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Thanks Gormo

I have to admit that the continuing conversations with our members and discussing their progress does keep the interest on the boil.

Was out in the shed last night and having great fun with a night time running. Big problem was that the Dargan extension does not have the overhead ducted lighting that the existing layout has which makes the scene so much fun at night. Yep, out to Bunnings first thing and acquired the timber, MDF, hooks, screws, chain, etc to rectify matters. All timber has since been sawn to shape and made ready for installation tomorrow!

Breaking news from Lovely Wife...no way trains tomorrow as we are going down to daughter's beach house for a few days AM tomorrow!!!

All good things come to those modellers who wait.

I see from other postings that Toto was a virtue of patience but that the gave up and cancelled his order. Most of us do not have that luxury.

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Just back from daughter's beach house where the temperature was 23 degrees but it is 43 degrees in Sydney. Lighting will still have to wait.

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Richard,
The heat might not be all wasted modelling time however, could be worth checking the new sections of track for thermal expansion in this heat. I learnt this the hard way.
Just about to hit 44 degrees in Berowra now.
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Tony

You are right with the expansion problem. Did not cop it today but have had it before. Thank goodness for my narrow profile air cut off saw. Fixes the issue and in winter provides an authentic wheel clip as the carriage wheels go over the slots.

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Hmm I might miss out on 5 months running per year but I am not sure I'd enjoy 43 degrees! Dave



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Yes, Sydney was a scorcher today. My train room was 34*C in there, so I walked back out ! Western Sydney reached a maximum of 47.3*C... :oops:

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As Britain's worst newspaper (all of them) would say - "Phew what a scorcher!"



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Just been hearing about the temperatures in Australia on the radio, hope everyone is keeping cool and no buckling of the rails!  



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They reckoned on our local news that Western Sydney was the hottest place on the planet yesterday....47.3 c as Gary said.

Mind you I found London, this year, at 34 c even more unbearable due to the high humidity. Sounds stupid I know, but there you are.........a good percentage of Australia has a dry heat which makes a big difference. That said though.......it would be crazy to be outdoors yesterday in 47.3.....it`s quite dangerous, especially for the elderly and those with medical conditions etc.

Sorry Richard........I`m hijacking your thread here.????

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Not at all Gormo..It all adds up to the historical environment and the trials and tribulations during the development of Dargan. I actually got some of the lighting duct assembled early this morning but now the humidity has taken its toll and I have retired for the day.

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Hi Folks

Well somewhere between the heat and the humidity, I have managed to get stage two of the display lighting in place.  In the cool of the evening a few days ago when I decided to have a quiet running session just to myself, it was just not good enough for the Dargan extension to be in to be in total darkness so I just had to press on. Now this was not an easy install as the lighting ducts are quite heavy. Installing them also a real test of my diminishing stamina. Woke this morning with very, very testing muscles. BUT it is in:







The combined ducted display holds 18 dichotics rated at 20 watts each. There is a dimmer system to give me mood lighting as required. This pic is taken with full settings. On the existing layout I also have an LED track light of 130 white LEDS which I laboriously put together on timber track beside the lighting duct rwo years ago. Supposed to simulate moon lighting which it does quite effectively. Will not be provided to the Dargan extension. One of thos enhancements that seemed like a good idea at the time. Must have been in the dead of winter when I had nothing else to do?

And here is the first grand switch on from this evening:



View towards the west:




I do wish there was a photo god who could show me how to put a 7 m x 5 m layout into proper perspective.

This will not be a problem for much longer as a very good acquaintance of mine has said to me quite clearly "Stand aside Richard and let the Professionals have a go" He says something about video and Youtube and all these other strange things I do not want to experiment with.

Is that yet another glass of very acceptable red in the foreground of Pic three? I must be far more vigilant in the future lest we in OZ gain some form of totally unwarranted reputation?

Time to  retire as the temperature has now reduced to a very acceptable 23.


Cheers

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Richard

AND I am going to love boring you with DCC speed matching on a new thread!!!



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Very impressive work with the lighting rig there Richard. Been playing a bit with these small halogens myself as they can simulate sunlight rather well, especially with regard to the sharp edge of shadows. You've also got some very good looking floor "house lighting" above, can never have enough light when working!
Your posts with the glass of red can be a little like "where's Wally?", but I'll have to give up, I can't find it.
Don't worry about our reputation, think they deal with brandy over the other side.
Temperature is going to be high again today, so I'm back on a boat, not modelling for me!
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Glad to see you've seen the light. 🤓

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Looking good Richard. I do like the last pic with the layout lit up in the dark. :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:

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Lighting? ... I just see tinto ... in a glass ... the best sort of tinto ... in fact the only sort of tinto ... oh got it now ... the lights above the tinto ... very smart and modern

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