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New piston rings, some instructions from David Williams and off we go.

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New Coaches

More rolling stock arrived today in the form of four Aristo streamline coaches, despite their weight the Pacific hauls them up the garage gradient with no problems, just glad that I have a 10 amp supply to take the extra load.

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Progress Feb 2010

The construction of the raised 5″ gauge railway across the front lawn is slow due to the continued cold conditions, however I have built a new point, a signal for Ty-Gwyn station and a removable section of track which will bridge the gap over the drive near the front gate. Not much running on the 45mm but have fitted a new Aristocraft 10amp controller to the inner track and a couple of rail clamps as an easy way to solve a continuity problem. 

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New Videos

Following a visit from the Grandchildren, new videos have been done of the ride on train and the steam train:

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First visitors to the ride on railway

kelly-ruston5The constuction of a 5″ gauge ride on railway has now started and Kelly and Eira were the first visitors to have a ride.

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JANUARY 2009 ARRIVAL OF LIVE STEAM

A small piece of history is attached to the introduction of live steam to my railway,  I have purchased the last ever Samson locomotive produced by Cheddar Models Ltd.
Samson comes complete with Radio Control, bastorial valve gear, fully sprung driving wheels, bronzed axle bearings and insulated wheels so that track powered trains can be run at the same time.
Samson seems to be a well engineered locomotive and I will  be putting it to the test as soon as I have  purchased a box of matches and a canister of gas.

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November 2007 update

With the new station area and branch line almost complete the railway has almost reached its intended size.
The larger the railway the bigger the problems with maintenance, therefore I have decided that my 180mtrs length of track work is enough.
I will now concentrate on the completion of the control room ,I also intend to build a church and signal box over the winter months.

ELECTRICS

Although being used at much less than the 5amp rating my two Gaugemaster controllers have failed during the past few months, I have now replaced them with a 10amp Aristo-Craft power pack with controllers which have much improved the all round performance, also the smoke units are producing much more smoke.
I have fitted change – over switches so that I can use the conventional controllers in the control room or walk around with the radio controlled train engineer system.

LOCOMOTIVES

The Aristocraft Pacific 4-6-2 loco I purchased last year has been excellent, it has great pulling power even on the gradients and it must have covered many real miles, it has been completely trouble free and I haven’t even had to clean the wheels!
The U25-B Diesel continues to be trouble free apart from the occasional wheel clean.
Due to an unfortunate collision I need a new part for the tender on my 0-4-0 Switcher, Unfortunately I am told that the spare part could take up to 12 months to arrive from America so I intend to attempt a temporary repair.

The railway is run regularly between Easter and October so if you would like to visit then please email me at mail@ghpowell.co.uk. to make arrangements.

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