Monday, February 16, 2009


The first day of the build and good progress has been made. The car was dropped in to have it's service and MOT first thing and we started around 9.30 on the railway project. The car was collected at around 5.30pm and we finished the railway shed for the day at around 7.30pm.

First, the car - better news than expected! The tyres have another 6 months to go at least and it passed it's MOT with flying colours. I collected it but haven't yet paid for it as the computer wasn't working so I have to pop back tomorrow to pay - I love this rural village life!

Now to the railway. First the base board was laid in sections. Thanks to Andy for his huge amount of help today.
The final base board all down and support legs in place. Note the phone lying on the top waiting for the garage to call with anticipated bad news!
We even had enough spare wood to make a shelf underneath on the right for the important radio, heater and kettle!
Now the track makes an appearance! Only to calculate the radius for the gradient but you can see the gradient in place at the back with supports in place.
The template has been cut from the plywood for the gradient and tunnel section the other side. This will be the first task tomorrow. My father is standing in one of the service corners to enable the whole layout to be reached.
Tomorrow, we hope to have the gradients finished, all the track laid and connected with a train running round and hopefully start the ballasting.


At 9:25 pm, Blogger English Blogger said...

I am looking forward to seeing the progress tomorrow...he don't forget the the bag of you can say say "Sorry for the delay in the next train as there are leaves on the line"

At 9:38 pm, Blogger BigJohn said...

This is all so nostalgic for me. With the electric tools you are getting on too fast!
Is your helper "in loco parentis"?

At 9:49 pm, Blogger Andy Edwards said...

Oh very good! I can't keep up with these jokes but they're very clever!

Interesting but we made the exact same comment mid afternoon about power tools. We had an electric screwdriver, and 2 cordless drills - one with the pilot bit in and the second with the counter sink in. Together with 2 electric saws - a jig saw and a straight bladed power saw!

At 12:44 am, Blogger Tony said...

Fantastic start there.

At 9:32 pm, Blogger Andy Edwards said...

Thanks Tony - progress is being made!


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