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Re: Haywards Estate Railway

Postby Gavin Sowry » Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:01 pm

Bonus in attending shows, you usually pick up something, even a cough or two. I got some grain of wheat bulbs to repair my lighting on Haywards.
All now working, running off a 9V wall plug. Waste of time turning the lights on at Rail-Ex, the venue is so bright, they show no effect. But, at home in the shed, they really make a worthwhile difference. Not using LEDs, as I have to protect my dinosaur status.
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Re: Haywards Estate Railway

Postby Gavin Sowry » Wed Apr 08, 2020 7:55 am

This Cv-19 lockdown really tests ones patience, and sanity.
Today, I cleaned up the Garage..... then decided to touch up Haywards, after have come across a magazine in the clean up, with an article on Haywards.

Usual maintenance on the scenery, which does tend to get tired after many years, then I thought I'd be brave, and attack the Reversing switch, which has been a bit tempremental for some time now. So I completely removed it from the baseboard and set to, to figure just how it worked. Turns out that the tail of the lever, instead of linking to signalrods etc.,makes contact with either one of the two micro switches that actually do the polarity.
Bit of bending one of those contacts fixed the power routing, and the nuts and bolts holding the assembly together were not just there for looks, they actually hold things together, and almost all were loose. The lever has had a pretty rough time over the 12 years it has been in operation. A quick tighten up had everything all back to perfect working order.

Tomorrow, I'll get stuck into some of my other Gn15 layouts.
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Re: Haywards Estate Railway

Postby Gavin Sowry » Sun Apr 12, 2020 5:43 am

Haywards, along with the rest of my layouts, has just completed 3 days of running at the 2020 Easter Train Show at Taita Gorge.
As usual, no derailments, or hiccups. As predicted by the organiser, there was record (non) attendance for this show, a figure unlikely ever to be repeated.... zero. Average daily attendance, zero, free beer given away, zero (but contents of fridge consumed), beer left in the fridge, zero.
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Postby chris stockdale » Sun Apr 12, 2020 9:55 am

Just looked back to Page 1 as it were. December 2006. It’s been quite a journey. Very enjoyable to have been along for the ride.

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Re: Haywards Estate Railway

Postby Gavin Sowry » Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:37 am

Now that the forum is fixed, I'm checking it out to see if things work OK.
Inspired me to run Haywards, just to make sure that still works. It does.
The budget took a hit New Year's eve, our car died, terminally. So, we went a bought a replacement, which is smaller, but has more room for layouts.
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Re: Haywards Estate Railway

Postby DCRFAN 3 » Thu Jan 21, 2021 8:06 am

Sorry to hear about the car. Makes my new years eve flat tire and three days driving on a space saver pale into insignificance.

Just where was 'Fit Layouts into car' in the priority of needs statement?

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Postby Gavin Sowry » Fri Jan 22, 2021 4:24 am

SWMBO said no more Holdens, because they don't make them any more. She took a fancy to a Honda Fit (otherwise known as a Jazz). When I saw the back seats fold down to give a perfectly flat station wagon type floor, coupled with a hatchback, I began to agree. Took it for a blat up Kingsley Heights, and I was sold. It's a little Purple People Eater !
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Re: Haywards Estate Railway

Postby Gavin Sowry » Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:46 am

Show time, again. Two mid winter shows confirmed up country, and I'm trying to muscle in on another not too far away.
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Postby chris stockdale » Thu Feb 25, 2021 11:43 am

Hi Gavin,

Ah, shows! Boy, am I looking forward to going to some shows and getting out amongst the full size stuff too! :D

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Re: Haywards Estate Railway

Postby Gavin Sowry » Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:09 am

Gavin Sowry wrote:Show time, again. Two mid winter shows confirmed up country, and I'm trying to muscle in on another not too far away.


Muscled in...., and they want more than I was trying to get in.
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Re: Haywards Estate Railway

Postby Gavin Sowry » Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:10 am

Gavin Sowry wrote:
Gavin Sowry wrote:Show time, again. Two mid winter shows confirmed up country, and I'm trying to muscle in on another not too far away.


Muscled in...., and they want more than I was trying to get in.


Haywards has been dragged out of hibernation, a quick dust off, and testing showed that nothing needs to be done before the show Saturday week.
Locos, well, um, I had been getting away for quite some time now with missing Kadee springs on one of the engines. Yep, them little blighters still spring out, and fly away, just as you are lining up the final insertion..... :? All sorted now.

