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Title: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on November 07, 2017, 06:52:06
The Ferrovie dello Balconia moves to a new location

After a few years of have been driving on the current location with my train, business activities are terminated on this site. My parents got an offer to move the caravan from place 49 to 11, and that is further from the highway, along the edge of the forest and some agricultural fields. I do not know how this new spot looks like, and so I have not yet finished a rail plan yet. Meanwhile, at “klusbedrijf HENK” (a small construction company), there is already some gossip because of the upcoming removal.

(https://s1.postimg.org/1tn5i6axzz/2017_11_07_Rumoer_in_de_bouwkeet_DSCN0581.jpg)

B — ”Henk, have you read this on Playmofriends?”
H — “What, Ben?”
B — “The Ferrovie dello Balconia is going to move.”
H — “Well, than it is gonna be a busy summer. How large is the new spot?”
B — “I have no idea.”
H — “Then we have to hire a new employee to measure up the new location.”


(https://s1.postimg.org/84uwu7scjz/2017_11_07_Rumoer_in_de_bouwkeet_DSCN0582.jpg)

J — ”Hello, I am Joop and I can measure up the new piece of land.”
H — “Welcome at our company, klusbedrijf HENK.”


(https://s1.postimg.org/1qgaymh37j/2017_11_07_Rumoer_in_de_bouwkeet_DSCN0583.jpg)

H — ”That is some impressive equipment.”
J — “As a survayor, no job is too small for me!”
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Tiermann on November 07, 2017, 10:01:34
 :love:
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Post by: playmofire on November 07, 2017, 12:53:28
Looking forward to see what happens next.   :wave:
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on November 09, 2017, 04:07:11
(https://s1.postimg.org/3wk34zlrxr/2017_11_09_Toiletproblemen_DSCN0584.jpg)

B — ”Henk, are you in the bathroom perhaps?”
H — “Why?”
B — “Well, the birds are falling from the tree…”

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Post by: tahra on November 09, 2017, 04:57:49
:lmao:
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Post by: Raven on November 09, 2017, 05:23:58
Love it!
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Post by: playmofire on November 09, 2017, 09:11:53
 :lol:
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on November 12, 2017, 05:27:57
(https://s18.postimg.org/uofv4kn8p/2017_11_12_Ongeruste_dames_DSCN0586.jpg)

Today Henk is visiting by a whole group of worried ladies. Kate is afraid that the "Shady Rest Hotel" will no longer get customers as the railway line disappears. Billy-Jo, Bobby-Jo and Betty-Jo worry that the water tower is disappearing. This is their only source of cooling during hot summers, because there is no swimming pool in the surrounding area.

H — “Quietly, I can't answer all questions at the same time!”
K — “What will happen to our hotel now?”
H — “We dismantle the hotel and rebuild it along the new railway line. That is because the ’Ferrovie dello Balconia' has no canteen, where else should we eat?”
B-J, B-J en B-J — “And our water tower?”
H — “The water tower will also be dismantled and rebuilt along the new railway line. That is necessary, because the steam locomotives will continue to drive. Although I do think that you distract the crews too much.”
B-J, B-J en B-J — “Then you just have to build a swimming pool.”
H — “For the time being, there is not enough money for that.”
B — “And also our view not!”
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on November 12, 2017, 08:03:24
Good to see that the company listens to local opinion.
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Post by: JLMatterer on November 12, 2017, 08:44:08
I have many memories of Petticoat Junction.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on November 14, 2017, 06:33:07
(https://s33.postimg.org/l09flsgtb/2017_11_14_Indianen_DSCN0591.jpg)

Great Eagle thinks that Little Totem means that the Ferrovie dello Balconia will move. Ugh
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on November 24, 2017, 03:52:56
(https://s33.postimg.org/ioo1ieewf/2017_11_15_Nieuwe_plek_20171115_001.jpg)

(https://s33.postimg.org/u10n07q67/2017_11_15_Nieuwe_plek_20171115_002.jpg)

So, these are the first pictures of the new place on the campsite. Winters doesn't look like it at all, and every year I wonder whether it will be something. But that is because our garden architect (= my mother) has not been busy yet. That's always without a plan or sketch, but in the course of time it will become a little paradise again, although she always says she does little work (and I don't believe anything of that). I haven't been on the new campingsite yet, but only when the big tent before the caravan is there can I better estimate how I can drive with the LGB train. But that is work for “klusbedrijf HENK” (my small building company) ;)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on November 24, 2017, 06:44:28
I'm sure all will fall into place, Marco, and your mother's "green fingers" will create another little paradise, and even magically find plenty of room for the railway.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on November 30, 2017, 15:26:49
It is December and Sinterklaas is in the Netherlands. Of course, the employees of the “Ferrovie dello Balconia” are not forgotten either. First of all, Sinterklaas and his Zwarte Pieten visit the signal box to welcome the employees with the preparations for the new timetable. As Sinterklaas travels further through the Netherlands, he will also come to the portacabin of “klusbedrijf HENK”.

(https://s33.postimg.org/r47onnxsv/2017_12_04_Sinterklaas_DSCN0598.jpg)

It is December and strange people walk on the rooftops of the country.

(https://s33.postimg.org/rgz2tvinj/2017_12_04_Sinterklaas_DSCN0599.jpg)

Sinterklaas and his Zwarte Pieten visit the signal box.

(https://s33.postimg.org/frv36075b/2017_12_05_Sinterklaas_DSCN0594.jpg)

B — “Henk, do you also hear strange rumbling on the roof of our portacabin?”
H — “That could be Sinterklaas.”
B — “Do you still believe in Sinterklaas then?”
H — “No, but I try it every year!”


(https://s33.postimg.org/t8s1ozk2n/2017_12_05_Sinterklaas_DSCN0596.jpg)

B — “Good heaven, what is falling through the roof hatch?”
H — “They are all rails!”
B — “Where does all that come from?”
Zwarte Piet — “From Sinterklaas. Sorry for the mess, but there is no chimney on your portacabin! Success with the new railway line and greetings from Sinterklaas.”
H — “I am totally converted.”

Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on December 01, 2017, 09:42:26
Wonderful story line, Marco, told through excellent photos and text.   :wave:
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Post by: tahra on December 02, 2017, 07:59:15
;D

That's great!
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Macruran on December 02, 2017, 22:42:20
 :love:
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on December 10, 2017, 10:52:48
It's not often snowing in the Netherlands, so when it's snowing you make use of it right away. Henk and Ben have stopped working on the railway and enjoy a day of snow. Then you will also meet new people. But a lady with pink hair? Are fairies going on winter sports in their spare time?

(https://s33.postimg.org/g3mqnm733/2017_12_10_Sneeuw_IMG_20171210_150104.jpg)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Tiermann on December 10, 2017, 12:25:49
Looks beautiful!
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on December 10, 2017, 13:07:24
Wonderful photo, the low angle makes the figures fit into the landscape perfectly.
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Post by: Macruran on December 10, 2017, 16:25:23
Agree, this is some classic PM photography, with lessons that us amateurs can take away and apply.
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Post by: Junker Jörg on December 13, 2017, 07:34:53
Wonderful photo, the low angle makes the figures fit into the landscape perfectly.
Bet it also makes your belly fit into the cold snow neatly  8}. Und garantiert paßt sich der Schnee auch dem drinligenden Bauch ganz eiskalt an  :lol:.

jj:
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on December 13, 2017, 08:24:33
Bet it also makes your belly fit into the cold snow neatly  8}. Und garantiert paßt sich der Schnee auch dem drinligenden Bauch ganz eiskalt an  :lol:.

jj:

 :lol:
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on December 16, 2017, 04:12:28
Today the Ferrovie dello Balconia received some Playmobil supplies from Germany from an anonymous giver. Henk and Ben check the load. That looks fine.

(https://s33.postimg.org/7ju7m6jov/2017_12_15_Spulletjes_uit_Duitsland_DSCN0609.jpg)

(https://s33.postimg.org/lq9yhfpf3/2017_12_15_Spulletjes_uit_Duitsland_DSCN0610.jpg)

B — “The items still look good. Can we make it a new small railway station?”
H — “We will succeed!”
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on December 16, 2017, 04:23:08
A firm, determined tone in Henck's voice there!  Look forward to developments.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on December 24, 2017, 02:59:48
After careful consideration, Henk and Ben decided not to return the station to its original state. Searching for the old parts not only takes time, but they are also rare and expensive. Nevertheless, a station can be made of the material by "kitbashing". All usable parts are combined with remnants of other kits. Among other things, old CD boxes are used to make new windows in the waiting rooms. But there are also plans to provide lighting. First of all, we need a good foundation.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on December 24, 2017, 04:21:53
They are, indeed, rare and can be expensive, so I will watch your "kitbashing" with great interest.

