Prolonged running sessionsThe weather this summer has been appalling from a garden railway modeller's viewpoint. Showery weather is a great frustration - do I assume the sunshine will last or will the heavens open as soon as all the stock has been set out?
However, a couple of days of almost unbroken sunshine/light cloud has enabled me to have some prime time out in the garden 'playing trains'. Interspersed with ongoing maintenance and other matters, I managed to work my way through about half the timetable. This included a fair amount of freight handling and shunting and also some re-runs of manoeuvres for a video I am compiling (more later).
The following pictures give some indication of the ongoing running sessions -
|The first Down Train of the day about to depart Beeston Market|
|Early morning Up passenger about to depart Bickerton Station|
|Daily Down pick-up goods about to depart Beeston Market|
|Up passenger crossing the Down pick-up goods at Peckforton|
|Unloading the milk from the early morning Up passenger at Beeston Market|
|The mid-morning Down Passenger pauses at Beeston Castle - not many tourists in evidence!|
|A laden ore-train cruises through Bulkeley station having just emerged from the Mine Branch|
|Full ore train approaching Peckforton from Bulkeley while the mid morning Down passenger approaches Peckforton from Beeston Castle|
|Full ore train crosses the mid-morning Down Passenger at Peckforton|
|Up pick-up goods between Bickerton and Bulkeley|
|Up pick-up goods between Peckforton and Beeston Castle|
|Up pick-up goods arrives at Beeston Market - too long for the loop, the train has to be split to be shunted|
|Train of empty ore wagons being run round at Beeston Market|
|Mid-morning Up passenger approaching Beeston Castle|
The newly acquired Atropos flat wagon is proving an asset - being used on the first passenger of the day to collect milk churns. The finer scale wheels sometimes cause problems over some of the facing R3 points - and there is no way she would go through R1 points, but with a little tweaking I feel confident the wagon will become a stalwart of the line (Update - see How I made IP Engineering Wheels compatible with LGB pointwork).