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Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:24 pm
by Blackcloud Railways
The train turntable will be a nice feature in the garden. I suppose Mrs Stockers thinks its just a stone circle at the moment... She might not be happy when she finds out. :twisted:

Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:34 pm
by chris stockdale
Blackcloud Railways wrote:The train turntable will be a nice feature in the garden. I suppose Mrs Stockers thinks its just a stone circle at the moment... She might not be happy when she finds out. :twisted:


Oooooh - I hadn't thought of that! A waggon turntable would certainly be a great addition. Time for a think and a scribble. Thanks!


P.S. Mrs Stockers is (somewhat) resigned to being a 'railway widow' - though there are limits as I occasionally find... :roll:


cheers,

Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:54 pm
by dieselwater
Hey up Stockers, now that's a garden railway! 8) and I thought I was pushing it putting a layout on the coffee table :lol: Looking on with admiration, but mostly just envy... I want one :twisted:

Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:24 pm
by gfadvance
Looks like a lot of fun...... Must admit when I saw the picture a turntable was the first thing that came to mind as well. Looking at the first picture siting looks ideal for laying some track into the house :D :D then you can work on the stuff in the warm and dry..... And you will not be abandoning your wife she can sit in the lounge as well :lol:

Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:44 pm
by chris stockdale
The sun has gone, so this shot is not so clear, but here is the view looking back from the veg patch end of the line along the patio

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cheers,

Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:49 pm
by chris stockdale
gfadvance wrote:Looks like a lot of fun...... Must admit when I saw the picture a turntable was the first thing that came to mind as well. Looking at the first picture siting looks ideal for laying some track into the house :D :D then you can work on the stuff in the warm and dry..... And you will not be abandoning your wife she can sit in the lounge as well :lol:


Gordon,

That would definitely be over that invisible, but all too clear line!

Mind you, the kitchen is actually my domain, so a waggon turntable at the back door end and then on into.....

.... but then again, maybe not :roll:

bestest,

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:09 pm
by chris stockdale
A slight delay in the loco department - apparently the third party contractor has made a slight bindles of the chassis...

Not to worry - it should all be here by Christmas!

Meanwhile I have been pondering the waggon turntable. A chat with a chap who already has same for 7 1/4" elicited a cost of more than I liked. I looked at motorbike turntables. There are some very nice ones out there but the prices were again not in line with the current Stockers (post USA holiday) bank balance.

Quite a bit of Googling around lazy susans - or at least, their bearings - has hopefully born fruit. I have therefore just purchased a 24" example via eBay.

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Some rail and a way of supporting it (it might even be wood as a starter for ten) and I could be there.

cheers,

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:11 am
by Moronguhl
Chris Stockdale wrote:Mind you, the kitchen is actually my domain, so a waggon turntable at the back door end and then on into.....,


I would TOTALLY create a small wooden/brick enclosure near the kitchen that a V tipper could be parked within - then if you have an open window near the enclosure you could throw food scraps into a chute which would funnel it into the V tipper. Then once or twice a week you could haul the Compost Express to a compost heap or food recycling bin elsewhere on your estate! Totally functional and very fun.

THIS IS NOW MY DREAM. :shock:

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:06 pm
by chris stockdale
Additional re the lazy susan - it is described as being able to take up to 750lbs (so you'll be fine on it Mr B :twisted: )


Christian,

We do recycle all peelings etc to the compost bins so there is scope re your idea...


cheers,

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:16 pm
by Moronguhl
Chris Stockdale wrote:Additional re the lazy susan - it is described as being able to take up to 750lbs (so you'll be fine on it Mr B :twisted: )


Christian,

We do recycle all peelings etc to the compost bins so there is scope re your idea...


cheers,


I just reckon it's the ultimate in practical excuses for a railway. The weekly wheelie bin train to the front of the house could also be handy, depending how your local authority handles things :D

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:44 am
by Blackcloud Railways
Moronguhl wrote:The weekly wheelie bin train to the front of the house could also be handy, depending how your local authority handles things :D

Mmmm, that would make interesting reading... "Shropshire County Council leads the way to a green future for refuse collection, county-wide narrow gauge tramway system proposed with sidings at strategic locations for the exchange of wagons between the tramway and privately owned local lines."

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:45 pm
by chris stockdale
Well, it may have taken a tad longer than originally thought, but here is the Tramway's loco number 1. Yet to be named (ideas welcome, SWMBO is already mollified by having my 1/12 scale steamer named after her) so options are wide open. Maybe.