I have some yelllowed platform bits which I think I might try spraying grey as bleaching hasn't worked.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Tiermann on December 25, 2017, 15:08:52
Have you tried the hydrogen peroxide method on them Gordon? I've had good results on light grey with it,  but it is best in summer with stronger sunshine.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on December 27, 2017, 09:00:48
Have you tried the hydrogen peroxide method on them Gordon? I've had good results on light grey with it,  but it is best in summer with stronger sunshine.

I've tried household bleach so far, but with no effect, Tim.  I'm just thinking of trying painting as an alternative, but not ruling out other chemical methods.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on December 28, 2017, 02:15:30
Of the items from Germany, a new platform has been constructed. Henk and Ben watch Joop carry out the final checks with theodolite. Everything is then ready to provide the platform with a waiting room.

(https://s18.postimg.org/vhc9ar7nt/2017_12_28_Nieuw_perron_DSCN0612.jpg)
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Post by: playmofire on December 28, 2017, 02:56:11
Good progress being made and nice to see care and attention to the detail so all is level.

Is that a space for a fire hydrant at the right hand rear of the platform?
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on December 28, 2017, 09:13:11
No, that is a hole for a railway signal.
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Post by: playmofire on December 28, 2017, 10:19:54
No, that is a hole for a railway signal.

Ah, yes, of course, I recognise it now.  I never realised how perfectly it can be made to fit in with the platform pieces.  Great thinking.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Tiermann on December 28, 2017, 10:33:19
Great looking platform!
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Post by: Marco_4124 on January 02, 2018, 02:51:22
Henk and Ben started right away with their good intentions. Of the items from Germany a waiting shelter has been put together, and some accessories for the platform. There is now a clock, a sign with arrival and departure times and a box with road salt. Now the Netherlands has mild winters, but you never know. The waiting shelter has got new windows and a bench. The windows are made of old CD boxes. The new stop has been given the name Neustad, which reminds me of Neustad an der Saale, where I saw once the last trains on holiday to Bischofsheim an der Rhön. Unfortunately, this is nowadays a cycle path.

(https://s18.postimg.org/vc7625xxl/2018_01_02_Haltestelle_Neustad_DSCN0613.jpg)

(https://s18.postimg.org/jzukkezjd/2018_01_02_Haltestelle_Neustad_DSCN0614.jpg)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Tiermann on January 02, 2018, 10:36:07
Great looking little station. Great name, until you get a new station. Then does it become Alt Neustadt?  ;D
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on January 02, 2018, 10:53:10
A very workmanlike and neat upgrade of the old station parts.

Tim raises an interesting point.  Another alternative would be Neu Neustadt.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on January 05, 2018, 01:58:18
During construction work there is a replacement bus service.

(https://s18.postimg.org/adkgr4vbd/2018_01_05_Businzet_DSCN0618.jpg)
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Post by: playmofire on January 05, 2018, 08:27:03
Looks like a 1960s or 1970s girls' group.  Jolly good.
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Post by: Macruran on January 05, 2018, 20:09:08
Very cool!  :inlove:
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Post by: Luftgaengerin on January 06, 2018, 04:31:56
This is so great! Thanks for sharing!  :love:
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on January 07, 2018, 02:37:13
Because I want to use the street surface of the platform as good as possible, I decided to put the waiting shelter sideways to the platform. However, the foundation of the waiting shelter is 13 mm lower than the platform. That's why I made an extra foundation from plastic sheet. On top of this is the shelter, and one can walk on street level to the platform. In addition, the street surface of the platform is used optimally.

(https://s18.postimg.org/quznc8nx5/2018_01_07_Fundament_DSCN0619.jpg)
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Post by: playmofire on January 07, 2018, 05:20:13
An excellent idea and neatly done.
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Post by: Marco_4124 on January 14, 2018, 03:22:35
The new station, complete with all accessories. And when the travellers arriving, it makes the scene complete. It breathes the atmosphere of a small local station.

(https://s18.postimg.org/c2dis5to9/2018_01_14_Nieuw_station_DSCN0621.jpg)

(https://s18.postimg.org/i3b7p8vq1/2018_01_14_Nieuw_station_DSCN0622.jpg)

(https://s18.postimg.org/61ftv41x5/2018_01_14_Nieuw_station_DSCN0623.jpg)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on January 14, 2018, 04:14:54
A contract has been signed with "Harry und Henriëtta Gleisbau GmbH" for the construction of the new railway line.

(https://s18.postimg.org/kr0o014bd/2018_01_14_Harry_und_Henri_tta_Gleisbau_Gmb_H_DSCN0627.jpg)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on January 14, 2018, 06:17:45
The station is perfect, Marco.

I have one of the destination signs but can't get the arms to stay out.  I suspect something is broken or missing.

Is the Matra crane a new buy?  It looks very smart.  Nice to see, too, male and female klickies in the railway construction business.  A PA who worked for me for 18 months or so on a temporary contract went to work for a construction firm and was lat heard of working on the construction of the Gold Coast line in Australia.

Where do the workers in the striped tops come from, please?
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on January 14, 2018, 07:17:24
The Matra crane was bought second hand, cleaned and provided with a new LGB wagon frame.
The Playmobil figures come from Berlin. During renewal of the subway in Berlin they were given as a gift to the passengers. You can find them on the German eBay site (search for "Playmobil BVG").
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on January 14, 2018, 11:09:39
The Matra crane was bought second hand, cleaned and provided with a new LGB wagon frame.
The Playmobil figures come from Berlin. During renewal of the subway in Berlin they were given as a gift to the passengers. You can find them on the German eBay site (search for "Playmobil BVG").

Thanks for that.  I'll have a look.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: tahra on January 14, 2018, 12:45:33
Those are great pics!

The Playmobil figures come from Berlin. During renewal of the subway in Berlin they were given as a gift to the passengers. You can find them on the German eBay site (search for "Playmobil BVG").

If they offered klickys here when the subway is messed up, I could probably make a living selling them (the repeats, anyways)  >:(
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on February 04, 2018, 02:31:08
"Harry & Henrietta Gleisbau GmbH" are busy with their first assignment, which is to restore the old railway bridge. With the assistance of a driver, locomotive and railwaycrane of the "Ferrovie dello Balconia", a repaired bridge section is installed. "Harry & Henrietta Gleisbau GmbH" have taken care of the new abutments of the bridge. These are not yet equipped with turrets and signs on which the shipping can see where the channel is. First, the middle span must be put in order.

(https://s18.postimg.org/58h56a42x/2018_01_30_Nieuwe_oeververbinding_DSCN0630.jpg)

Total overview of the construction site.

(https://s18.postimg.org/g82chxry1/2018_01_30_Nieuwe_oeververbinding_DSCN0632.jpg)

The hoisting of a bridge section is still an exact task.

(https://s18.postimg.org/pslz4urkp/2018_02_02_Nieuwe_oeververbinding_DSCN0044.jpg)

Everyone is keeping an eye on things.

(https://s18.postimg.org/oqbsmcj21/2018_02_02_Nieuwe_oeververbinding_DSCN0045.jpg)

The construction site, seen from a different angle.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on February 12, 2018, 02:22:50
Meanwhile, the work continues. The main span of the bridge is finished, and the abutments are equipped with small towers. Both abutments are varnished, and thus resistant to weather and wind. Inevitably, such a large structure attracts interest from colleagues from abroad, and today "Harry & Henrietta Gleisbau GmbH" received a visit from "Big Building Company". During such a working visit, all kinds of experiences and insights are exchanged. After an educational day it is always fun to finish with a nice group photo.

(https://s18.postimg.org/4gz8q15e1/2018_02_12_Nieuwe_oeververbinding_DSCN0047.jpg)

The main span is now finished and equipped with small towers. There are still no signs for navigation.

(https://s18.postimg.org/y8wb58us9/2018_02_12_Nieuwe_oeververbinding_DSCN0049.jpg)

Visit and interest from abroad is always fun, and today "Big Building Company" was visiting the construction site.

(https://s18.postimg.org/qsx1jju95/2018_02_12_Nieuwe_oeververbinding_DSCN0052.jpg)

The day ended with a nice group photo.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: tahra on February 12, 2018, 02:31:50
:)  That's a gorgeous group photo! :love:

Nice to see them all working together.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on February 12, 2018, 08:05:07
A great idea that, combining Playmobil and PlayBig.   :wave:
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on February 19, 2018, 02:56:15
We are now working hard on finishing the bridge. The bridge can then be put into operation in a short time.

(https://s18.postimg.org/tadfxwmw9/2018_02_19_Nieuwe_oeververbinding_DSCN0054.jpg)

The glass washer is hired to clean the plates attached to the towers of the bridge. These are then visible to skippers and railway staff.

