing :angel:.
 
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Sunny Sunday, and the Missus decided to go out with D2.
So, after potting up a plant or two ...

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Fifth run, five wagons: one IP open, two Swift Sixteens and two AnDels.

Oh dear, the Swifties derail on the inner leg of the Piko curved points, but only in the facing direction. I suspect the diverging-route blade is not closing tightly against the stock rail; must re-install the motors that I removed for the winter. No trouble at other points.
 
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