Linz Gstadt Bahn 2

Madman

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The amorphous loop is in (first draft shall we say) mostly supported.
waiting for local diy stores to reopen so that I can buy more slate, more postcrete, more artificial grass and more conifers.
the mountain will be transformed from a pile of slate with bulk out builders buckets to Austrian Alpine hills when I can get my mitts on the above list.
I am really enjoying this build. Loads of ideas and projects lined up for it.

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1:1 ballast !.....:rofl:
 
AustrianNG

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The mountain loop is ballasted now.
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Madman

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The mountain loop is ballasted now.
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I'm sure you mentioned your ballasting technique of certain areas of your railway in the past. I am equally sure that I must have read your description of said method. But seeing as how my retention of some important information isn't as air tight as it should be, I presume you used the sand and cement mixture to ballast the section of track in your excellent as usual, photo.....:)
 
AustrianNG

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I use a product you can buy here called “Postcrete”
It’s a ready mixed 20 kilo bag of concrete with fine aggregate in it.
my method is to trowel over the track then use a soft brush to get the sunken effect - avoiding point blades. Then when I’m happy with the effect I get a water spray dispenser - not a watering can - as the water distribution is too harsh and disturbs the effect.
Within ten minutes the concrete is hard on the surface and by next day is set.

I'm sure you mentioned your ballasting technique of certain areas of your railway in the past. I am equally sure that I must have read your description of said method. But seeing as how my retention of some important information isn't as air tight as it should be, I presume you used the sand and cement mixture to ballast the section of track in your excellent as usual, photo.....:)
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dunnyrail

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I use a product you can buy here called “Postcrete”
It’s a ready mixed 20 kilo bag of concrete with fine aggregate in it.
my method is to trowel over the track then use a soft brush to get the sunken effect - avoiding point blades. Then when I’m happy with the effect I get a water spray dispenser - not a watering can - as the water distribution is too harsh and disturbs the effect.
Within ten minutes the concrete is hard on the surface and by next day is set.



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Pretty sure an equivalent to Postcrete must be available stateside. Over here it is supplied for putting fence posts in the ground, you dig a hole put the post in. Pour in the postcrete make sure the post is vertical then just pour on water. In 10 minutes it is solid as a rock. Have given this description as an aid to our stateside friends.
 
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Here is a sketch of the track plan as it is today plus a few other pictures of running in the last few days.....
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….. and room for possible extension round the lawn ..... :nod: :nod:;)
 
dunnyrail

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He is probably working on that.
 
AustrianNG

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So 4 months ago my railway looked like this

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now it looks like this


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One thing I learned from the LGB1 is that once the railway gets too big it becomes a chore to maintain...... which leads to less running and less enthusiasm.
So expansion across the lawn is (probably) not going to happen.
Meantime, quality running sessions proceed...

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Jasper

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I think the skewed photos happen every time you hold your phone in the "portrait" position, i.e. upright. When you take them "landscape" it works out OK.

Edit: no, that's nonsense. :shake:
 
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AustrianNG

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The process of continual improvement continues.
window fitted to goods shed.
A red shrouded wire is doubling up as a “brake hose” on the front of U 298.50.
the real reason it was fashioned this way is so that the loco can run cab first. Some of you that have U class will know that there is no room to fit a coupling hook to the front and to make matters worse the loop is around a mm too high.
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Rain and storms at night and sunny spells during the day. Good for running.
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Gizzy's top tip for your photos Paul.

I save mine in a folder optimized in properties for pictures.

The photos are in thumbnails. I right click any photo that isn't orientated correctly and rotate it as required.

The forum seems to be fine with this.

Before I was rotating in MS Paint but the forum always seemed to undo what I'd saved for reasons I'm not sure about....
 
AustrianNG

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A couple more pics in the sunny times a few days ago. I have been reading my Austrian narrow gauge bible earlier - neither Wieselburg or Gstadt were terminus stations. Never mind it’s a rule 8 mini empire where I make it up as I go.

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FrenchChuffed

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Looking good Paul what have you laid your track on or with? it looks well bedded in there.
Ignore me i have just caught up with your full thread, i had missed it fully thats what comes of getting old . its looking good Glad to see your back on track as someone said both with trains and life even in these difficult times.

Peter
 
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AustrianNG

AustrianNG

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Looking good Paul what have you laid your track on or with? it looks well bedded in there.
Ignore me i have just caught up with your full thread, i had missed it fully thats what comes of getting old . its looking good Glad to see your back on track as someone said both with trains and life even in these difficult times.

Peter

Thanks Peter. I use Postcrete brushes into the track and then sprayed with water (not a watering can as flow is too strong).
I certainly can’t complain.
keep well....