My garden railway, somewhere between the Harz and the Severn Valley.

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Two nice rakes with either baggage van, and any differences in shade or gloss of rolling stock only reflects the real world.


Just what I was thinking.... on my visit in 2017, it was very obvious that the real rolling stock on the HSB is in many, many different shades of red for all sorts of reasons - age, weathering, probably different paint batches and of course the fact that most red paint fades terribly - look at any older red car, some are now almost pink...!

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Just what I was thinking.... on my visit in 2017, it was very obvious that the real rolling stock on the HSB is in many, many different shades of red for all sorts of reasons - age, weathering, probably different paint batches and of course the fact that most red paint fades terribly - look at any older red car, some are now almost pink...!

Jon.
Indeed so, over the years the subject of colours keeps raising its head and the very points you made are often forgotten. Even with the super clean HSB these days, repaints may occur to a trains worth but over weeks sets get split, remarshalled and cars get taken out of sets for service thus breaking up what may have been a similar coloured set after that repaint.
 

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Welcome to the forum, it would be nice to have your place. Then my trams would have a very good outlet.

But I have another question. How does the train with the beautiful green locomotive get onto the track of your garden railway, where is the connection?

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Hi folks, bit of an update after a short break, I’ve been busy with various projects but mostly doing an extension to our O gauge exhibition layout which had a deadline in April, we made it, only just, but the rush to do so meant the garden took a bit of a back seat until then.
The main upgrade works outside include remodelling of the lower station throat now that the rabbit hutch has gone: FA2BB022-2BB0-4000-BC46-06586FF86A9A.jpeg
As you can see the lower inner circuit is now on its own path and can be isolated from the rest of the layout with a DPDT switch so analogue only locos can run merrily around in a circle, the point under the front of the train leads to the lower circuit passing loop, and in the direction the train is going, to the lower main station.
It’s all a bit thrown down at the moment, making sure I’ve got the layout right for our operational requirements before levelling and screwing down. I’m after some more R3 points and a double slip at some point to make it a little more simple.

At the top of the garden, in preparation for laying the inner line of the main spiral with gentler curves and a reverse loop module, the triangular junction was relaid on a slightly different alignment, this left space for a couple of storage sidings along the top of the wall:
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99 6001 is on the outer upper circuit heading towards the point that allows access to the inner circuit (which 99 222 is stood on). Heading straight on from the “Prairie” is a siding, the middle of the three roads that disappear out of sight at the bottom of the picture is the continuation of the outer circuit, which splits behind the camera to allow access down the inner spiral.
Like the lower circuit, the inner circuit at the top has a changeover switch to become independent from the rest of the railway and run on its own analogue controller (located in the shed).
The inner spiral line was relaid 2 weeks ago using R2 curves instead of the R1s previous. The 2-10-2s are ok on R1s on the flat so long as you don’t use them constantly, whereas they really struggle on them on gradients. And, although the alignment of the track is closer to the edge of the boards, it works a lot better than it did:
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The Massoth module for changing polarity has been installed meaning a train can now run up the hill, around the top and down again without running round.
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It makes for much operational fun, with most trains taking the outer spiral line to climb the easier grade, then down the inner. I’m on the lookout for a small building to cover the module, the reason why I located it on the supporting beam.
Trains wise I made a purchase of some more Trainline coaches from an auction, completing my fleet for now, I bought a cheap MTS black Spreewald to replace the chassis on my green one, which despite my efforts wasn’t happy with a decoder hardwired into it. I reverted this chassis to analogue, and it is now for sale with the black Spreewald body.
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Then I stumbled across a 99 241, the West German loco from the same batch as Spreewald, and for a reasonable cost this was acquired, it has since been toned down with some Matt black paint, I moved the smokebox door number and added a hand wheel to resemble the prototype:
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And, just to round up the post, some more pictures of trains on the railway in the last month or so:
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All the best
Tom
 
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Just a thought for that small building for your reversing module. Plastic coated foamboard is so easy to use, a small line-side hut would be just the thing. Just 4 sides and a roof stuck together with uhu extreme would do the job nicely.
 

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Oh just found this on Ebay £16. Thanks to Jimmy’s suggestion on searching!

 

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The main upgrade works outside include remodelling of the lower station throat now that the rabbit hutch has gone:
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Now that the rabbit hutch has gone, what are you going to use for ballast.


David
 

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Some little updates,
A back burner project until the weather turned warm was my second 99 6001 which was an impulse bargain eBay purchase. This has been earmarked for conversion into NWE21 since I got it, so it was dismantled, masked and sprayed, firstly grey primer, then a light blue, then the green, the mix of colours to try and replicate the bluey tinge to the loco from the photos of the time. 744EDA27-9BCA-4E96-A1B5-1ECB90A9FE72.jpeg A7122D6C-1217-49E0-B132-29B5EC5DD936.jpeg 2A67ABA4-17C0-4EE8-AF22-331BFBF67EBE.jpeg
The smokebox door had the handwheel and numberplate stumps removed and filled with milliput. It’s a bit rough and ready but so was the real one. The numberplate is a piece of plasticard with Troeger transfers to finish the job off, along with a light weathering.

