Looking good, don't forget the coffee maker!

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Hi Guys, well, the wee "Bothy" or "Howf", (Scots dialect) , has a waterproof roof. That was my target for today. I've left ample room for a big window or windows looking on to the O gauge line. I'll also install the DCC wi-fi control for the G scale in there too. Wee electric heater and a kettle.  .Might even see if I can get my sleepin bag out there ....I'm daft enough...ha ha. There were a few showers of rain today however the sun came out enough to dry things up at the critical moment so I managed to get the roof bitumen painted. Should keep the water out for now. Ah well ......DSCN4650dinner time !!    

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Hi Guys, lousy weather thuis mornin ,so went and got a large perspex window pane cut as i decided I like the idea of an uninterupted view of the O gauge layout from the hut...  one of my grandaughters Caitlin  trying the wee hut out for size. DSCN4652

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Hi Davy, Looks like home away from home. Just wondering did you seal the caps between the fence boards to keep water and wind out? You know you don't want a draft blowing in while your trying to run trains.

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Hi Guys, Yip Carl, startin to look like a control tower right enough, thought that myself too, as for the fence boarding Mike, the fence between me and my neightbour is double sided but even at that I'll be lining it with  plywood  bitumin painted on the back side too. Don't worry I intend to be absolutely comfortable on a cold winter day !!.DSCN4653

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Hi Guys, well after a few days off due to rotten weather and working I'm back into the project. Have laid slabs at the mouth of the hut and am in the process of laying the G scale track bed in this area. Quite fernickety here because I'm also making a storage cupboard type thing on top of the slabs to take the lawnmower, garden tools and other bits and pieces etc.,. The G track has then to slip round the side of the hut and under the OO layout at this point ,plus I need to make a set of access steps up and over the OO gauge track base.So quite a bit of work involved just in this wee corner. Anyway,sun's shinin ..DSCN4655DSCN4656so better get back out there ! 

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Looking good Davy, I like how you always stay strong on your layout between weather and work. Its going to be great to see the finished product!

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 mike g. posted:

Looking good Davy, I like how you always stay strong on your layout between weather and work. Its going to be great to see the finished product!

Hi Mike, fightin against the clock ,doin my ****dest to get things finished before the impossible winter weather arrives. However ,its very time consuming. managed to get the wee garden tools store more or less up ,roofed and one door hung (albeit a bit out of line ). Still it works ,I'll gummy it up somehow to look OK tomorrow when I hang the second door. To be good weather most of this week so should get pushed on a good bit. . Time for a shower and then park my butt in the big chair  DSCN4657

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Now there is a good looking tool shed. You could probably start a side job build them and selling them! Just wondering do you have a place to bring your outside trains inside when its really bad weather?

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Hi Guys,thanks for the thumbs up. The tool shed isn't all that deep Mark, about half the depth of the wee hut.However it takes the lawn mower (smal fly-mo type) and other garden tools. I have a big shed right along one side of the house Mike thats full of trains and train related junk thats badly needing cleared out and half the stuff sold off ,...another project for completion once the garden's finished.  Just about to go pick up one of my grandaughters when she finishes school and we're heading to a swim hole in a river in the hills. Hot sunny day here. So just finished for the day. Have the base for the steps over the O gauge line built using old bricks. Once the cement is set I'll overlay them in stone. I've also got the track fixing timbers set in cement between the steps and the hut. So thats me done for the day ! DSCN4660DSCN4661

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Davy, All I can say is with all the great work I hope you enjoy the day with your granddaughter at the swimming hole today!

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Davy, All I can say is with all the great work I hope you enjoy the day with your granddaughter at the swimming hole today!

Hi Mike, well, still here,Caitlin decided she wasn't goin swimmin today because none of her pals was available to go with her ,so that was that. Maybe tomorrow..... so I parked my butt out in my wee front garden and watched some other characters having a swim DSCN4667DSCN4666 

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Hi Davy, Still a GREAT way to spend the day! Enjoy the sunshine!

