Progress continues at a pace if not apace. We dove into the box-o-track to see about improving our passing siding in advance of readying for multi-train operations. All is we; however, a TV blew up ll, so the order for the requisite clamps may have to wait, given I was going to bundle it with some other odds and ends. Why we need TV in Hawai'i remains a mystery, but I like being married...
Other projects have kept me, and sometimes us, busy. Gustav, my LGB O-6-2T, decided to call it quits, so I had to open him up. The motor works, but one of the tabs was bent. Bent it back into shape, and he worked on the test track, though today when I finally got him out on the road, he remained touchy. Everytime he stopped, I picked him up, burnished his wheels, and let him go. Now it seems there are just a few touch spots that Gustav, and Gustav alone, will not cross, even as his headlights work. Oh, well, trouble shooting is free.
This work culminated about 10 days of tinkering with the roadbed. As Tom predicted, things have settled a bit. My gravel pile is starting to shrink as I fill and level things. On the other hand, the garden is taking on some terrain that makes it less sterile, and, as things level out, the trains run much better with fewer derailments and power interruptions. Also, it is free.
The garden has also undergone some minor alterations. Hell's Mountain, in which nothing seems to grow, has yet to kill some sort of sedum I stuck up there a couple weeks ago. After talking with the nursery today, the issue of bake and flood on our side of the island is at the root of it (no pun intended), so I mixed in more cinders to promote drainage. We'll see. We also hacked away at a white fly infection; the infection being too close to our pond, we are taking the trim, fertilize, and hope method. Not quite free, but no shipping!
Finally, we, and this is a WE, took a small saw and some half inch by half inch "timbers" to make simulated shoring at the entrances of some tunnels. This covered the most obvious concrete blocks and made the whole look so much better (Shokingly so, I think). I'd like to make portal wings, but, with too many small humans still tempted to make passge through the tunnels,they can wait. On the "downside," this inspired the need for a quick purchase of few other "timbers" to make vertical reinforcements (this week's project!) and a few other strips of "lumber" to make a simulated door frame on one of my in-laws' creations. All of the above has been practical application from some of the GR articles.
At any rate, I wanted to document progress, such as it is. With our weather going from dry and wonderful to wet and still pretty wonderful, beach activities are likely to slow, so I imagine more puttering will occur, especially as we begin to unlock what is possible with a few hand tools and some glue.
Have a great week!