One thing that has always bothered me about the LGB 996001 locos is the front running plate and bufferbeam, the real loco has a defined V shape to the lower front end, and the LGB moulding which dates to the 1970s is a pretty poor representation of this, so I removed the lamps and set to work with the dremel. C355E155-6F0B-4B37-B0D9-6E3C0164245B.jpeg
It looked so good on the green one that I did the black one straight away. I’d like to work out a way of attaching the small ploughs to the bottom of the pony truck next. The lights are moved inwards slightly from their original position which requires new holes to be drilled, the footsteps needing the same.
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The black 99 6001 had a slight waft of weathered black over the front end to tone it down too, which looks a lot more realistic.
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I managed to access the impenetrable void that is the CVS of the Massoth decoder on the train line 99 5901, I’ve managed to isolate the overload cut out on the loco that stopped it from pulling any loads up the hill, although in doing so it’s affected some of the sound functions. I’ve got a friend with a proper Massoth controller so one day I’ll get it reset and try again…
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I’ve slowly acquired more Trainline coaches as they became available, including a “Faust” liveried one.
99 6101 went for a visit to a friends house who has recently moved, their main priority was to get trains running, so the “Pfiffi” went for the first day of running… 90ED5A4C-A886-4636-AB34-C7C6C8D6DE29.jpeg

And here’s some more generic images of the railway now we’ve had some nice weather…
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Hi all.
I’m currently house bound with the dreaded covid, and had intended to update this page but couldn’t muster the energy to do so until now. Hopefully on the mend, got a holiday booked in the Isle of Man next week
A couple of weeks ago I found myself looking at my vast fleet of HSB coaches from Trainline, and seeing how similar they all were to each other, plus noting that one design of coach had an interesting prototype I ended up in a tangent of Google and photoshop managed to print out an advert for one of my 5 1993 new build coaches; 078FDFD8-DE50-4640-AC6C-A55987BD4EFA.jpeg
Precisely cut out with the guillotine and stuck to the side of the coach using pva, then another layer over the top once dry. Effective? I think so, and for a fraction of the cost of buying a new coach.
So I did it again… 018B4033-C629-4713-AF96-6E4E80269503.jpeg
And again (the same) FD8FD37B-5911-4811-932F-91A2718394E1.jpeg
Mainly because on my visit in 2018 most of these coaches had Hasseroder adverts on them. I have the files for these coach adverts on my laptop and will upload them here if anyone fancies printing them out themselves. I have a friend in the printing business and intend to get these done on some proper self adhesive, weatherproof stuff, one day!
So here is the full rake of advert HSB cars;
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Then it got really warm. Then I got covid so very little happened to the garden railway until today:
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Spreewald has had a generator fitted to the side of the smokebox as per the prototype and some cable runs made out of floristry wire.
6E0B8D20-0DFE-40F3-83FF-16291CE80CAA.jpeg It’s cousin; 99241 has had some weathering as per contemporary photos of the loco from its heyday. Much more subdued and realistic.
That’s all for now, perhaps I’ll get some more done whilst off work although I really don’t have that much energy at the moment. All the best
Tom
 

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Hi all.
I’m currently house bound with the dreaded covid, and had intended to update this page but couldn’t muster the energy to do so until now. Hopefully on the mend, got a holiday booked in the Isle of Man next week
A couple of weeks ago I found myself looking at my vast fleet of HSB coaches from Trainline, and seeing how similar they all were to each other, plus noting that one design of coach had an interesting prototype I ended up in a tangent of Google and photoshop managed to print out an advert for one of my 5 1993 new build coaches; View attachment 301762
Precisely cut out with the guillotine and stuck to the side of the coach using pva, then another layer over the top once dry. Effective? I think so, and for a fraction of the cost of buying a new coach.
So I did it again… View attachment 301763
And again (the same) View attachment 301761
Mainly because on my visit in 2018 most of these coaches had Hasseroder adverts on them. I have the files for these coach adverts on my laptop and will upload them here if anyone fancies printing them out themselves. I have a friend in the printing business and intend to get these done on some proper self adhesive, weatherproof stuff, one day!
So here is the full rake of advert HSB cars;
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Then it got really warm. Then I got covid so very little happened to the garden railway until today:
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Spreewald has had a generator fitted to the side of the smokebox as per the prototype and some cable runs made out of floristry wire.
View attachment 301759 It’s cousin; 99241 has had some weathering as per contemporary photos of the loco from its heyday. Much more subdued and realistic.
That’s all for now, perhaps I’ll get some more done whilst off work although I really don’t have that much energy at the moment. All the best
Tom
nice job with the compressor and air lines. Hope you are fully recovered for your trip. Lots of pics of trams and trains from the IOM when you get back please.