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Hi Guys, roastin weather here today,.... been working on the steps down the other side of the O gauge layout . Lot of work to go before this is finished.All to be dressed with stone. However the stone has to be sourced,gathered and brought home and dragged to the back of the garden before that finishing job can begin  ...  still.... needs must....  DSCN4669 

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Hi Guys, well had a break for dinner then had another go when the sun went round the front of the house and  things cooled down a bit at the back in the shade. Heres the state of play at the end of the day. G scale track fixing timbers laid right round the corner and a hand rail cemented in place. While still fairly steady on my feet at 63 I might no be so steady in years to come so I'm thinkin ahead,plus theres always the night I might have had too much to drink and need a wee bit support ...lol  DSCN4670DSCN4671DSCN4672

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Way to go Davy, A man after my own heart! Think ahead, I never did then one day it bit me in the A**! Now I take every day new and exciting and plan for the long haul!

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Hi Guys, well not much physical progress on the layout today, spent the day collecting stones from a local river for the scenic work on the layout . Another lovely day again, ....worse places to pass a day....mind you humphing the stones up the river side wasn't much fun, just about dead on my feet tonight,but hey ho, no pain no gain eh ?  .So heres me today...(PS hope the movie works ????)DSCN4677DSCN4675DSCN4676

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Hi Davy, hard work always pays off in the end! All I got for a video was a black screen and the sound of the river.

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mike g. posted:

Hi Davy, hard work always pays off in the end! All I got for a video was a black screen and the sound of the river.

Hi Mike, sorry about the lack of visual on the video, afraid I remain hopeless at curing this problem,works OK this end ???? .As for the hard work, ....does make the effort worthwhile when you achieve the desired results........onwards and upwards !!

Hi Davy, the Video worked great in the Email you sent me. Makes me feel right at home, I grew up and a river just like that with all the green trees here in the Pacific Northwest!!! Always green around here! Thanks for bringing back memories!

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Hi Davy, the Video worked great in the Email you sent me. Makes me feel right at home, I grew up and a river just like that with all the green trees here in the Pacific Northwest!!! Always green around here! Thanks for bringing back memories!

Hi Mike, ...one thing we're not short of in Scotland is rivers and water ...... ,this river ,the Avon, spills into the bigger River Clyde and as part of ,eventually runs through Glasgow to the sea beyond.....  

 

Hi Guys, just received this pic from my next door neighbour, was taken a couple of years ago..   glad to say the whale-gut is greatly reduced these days .... My garden used to go downhill to the same level as my neighbour at this side.... however as we all know trains like it more level  ,so had to build up my plot to level of course.... built that wall I'm standin on too, as you can see it involved collecting a few stones ......  me .pipes

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Davy, Now that your showing your past, I am starting to thing your just a rock hound and using trains to hide the fact that you like picking rocks!

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Hi Mike,love workin with natural stone. Always on the hunt for stones with "character" .Particularly so for tryin to get a kinda scale look adjacent to the train tracks. I picked up some really nice stones today, probably wont get anythin done with them till next week though now as the  good weather has to succumb to rain tomorrow for a couple of days, .....

 

Hi Guys, well finally gettin around to some scenic work on the O gauge layout. Staged this wee photo shoot just to give you an idea where its goin. I;ve planted the first miniature spruce.Its in very little soil but has slow release fertiliser in the compost. These are very slow growing and it will be years before it gets to any size and with the very small amount of soil it has should be very stunted hopefully having somewhat of a bonsai effect. So the "mountain"scenery makesDSCN4691DSCN4692DSCN4693 a start.

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Looks great Davy! If I made our yard look like that I bet my wife would let me put trains in it. But we have a huge yard, and I'm still trying to just get grass in! Love your work!

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Arthur posted:

Davy, pushin-on and rockin-on ! Looks great !

Cheers Arthur, ....need to get more stones out the river, river level was up the last couple of days due to heavy rainfall,however sunny and dry again so hopefully the water level will be back down off the  patch where I get the rocks. Still need a whole lot of stuff yet to complete things. Once I get that side I'm working on finished I need to make up my mind exactly where the loco stabling area and turntable will be allocated. haven't made my mind up exactly yet. I also have to fit in an access path and the G scale line. Anyway,all good fun ! 

mike g. posted:

Looks great Davy! If I made our yard look like that I bet my wife would let me put trains in it. But we have a huge yard, and I'm still trying to just get grass in! Love your work!

Thanks Mike.  Tryin so hard to get the scenic work and hardscaping done before winter sets in,but everything seems to take so long , still ,its comin together !!    

Looking very good Davy.

I can't wait to get started on my 1st attempt at a small outdoor garden layout this fall. Been accumulating materials all summer for it just watching you and reading.

