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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #555 on: May 23, 2019, 11:27:57 AM »
The one thing I have found with retirement is the freedom it gives you, (even allowing for the ideas of how to spend the time from  SWMBO  ;)). I can agree with the use of the mini USB cleaner where the larger rechargeable could cause damage. Enjoy the retirement Paddy and lets hope it becomes permanent.
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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #556 on: May 23, 2019, 01:07:55 PM »
Hollerton Junction looks better after four years of 'neglect' than my poor layout does after getting on for a year of fairly active modelling.  It's a lovely layout; just my sort of thing.

It's true what they say; retirement simply makes you even busier!  I decided a while ago that there would be no paid work after 60, so I gave it up at 59.  There have been attempts to get me back, including one today, which is when 'No thank you' is such a useful phrase.

Best wishes for lots of fun and I hope to see many more pictures of the layout.

By the way, is there a cat in the house?

Thank you for these super pictures and all best wishes.

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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #557 on: May 23, 2019, 01:32:26 PM »
Itís good to see Hollerton Junction back and as others have said, taking early retirement is one of the best things that youíll ever do.
Now....I have to ask. Whatís that pink thingy with the tree on top?

Enjoy your layout and enjoy running trains.
All the best.

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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #558 on: May 23, 2019, 02:59:35 PM »

Now....I have to ask. Whatís that pink thingy with the tree on top?


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Mont Blanc(mange)? :laugh:

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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #559 on: May 23, 2019, 04:30:31 PM »
Hollerton Junction looks better after four years of 'neglect' than my poor layout does after getting on for a year of fairly active modelling.  It's a lovely layout; just my sort of thing.

It's true what they say; retirement simply makes you even busier!  I decided a while ago that there would be no paid work after 60, so I gave it up at 59.  There have been attempts to get me back, including one today, which is when 'No thank you' is such a useful phrase.

Best wishes for lots of fun and I hope to see many more pictures of the layout.

By the way, is there a cat in the house?

Thank you for these super pictures and all best wishes.

John

Thanks John and everyone else for your kind words.  I feel very fortunate to be able to consider retiring at 51.  Whether it proves to be permanent, time will tell (we serve at Mrs Colemanís pleasure).  ;)

There is indeed a very special cat called Henry.  The poor boy was hit by a car 3 years ago, losing an eye.  Henry spent weeks in hospital and it was touch and go on many occasions.  Henry still struggles to feed and has syringes of Veterinary Recovery food each day.  We love Henry dearly and he is a very spoilt British Blue/tabby cross.

You should have seen Henryís medical bill!  :o

Kind regards

Paddy

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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #560 on: May 23, 2019, 04:34:24 PM »
Itís good to see Hollerton Junction back and as others have said, taking early retirement is one of the best things that youíll ever do.
Now....I have to ask. Whatís that pink thingy with the tree on top?

Enjoy your layout and enjoy running trains.
All the best.

Martin

Thanks Martin.  The pink thing is a cat treat box with one of those cheap Chinese trees that you get on eBay stuck in to it.  The tree was sprayed with hair spray about 4 years ago and additional scatter added.  It was simply placed in to the treat box to dry.  It should be well and truly dry by now.  :)

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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #561 on: May 23, 2019, 06:50:24 PM »

Thanks Martin.  The pink thing is a cat treat box...

Yes indeedy; Poppy spotted it in the picture and asked if there was a Hollerton Junction cat.  She sends her kindest regards to Henry.

She also wonders if Henry might consent to his photograph appearing on our Forum.

Early retirement (indeed any retirement) is, in my view, all about two Ts: tax planning... and trains!

Best wishes.

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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #562 on: May 24, 2019, 07:22:32 PM »
HOLLERTON JUNCTION REFURBISHMENT - PART 2

Well, the most important things first.  I had a wee chat with Henry, and he sends his fondest regards to Poppy.  Henry also hopes that Poppy likes the following photo (which was taken recently).  As you can see, he has made an amazing recovery from what was a horrendous accident.


Photo 1. Henry.