(https://s18.postimg.org/upf0modpl/2018_02_19_Nieuwe_oeververbinding_DSCN0644.jpg)

This sign indicates for boats under which span the bridge should be crossed. That is between the white arrows

(https://s18.postimg.org/czdc1nuzt/2018_02_19_Nieuwe_oeververbinding_DSCN0645.jpg)

This sign indicates to the railway staff that the walkway cannot be used when a train is running over the bridge. The wagons hang over the walkway.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on February 19, 2018, 05:04:10
You have a wonderful attention to detailing (and in involving a large range of klickies in the work).  Thank you, too, for explaining the meaning of the signs.   :wave:
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on February 26, 2018, 02:41:39
With such a large construction project, there is always a need for new employees. Applicants come from all over the world to help rebuild the "Ferrovie dello Balconia". This week there even came an applicant from Australia! His name is "Puffing Billy", and has the peculiar habit of moving around with a dromedary called a camel in Australia. But people in Australia have more peculiar habits, such as building a railway line right through the Outback (The Ghan) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ghan) or across mountains with a winding railway line (The Great Zig Zag) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithgow_Zig_Zag). Anyway, all help is welcome!

(https://s18.postimg.org/akmf7up7t/2018_02_26_The_Ghan_DSCN0057.jpg)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on March 01, 2018, 02:33:25
Today is the festive opening of the new railway bridge by Billy-Jo, Bobby-Jo and Betty-Jo.

(https://s18.postimg.org/7eh6x4n3d/2018_03_01_Opening_Brug_DSCN0652.jpg)

(https://s18.postimg.org/c0db5hgc9/2018_03_01_Opening_Brug_DSCN0653.jpg)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Macruran on March 01, 2018, 06:58:05
Didn't they have some hit singles in the 60s?  :P
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on March 01, 2018, 07:35:01
With such a large construction project, there is always a need for new employees. Applicants come from all over the world to help rebuild the "Ferrovie dello Balconia". This week there even came an applicant from Australia! His name is "Puffing Billy", and has the peculiar habit of moving around with a dromedary called a camel in Australia. But people in Australia have more peculiar habits, such as building a railway line right through the Outback (The Ghan) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ghan) or across mountains with a winding railway line (The Great Zig Zag) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithgow_Zig_Zag). Anyway, all help is welcome!

(https://s18.postimg.org/akmf7up7t/2018_02_26_The_Ghan_DSCN0057.jpg)

A nice international touch; maybe he could have brought a camel train with him!   :lol:

But, seriously, there are big rail developments in Australia where the Gold Coast line is being extended.  In the last 12  to 18 months when I was working I had a temporary PA who got a job with Balfour Beatty who were building the extension.  She already had a degree in French and Business Studies and her started studying for a degree related to the construction industry with Balfour Beatty and then went out to Australia to work on the Gold Coast line after she'd completed her degree course.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on March 01, 2018, 07:36:00
Today is the festive opening of the new railway bridge by Billy-Jo, Bobby-Jo and Betty-Jo.

(https://s18.postimg.org/7eh6x4n3d/2018_03_01_Opening_Brug_DSCN0652.jpg)

(https://s18.postimg.org/c0db5hgc9/2018_03_01_Opening_Brug_DSCN0653.jpg)

Will the first train break the ribbon?
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on March 02, 2018, 00:07:40
But, seriously, there are big rail developments in Australia where the Gold Coast line is being extended.  In the last 12  to 18 months when I was working I had a temporary PA who got a job with Balfour Beatty who were building the extension.  She already had a degree in French and Business Studies and her started studying for a degree related to the construction industry with Balfour Beatty and then went out to Australia to work on the Gold Coast line after she'd completed her degree course.

That is this railway line we are speaking about? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_Coast_railway_line)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on March 02, 2018, 06:16:27
That is this railway line we are speaking about? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_Coast_railway_line)

Yes, Balfour Beatty were providing the catenary system, so not the whole railway.  I recall now that my forner PA's later degree was in Commercial Surveying and she worked on Terminal 5 at Heathrow first and then the Gold Coast line, so/ that would be 2012 onwards.  She was working for me in 2000 to 2002; I retired in August, 2002.

Someone obviously underestimated how popular the line was going to be.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on March 06, 2018, 14:18:02
Problems with the crane.

Until now, the sleepers and rails have been transported separately by Harry und Henrietta Gleisbau GmbH and have been assembled on site into sections of railway track. But this is a time-consuming construction method and a logistical nightmare. One of the employees suggested that the sections of track should be pre-assembled at a fixed location, and complete sections of track should be transported to the construction site. The construction of a railway line then goes much faster. Unfortunately, the first attempt did not go quite well. When lifting a pre-mounted section of railway track, the MATRA railway crane tilted forward. The MATRA railway crane proved to have insufficient counterweight. For the time being, construction work has been stopped until a good solution is found.

(https://s18.postimg.org/ev82gw0q1/2018_03_04_Hijskraan_problemen_DSCN0058.jpg)

When hoisting the first section of railway track, it is already immediately going wrong.

(https://s18.postimg.org/8uadju8yx/2018_03_04_Hijskraan_problemen_DSCN0059.jpg)

The MATRA crane tilts forward and is completely detached from the rails.

(https://s18.postimg.org/fxi8zhgzd/2018_03_04_Hijskraan_problemen_DSCN0060.jpg)

Henriëtta signs to the driver of the Ferrovie dello Balconia to stop working for the time being. First, a solution must be found for the MATRA crane.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on March 06, 2018, 14:35:07
It needs more weight or outriggers, or maybe if another heavier piece of rolling stock were attached to it.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Macruran on March 06, 2018, 18:06:48
Or you could just step on it.  8-)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on March 06, 2018, 23:03:59
Or you could just step on it.  8-)


 :lol:
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: The_Mad_Hadder on March 07, 2018, 14:00:26
Really great stuff here Marco
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on March 14, 2018, 13:25:09
(https://s18.postimg.org/j4eoby71l/2018_03_14_Overleg_DSCN0655.jpg)

Henriëtta is visiting Henk to discuss the problems with the MATRA crane while enjoying a cup of coffee. Ballast weights will have to be placed on or in the crane in order to be able to lift heavier loads with the MATRA crane. Henk can reassure Henriëtta: The chief workshop of the Eastern Balcony Railway promised to cut pieces from the ballast weights of Playmobil wagons and use them as ballast weights for the MATRA crane. The promised weights are on their way, so Henriëtta still has to be patient. Meanwhile, Henriëtta is looking around in the portacabin "With which eccentric lord is Ben speaking?” Henk answers: ”That is Isambard Kingdom Brunel (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isambard_Kingdom_Brunel), he is going to make the design for the new tunnel through Box Hill.”

(https://s18.postimg.org/c16swaz15/2018_03_14_Overleg_DSCN0654.jpg)

In the background Ben discusses the problems with Isambard Isambard Kingdom Brunel (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isambard_Kingdom_Brunel). Along the route there is a large box with tea and coffee cups, and the train can not drive around it. “No problem," says Isambard, “I am a pioneer in tunnel and bridge construction. By way of exception, I would like to work on a narrow-gauge railway line.” And that is at least, if you know this gentleman, a remarkable decision.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: tahra on March 15, 2018, 00:52:00
More great pics, as usual.

The chief workshop of the Eastern Balcony Railway (...)

:lmao:

“No problem," says Isambard, “I am a pioneer in tunnel and bridge construction. By way of exception, I would like to work on a narrow-gauge railway line.” And that is at least, if you know this gentleman, a remarkable decision.

Brunel.. tunnel, bridge... and also ships, right?  (he features in North and South)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on March 15, 2018, 02:20:02
That is superb, Marco!   :lol:  And what wonderfully subtle allusions to Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his work.  BRAVO!  :wave:
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on March 15, 2018, 04:01:42
(https://s18.postimg.org/7exd2fayh/2018_03_15_Box_Hill_DSCN0656.jpg)

Meanwhile Joop and some employees of the Ferrovie dello Balconia are working on location to measure up Box Hill. The owner of the hill uses it to put down its cups, and does not want to move it or renounce it. Hopefully, Isambard Kingdom Brunel will find a solution to this problem.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: tahra on March 15, 2018, 04:46:48
Meanwhile Joop and some employees of the Ferrovie dello Balconia are working on location to measure up Box Hill.

:lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

The owner of the hill uses it to put down its cups, and does not want to move it or renounce it. Hopefully, Isambard Kingdom Brunel will find a solution to this problem.

A tunnel, maybe? What would the owner think? Somehow, I don't think that'd cause a good impression.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on March 15, 2018, 08:09:55
This story is developing wonderfully, Marco.