You sure can intimidate a new outside layout beginner. hee hee just kidding.

Keep up the excellent work. Enjoy watching your progress and especially the techniques you are teaching us new guys that are venturing into the world of G gauge.    Me ........ totally lost.

Larry

Hi Larry, thanks,

Larry Sr. posted:

Looking very good Davy.

I can't wait to get started on my 1st attempt at a small outdoor garden layout this fall. Been accumulating materials all summer for it just watching you and reading.

You sure can intimidate a new outside layout beginner. hee hee just kidding.

Keep up the excellent work. Enjoy watching your progress and especially the techniques you are teaching us new guys that are venturing into the world of G gauge.    Me ........ totally lost.

Larry

Hi Larry,  just bear in mind that some of my techniques might not suit some US climate zones. Severe frost heave being the main one potentially methinks. However having spoken to some Canadian garden railway modellers in the past who have to cope with some severe frosts of a winter,their main frost antedote seems to be good layout drainage. "No water retention = no frost heave" seems to be the order of the day in Canada. I don't know how different your climate is in Tennessee ?.  Anyway ,good luck with your project.  

Thanks for that info Davy.

I will send ya some photos when my G gauge ADVENTURE starts

Just like my O gauge I will be winging it on the fly

Larry

Larry Sr. posted:

Thanks for that info Davy.

I will send ya some photos when my G gauge ADVENTURE starts

Just like my O gauge I will be winging it on the fly

Larry

I'll look forward to that Larry. One real mistake folk often make when tryin to do rockeries etc is to make great big piles of topsoil and stick boulders in it. Just not the way to go. The rocks just sink into the soil and never look right. Becomes a mess in heavy rain etc.,  Better to make your scenery on  a rubble base.Any old rubble's fine ,or crushed rock whatever, then place your finishing rockery stones in place.They'll never move. I then apply a shallow compost/rough sand mix ,stick in your miniature plants/trees etc., and top off with a pea gravel.  Bullet proof tried and tested method. Alpine plants in nature grow in poor thin soils in mountain country,so basically ....copy nature.... 

 

 

 

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hi Guys, started to ballast the G scale layout. Granite 6mm chips. Don't know exactly what colour they'll be when the dust washes off them but they look OK.DSCN4700

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Looks just wonderful Davy, a lot of work there. Please tell me you didn't get that out of the river also! LOL

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Looks just wonderful Davy, a lot of work there. Please tell me you didn't get that out of the river also! LOL

Hi Mike, no, I noticed it yesterday while in the builder's merchants yard and bought a few bags. Its fine for the G scale 45mm track but I think it will look too big against the O gauge track. Anyway I'll try some against the O gauge and see what it looks like.There is a finer grade of crushing we call whin-dust, only problem is  its a red rock. And in Scotland we actually do have areas where the mainline 1 to 1 scale tracks are ballasted with red ballast. So would look OK if I was only running Scottish trains but have never seen red ballast in the states or in mainland Europe ???? Anyway, we'll see. I used to get a fine grey quarry grit years ago but the quarry I used to get it from has new personnel and they are health and safety nuts, the old guys that used to work there would let you in to fill bags of the stuff for a few bucks but not these days...   God knows how we survived without health and safety regulations in days gone by.. 

 

 

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HI Guys, not a lot done yesterday but I got the G scale track bed edged with stones to retain the ballast along the house face. I can now get the wall strapped and timbered and painted..... jDSCN4702DSCN4703DSCN4704ust another finishing job of many still needing done !  

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Hi Guys, well got the wall strapped and mostly boarded yesterday,Just about to finish it off and get it painted. Treated timber strips were nailed to the concrete blocks using masonry nails then the strips were bitumined. Then boarding nailed to the timber strips. DSCN4707

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Great work Davy, what's next?

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Great work Davy, what's next?

Hi Mike, have worked away all afternoon finishing this and gettin it painted. Just waitin for paint to dry as I write this. Umpteen things still to be done,... plenty to do yet on the O gauge section up the back,however have family comin to visit from Canada in a few weeks so I want to have the main bit of the garden finished and tidied up for them appearing.  Next on the menu is finishing the still to be done stonework and planting on the back left hand side of the pond. Plus the remaining stonework and track laying on the G scale line down the right hand side .DSCN4709DSCN4710

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Hi Guys, well working on finishing off the stonework etc., at the back left hand corner of the pond. Quite a bit to be done here . Couple of progress pics attached....still a ways to go !DSCN4711DSCN4712DSCN4713DSCN4714 

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Looking Great Davy, everything is blending very nicely! so do you have a plan your fallowing or just placing everything on what looks best to you? Either way your doing a smash up job!