Seen here in Lancashire this afternoon at a friend's railway.

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And - cripes - here's a Stockers on board the beast.

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cheers,

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 7:41 pm
by Gerry Bullock
My you do look in fine fettle Chris.
As for the name well you are now moderating this Forum and to that end the Oxford Thesaurus provides the answer using the colloquial MC as an illustration:
" Lady Felicia was chosen as the moderator of next year's panel" so Lady Felicia it has to be. :wink:

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:56 am
by Blackcloud Railways
Yet to be named (ideas welcome, SWMBO is already mollified by having my 1/12 scale steamer named after her) so options are wide open.

You could borrow a name from Shropshire light railway history and go for one of the classics, Hecate, Hesperus, Morous, Pyramus,or Dido.

Or even Thisbe. As in (adopting a rustic accent) "This be my loco, Thisbe." :lol:

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 7:39 am
by chris stockdale
Blackcloud Railways wrote:
Or even Thisbe. As in (adopting a rustic accent) "This be my loco, Thisbe." :lol:


Sounds like I might have a bit of an effeminate lisp :roll:

I like the idea of Pyramus for a steam powered jobbie at some time in the future.

Gerry's Lady Felicia seemed a bit grand but it got me thinking of P.G. Woodhouse's Jeeves and Wooster characters. 'Tuppy', as in Tuppy Glossop might be usable - but keep the ideas coming!

cheers,

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 8:19 am
by Willow Creek Traction
Chris Stockdale wrote:P.S. Mrs Stockers is (somewhat) resigned to being a 'railway widow' -
Maybe a branch to the clothesline would sell?

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:43 pm
by Simon Andrews
Nice setup Chris 8) I am very envious :mrgreen:

Simon.

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:44 pm
by JeffSaxton
In keeping with the "dignified" approach, though with a male twist:

A. E. Housman

You being in Shropshire and all ...

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 4:08 pm
by chris stockdale
Simon Andrews wrote:Nice setup Chris 8) I am very envious :mrgreen:

Simon.


Thanks Simon it's been a long time coming. As in I am able to do this because there is actually a bit left over after other stuff was taken care of from an endowment that has paid out after twenty five years.

cheers,

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 4:12 pm
by chris stockdale
JeffSaxton wrote:In keeping with the "dignified" approach, though with a male twist:

A. E. Housman

You being in Shropshire and all ...


Thoughts of Housman's poem had passed through my mind. Curiously I don't know it off by heart :wink: (for those not in the know - it's HUGE) so I might have a bit of a Google. I'm not initially sure that I want to use Housman's name but I'll let the idea float about for a bit - it's funny how things can suddenly just seem right after not thinking about them too hard for a while...

cheers,

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 4:14 pm
by chris stockdale
Here's the poem for those that fancy it. It's good stuff, honest! :D

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/5720/5720-h/5720-h.htm

cheers,

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 4:26 pm
by JeffSaxton
There's lots of death, darkness, and even murder in Housman, so it may be a bit drear still ...

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:18 pm
by chris stockdale
Blackcloud Railways wrote: go for one of the classics, Hecate, Hesperus, Morous, Pyramus,or Dido.



I've been pondering the classics and gods and such as I sit in the breakfast area with our two cats sprawled across the table (I suspect that the health inspector would be underwhelmed :roll: ) when it came to me - the perfect (pun there) name, that is.

Bastet.

Here's a link to our lovely cat goddess for those who have a mind to get all learned:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastet

So, in honour of our feline friends, much waited upon by yours truly I think I have arrived at a suitable name. And, hoping that Keith, her builder isn't reading this - unlikely 'cos I sent him the link earlier today - should the loco ever misbehave I will know exactly which epithet to use... :wink: :twisted:

Thoughts?

bestest,

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:43 pm
by mad gerald
Sorry, as I'm a little bit late (freshly returned from a crusade) ... :wink:

Chris Stockdale wrote: ... I've been pondering the classics and gods and such as I sit in the breakfast area with our two cats sprawled across the table (I suspect that the health inspector would be underwhelmed :roll: ) when it came to me - the perfect (pun there) name, that is.

Bastet.


... as you've already made your decision ... to bad ... I'd have voted for Bitzer ... or Belphegor (demon) ... :twisted:

Cheers

BTW: You're such a lucky devil ...

Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:37 am
by Blackcloud Railways
Chris Stockdale wrote:Bastet.

bestest,

With the nameplate in hieroglyphs of course!

You might even amend your signature to read bestestbastet. :twisted: