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Have 2 friends coming round who have been involved with miniature railways for some years. Dave Smallbone was one of the other original builders of the Merstham Valley Railway.
I don't know, get rid of the skip out of the drive and the following day a load of ballast and "stuff" arrives. Station building here I come!
Doris and I started outside bright and early today by building a wall (to stop you falling off the garden on to the platform) - that took all morning. Julie turned up with the kids after lunch and we set to ballasting. Between them they moved about 1.5 tons of rock over the afternoon. Not bad going by any standards. They brought their friend Roger Atkins - not sure if he knew what he was letting himself in for.!
We've also laid a lot of ballast down the "other" fence side to raise the noticeable dip near the birdbath.
Without a shadow of a doubt, Doris and I couldn't have done half what was achieved without the help of the kids.
Saturday 5th April 2003
Still got lots to do before my friends come round next Saturday. I may try and take Friday off work to get some more jobs done.
Went round to see Paul at Ride on Railways and picked up my remaining 2 tipper wagons. Actually, that is not 100% accurate. John Crosskey (one of my friends who is visiting next weekend) also ordered 2, and Paul has lent me his 2, so I actually have 8 at the moment! I got home too late to take a picture today, but might be able to get one after work tomorrow.
Umm, thinking... I may extend the wall and platform along towards the fence. I just think it will look neater.
Making progress. I have tamped all the ballast put in last week. Still have a low spot by the bench at the end of the garden, but that can be fixed easily enough. I have also put in the 2nd platform track so I could conceivably run 2 trains now. I think I have a check rail out of gauge - will look at that tomorrow. So, I am ready for John Crosskey and Dave Smallbone to come round. Rumour has it that they will be bringing some rolling stock of their own and we're going to get PETER; my Hunslet, in steam for the day.
I think John and Dave had a good time, I certainly did, and it was great to see PETER finally fulfilling his potential. I just have to hope I have luck next time firing him on my own.
Though it is not a real problem, the short length of 10' radius curve along the chain-link fence side needs replacing. I have the rail to do it, just haven't gotten around to it yet. I did wonder if I might get away with it, but running PETER and a 4-wheel driving trolley round yesterday showed how much the stock "kicks" on the short curve, so I shall have to deal with that.
One thing we did note is that the footboards on some of John's rolling stock was getting very close to my point-levers. I may have to move them further outwards, or turn them through 90° so they are parallel to the track.