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Big Big Train Signals

A very robust signal suitable for the garden is the old Triang Big Big Train signal which although supplied in red,yellow and blue( on the Right) with a bit of paint may be made slightly more realistic with a white post, grey base and a red board to the signal. These are Upper Quadrant only and think as I may I am at a loss to convert it to Lower Quadrant. These signals appear quite frequently on eBay but are getting to realise silly prices!

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Winter Woes

A heavy snow has meant the baseboards have buckled sufficiently to pull the track apart.  The next repair job will be to fit Playmobil Rail joiners and brass screws through each side of the joiner to attach them to the rail but this may cause problems with expansion.  Before next winter I will also build a snowplough and clear the tracks using locomotive power. You Tube searches for Garden Railways and snow show several railways being cleared of snow this way.

Caterpillars on the line

We could have had our first real fatality on the line.  We are fortunate to have a second batch of caterpillars in the garden and this fellow wanted to walk the tracks.  I think if we get any more then some By order notices will have to go up…. Caterpillars are advised not to trespass on the lines of the Company..By Order

Andel Wide Bodied Open Wagon

I have completed the build/conversion of Andy Bell’s wide bodied wagon kit with the Playmobil chassis.  The first problem is the wheelbase is too short but it will have a good turning circle!  Perhaps  the Mark 19 will be without bogies.  On the previous conversion of the Glynn Valley Tramway Coach to PMB chassis I kept the veranda’s

New Chassis nearly done

Having filled the boiler with a 7.2volt battery running a 12volt motor means the is no need for a variable speed control.  Two switches in the coal bunker control power on/off and forward/ reverse.  Just some decoration and tidying up and it is ready to work.  So far this has been for me the best conversion of a Playmobil locomotive to 32mm track working.

Danny Painted

The Danny Locomotive has returned from painting by Roger Neale who also paints for Alan Keef so if its good enough for them it is good enough for Littledean Hill  Garden Railway. I am awaiting the brass name and number plates. It will be named WJSA in memory of my father.   The loco is now fitted with Playmobil Couplings  which although not authentic, they are very reliable no matter how rough the track or how tight the bends. The three link couplings were a pain as they were a fiddle to connect and the buffer linked on tight bends and caused derailments.  The only essential with Playmobil couplings is to ensure they are the same height.  This can be thrown out if you change the wheels to smaller diameter.

Brunswick Green Loco

A very useful workhorse is Playmobil’s 0-4-0 locomotive  and are available on eBay in both electrical pick-up or Radio Control (RC version). Radio Control does not work here so this one has had the radio taken out and switches fitted in the roof where they can be reached one switch is power on/off the other is forward/reverse and the reostat controls speed.

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