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Another year gone by ....

Started by RhB_HJ, April 27, 2017, 03:55:11 AM

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RhB_HJ

..... finally upgraded to version 6, since it comes in handy when trying to explain concepts to people on the fora/groups. It's the old "a picture is worth ..."  :-X, especially for those speed readers who miss half a post.
How's the layout coming? Upgraded to ZIMO MX10 with the new R/C cab, that was a bigger ding than going to AR ver 6. ::)
Like any other year it's pine needle and debris picking time in the Okanagan.
Hans-Joerg Mueller
Coldstream, BC   Canada

http://www.rhb-grischun.ca

My train videos

Win7Pro 64bit; 8 GB RAM; i5 2.67GHz; 1920x1080 22" display

Mike from CT

Hey, old man.  Good to hear from you.


How are your rocks holding up?
(To those who don't know H-J, he has this thing for rocks. Kansas used to be the mountain state before H-J got into landscaping.)


RhB_HJ

#2
The rocks are just fine. With all the rain we had in April they are more or less spic and span. The weeds do what they are best at... growing like crazy (what a pain  ??? >:() and there are still more needles to be picked up before running starts.  :(  :(

A bit of background for those who are interested, the layout is 1:22 in the garden. To replicate some Swiss scenery 33 metric tons of rock,  earth, sand, gravel etc. have been moved ... most of it by hand (wheel barrow etc.) since access to the back of the house wasn't wide enough to get a small bob-cat in. But I never have to go to the gym.  ;)  ;D
Hans-Joerg Mueller
Coldstream, BC   Canada

http://www.rhb-grischun.ca

My train videos

Win7Pro 64bit; 8 GB RAM; i5 2.67GHz; 1920x1080 22" display

Mike from CT

H-J, adopt my strategy....

Weeds are just plants plants growing on their own where we don't want them growing so, retrospectively, decide we them there and, poof!, no more weeds.  :)

I would issue one caveat from experience:  While that approach has worked for me, my neighbors aren't quite as accepting.  ???

RhB_HJ

There is progress, yesterday the track cleaning train ran the length of the point-to-point line except the end point still needs to be cleaned up. Debris, debris and more debris off the cedars. GRRRR.

In my next life I'll go back to RhB in HOm.  ;D  ;) As Jimmie Rodgers sang "Will there be any freight trains in Heaven?"
Hans-Joerg Mueller
Coldstream, BC   Canada

http://www.rhb-grischun.ca

My train videos

Win7Pro 64bit; 8 GB RAM; i5 2.67GHz; 1920x1080 22" display

Mike from CT

H-J,

You start again in HO and Woodland Scenic is going to have to turn the Jungfrau into a geschrumpfte alte frau, just to keep up....

RhB_HJ

We still have a small 4ft x 16ft HOm layout. Things just need to get reorganized at #40 to set it up  again.

Here the starting position prior to "Spring Cleaning".

















Hans-Joerg Mueller
Coldstream, BC   Canada

http://www.rhb-grischun.ca

My train videos

Win7Pro 64bit; 8 GB RAM; i5 2.67GHz; 1920x1080 22" display

Mike from CT

All these years I've been teasing you about the wrong thing....

Forget the rocks, it's pine needles.   ;)

RhB_HJ

#8
On May 27th I fell off the second step of a 4 foot stepladder and unfortunately landed on the concrete patio stones right on my head. It isnt the first time I banged my head. BUT definitely the first time while on Warfarin as a blood thinner — remember my mechanical heartvalve?
Had a bit of a headache for a few days and thought that's it!
Until Aug 3rd when the headache returned big time and I finally ended up at the local ER on Aug 7th, with a straight transfer (after the CT scan) to the neuro department in Kelowna. Bilateral bleeds on the brain.
So all in all it has been a hellish summer with minimal progress as all kind of other health stuff was going on.  ::) :-[
Hans-Joerg Mueller
Coldstream, BC   Canada

http://www.rhb-grischun.ca

My train videos

Win7Pro 64bit; 8 GB RAM; i5 2.67GHz; 1920x1080 22" display

Nick the Cabin Boy

So glad to see that you're OK now!  But it must have been pretty serious to have taken this long to fix.

Now looking forward to more news of your splendid layout, and more great real-thing videos.

All the best,

Nick the Nomad (formerly abbonc)
Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Building Pottersbridge, a fictional town a little North of London, served by a fictional Heritage Railway, in N

Mike from CT

Let me second Nick's well wishes,  Definitely glad you're back on track (and off step-ladders).

poppy2201

Wishing you well.

Regards,
Charles
Charles J.

RhB_HJ

Quote from: Mike from CT on October 23, 2017, 11:48:42 PM
Let me second Nick's well wishes,  Definitely glad you're back on track (and off step-ladders).

Thank you all!
Apropos off the step ladder it was one of those frugality mishaps. Bought a cheap alu-ladder since it's only for "inside". It sort of collapsed twice inside. SWMBO had a problem and next it was my turn. Instead of it wandering in the dumpster it ended up outside — the last of the 1080p IP cams needed that very last fine tuning. It collapsed once more and the rest you know. The new one is fiberglass/alu.
Combine frugality with anal precision and ..... oh well.  :-X  >:(
Had another CT scan this past Friday and the neurologist appointment is for coming Friday.  :-\  :-\
Hans-Joerg Mueller
Coldstream, BC   Canada

http://www.rhb-grischun.ca

My train videos

Win7Pro 64bit; 8 GB RAM; i5 2.67GHz; 1920x1080 22" display

Marcinko

Absolutely stunning layout. I love it! I'd love to see a video or 5 of this! lol

RhB_HJ

Hi all,

Things are moving right along.
The 1080p IP cams work very well  - so I don't need to get on a step ladder. Attached is the short video of what the dispatcher sees on the 19" TV.
The location names where add to make orientation easier, the dispatcher won't need them.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g68jRTz4jDA

After much Um..ing and Aa..ing regarding the operating software we finally landed at the Z21 Mobile App (Fleischmann/Roco). Runs on two BLU 5" Smartphones and two Aoson 7" Phablets, via WLAN to the ZIMO MX10
In addition the Android gizmos also run MRclock (Fast time at 4:1) and TwoWay (comm between train crews and dispatch). To complete the package of "all in one" the schedules for the engineer/conductor is printed on thin card stock. And using part of a transparent file folder mounted on the backside of the throttles.



The graphic timetable was designed with the proto time table of the Rhaetian Railway (1969 -71 period) as inspiration. 24 scheduled trains between 06:00 and 22:00



BTW what used to be called Thusis has been renamed to Filisur, to get the required distances balanced with the running times.

That's it for now.
BTW hot and smoky here, fires down the valley and in many parts of BC
Hans-Joerg Mueller
Coldstream, BC   Canada

http://www.rhb-grischun.ca

My train videos

Win7Pro 64bit; 8 GB RAM; i5 2.67GHz; 1920x1080 22" display