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While the track is off perhaps a change of colour to black or even dark brown for the bridge may help?

Yes brown would be OK - I was going to fix some treated timber to either side so the brown would fit in!

I like the r2s Mick;),just a thought that if you made it a covered bridge on the curve you would need quite a clearance for cab roof and pilot on the BH locos to clear but I assume you would have thought of that already:D.

Indeed I had thought of it Neil - I did plonk the BL loco on after I'd put the R2s back in the shed .....

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..... it's all about the swept path. I'm off out to cut the track and insert the two curves - and then do as Jon suggests with a colour change!
 

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So, it was out with the cordless angle grinder and a slitting disc. With the cutout section moved away...

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...... the metal "tray" was treated to a piece of wood either side and then a change of colour to black (rattle can undercoat). When dry, it was repositioned and the R2 curves fitted using clamps......

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So that does look better and shows how manky the remaining timbers look :banghead:! More work I suppose!!!!
 
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I see it's 3 months since I posted anything on my thread :banghead:. Reason could be that I'd nothing much to report! Apart from running the odd train, or bodging temporary repairs to the trestles, that about sums up my activities. Latest train to run was to test out my latest fleabay finger slip - a South Pacific Coast Baggage car;-

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So that went OK but there was just one little niggle with the consist - two of the passenger cars had the same fleet number! So, I thought, I can change the number on one. To do this I could use the self-adhesive vinyl and stick the 'new' numbers over the offending ones.

Simples? I found a font that was the nearest to that printed on the coaches. I didn't want to scratch off the original numbers so I printed the new number on a coloured background...

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I printed five of the numbers just in case I made a mess out of cutting them out - which I did. I tried my best to matck the coach colour but I knew I couldn't - hence the red border around the oval. The fine cutting blade, a bunch of fingers like a banana bunch, poor close-up eyesight were all contributory factors (or my excuses).

So that didn't work! Then I changed the shape to a rectangle and increased the border line weight. Cutting was easy and I went over the cut edges with a red marker pen (all this after I'd sealed the prints with the spluttery remnants of clear varnish rattle can). Then applied them on one side...

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So, they stand out like a sore thumb! The font nearest to the original is slighty Italicised but, otherwise, it is similar. The background sticks out like a sore thumb:banghead:

So it's back to the drawing board (come back MS Picture It 7).

No apologies for the poor pics - didn't know they were that bad until posting. At least they down to my usual (sub) standard!
 
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So it seems as though I haven't posted in my thread for 5 months! So I'll just try and catch up with a few pics.

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Shrubbery trimmed (early August).

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More to follow...
 
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So nice to see some good moments from last year.
And all done without supervision, Mick. How did you get away with that?!

I think Mae must have been asleep after catching Pygmy Shrews!

Well I'll continue with a few more pics...

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And that was October done with!

And finally to the end of the year....
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I've actually made a New Year's Resolution - I must do more with my railways!
 
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So New Year's day saw me run two trains - one in the trailer and one in garden. The trailer because it was raining and the garden because the rain had paused.

Photography wasn't easy (never is for me) because I could only open two of the shutters to take pics from the outside...
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Leaning over the end screen to take a pic of the inside from the outside :)
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In the afternoon, my Santa Fe ensemble made one or two circuits before the clouds began to dribble again.....
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You can always tell if the Aristo coaches came from a set (simulated curtains on the windows) or were seperate boxed items. The latter would have a working stove (smokewise) and track pick-up the power which included interior lighting. So mine had been from a set...
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Stations starting to decay (like the rest of the outside wooden stuff) - so that's another job to list!
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So that's my resolution starting to be honoured.

More when I can get out there!
 

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That decaying woodwork on the station is what you call weathering, Mick.
 

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Anyway, to get back on track, I admire your constructions on the OMR, and a stiff toothbrush (or wire brush) followed by fresh paint will work wonders :)