Wednesday, 24 August 2016

New Terminus Station

The platforms for the new terminus station are nearing completion and Thomas and his friends couldn't resist sneaking along the line to have a peek.

SVRly sign

James with station car park in the foreground

Coal trucks in the bay platform

James has just arrived and Thomas is setting off

Percy and Thomas

James and Thomas with signal box in the background

Percy and Thomas


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Extension Progress Update 10

I've been taking lessons from Mike Duffy in foam board modelling. After numerous incidents (including glueing my fingers together, mis-measuring, mis-cutting and stemming the flow of blood following embedding a Stanley knife in my fingers) I've got this far with my new station platforms. I've calculated that I need to mark out about 10,000 bricks and this is represents about 2,500. I now realise just how skilled Mike is. If my station ever gets finished I think it will be my last foam board model - life's too short.

The longer platform is 3 metres
Close up of the bricks

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

The Bridge Is Back

The pond refurbishment is almost complete and trains can now run again.


The next job is to make the new station.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Pond Refurbishment Update

I was hoping to have the pond completed by now but the weather this month here in the Midlands has not been conducive to work on the railway with heavy rain showers, thunder and lightning. Over the weekend we dodged the showers and managed to empty the pond. Is was a slow process as we tried to save as much of the wild life as possible.
Saturday evening and the pond is almost empty.
Sunday afternoon and the pond is almost ready for the new liner - but what a mess!
The liner went in Sunday evening but the weather forecast for the rest of week is for more of the same so work may have to be halted for a few days.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

New Thomas The Tank Engine Video

Planning has begun on the next Thomas the Tank Engine video. The working title is "Thomas and the School Train". This will be my most ambitious video to date and will take several weeks to film and edit.
I've written the script, planned the scenes and I've made a couple of camera mounts for some of the shots that will be needed.
At the same time I'm still working on the pond refurbishment and the new terminus station.
GoPro camera mount.
Thomas camera mount. The camera cam be positioned to video the track as it disappears below Thomas's wheels.
Camera-eye view of the track.
Thomas's camera mount can be rotated to video his wheels and connecting rod as he races along.
Camera-eye view of Thomas's wheels and motion.




Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Extension Progress Update 9

All of the track layout has been completed except for fixing some of it down. The next jobs are to make the platforms and clad the walls.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

All trains cancelled until further notice

Before my enforced 6 month layoff from the railway I had started to re-furbish the pond area, but it seems that over the winter the pond has developed a leak and the water level has dropped by at least 6 inches.
The water used to cover the pond liner below the slabs.
The original water level can be seen marked on the log-roll.
Lots of work to do.

This afternoon I've started work on clearing the site and at the moment I cannot run trains around the garden as I've had to remove the bridge over the pond.

The missing bridge.
All of the slabs have been taken away for pressure washing.
The next job is to get the log-roll out.