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Davy Mac posted:

Just been doin some cement and stone work on the spill pool this mornin. Need to wait for the cement to set before I do the next bit. You can see the basin takin shape.DSCN5116DSCN5117 

Davy, its going to be fun to watch your post again! I think you do great work and it is nice to see what you get done! The ponds and garden are just wonderful looking and I can tell it is going to be a pleasure to sit back with a cold drink and watch the trains run!

mike g. posted:
Davy Mac posted:

Just been doin some cement and stone work on the spill pool this mornin. Need to wait for the cement to set before I do the next bit. You can see the basin takin shape.DSCN5116DSCN5117 

Davy, its going to be fun to watch your post again! I think you do great work and it is nice to see what you get done! The ponds and garden are just wonderful looking and I can tell it is going to be a pleasure to sit back with a cold drink and watch the trains run!

Hi Mike, was out there tonight havin my dinner "al fresco" with a glas of wine. still awee bit of an edge to the weather yet but nice and sunny. 

Mark Boyce posted:

Yes Mike has it figured out!  LOL

Davy, one question about the cement.  Do you have a problem with a lot of freezing and thawing like we have in Pennsylvania?  If so I'm sure you know how to take ample precautions.  I extended our patio and built a stone wall a couple years ago, and so far so good, no cracks.

Hi Mark, I use a waterproofing agent thru the cement that will be under water.Other than that just normal cement mix. Read a while back in a Canadian rail fan's post that in Canada where they know about low temperatures the secret is sub-drainage. If the ground is well drained with rubble or rock chips or whatever it can't hold water so no water to expand in frost.  My plot is so well built up on rubble that frost isn't an issue. 

Davy, I truly envy you! If I didn't have a dog that would eat my trains, I would think of an outdoors layout and not build a train room! But so is life, and the train room will go up, maybe down the road when he gets older and slow I can do an outdoor layout. Sure would be nice to sit outside and have dinner and some cold ones, watch some trains in the summer !

Hi Guys, this mornin's progress.  Header pool now has had its final layer of waterproof cement and has been dressed with stone. Still some work to be done on the edges but that  will have to wait till the cement in the basin is cured. The big stone sticklin up on the left is actually pressing down the end of the feed-water hose into the cement till the cement cures and fixes it in position as the plastic of the hose is quite rigid and springy. DSCN5120DSCN5121 

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Hi Guys, back to photos ,much simpler ...lol  , have done a bit more finishing and planting on the header pond area.Doesn't look a lot but been a few hours of frittery stone and cement work to make natural troughs for the plants . Still a bit to go yet. Like the alpine plants I planted last year it'll take these wee newbies a while to establish themselves. On the subject of things alpine heres a wee video from the Isle of Skye here in Scotland , Cuillin Mountains,on a bike, this guy has nerves of steel..... enjoy !  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ_IQS3VKjADSCN5138DSCN5139

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Hi Carl, aye hopefully I'll have trains running soon, . The G scale line just needs a bit of adjusting in a couple of places where it passes through the O gauge-dedicated part of the garden to make way for some stonework. The O gauge line will be a bit longer in taking shape as I have a whole load of other work to do in that section,but hopefully before the summer's out I'll have O gauge on the move. We had great weather there for a few weeks but now its back to changeable. Still fingers crossed !!

 

 

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mike g. posted:

Looks nice Davy, I couldn't help notice there seams to be alittle work on the left side of the fence, must be the o scale section.

I hope you can run trains soon!

Hi Mike, yip ,to the left of the fence is the O gauge area, just as it was when I finished workin on it last year, as soon as I get the garden comopletely finished on the other side of the fence I'll be making a start to that area. A couple of good days should see it done

 

mike g. posted:

Davy, no wonder you look like your in great shape, old pavers to move around and a ton of sand to move to the back yard! You could be the next HULK by the time your done! LOL But I have a feeling you really enjoy all the work as much as you do running trains!

Hi Mike, I don't mind the work but ah must admit at ver near 64 I don't have aches and pains to seek at night these days. Could be doin with a new body !!   . When I get this place done I'll be calling it a day on heavy work methinks. I'll get my exercise out on my push bike of a mornin. Hopefully that exercise will keep me healthy enough to play trains for the rest of my days ha ha !! Was just out the back workin ,bright hot sunshine,two minutes later sky's as black as the earl of hell's waistcoat and now its torrential rain....  such is Scottish weather

 

Davy Mac posted:
mike g. posted:

Davy, no wonder you look like your in great shape, old pavers to move around and a ton of sand to move to the back yard! You could be the next HULK by the time your done! LOL But I have a feeling you really enjoy all the work as much as you do running trains!

Hi Mike, I don't mind the work but ah must admit at ver near 64 I don't have aches and pains to seek at night these days. Could be doin with a new body !!   . When I get this place done I'll be calling it a day on heavy work methinks. I'll get my exercise out on my push bike of a mornin. Hopefully that exercise will keep me healthy enough to play trains for the rest of my days ha ha !! Was just out the back workin ,bright hot sunshine,two minutes later sky's as black as the earl of hell's waistcoat and now its torrential rain....  such is Scottish weather

 

I know how you feel Davy, poured here all night, now we have blue skies. But they are calling for thunder storms later today. Such is the weather in the great north west! You take the sun when you can get it!

Hi Guys, well spent a day of very mixed weather,torrential showers interspersed with very hot sunshine tryin to get the back left hand corner next to the pond done. Tricky because of the electrical boxes and pipework underneath.Some stones cemented in place others sitting loose of necessity for any required future maintenance access. More or less finished. All I have to do now on the lower section of the garden is some edging stonework next to the tracks and some ballasting and thats this side of the place pretty much ready to roll. Time for a hot shower and an early bed !!  DSCN5161DSCN5162DSCN5163 

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