Author Archives: Andy

My Commute Carbon Footprint

(A quick back-of-the-envelope calculation) I’d like to know how much CO2 I’m putting into the atmosphere from my commute. I recall that I fill up about twice a month, and the petrol tank usually takes about 40 litres each time. … Continue reading

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Vintage plastic toy train

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Cygwin and the unreadable files

I have a PC which has been upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. At some point during one of the upgrades, some accounts have been “upgraded”. It all looks seamless until you take a look with Cygwin, which I … Continue reading

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A visitor to my line

My brother came to visit. He brought a loco, and thus it became the first visiting loco on my line This is a Regner Konrad, kit-built loco. It’s a geared, oscillating-cylinder loco. The revering lever is on top of the … Continue reading

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Steam, at last

I finally got a steam train running in my garden. My wife took these photos A short while later, my wonderful wife used this photo (below) for my birthday card.

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Progress on my railway — 17th May 2015

More good weather has meant more progress on the railway, which is excellent news. Actually, to tell the truth, there’s another garden project which should be commanding my attention, but it was such a sunny day that I had to … Continue reading

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10 years of ballasting experience

by Andy on behalf of SteamOil Today, we have a Special Guest appearance by “SteamOil”, owner of the Tryfon Vale Light Railway. He shares his experiences of how different ways of ballasting have fared over the life of his garden … Continue reading

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Progress on my railway — 4th May 2015

At long last, I’ve got to the stage where I can lay some track. This spring, I’ve tidied up the corner of the garden, built up the rockery on the corner, and fixed boards to the bricks and blocks that … Continue reading

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Inspiration from the Vale of Evermore

My intention is to create a pretty garden with a railway in it, one where you see the garden first, and then see a train moving through it. One of the main sources of inspiration has been the “Vale of … Continue reading

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Lego Steam Trains

A Garden railway doesn’t necessarily have to be serious! Here are some amazingly detailed model trains made of Lego, running around a garden.

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