Thank you.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Tiermann on March 15, 2018, 13:27:16
Get out the big drill for the tunnel!  :D
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on March 17, 2018, 06:36:47
In between the work, we also work on small jobs. The plastic wheels of two wagons still had to be replaced by metal wheels. Pending the update of the MATRA crane, this repair was done. Then everything is in order before we start working on Box Hill.

(https://s18.postimg.org/vtfg2gfyh/2018_03_17_Wielen_wisselen_DSCN0657.jpg)

(https://s18.postimg.org/705w1trt5/2018_03_17_Wielen_wisselen_DSCN0658.jpg)

In the meantime, our activities also made the news in Germany.

(https://s18.postimg.org/f5ny0037d/2018_03_16_Monatsr_ckblick_Schermafbeelding.jpg)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on March 17, 2018, 08:35:05
Wow!  It just gets better and better! 
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on March 18, 2018, 01:32:44
(https://s18.postimg.org/nplkmdri1/2018_03_18_Box_Hill_DSCN0659.jpg)

(https://s18.postimg.org/4x9piti95/2018_03_18_Box_Hill_DSCN0660.jpg)

Today Isambard Kingdom Brunel presented his plan. He showed in a grand way that a tunnel must pass through Box Hill. For example, the owner of the hill can leave his cups on top of the hill and the Ferrovie dello Balconia can reach its destination by train. Henriëtta, Henk and Ben look worried: that's a lot of work. Yet everyone is of the opinion that the tunnel and the train track should be built.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on March 18, 2018, 01:50:17
More great pics, as usual.

The chief workshop of the Eastern Balcony Railway.....

:lmao:


The Eastern Balcony Railway is the train layout from my nephew. He is driving with live-steam locomotives and I try to make from him a Playmobil fan as well  :)

(https://s18.postimg.org/vjr857aux/36466888684_afb728f2f4_o.png)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on March 19, 2018, 23:46:07
The new counterweights of the MATRA crane were received from the Eastern Balcony Railway.

(https://s18.postimg.org/alr16zmx5/2018_03_19_Nieuwe_contragewichten_DSCN0666.jpg)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on March 20, 2018, 00:10:10
Meanwhile, the construction of Box Hill tunnel continues. Harry & Henriëtta Gleisbau GmbH use a tunnel shield (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunnelling_shield) developed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. This tunnel shield protects workers from collapsing. The final lining of the tunnel wall shall be installed behind the tunnel shield. Luckily Box Hill is not big, and they hope to be ready soon with the digging of the tunnel.

(https://s18.postimg.org/c3h2w5jkp/2018_03_20_Tunnelbouw.jpg)

Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on March 24, 2018, 06:38:34
The overhauled crane has been tested today. In the end, two large counterweights and two small counterweights were mounted, so that the overall weight of the crane increased. The first test was an immediate success. Heavier loads can now be lifted and the boom of the crane can be extended further. The coupling hook on the other side of the wagon has also been moved, so that all locomotives can now be connected. During the test, one small problem was discovered: the resistance of the axles in the wheel axle boxes increased. It was decided to replace it with ball bearings. But the goal of the test has been achieved: now preassembled sections of track can be placed ready to go.

(https://s31.postimg.org/kgs0niuaz/2018_03_24_Hijskraan_revisie_DSCN0672.jpg)

Two large and two small counterweights are mounted in the cabinet at the rear of the wagon.

(https://s31.postimg.org/co1cvitgr/2018_03_24_Hijskraan_revisie_DSCN0069.jpg)

Overview of the test site. The test was a tremendous success!
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on March 24, 2018, 07:03:28
Congratulations!   :wave:
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: tahra on March 24, 2018, 07:16:20
:)

Looking forward to more!
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Macruran on March 24, 2018, 11:14:08
I never thought I'd be so gripped by a tale of railroad engineering! Stellar work Marco!

:banana: :builder: :builder: :builder: :builder: :builder: :builder: :apple:
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on March 26, 2018, 04:54:46
This is a memorable day. Today Box Hill Tunnel is opened in a spectacular way. The scene from Queen's video clip (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEjU9KVABao) was repeated thinly. Above the tunnel, Isambard Kingdom Brunel modestly placed a name sign, just like he did with the Royal Albert Bridge. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Albert_Bridge) A little advertising for yourself can never hurt. Consideration is still being given to whether the Ferrovie dello Balconia logo should also be placed above the tunnel. As with any railway, there are still small improvements to be made.

(https://s31.postimg.org/u3xeqgqgb/2018_03_26_Opening_Box_Hill_Tunnel_DSCN0672.jpg)

Total overview of the tunnel. The cups can be left standing and the train can now continue its journey.

(https://s31.postimg.org/bbljmxc2j/2018_03_26_Opening_Box_Hill_Tunnel_DSCN0673.jpg)

Henriëtta congratulates Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Everything has been done without any injuries, and the whole thing has remained within budget.

(Unfortunately I don't have a pop group of Playmobil).
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on March 26, 2018, 12:22:37
Well, that's a beautifully constructed tunnel an a great idea to link it to the Queen video.  (I've never heard that track or seen that video - had you come across it before?).

And, a always, nicely set up and photographed. 

I'm sorry the tunnel story is over,  but I'm sure something equally entertaining is on it's way.

Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on March 27, 2018, 04:33:15
It was back in 1989 number 4 in the Dutch Top 40. And as a railway enthousiast, I was immediately fond of the video clip. The clip and the train were filmed on the Nene Valley Railway in the UK, nearby Peterborough. The girl, Debbie, was Taylor's girl-friend. Roger Taylor and Freddy Mercury wrote the song.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on March 27, 2018, 05:14:13
It was back in 1989 number 4 in the Dutch Top 40. And as a railway enthousiast, I was immediately fond of the video clip. The clip and the train were filmed on the Nene Valley Railway in the UK, nearby Peterborough. The girl, Debbie, was Taylor's girl-friend. Roger Taylor and Freddy Mercury wrote the song.

Thank you for that, Marco.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on March 30, 2018, 01:06:15
Quote from: “Eastern Balcony Railways”
The management of the EBR would like to congratulate the Ferrovie dello Balconia and has had a logo created for the new Tunnel.
Everything is ready and charged and the logo will soon be offered as soon as the driving schedule has been approved by the departmental staff.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/899/26227992547_585b53b181_c.jpg)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/806/26227992647_e6bfd295ce_c.jpg)

Unfortunately the driving staff did not want to take a picture (a bit shy).
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on March 30, 2018, 02:59:24
A very smart logo and a pity the driving staff didn't want their photo taken.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmovictorian on March 31, 2018, 01:10:58
I love the I K Brunel tunnel picture sets  :love:

A very entertaining thread indeed  :)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on March 31, 2018, 01:55:39
Unexpectedly, the Easter bunny has a surprise for the staff and travellers of the Ferrovie dello Balconia. A wagonload of Easter eggs has arrived. Little Benjamin has already found a place on top of the cargo of Easter eggs. The residents are happy: the Easter eggs look wonderful, and the Easter celebration is now certainly a success.

(https://s31.postimg.org/68lfdjmvf/2018_03_31_Pasen_DSCN0675.jpg)

(https://s31.postimg.org/nyn3yl863/2018_03_31_Pasen_DSCN0677.jpg)

Meanwhile Henk and Ben are doing another job for the Easter bunny. The train does not have any lights, which is compulsory on the railwayline of the Ferrovie dello Balconia. But with a red bike light and some handiwork, this problem has also been solved.

(https://s31.postimg.org/izzlk2rij/2018_03_31_Pasen_DSCN0678.jpg)

(https://s31.postimg.org/gwp6btz97/2018_03_31_Pasen_DSCN0679.jpg)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmovictorian on March 31, 2018, 02:44:35
Happy Easter dear Marco  :wave:
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: tahra on March 31, 2018, 02:55:10
What a great idea!

(I suppose with Benjamin there not all the eggs will reach the destination ;) )
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on March 31, 2018, 03:52:39
Wonderful! And a Happy Easter to you and all the staff and residents.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on April 04, 2018, 00:27:06
The staff of the Eastern Balcony Railway (EBR) were nevertheless persuaded to let themselves be photographed. Or do you really believe that this locomotive is controlled by remote control from a distance ???