New area for the exhibition, too, so it should draw some fresh comments.
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Re: Haywards Estate Railway

Postby DCRFAN 3 » Sat Apr 10, 2021 9:33 pm

Gavin,

Before you venture over to the coast exhibition I hope you have updated the small building formally known as the long drop with a new more culturally sensitive inclusive sign. Something like a 'Gender Neutral Biological Recycling Facility' :P

Remember back in the old days of this group when we tried to have names starting with Gnew ....

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Postby Gavin Sowry » Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:18 am

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A Signal Box for Haywards, perhaps. Fits nicely over the frame lever, but I can't get my fingers in to operate the lever.... then again, at shows, I just set and forget. Cabin might just stop stay kiddie hands from 'playing' with the control. Show time next weekend, may just give this idea a try. If all else fails, there are other layouts of mine that I could use it on, even the garden one.
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Re: Haywards Estate Railway

Postby Thorness » Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:51 pm

Child proofing sounds like a good idea!

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Re: Haywards Estate Railway

Postby Gavin Sowry » Sat May 01, 2021 3:17 am

At the Waikanae Show a couple of weeks ago, I was parked up next to a scenic details man. While minding his shop during the lunch break, I took time to actually examine his wares. On his return, I told him there's another $130 dollars in the till, and I'd like to make a purchase. Now, normally, I buy on impulse, and the stuff sits around for a few years before I use it. However, Haywards has been crying out for a fresh up, so today, with another show in two weeks, I got stuck in, and did that fresh up.

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It's the new scenery greenery that makes the difference. I'm happy with it, reckon the layout's got some life in it yet.
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Postby chris stockdale » Sat May 01, 2021 6:50 am

Nicely smartened up Gavin.

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Postby Gavin Sowry » Sat May 01, 2021 7:30 am

chris stockdale wrote:Nicely smartened up Gavin.

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Thank you.

The scenic items came in a 4 litre plastic 'cake box'. Planned on spending all afternoon doing the job, and to use all the material.
All finished in half an hour, and still got half the bits for another job now. If I put any more trees and shrubbery on, you wouldn't see the trains !

The flora is distinctly Antipodean, but next tidy up is my American occupied corner of England (1940s and a bit after), so, it's off to some picture books just to make sure that what I use is appropriate.
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Sun May 02, 2021 9:22 am

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Playing around with text.....
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Re: Haywards Estate Railway

Postby DCRFAN 3 » Mon May 03, 2021 12:35 pm

Nice. Definitely looking very lush.

After my week away mountain biking former rail trails can we now just get rid of the tracks except for a short section to hold the rusting locos and a hopper or two in the scrub. We can get 1/24th mountain bikes https://www.ebay.com/itm/373359098670?h ... 2377230122 but I can't find a scale model track (bed) side coffee cart.

Darn you may have to stick to your running trains.

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Postby Gavin Sowry » Tue May 04, 2021 7:22 am

A different slant on Haywards Estate....

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Ordinarily, I'd have the table draped with a black sheet, so as to hide the supporting table legs.
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Re: Haywards Estate Railway

Postby chris stockdale » Tue May 04, 2021 4:42 pm

Hi Gavin,

Just noticed the owl - it is an owl, isn't it?


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Postby Gavin Sowry » Tue May 04, 2021 8:17 pm

chris stockdale wrote:Hi Gavin,

Just noticed the owl - it is an owl, isn't it?


Cheers,


What a hoot, you've found it. Now find the pussy cat, the rabbit, and the horse..... that's the usual drill for the kids 'to find'.
Those little creatures are jewelry trinkets used for necklaces, fill in the holes, and paint. DCRfan came up with them.
The dove is from a wedding cake decoration. I get lots of comment about the detail on the layout.
There is also a blue Pukeko (native water fowl), and a green Kereru (native woodpigeon).
Often, women spot the Pukeko, without being asked, so I then give them the recipe for cooking them, which is basically chuck it in a pot of boiling water with an axe head. When the axe head is soft, throw away the bird, and eat the axe head. I get a variety of gazes when I mention that the woodie is good eating..... they are heavily protected, and woe betide anyone caught with one. But, that comment sometimes flys above some peoples heads.
The other neck wracker, is asking folks to find the roll of toilet paper (yes, there is one).
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Wed Jun 16, 2021 8:44 am

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Grandaughter takes a good photo.....
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