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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #120 on: March 09, 2017, 05:50:04 PM »
Looking good Keith.
Full retirement must feel good. I'm down to 3 days per week-perhaps for another 15 months before I retire fully.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #121 on: March 09, 2017, 05:55:32 PM »
Looking good Keith.
Full retirement must feel good. I'm down to 3 days per week-perhaps for another 15 months before I retire fully.

Thanks Martin. technically I am on holiday until the end of the month. However, having given back my office laptop and mobile I am rather uncontactable.  :)

I did 3 days a week for 2 1/2 years until I finally decided that 4 day weekends were just not long enough to fit everything in! Already enjoying the flexibility, great weather here today, so bit of gardening in the morning, beach in the afternoon.

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #122 on: March 09, 2017, 05:56:00 PM »
Thanks for the update, Keith. Very good to see renewed progress.

Alas, it will be quite a few years before I can retire. Meanwhile, I'm collecting all the rolling stock for a planned, future larger layout.

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #123 on: March 09, 2017, 06:59:55 PM »
Looking good Keith.
Full retirement must feel good. I'm down to 3 days per week-perhaps for another 15 months before I retire fully.

Thanks Martin. technically I am on holiday until the end of the month. However, having given back my office laptop and mobile I am rather uncontactable.  :)

I did 3 days a week for 2 1/2 years until I finally decided that 4 day weekends were just not long enough to fit everything in! Already enjoying the flexibility, great weather here today, so bit of gardening in the morning, beach in the afternoon.
Sounds good to me. I currently do 4 day weekends and you are correct, just not long enough to do everything we want to do.
No chance of the beach here today though-dank, drizzly, dark and dismal all day.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #124 on: March 10, 2017, 05:08:32 AM »
Looking good Keith.
Full retirement must feel good. I'm down to 3 days per week-perhaps for another 15 months before I retire fully.

Thanks Martin. technically I am on holiday until the end of the month. However, having given back my office laptop and mobile I am rather uncontactable.  :)

I did 3 days a week for 2 1/2 years until I finally decided that 4 day weekends were just not long enough to fit everything in! Already enjoying the flexibility, great weather here today, so bit of gardening in the morning, beach in the afternoon.

It is looking good Keith, one thing though, have you thought how the lorry is going to go down the mountain yet, cant see a road, unless you are thinking of cutting through your mountain and having a road cut across the line down to the valley, it would look great i think.

Well i have a week to go before being made redundant and then 6 months until i fully retire, canít see me getting any work until then so i suppose i am retired after the 17th of this month, really looking forward to getting back to doing some thing on my layout again.

Keep up the great work Keith.   Happy Modelling       :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #125 on: March 10, 2017, 12:03:47 PM »
Thanks Steamie.

Good luck with the redundancy, happened to me a few years back and it turned into quite an opportunity with a bit of luck and some perseverance. Sounds like you could turn it into earlier than planned retirement if resources allow.

The lorry will eventually live at low level so it will not need to travel up and down. However, I will have to get quarry equipment up at some time in the future, as well as workers. I don't think that I have enough space for a road but I do have some ideas for both the equipment and the workers. Still just a cunning plan at the moment, watch this space for future developments.

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« Reply #126 on: March 11, 2017, 02:10:32 AM »
Thanks Steamie.

Good luck with the redundancy, happened to me a few years back and it turned into quite an opportunity with a bit of luck and some perseverance. Sounds like you could turn it into earlier than planned retirement if resources allow.

The lorry will eventually live at low level so it will not need to travel up and down. However, I will have to get quarry equipment up at some time in the future, as well as workers. I don't think that I have enough space for a road but I do have some ideas for both the equipment and the workers. Still just a cunning plan at the moment, watch this space for future developments.

Thanks Keith, the redundancy is a bit of a stressful time at the moment.

Maybe a overhead chair lift, a cable car or even the mountaineers carrying the equipment up for the quarry  :laugh3: Seriously we are looking forward to more of your layout Keith.         Happy Modelling.     :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #127 on: March 11, 2017, 08:02:19 PM »
Try to keep smiling Steamie. :)

Mountaineers will appear at some time. Cable car sounds like a good idea, more thinking time required for that. Someone also suggested mountain goats, maybe a "goat train" carrying supplies up?  :hmmm:

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #128 on: March 12, 2017, 12:09:47 AM »
Techno trousers!  :claphappy:
'Keep it country!'

'Head in the clouds, feet in the mud!'

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #129 on: March 12, 2017, 09:16:07 AM »
Techno trousers!  :claphappy:

Thank you Jimbo. Of course, how could I forget the obvious solution  :bounce:

Must have been a senior moment on my part. Seem to be getting more frequent.  :beers:

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #130 on: March 12, 2017, 11:10:43 AM »
I had planned for today to be a gardening day. However, rain has stopped outside play, so it's indoor play in the cave.

In preparation for getting the quarry fully operational again power will be required. Keith has therefore procured some wooden poles (currently drying after being dipped in preservative) to carry a power cable up.

Once dry they will be installed alongside the track ready for rigging the cable. Any thoughts on pole spacing would be appreciated. I am thinking 100  to 150 feet?  :hmmm:

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #131 on: March 12, 2017, 11:30:44 AM »
Stand down chaps. Just found the UK Power Networks design manual online, amazing this google thingey. It would seem max span is 70 metres.

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #132 on: March 14, 2017, 05:33:08 PM »
In a sudden burst of enthusiasm the pole erection team have commandeered a couple of the newly purchased hopper wagons before they could get to the paint shop (the wagons that is)!

The brand new class 04 was put into action to run them up to the quarry.

After much huffing and puffing (all done by manual labour) the first poles were erected.






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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #133 on: March 14, 2017, 06:45:36 PM »
Thank you, Keith, for these three very nice photos. I always enjoy seeing the 'Little People' in place. The Class 04 is a lovely model but the NCB on the cabsides should be changed?

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Re: Sonmel
« Reply #134 on: March 14, 2017, 08:55:08 PM »
Great stuff Keith.
Those little people look so good and really bring things to life.
And that 04 looks really good in yellow.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


 

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