(https://s31.postimg.org/999mfvma3/2018_04_04_EBR_machinist_IMG_20180403_WA0001.jpg)

Furthermore, some less pleasant news from the campsite. A part of the garden changes into a mud pool during rainfall. Consideration is being given to increasing the garden a little. Sand has now been ordered.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on April 04, 2018, 00:47:20
Or a viaduct over the marshy area?
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on April 08, 2018, 06:56:13
A mobile model train layout has different problems than a fixed model train layout, but the challenges are no less important. One of the most popular accessories is the Playmobil 4383 level crossing. The design of this level crossing is particularly good because it can be used with metal and plastic Playmobil rails, LGB rails and Piko rails. As long as the level crossing is on a level surface, for example a room floor or a balcony. If the railway is lying in the grass, problems will arise. The loose parts of the road do not stay in place or jump loose when a train passes. Until recently I didn't have a good solution for it, until my father lay a piece of plastic plate underneath the railway crossing. I have worked out this solution in more detail. Finally, the Stainz steam locomotive's track sweepers also proved to be too wide and jammed on the curb of the level crossing. I have ordered extra track sweepers, and shortened them so that the Stainz can now also pass the level crossing. I keep the extra set of track sweepers so that the Stainz can be rebuilt in its original condition.

(https://s31.postimg.org/fc2fl3uy3/2018_04_08_Spoorwegovergang_DSCN0682.jpg)

All the separate parts of Playmobil 4383 level crossing, and the extra plastic plate I made to place under the level crossing.

(https://s31.postimg.org/6h1lakqq3/2018_04_08_Spoorwegovergang_DSCN0681.jpg)

When everything is mounted, the adjustment is hardly noticeable. Maybe the stripes on the bike path might continue.

(https://s31.postimg.org/4ch89irob/2018_04_08_Spoorwegovergang_DSCN0683.jpg)

The Stainz track sweepers proved to be too wide and jammed on the curb of the level crossing. I have now shortened these. Problem solved.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on April 08, 2018, 08:12:22
Two neat solutions, Marco.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on April 11, 2018, 03:30:44
See next page.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on April 11, 2018, 04:53:22
Some green carpet laid out on the balcony and just some nice pictures shot from my craft activities last winter.

(https://s31.postimg.cc/yor12dpuj/2018_04_11_Balconia_DSCN0077.jpg)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/ehdla3uy3/2018_04_11_Balconia_DSCN0078.jpg)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/sntc5cl8r/2018_04_11_Balconia_DSCN0079.jpg)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/ehdla5cyj/2018_04_11_Balconia_DSCN0080.jpg)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/71ebodcej/2018_04_11_Balconia_DSCN0081.jpg)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on April 11, 2018, 04:56:42
The recently built bridge will be crossed by a local freight train with Easter eggs. The sheriff keeps an eye on things and Puffing Billy watches amusedly "Another idiot building a bridge in the desert". Although he has to admit that the grass here is greener than in Australia.

(https://s31.postimg.cc/eis4h0tsr/2018_04_11_Balconia_deel_2_DSCN0082.jpg)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/ra6ankll7/2018_04_11_Balconia_deel_2_DSCN0083.jpg)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/7fk91ge3f/2018_04_11_Balconia_deel_2_DSCN0085.jpg)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/qknib8vcb/2018_04_11_Balconia_deel_2_DSCN0086.jpg)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/4y8hu8c7f/2018_04_11_Balconia_deel_2_DSCN0087.jpg)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on April 11, 2018, 07:21:20
Thank you for those great photos, Marco.  Obviously a winter well spent.   :wave:
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: tahra on April 11, 2018, 10:19:39
Looks great!

Love the tunnel! :)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on April 15, 2018, 05:23:29
(https://s31.postimg.cc/o63hk2mi3/2018_04_15_Terreinopmetingen_DSCN0685.jpg)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/m1j4j381n/2018_04_15_Terreinopmetingen_DSCN0687.jpg)

Joop and his buddy spent the whole day measuring the future location of the Ferrovie dello Balconia.

(https://s31.postimg.cc/usljz9mfv/2018_04_15_Terreinopmetingen_DSCN0691.jpg)

Meanwhile, Puffing Billy explores the terrain with his dromedary.

(https://s31.postimg.cc/966jia5vv/2018_04_15_Terreinopmetingen_DSCN0694.jpg)

At the end of the day, the men discuss the results of the day at a picnic table.

 The first results are promising, because two fences were placed incorrectly in the past. This provides extra space on both sides of the piece of land. The narrowest part of the piece of land is still two metres wide, spacious enough for the radius 1 curves of LGB. Puffing Billy is less enthusiastic about the terrain itself, it is very uneven and extra sand has been ordered to level the ground. But, all in all, we may even fall short of rails. We are now waiting for better weather, so that the ordered sand can be ridden in. So we will have to be patient for a while.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on April 16, 2018, 02:31:57
Editor's message

I have now noticed that my stories about the adventures of the Ferrovie dello Balconia with its staff and passengers are greatly appreciated. Despite the fact that I work very irregularly, and often also work at night, I put a lot of energy into this. The stories appear on 3 forums on the internet in three languages, namely Dutch, German and English. The images are hosted on www.postimage.org. Although I check the option "No expiration", unfortunately images disappear from the story from time to time. Some forums offer the solution to host the images on their own site, but that takes a lot of work for me. That means that for each forum I have to rehost the images and change the BBCode tags in my story every time. Moreover, not every forum has this solution, and deeplinking is not always allowed. Usually if you wait a while, the images will reappear because the provider (such as www.postimage.org) has problems, as long as I am lucky that they don't decide to pay for it. And then it becomes unaffordable for me as well. Moreover, not every forum allows me to change the post afterwards. If you like the stories, I recommend that you print the topic for every full page and convert it into a PDF file. I ask for your understanding.

Greetings, Macro (managing director Ferrovie dello Balconia).
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on April 16, 2018, 05:46:17
I understand perfectly, Mr Editor, and thank you for your helpful advice.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on April 18, 2018, 04:18:50
One day, a train arrives at the Ferrovie dello Balconia with a load and a crane. Henk watches in amazement: "Ben, what do you have with you? "Well," replied Ben, "do you remember that we had timber left over during the construction of the bridgeheads? "And what do you mean by that," Henk asks Ben. "I sent it to a joiner, who made it into garden furniture.
After Harry and Henriëtta Schrotter and their staff have helped with the unloading, the garden furniture is tried during the break. Everyone is satisfied, we will have a lot of fun during the summer.

(https://s31.postimg.cc/yyuwyj4yj/2018_04_18_Tuinmeubulair_DSCN0701.jpg)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/gjag16oa3/2018_04_18_Tuinmeubulair_DSCN0702.jpg)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/f5it5c6uz/2018_04_18_Tuinmeubulair_DSCN0703.jpg)

Harry and Henriëtta Schrotter and their staff assist Ben in unloading the garden furniture.

(https://s31.postimg.cc/o0jnfvy8b/2018_04_18_Tuinmeubulair_DSCN0704.jpg)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/6ahyuw2nv/2018_04_18_Tuinmeubulair_DSCN0705.jpg)

After work is done it is nice to sit on the new sofas and chairs.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on April 18, 2018, 05:42:14
Clearly nothing goes to waste on your railway and we have another charming addition to the story.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Richard on April 19, 2018, 06:59:22
Love it! Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on April 20, 2018, 06:57:56
It's a small detail, but today the logo of the Ferrovie dello Balconia is placed above the tunnel entrance. The logo is made by my cousin on a 3D printer, and arrived just in time with my birthday. I am very happy with it, which completes the tunnel entirely  :)


(https://s31.postimg.cc/j7aic5sdn/2018_04_20_Box_Hill_Tunnel_FB_logo_DSCN0711.jpg)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on April 20, 2018, 09:14:05
Many happy returns of the day, Marco, and what a wonderful present!
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Tiermann on April 20, 2018, 09:26:45
Looks great, a nice logo. Happy birthday!
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: tahra on April 20, 2018, 10:22:10
Very nice! :)

Happy birthday!
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Luftgaengerin on April 20, 2018, 11:38:21
Wonderful! Happy birthday!! :party:
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on April 20, 2018, 12:21:33
Thanks  :wave:
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on April 29, 2018, 00:49:09
“Koningsdag” (King's Day, April 27, national holiday in the Netherlands) is over again and our handymen from Henk und Henriëtta Gleisbau GmbH are busy. In order to get to and from the work location, the train is used, but no ordinary passenger car can be used. It would quickly become damaged and dirty, which would not make a good impression on the passengers of the Ferrovie dello Balconia. But somewhere behind the locomotive shed was still an old field railway carriage. Wooden benches and a roof are made for this field railway carriage, so that the workers can sit dry even in wet weather. A table completes the whole. Here the workers can eat at the table, or the superintendent can do his administration in between. This is hoisted into the field railway carriage with the MATRA crane. There is still a bit of discussion about how to finish the roof.

(https://s31.postimg.cc/dpyhpucq3/2018_04_29_Personeelswagen_DSCN0715.jpg)
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Post by: Marco_4124 on April 30, 2018, 06:58:25
Today we have to fit and measure with the staff. The field railway carriage can accommodate six people. It's not a luxury, but it's better than hanging out of the train. The roof has yet to be made, so new boards have been bought today.