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Looking Great Davy, everything is blending very nicely! so do you have a plan your fallowing or just placing everything on what looks best to you? Either way your doing a smash up job!

Hi Mike,just work to a picture in ma head.... was quite tired today so didn't do any more heavy work,however I cleared weeds and stuff from up the left hand side of the garden and the G scale loco yard area and laid some track and ballast. Another couple of hours or so work will see the loco yard area completely finished. DSCN4715

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Looking good Davy, you will have the G rail done in no time!

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Looking good Davy, you will have the G rail done in no time!

Hi Guys,well had a good long shift at the garden today, Now have all the G scale track-base timbers in place. Only track to be laid now is one piece next to the turntable, about 9ft or so in the back area to join up with the track I laid today round the wee hut and shed.then, along the R/H fence towards the house. That will be all the G scale track in situ. Was gettin dark as I took these pics.... 

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Hi Guys, in the cold light of (a very wet) day..... lower garden and G scale line almost done, ...glad I got all the G scale base-timbers set in cement yesterday. Intended to lay the remaining G track today however heavy rain so ...no go. Not much to do now to get the G scale up and running  and ditto for the final stonework/planting and ground dressing touches for the last of the garden ... where the barrow is sitting is the last of the garden work to be done to tie in that corner...,DSCN4733DSCN4737DSCN4739DSCN4740 how much further I get with the O scale layout up the back before the winter frosts turn up will depend entirely on weather 

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Davy, once again very nice, are you sure you don't have a little army helping you? You get so much done for just one guy!

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Yes Davy that looks like a heavy rain fall, I can see the rain hitting the pond all the way over here in New York !

Everyone should go back to Page 1 and see how far this build has come. An amazing job Davy. I'm enjoying the ride.

Joe

 

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Everyone should go back to Page 1 and see how far this build has come. An amazing job Davy. I'm enjoying the ride.

Hi Joe,its only when I look back myself I realise just how much work I've done, ...very satisfying though. As a musician ,much as I enjoy my work, once a gig is done its gone, no matter how much or how well you play the music ....once its played ...its away.... nothing tangeible (unless you're doing a recording of course). With the landscaping and railway building however you can see and enjoy the fruits of your labour kinda thing. Very satisfying . However this will definately be the last time I do a major rebuild.Once its all done I'll be concentrating on running the trains . 

 

Davy I do think the switch to G scale is a good idea.  G scale is much more hefty and runs better for your larger area layout in all weather. Your O scale is great to watch  you build.  Your posts here get me inspired to try a go at the outdoor G scale. Where I live in New Hampshire USA though we start getting the heavy snow/ice and wind in December lasting to early April some years, that's the only limitation.

George

Seacoast posted:

Davy I do think the switch to G scale is a good idea.  G scale is much more hefty and runs better for your larger area layout in all weather. Your O scale is great to watch  you build.  Your posts here get me inspired to try a go at the outdoor G scale. Where I live in New Hampshire USA though we start getting the heavy snow/ice and wind in December lasting to early April some years, that's the only limitation.

Hi George, the thought of O gauge for the big circuit didn't phase me ,it was mostly down to common sense economics that I changed my mind and went for the current plan. I already had more than ample G track and probably have enough O to complete that too , so all's good.  I also have interests in OO/HO and N and even some Z gauge, however I have a lot of overlaps in my collections so a major clear out is on the cards. !!. 

 

 

Mornin guys, well almost got all the track laid,only have a total of about 4 yards left to pin in place in the back section and by the turntable and the final wee bit to join on th right hand side and thats the trackwork complete. Woulda been finished today but the good old Scottish rain put the kaibosh on that so...hey ho...  DSCN4741DSCN4742  never mind nearly there...

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Davy,

It's a great project and has been fun to follow through the various phases.

I'm sure somewhere in the previous 9 pages I've missed the part about how you're powering the track. Are you running live steam or will you be powered by electricity. Sorry if I missed the answer in the previous pages. Thanks,  Joe

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Davy,

It's a great project and has been fun to follow through the various phases.

