When the line was packed away after trials of the completed
point in October last year there was little thought of it
emerging again until at least May of this year. Little did I
know! See the new ON TOUR
page! This unscheduled January public appearance required some
accelerated and intense production work over the course of a week
to assemble the last four track sections that cannot be used in
the garden and the production of three buffer stops! Althugh the
weather has been quite mild, work has taken up a lot of time in
the first part of this year and the track has not seen an airing
in the garden yet we have been out on another visit, this time to
Canturbury Museum which has now been included on the on tour
The problems with wheel slip on Dixie experienced on the
visit to New Maldon's track in 2006 were not repeated when the
FHLR was laid on the level playground in Canterbury. In fact she
ran faultlessly on the Saturday as the only loco in steam happily
hauling the driver and up to three passengers. As slipping has
been a problem when the track is laid on the FHLR home track bed
I am still considering adding some extra adhesive weight perhaps
as lead or iron blocks in the bunkers, however we will wait and
see what happens once carriage 1 recieves its new ball bearings
on the axles before diving in! The visit to Canterbury Museum
brought an interesting discovery with regard to adhesion and any
further mods including changes to the carriage wheel bearings
have been shelved until we have had another run in the garden.
As previously reported two "new" passenger car
chasis have been aquired. Some brief details and pictures of
these appear on the new CARRIAGES
2 & 3 page.
Winter projects still include completion of buffer stops,
overhaul of pax cars and cosmetic completion of the point.
Unfortunately due to time these winter projects are now scheduled
to become summer projects!
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been temporarily resolved by diversion to an alternative email
address. So far this has proved succesful but in the longer term
it is still hoped to relocate the site to a different server. The
new "front page" has been added to the site to assist
with location by search engines.
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