(https://s31.postimg.cc/xbnxc8x7f/2018_04_30_Personeelswagen_DSCN0716.jpg)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/f8uul1oi3/2018_04_30_Personeelswagen_DSCN0717.jpg)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on April 30, 2018, 07:39:27
That 's very neat and smart; nicely done
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Post by: tahra on April 30, 2018, 07:42:17
That's so nice!  :love:

I wasn't sure on how it would work from the first photo.. :-[
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on April 30, 2018, 11:40:22
That's so nice!  :love:

I wasn't sure on how it would work from the first photo.. :-[

Neither was I, but all's well that ends well.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Tiermann on April 30, 2018, 13:26:42
Very nice, it has a real Feldbahn feel to it. (Feldbahn is the German term for industrial or private use railways, usually narrow gauge and smaller equipment)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on May 03, 2018, 04:21:55
Look, that's just a little bit better, and it's safer than hanging on the wagons. It is not a luxury, but you are dry and there is a table available. In order to make the wagon recognizable, the number zero has been assigned.

(https://s31.postimg.cc/9y05oop3v/2018_05_03_Personeelswagen_DSCN0718.jpg)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/gogmy4zez/2018_05_03_Personeelswagen_DSCN0719.jpg)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Luftgaengerin on May 03, 2018, 05:23:27
...beautifully done  :)9
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Post by: Marco_4124 on May 06, 2018, 18:59:13
In the meantime I have given my cousin two Playmobil figures as a present, who are now permanent residents of the Eastern Balcony Railway. As the name suggests, it seems that we have in the family the strange habit of starting a model railway on the balcony.
Anyway, one of the klicky's works as a volunteer on the Eastern Balcony Railway and is a traveler-friendly type. Today he travelled all the way to Schramberg in the Black Forest to visit the “2. Echtdampf Loktreffen” (live-steam meeting). At a small station he waits for the next train. On a journey you will always meet interesting people, and he would swear that he has seen the man with a black bowler hat and walking stick before. He would like to speak to him, but the man looks rather grumpy. Well, first consult the timetable, to take the next train to new adventures.

(https://s31.postimg.cc/7f7kl4lsr/2018_05_06_2er_Echtdampf_Loktreffen_Schramberg_IMG_20180506.jpg)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on May 06, 2018, 21:51:31
That's a very nice figure who will fit in very well into any railway setting;  your cousin must be very pleased with it.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on May 12, 2018, 01:30:03
As Klicky you like to stay informed about the latest news: you like to read the “Railhobby” (http://railhobby.nl), “Eisenbahn Kurier” (https://www.eisenbahn-kurier.de), “Model Rail” (https://www.model-rail.co.uk) or maybe even “La Vie du Rail” (https://www.laviedurail.com) or the "Playmobil magazine". For that you can go to a kiosk. Also the place to get a cup of coffee, tea or soft drink, supplemented with a filled cake or Smarties. In any case, you can always go to a kiosk for small things like that.
Until recently, the "Ferrovie dello Balconia" did not have one, which is why the construction workers of "klusbedrijf HENK" are working hard to set up such a kiosk. Henk watches Ben's leadership of the construction workers from a distance. That is all well and good.
Meanwhile Henk sits in the portacabin behind the computer to place a job advertisement in the local newspaper. The kiosk needs a fun and attractive saleswoman with commercial talent. But it's not yet that far, first the kiosk has to be finished.

(https://s14.postimg.cc/425w9l50h/2018_05_11_Kiosk_DSCN0720.jpg)

Henk watches all the men busy with the construction of the new kiosk.

(https://s14.postimg.cc/hkcslcm5d/2018_05_11_Kiosk_DSCN0721.jpg)

In any case Ben and his men make some beautiful out of it!
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on May 14, 2018, 04:31:03
Today, interviews were held with the new employee for the kiosk. And as it looks now, we have a nice saleswoman with us. Extra motivation to finish building the kiosk.

(https://s9.postimg.cc/kl5ugzo27/2018_05_14_Kiosk_nieuwe_medewerkster_DSCN0731.jpg)
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Post by: Marco_4124 on May 14, 2018, 04:46:02
A visit to the bank was also made to arrange payments for the new bridge and tunnel, and to discuss new investment plans. Banker Scrooge ensures that everything is in order and arranged. Since Christmas some years ago, he has become a much kinder and cheerful man.

(https://s9.postimg.cc/9dx08wwz3/2018_05_14_Bank_DSCN0732.jpg)
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Post by: Marco_4124 on May 15, 2018, 03:00:26
Meanwhile, at the campsite we are not sitting still. The camping owner has levelled the ground, and there is a large bucket of grass seed scattered. In about 3 days the first grasspieces should appear. Gradually it doesn't look like a wilderness anymore, and the Ferrovie dello Balconia has a good foundation to lay the first rails (Visitors are already asked if the train returns).

(https://s9.postimg.cc/ikux744qn/2018_05_15_Egaliseren_IMG_20180514_183316.jpg)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on May 17, 2018, 08:53:02
Thank you for a continuing interesting story, Marco.  And I love the joke about the bank manager.   :lol:
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on May 18, 2018, 11:34:09
Not bad for a pen tray ....

(https://s9.postimg.cc/65zgm8uhb/2018_05_18_Kiosk_DSCN0527.jpg)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: tahra on May 18, 2018, 11:49:07
Not bad for a pen tray ....

That.. was... a... pen... tray... ?

 :o

:love:

Amazing work!
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Post by: playmofire on May 18, 2018, 12:46:04
Fantastic! Bravo!
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Post by: Macruran on May 18, 2018, 16:07:10
 :confetti:
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Post by: csimas on May 18, 2018, 23:22:55
Not bad at all handyman :cowboy:
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Post by: Marco_4124 on May 20, 2018, 06:16:03
Look, with terrace furniture and some customers around the kiosk, it looks a lot more festive. The men of Klusbedrijf Henk have once again done an excellent job. The coffee lady is very satisfied with it, but can still use some cups and bottles, see also the advertisement she placed. (http://www.playmofriends.com/forum/index.php?topic=16608.0) Now we still have to wait for sunny weather, let the summer come!

(https://s9.postimg.cc/urxddlajj/2018_05_20_Kiosk_DSCN0739.jpg)

(https://s9.postimg.cc/fvyu611pr/2018_05_20_Kiosk_DSCN0742.jpg)
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Post by: playmofire on May 20, 2018, 07:52:12
It looks very summery already.
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Post by: tahra on May 20, 2018, 08:35:29
It looks very summery already.

Yes it does.. all the colors work great!
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on May 20, 2018, 13:04:54
It looks very summery already.
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Post by: Marco_4124 on May 21, 2018, 11:53:29
Today the first cautious test rides driven through the garden. The garden has just been sown and I can therefore only drive over the mat. My first impression is that the garden is bigger than I expected. I secretly think of radius 2 bends, provided that I can get them second-hand. What is certain is that I need a large number of straight rails. Despite the fact that the grass has just been sown, it soon rises. It is now a matter of having patience before I can build the first railway. In any case, the field railway carriage is a great success.

(https://s9.postimg.cc/5p0iibhpb/2018_05_21_Eerste_testritten_DSCN0743.jpg)

(https://s9.postimg.cc/v7suvetkf/2018_05_21_Eerste_testritten_DSCN0744.jpg)

Unexpectedly we also got a visit from Mister Ed Steam of the Eastern Balcony Railway. Billy-Jo, Betty-Jo and Bobby-Jo were chatting about the layout of the garden. For the occasion the ladies were dressed in an overall. There is still a great deal of work to be done on the green area.

(https://s9.postimg.cc/begr26svz/2018_05_21_Eerste_testritten_DSCN0745.jpg)
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Post by: Marco_4124 on May 22, 2018, 01:39:08
From the Fat FarLake RailRoad and thanks to the intervention of Mister Ed Steam a tank wagon received. This is now separated in the workshop of klusbedrijf HENK to be cleaned and overhauled. In any case, thank you very much for this beautiful addition!

(https://s9.postimg.cc/b7zdoaffz/2018_05_20_SHELL_Ketelwagen_Playmobil_IMG_20180519_WA0000.jpg)
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Post by: Tiermann on May 22, 2018, 09:42:42
Trains in the garden! Looking wonderful!
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on May 22, 2018, 11:38:17
A very nice addition and a great photo of it.

Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on June 01, 2018, 04:21:49
Today, a new tank wagon was delivered by klusbedrijf HENK. The car was offered by the Fat Farlake RailRoad some time ago and was in good condition in itself, but after years of use, some details still needed attention. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
— All parts are disassembled and thoroughly cleaned.
— Replace the parking brake. The plastic was digested and the handbrake broke off during cleaning.
— The stoppers of the boiler have been replaced and are again attached to the frame with a cord.
— There is another rubber hose at the back of the tank wagon.
— The gangway around the filler plug has been replaced. This one is now grey, because a black one was no longer available.
— The plastic wheels have been replaced by metal wheels.
— The ballast weight tray has been replaced. Here a leg had broken off.
— The coupling hooks have been replaced. In both cases the feather was broken.
— Unfortunately, the sticker has been released during cleaning. Another sticker is still being searched for.
All in all a nice addition to the Ferrovie dello Balconia!

(https://s22.postimg.cc/n7cjqb14h/2018_06_01_Nieuwe_ketelwagen_DSCN0088.jpg)

(https://s22.postimg.cc/lsaz1mxhd/2018_06_01_Nieuwe_ketelwagen_DSCN0089.jpg)

Ben and Henk at the transfer of the tank wagon to the Ferrovie dello Balconia.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on June 05, 2018, 10:49:37
If there were turbo grass, my father would have it. The freshly sown grass has now been cut twice and is strong enough for the Ferrovie dello Balconia's railway plans.

(https://s22.postimg.cc/qi7dx5rb5/2018_06_03_Nieuwe_gras_IMG_20180603_175157.jpg)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on June 14, 2018, 03:44:59
Just a few small news items:

— When my cousin bought a new 3D printer, he made my logo of the Ferrovie dello Balconia in order to try it out. This logo was quite large, and for a long time I didn't know exactly what to do with it. Inspired by American billboards along the highways, I made an advertisement board out of it. A little promotion for my railway company is never gone.
— In the locker of the F.F.L.R.R., lied a shabby and forgotten little klicky. With permission of the F.F.L.R.R., he has now joined the Ferrovie dello Balconia. His name is Dick, and he has a lot of fun loading and unloading the freight wagons.
— A little bit of an annoying work is the rebuilding of 43 signal boards. I made these in winter, and I provided the pole with a wooden base. This is fine on a flat room floor, but outside they blow over. So in the spring I made all 43 signposts heavier by adding sink tiles on the wooden feet. Great for a flat balcony, but not in the garden. I am now working on providing all 43 signal boards with a wider foot. See if this can be done in between all the activities.

(https://s22.postimg.cc/oh375e041/2018_06_14_Nieuwe_medewerker_DSCN0792.jpg)

The new advertising board for the Ferrovie dello Balconia and Dick, our new employee.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on June 16, 2018, 03:14:45
The first two rebuilt signal boards are now ready and our new employee, Dick, is already busy loading them for shipment to the Ferrovie dello Balconia.

In the photo I showed with numbers the problem with these signposts:
1) The original feet of wood 18x18 mm. From the point of view of model making a nice solution and ideal for a flat house room floor, but as soon as they are on the balcony floor they fall over.
2) Reinforcement of the foot with a small tile. Still a nice solution, and on the flat and reasonably sheltered balcony in my home an excellent solution, but in the garden they do not stay.
3) New wooden feet of 45x45 mm. Not really a model-faithful solution, but a practical one. The signpost will stay up in all circumstances (at least, if the cat would be less curious).

(https://s22.postimg.cc/n9vowfpzl/2018_06_16_Nieuwe_voeten_seinborden_DSCN0793.jpg)

The first two converted signal boards, ready for shipment to the Ferrovie dello Balconia.
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Post by: playmofire on June 16, 2018, 06:58:06

3) New wooden feet of 45x45 mm. Not really a model-faithful solution, but a practical one. The signpost will stay up in all circumstances (at least, if the cat would be less curious).

(https://s22.postimg.cc/n9vowfpzl/2018_06_16_Nieuwe_voeten_seinborden_DSCN0793.jpg)

The first two converted signal boards, ready for shipment to the Ferrovie dello Balconia.

Ah yes, remember the old saying, "Curiosity knocks over the signpost".
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: tahra on June 16, 2018, 08:18:44
The signpost will stay up in all circumstances (at least, if the cat would be less curious).

:lmao:

Good luck with that.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on June 22, 2018, 09:55:34
Henk and Ben are worried about the new acquisition of the Ferrovie dello Balconia. It is a locomotive shed of the Fat FarLake RailRoad and somehow it ended up in Zeist. Well, if a freight depot (https://www.flickr.com/photos/wiez/20759662914) from Middelburg can end up in Goes, anything is really possible. The locomotive shed stood on a remote piece of land of the Fat FarLake RailRoad to slowly be forgotten, but they hope to give it a new destination at the Ferrovie dello Balconia. First they try a diesel locomotive to see if the shed is big enough. Even with a lowered pantograph a locomotive can pass through it, so that electric locomotives can also be parked. But there is still a lot of work to be done: overdue painting, new windows and the floor need to be adapted. Nevertheless, Henk hopes to be able to put the locomotive shed back into operation, so that they no longer have to work outside during repair work. On the other hand, the help of Harry & Henriëtta Schrotter will also be needed for this construction work, because Henk and Ben cannot cope with it together. Probably it will be a job for the winter, because they want to get the Ferrovie dello Balconia running first.

(https://s22.postimg.cc/3thynnbo1/2018_06_17_Locomotievenloods_DSCN0794.jpg)
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Post by: Marco_4124 on July 08, 2018, 03:32:37
Short news, because there is not much to say because of the persistent drought. The new grass on the campsite is growing well, but is suffering from a prolonged drought. Due to the shelter of the trees it has fortunately not yet turned brown, but for the time being I am not allowed to drive to protect the grass.

At the trade fair in Houten I bought two nice acquisitions. A platform indicator and the smallest caboose I have had so far. It is a model of a field railway wagon with a portacabin on it. In between all the mess was also this Playmobil lady, and I was allowed to take her with me. The seller had also played with Playmobil in the past, and hoped that this little lady would find a good new home. That’s a promise!

Meanwhile I put new feet on the last railway signs, and then I draw up a building plan for the locomotive shed.

On the trade fair in Houten I found this platform indicator made of tin, I was also allowed to take the little klicky with me.

(https://s22.postimg.cc/w3mbmp9b5/2018_07_01_Treinwijzer_DSCN0795.jpg)

The smallest caboose I have so far. Unfortunately I am not allowed to drive in the garden. So I just took a picture on the terrace.

(https://s22.postimg.cc/5vb6xdudd/2018_07_07_Bouwkeetwagen_DSCN0798.jpg)
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Post by: playmofire on July 08, 2018, 04:42:33
Those LGB feldbahn wagons very useful to have.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: tahra on July 08, 2018, 06:01:57
On the trade fair in Houten I found this platform indicator made of tin, I was also allowed to take the little klicky with me.

That's so nice :)

(one of my oldest "internet friends" is from Zwolle)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on July 14, 2018, 12:35:53
Something very strange has happened - all the photos for the first 11 pages have disappeared!
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Post by: Marco_4124 on July 15, 2018, 03:05:59
That has to do with a sever problem at PostImage. And I am not able to correct the older post.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on July 15, 2018, 10:22:13
That has to do with a sever problem at PostImage. And I am not able to correct the older post.

Thanks for the explanation, Marco.  I wonder if a moderator could help you?
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on July 15, 2018, 22:44:00
That is possible, because I still have the pictures. Or I must be temporary allowed to correct my own post.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on July 15, 2018, 23:35:20
That is possible, because I still have the pictures. Or I must be temporary allowed to correct my own post.

Yes, either would do.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on July 17, 2018, 23:27:47
“But the trains, they are running again!” (Polygoon bioscoopjournaal, Nederland, 1948)

Although, just as in the reconstruction of the Netherlands after 1945, it is a modest start. This has everything to do with the persistent warm and dry weather of the last few days in the Netherlands. Part of the garden is not sufficiently sheltered by the trees and here the grass suffers most from the sun. For the time being I am not allowed to drive on this section. But compared to the other camping spots, my father is not even allowed to grumble. At least here the grass is not brown.
In the other part I rode the first official train through the garden on July 16, 2018. Although it was a simple oval without switches and with an RC locomotive with short wagons, the fun was no less important. On this part of the garden I can certainly use LGB R2 curved rails, or using 8 straight rail pieces. It's funny that my father is already making plans for a layout. Would the railway virus have struck?

(https://s22.postimg.cc/obbvnjgjl/2018_07_16_Eerste_rijdag_nieuwe_locatie_DSCN0803.jpg)

The first laps through the garden with a short train.

(https://s22.postimg.cc/8puk3mmlt/2018_07_16_Eerste_rijdag_nieuwe_locatie_DSCN0805.jpg)

Ben looks on with satisfaction from the caboose. Henk and Joop make the last measurements for the track plans.

