Thursday, 15 April 2010

New Season Modifications On The Garden Railway...

Hi all. Today, as I had the latter half of the afternoon free, it was decided that we would crack-on with some modifications to the Garden Railway. As regular readers will know, the railway has had some 'Point' problems, mainly consisting of drops in the electric current, following the extremely harsh winter that we've recently came out of. We had originally considered replacing the points completely but, with the bill for replacement looking at £70+ and the fact that the rails and sleepers still looked in relatively good condition, we decided to leave them in. So, we turned to the idea of adding an extra 'power-point' or two; this was done today. Firstly, we swapped two of the points over; one was in pretty good condition whilst the other was debatably tired. Once swapped, we added an extra 'Power point' on the South Bridge, where the tired point was. This sorted the current problem out at this end successfully. We next turned our attention to a location called "Ashford Bank"; a steep incline in the anti-clockwise direction, about half way down the line. Current has been dropping her for a few months but we put it down to the amount of power needed to get up the hill with heavy trains. However, today we took action and installed another 'Power point'. The Garden Railway now has 6 'Power Point's along the length of the line and so current drops are, hopefully, a thing of the past! We will however address any further problems as they arise. Thanks for reading folks! Evening...

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