Man-cave

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Urban sketchers Stoke-on-Trent day 5, draw inside your shed or garage.

Where do I start. In my case our shed has had all the tools expelled to the outer darkness of our little shed. Instead some rickety pasting tables have been put up. The tops are covered with boxes, lengths of train track, bits of trains, engines, train trucks, stuff…. Plus he’s got different controllers to send power through the tracks. The pasting tables are so warped it’s like the trains are running through hills!

Then he’s got his bike bits, wheels, and a box that the stray cat sleeps in, which is surrounded with bags of straw… I’m allowed in as long as I don’t mess with anything… In the meantime he wants to upgrade things when the lockdown is over. We are going to buy some better tables. Exciting eh?

Trains

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The stuff we have in the house. As I start to tidy up, I find my progress impeded by things like toy trains. They seem to be proliferating. I don’t know if they are multiplying or just coming out of the woodwork…. This one had no undercarriage or whatever its called. Marooned on the kitchen cabinet, awaiting a swipe from a cat?

If they multiply any more they will become like star trek tribbles, falling off cupboards and blocking the sink…..

Toy trains

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Came home to a broken toy train that my hubby said wasn’t working because a part has come loose. When we looked a wire had detached where the solder had broken. I tried heating up a knife blade and pressing it very hard onto the solder which melted but didn’t tack down. When I tried again with a hotter blade it burnt the solder away.

Finally I tried tacking it down with a bit of insulation tape, and when that didn’t work I tried a small piece of cardboard rolled up and tucked under an overhang of the engine to force the wire and metal strip into contact. As he has taken it away to the shed, and as he hasn’t come back in I’m hoping it’s worked.

Later he came in, it was not successful, he had a problem with it making big bangs! So it had made a connection, just the wrong one! Oops!

Trains

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We got a nice shed so my hubby could have somewhere to store all his bikes and bike bits. But something has migrated in there. OO guage trains, hornby dublo and triang, have moved in. The bikes, tyres, tubes, wheels have been evicted to various bushes in the garden, sheltering from summer showers.

Trying to explain that if he gets a couple of storage boxes or some shelves. He could put things away and not have to step over train transformers to get in. Also if we get a pasting table he won’t have to kneel on the floor… I don’t think being organised is his strong suit….

Baintree and Bocking station.

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This is a drawing of a railway line plan my husband drew in 1969 when he was about 16. He has always loved railways  and was on the last steam train to leave Manchester Victoria station to Rochdale in 1968. He tells me this was a Stanier black 5 steam engine 460 (which means 4 leading wheels, 6 driving wheels and no trailing wheels).

He actually made the minature railway layout , including bushes and trees, a signal box and a station building and railway tracks on Triang 00 guage.

He had a Jinty 060 number 47606 3F class, an 040 diesel and a GWR single, Lord of the Isles. I guess any railway enthusiasts out there will understand this, but others won’t.

A Jinty was a nickname for a particular type of engine that did shunting, banking, pilot duties and local freight. This was a small type of engine which had a short wheelbase and could get round curves easily. It was designed by Sir John Fowler.

47606 is just its running number which identifies it. 3F means its power classification   (3 freight).

040 diesel is a small dock shunter used by the sea or rivers to carry freight from ships.

A GWR single has a 422 wheel configuration. It’s classed as XP, (express) and could travel at 80 Miles an hour. It could pull up to 400 tons of passanger coaches  ( 6 coaches including the guard’s van).

He has so much knowledge but its locked up in his mind. when I asked him it all came out, how do people learn all this stuff!?