I'm sure somewhere in the previous 9 pages I've mi for power, well,as it stands I have two German steam locos  by Piko in 1/26th scale. Fully fitted with  pulsed smoke units and DCC control and sound. They are fitted with Piko/Massoth decoders . This is my first venture into DCC. Anyway I have  all the necessary bits and pieces , sittin brand new in their box ,ready to be wired up when I get the tracklaying finished . I've also bought some matching German passenger cars and freight stock. So they will be the main performers for now on the G scale till I get my head round DCC.  I still have some Aristocraft 1/29th locos from my previous venture in G but whether I will keep those remains to be seen, . The Massoth DCC unit can be switched to suit  all standard voltages ,so depending on cost I might use it for my O gauge line too.Will all come down to the cost of fitting decoders etc..., . In the meantime I'll power the O gauge with a normal power transformer .But track power all the way.

 

Hi Guys, Joe..,heres the new DCC unit still in its box since I bought it a few weeks back.... Its called a Z21 system.  DSCN4743

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Morning guys, well was up at 7AM this morning....no rain.... so I got the G scale line trackwork completed. Still have some tweaking and ballasting and finishing off trackside stonework etc., but thats the trackwork all in situ at last !!. Feel like I'm finally gettin somewhere !. DSCN4744DSCN4747DSCN4745DSCN4746

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Davy,

I'm jealous, and I want it all ripped up and brought to MY back yard immediately! Awwwwwwwwwww, just kidding! Keep up the good work and looking forward to future additions. It looks great!

Simon

 

Congrats Davy, One small step for Davy and one big step for the rest of us to watch! Looks great. I bet you had to stop when you finished to have a nice cold one and look over your accomplishment!

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Hi Guys,thanks for the thumbs up and encouragement but it will still be a while yet before I get trains running.... I have never worked with DCC before so I have a lot to learn . Still,every wee bit done is progress !!.  As for a "cold one" Mike...,eh ...not at 8.30 AM.... wee bit early in the day .... lol. I'm also doin a gig in Edinburgh tonight ,drink driving laws in Scotland are as tight as a ducks butt these days ,pretty much zero-tollerance  so no drink for me today !.

 

Hi Guys, well between bad weather , too busy with work and other must-do things, l've not been able to get much done at all with the garden the last good wee while,however finally got a wee bit done today if not much, ...managed to get the last bit of the garden where there was still loose muck covered over using old brick cemented in place. I can finally go anywhere in the garden now without gettin muddy feet... that should keep my Mrs a bit happier. Once these old bricks and cement set they'll form the foundation for my access path in the back section of the garden and the base for the retaining walls for the O gauge line scenic work. DSCN4751 

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I think you need to stop this working for a living thing......it's getting in the way of your progress.

Joe

 

Joe's right !!!! Enough with this working for a living stuff !!!  I can't wait to see what progress your making every week .

Looking great right now Davy . Do you think there will be a video of trains running this year before real bad weather sets in ?   Jim

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Hi Guys,  well my work isn't "work"in the conventional sense .In fact at the weekend past I was playing at a wedding gig in Glenfinnan here in Scotland.Very beautifull part of the world in the west highlands. In the process of travelling up there I saw the "Jacobite" steam train which runs between Fort William and Mallaig. This was the line used for the Harry Potter films. I piped at the old Chapel first of all then played accordion for the Ceilidh dancing at the wedding reception later in the day. So my "work" is kinda fun work much of the time. As for getting trains running in the garden this side of the year,I really don't know.... fightin the clock now guys ,short days and weather very much on the turn....  ....anyway we'll see what transpires ....  in the meantime heres a couple of pics of Glenfinnan.. Glenfinnan ChapelGlenfinnan train

 

       

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Hi Guys,  well my work isn't "work"in the conventional sense .In fact at the weekend past I was playing at a wedding gig in Glenfinnan here in Scotland.Very beautifull part of the world in the west highlands. In the process of travelling up there I saw the "Jacobite" steam train which runs between Fort William and Mallaig. This was the line used for the Harry Potter films. I piped at the old Chapel first of all then played accordion for the Ceilidh dancing at the wedding reception later in the day. So my "work" is kinda fun work much of the time. As for getting trains running in the garden this side of the year,I really don't know.... fightin the clock now guys ,short days and weather very much on the turn....  ....anyway we'll see what transpires ....  in the meantime heres a couple of pics of Glenfinnan.. Glenfinnan ChapelGlenfinnan train

 

       

"Beautiful part of the world" ? Now that is an understatement if there ever was one by the look of these photos.