Back to the restoration of HOLLERTON JUNCTION.  Over the last couple of days, I assembled the Track Mop from Mill Lane Sidings.  I purchased the mop a few years back and it is still available from their website for a very reasonable £6.00 plus £2 P&P.

http://www.mill-lane-sidings.co.uk/mlstrackmop.html

The Track Mop is supplied in a stout cardboard box and is made from laser cut 3mm MDF and comes with all the parts, large cleaning cloth (which needs to be cut to size) and small bulldog clip to hold it on.


Photo 2. Mill Lane Sidings Track Mop Components.

As per the instructions, I gave each part a generous covering of PVA glue prior to assembly.  The parts went together easily with just a couple needing a wee bit of filing to get a snug fit.  Once assembled you have a robust track mop that is perfect for cleaning N gauge track.  In addition, I gave the base of the cleaner a few extra coats of PVA to protect it from wear.


Photo 3. Completed Track Mop.

Now that the Track Mop is complete and dry the next task is to use it to clean the track - results to follow!

As always, your comments and suggestions always welcome.

Many thanks

Paddy
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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #563 on: May 24, 2019, 07:42:36 PM »
Thank you very much, Paddy.

Poppy sends  :heart2:.

Poppy is a bit of a flirt, I'm afraid, and our garden is like Piccadilly Circus with 'gentlemen callers'.

It's wonderful that Henry has made a good recovery.  He's certainly a handsome chap.

I am a recent convert, thanks to @Webbo , to WD-40 (don't panic!) contact cleaner to clean the track.  You might like to try skooshing some on to your spiffing track mop.

Many thanks and all best wishes to you and Henry.

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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #564 on: May 24, 2019, 08:18:26 PM »
Thanks John and Poppy!

Henry is a terrible playboy with the ladies too so no doubt they would get on like a house on fire.  Poor chap does not realise he is lacking certain items...  :D

I have bought some isopropyl alcohol to try this time.  Before, I tried the Deluxe Materials product but did not get on with it.  Next time I am in Wickes etc. I will get a can of WD-40.

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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #565 on: May 24, 2019, 09:33:32 PM »
Next time I am in Wickes etc. I will get a can of WD-40.


Make sure it's the contact cleaner type and not the common or garden variety, @Paddy

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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #566 on: May 25, 2019, 08:16:30 AM »
Will do @Newportnobby - I hate to imagine what the original WD-40 would do to HOLLERTON JUNCTION!  :doh:

Looking on the WD web site the product contains approximately 20-30% isopropyl alcohol.

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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #567 on: May 30, 2019, 03:44:18 PM »
HOLLERTON JUNCTION REFURBISHMENT - PART 3

Finally had some time to use the Track Mop (see previous post) to clean the track on HOLLERTON JUNCTION.  This time I used isopropyl alcohol and the results were excellent (although rather smelly).  My only observation is that the J cloth supplied with the mop is not really tough enough as it tends to rip and fluff up.  The instructions suggest old cotton from a shirt which I suspect would be much better.  So in summary, I highly recommend the Track Mop from Mill Lane Sidings.

The following are three photos of refurbished HOLLERTON JUNCTION.







A new addition to the layout is the replacement of the original Hornby Lyddle End Engines Sheds with a new Graham Farish Scenecraft Two Lane Engine Shed (42-0033).  As the layout incorporates both steam and diesel I felt this building was more appropriate for the transition era.  However, as you can see from photo 1 below the Graham Farish Engine Shed is a very pale red - like it is covered in talcum powder.


Photo 1. Colour Comparison of Hornby and Graham Farish Engine Sheds.

To my eye the Graham Farish Engine Shed looks unrealistic and clashes with the darker red of the majority of buildings on the layout.  Out came the artist acrylics and a few washes of a darker shade produced the result in photo 2.


Photo 2. Colour Comparison of Hornby and repainted Graham Farish Engine Sheds.

As always, your comments and suggestions always welcome.

Many thanks

Paddy
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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #568 on: May 30, 2019, 04:10:08 PM »
The acrylic washes certainly improve things, Paddy :goggleeyes:

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Re: HOLLERTON JUNCTION (SHED 13C)
« Reply #569 on: May 30, 2019, 04:16:42 PM »
Too unrealistic for me, plasticky. Could you not scratchbuild or find a paper to add over or weather

 

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