Keep off the grass

The air drying clay cracked as it dried, so I’ve planted some grass instead.

Did I say some grass? OK, quite a lot of grass.

There is a strong temptation to clean the rails so I can run trains on it, but the glue is still damp and it needs another day or so before I can attack the track with sandpaper. However, there are more ways than one to skin a cat.

There’s a sector of the hobby which advocates (electrically) dead rails and on board power, specifically battery power and radio control, but on board power is nothing new in the world of toy trains. How many of this blog’s older readers had clockwork trains in their childhood? Quite a few of you if you’re in my age bracket.

The loco above is, or rather was, a Tri-ang OO scale model. OK, maybe scale model is the wrong terminology but you know what I mean. The die cast cab and some odds and ends from the scrap box transformed it into a narrow gauge engine of sorts and it’s useful for pulling lightweight trains over dirty track.


About Bob Hughes

Ex railwayman, life long railway modeller, lover of real ale and spicy food.
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