Breath taking! The church is probably several hundred years old. What are me missing in today's bland architecture? That bridge would look great in your garden Davy.

Don

Hi Guys, just a few miles further along this road towards Mallaig are the Silver sands of Morar, most folk don't realise that the best beaches in the UK are to be found in the North West Scottish highlands.... silver sands of Morar

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Hi Guys, well made an attempt to get the O gauge main circuit base finished this morning but the rain forecast for this afternoon got here early so am sittin here pretty much soaked after gettin caught in it with half a batch of cement still to use... Anyway got a wee bit done. Have slewed the curve at the wee hut out a bit in the hope that it will be enough to get the bigger steam emgines round. I now pretty much only have to do the back straight now once the weather picks up and that will be the main circuit finished. DSCN4757DSCN4758

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Hi Guys, well was dry up till about 5 minutes ago,so got on not bad today for a couple of hours, the curve by the wee shed is now complete and I'm on the last layer of bricks and blocks to join up the back straight. Slightly out with my levels but nothing drastic. If I get a dry hour or two tomorrow I'll complete that back straight .As you can see when it rains in Scotland it rains, I was working up till a few minutes before the last photo,at least there were a few spits of rain warning before it came on proper,so didn't get drowned today unlike yesterday !!DSCN4759DSCN4760DSCN4761

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Great progress Davy, I hope the weather works with you to get this done! I can't wait to see some trains running on your layout!

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mike g. posted:

Great progress Davy, I hope the weather works with you to get this done! I can't wait to see some trains running on your layout!

Hi Mike, really competing with the weather and short days now, however I'll just keep pushing on as and when I can. I still need a fair old load of the right kinda stones for finishing the scenic work and path etc., plus a good lot of rubble and crushed rock etc., for fill. No chance of gettin near the river beds for stone now with the recent rainwater bringing the river levels way up, .... frosty days won't be long till they're here either .... oh well,just need to go with the flow as they say !

 

Hi Guys, well, managed to get the back section almost completed today. Just made it with the last remaining old 2nd hand bricks. Tomorrow ,weather permitting I'll get the brickwork back filled and topped off with cement. Took these two pics just as darkness was falling. DSCN4762DSCN4763

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Hi Guys, well was up at the crack of dawn this mornin to get the trackbed base along the back fence finished before the next bout of rain forecast arrives shortlyDSCN4764DSCN4765DSCN4766  . Anyway ,here's the state of play.... 

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Hi Guys, nothin to report the last couple of days, however will be back at the garden tomorrow to start installing and building the turntable for the O gauge. Just received this pic from the wedding I played at in Glenfinnan...,this is me at my work me Glenfinnan 

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Hi Guys, well, got the turntable mechanism cemented in place. Decided to do a simple one road in and out. So no big roundhouse set up or anything.Just a simple stub turntable. Keeps life simple.  DSCN4774DSCN4775

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Davy,

I forgot to comment on the photo - How did you convince the groom that you should be next to the bride? Handsome is as handsome does...

Carl

Arctic Railroad

Moonman posted:

Davy,

I forgot to comment on the photo - How did you convince the groom that you should be next to the bride? Handsome is as handsome does...

I just followed instructions Carl, whats the sayin ?...."let no man come between them".... well that photo was five minutes after the service....so much for that ....ha ha 

 

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Hi Guys, all work on the garden has had to stop the last couple of weeks due to other things in life needing my time and attention  , hopefully will get a wee bit of progress made this week coming,weather permitting.In the meantime check out this wee bit film of Scotland, couple of good steam loco shots, one is of the Strathspey preservation railway in the central highlands out of Aviemore and the other is on the west highland(harry Potter)  line at Glenfinnan where I played the wedding a few weeks back......  enjoy....  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8U2zgMCHLU

 

Hi Guys, well winter has arrived so looks like its game over for the garden train projects till the springDSCN4842. Thanks for all the support and encouragement during 2016. 

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You've nearly completed it. The spring should bring some fun and train running.

Lang may yer lum reek.

Carl

Arctic Railroad

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