(https://s22.postimg.cc/p0unzzh41/2018_07_16_Eerste_rijdag_nieuwe_locatie_DSCN0806.jpg)

Billy-Jo, Betty-Jo and Bobbie-Jo are the first passengers.

(https://s22.postimg.cc/6la72lxup/2018_07_16_Eerste_rijdag_nieuwe_locatie_DSCN0809.jpg)

They also take good care of the plants.
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Post by: playmofire on July 18, 2018, 11:30:11
I'm sure there was lots of fun.  You don't always need big for fun
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Post by: Tiermann on July 18, 2018, 14:10:22
Great to see them out there at last!
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Post by: playmovictorian on July 18, 2018, 21:37:43
What a wonderful thread  :love:

I love the outdoor pictures and the way you have created your own miniature world with your little helpers  :)

There is something magical about miniature trains and outdoor settings !

Looking forward to seeing what comes next on the FB project  ;)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on July 22, 2018, 02:21:17
Billy-Jo, Betty-Jo and Bobbie-Jo look down frightened from the water tower when the sunday rest is suddenly disturbed. Downstairs, the construction workers from “klusbedrijf HENK” are busy making a foundation. When Billy-Jo, after her first amazement, asks what the people are doing downstairs, Henk replies that they are making a coal storage. Despite the fact that the Ferrovie dello Balconia operates two steam locomotives, there was still a lack of a coal storage facility. The Ferrovie dello Balconia always required the help of the neighbours, but as the company grows, there is an urgent need to provide the steam locomotives with water and coal themselves. After the conversion of the signal boards there was a lot of wooden planks left over, so they immediately started to build a coal storage.

(https://s22.postimg.cc/8mwxzbwi9/2018_07_22_Kolenopslagplaats_DSCN0810.jpg)

(https://s22.postimg.cc/rta525pr5/2018_07_22_Kolenopslagplaats_DSCN0811.jpg)

Mumble in the water tower when suddenly construction workers go to work downstairs.

(https://s22.postimg.cc/i8qifbxv5/2018_07_22_Kolenopslagplaats_DSCN0812.jpg)

(https://s22.postimg.cc/c7stib0z5/2018_07_22_Kolenopslagplaats_DSCN0813.jpg)

Henk and his construction workers are busy making a coal storage facility.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmovictorian on July 22, 2018, 04:53:03
I just love the way you have created your own mini Playmo world filled with colourful characters and fun stories for us to follow  :love: :love:

Karim :wave:
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Post by: Marco_4124 on July 28, 2018, 12:07:54
Due to the constant heat, the work comes to a halt more and more. The coal storage is now being varnished, but the temperature in the house is now so high that the varnish is already drying on my brush. That's also the reason why I haven't started at the locomotive shed yet.
I did work on a small detail: the placing of the undersigns at the signal boards. At Signomatic (https://www.signomatic.be/nl) you can have signs made to your liking, even up to quite small formats. Especially for scale G a tip. For the rest relaxing on my day off and tease the cats a little bit (they think my train tunnel is fantastic!).

(https://s22.postimg.cc/ako2xhbgh/2018_07_28_Seinborden_DSCN0819.jpg)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on July 29, 2018, 00:25:47
Nice attention to detail in the signage, Marco.

Do you have some photos of the cats enjoying the tunnel for us, please?

Quite a number of British railway stations have "celebrity" cats working on their platforms and in their buildings.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on July 29, 2018, 02:10:05
Tunnel inspection by Catzilla.....

(https://s22.postimg.cc/3ro6kp46p/2018_07_28_Catzilla_IMG_20180628_220641.jpg)
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Post by: Macruran on July 29, 2018, 07:07:19
 ;D
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Post by: tahra on July 29, 2018, 07:52:56
Tunnel inspection by Catzilla.....

 :love: :love:
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Tiermann on July 29, 2018, 19:44:27
Fortunately it is a tunnel and not a box. The cat would want to sit in it if it was a box and you would never get a train through.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on July 29, 2018, 22:11:36
 :)  Nice one.
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Post by: Marco_4124 on August 05, 2018, 08:48:45
Little news:
1) All the signposts of the Ferrovie dello Balconia are now provided with wide feet so that they stay steady in the grass.
2) Ed Steam drove some laps through the garden to try out his locomotive. He took advantage of the opportunity that the Ferrovie dello Balconia was not present!

(https://s22.postimg.cc/8p95fc1o1/2018_08_05_Seinborden_DSCN0821.jpg)

(https://s22.postimg.cc/c8v3566yp/2018_08_05_Ed_Steam_IMG_20180805_WA0000.jpg)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on August 06, 2018, 08:48:53
Protection of a by-pass track / passing track to:

— RETB / BR. Radio Electronic Token Block, as used in Scotland.
— SNCF. Security signs following the french prototype.
— ERMTS. European Rail Traffic Management System, the new european security system. The sign at the switch is like the English example, which is slightly different on the continent.

(https://s22.postimg.cc/f725st969/2018_08_06_Seinborden_DSCN0822.jpg)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Tiermann on August 06, 2018, 10:51:47
You should be ready for drivers from just about anywhere! Very nice looking signage
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on August 14, 2018, 02:22:43
The new coal storage facility for the Ferrovie dello Balconia is ready. From now on, we will no longer be dependent on other railway companies to replenish the coal reserves of our steam locomotives. The water supply of the locomotives was already assured, at least, as long as the ladies are not swimming! The coal storage is accessible by stairs. On the platform there are 3 compartments for the storage of coal. Depending on the stock of coal, the compartments can be closed with shelves. The topping up will be done with wicker baskets, but in the long run there may also be a small crane.

(https://s22.postimg.cc/iclxxk2qp/2018_08_14_Kolenopslag_DSCN0097.jpg)

(https://s22.postimg.cc/m8z9tn36p/2018_08_14_Kolenopslag_DSCN0098.jpg)

(https://s22.postimg.cc/cbo90lqg1/2018_08_14_Kolenopslag_DSCN0099.jpg)

(https://s22.postimg.cc/fiisk9dgx/2018_08_14_Kolenopslag_DSCN0100.jpg)

(https://s22.postimg.cc/cywchfmm9/2018_08_14_Kolenopslag_DSCN0101.jpg)

(https://s22.postimg.cc/vr87lb13l/2018_08_14_Kolenopslag_DSCN0103.jpg)

Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on August 14, 2018, 04:50:13
An excellent addition to your railway, Marco, and very nicely photographed.

A crane for loading the coal will certainly save a lot of hard work.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on August 28, 2018, 09:02:04
I own two two-axle Playmobil passenger cars, one of which has the unattractive habit of derailing under certain circumstances. Now, the advantage of a toy manufacturer is that as many parts as possible are kept the same in order to reduce costs. The undercarriage of almost every Playmobil wagon is the same. However, there is a small subtle difference: the old couplings are held in place by a spring, the new ones by a small weight. This has also changed the way in which the movement of the single-axle bogie is limited. A new bogie (the one with the weight coupling) under an old undercarriage swings too far out. The wheels swings then sometimes too far out on the rails, resulting in derailment. On eBay I found a new undercarriage that solved the problems. After assembling the parts, the passenger car looks neat and tidy again!

(https://s22.postimg.cc/cgoz4oj4h/2018_08_23_Te_grote_uitslag_draaistel_IMG_20180823_145150.jpg)

Playmobil's old undercarriage, but with the new axle holders mounted underneath. The new axle holders have no recess to stick behind the frame, which causes the single-axle bogie to swell too far. Under certain circumstances, this will cause the Playmobil passenger car to derail.

(https://s22.postimg.cc/5dh3p3nzl/2018_08_23_Te_grote_uitslag_draaistel_IMG_20180823_151837.jpg)

The new Playmobil undercarriage with the new axle holder. With the new frame, two cams are made in the frame. This limits the range of the single-axle bogie. As a result: good running characteristics and the passenger car runs fine again.

(https://s22.postimg.cc/s26aopv3l/2018_08_23_Te_grote_uitslag_draaistel_DSCN0833.jpg)

Because the passenger car had to be disassembled anyway, it had to be cleaned immediately. Use was made of the opportunity to remove the unsightly NS logo...
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Tiermann on August 28, 2018, 09:22:59
That looks great, and very useful information about the bogies.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on September 13, 2018, 12:21:54
Attention asked to support the KNGF in the Netherlands. They train guide dogs for the blind. For completeness I also give the full text, for our Dutch readers of this forum.

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KNGF doppen inzamelactie.


Ik woon zelf in Zeist, vlak om de hoek bij Bartimeus (https://www.bartimeus.nl). Bij Bartimeus leren ze blinden en slechtzienden zo veel mogelijk zelfstandig te leven. En als je niets ziet is dat verschrikkelijk moeilijk. Regelmatig zie ik in mijn buurt slechtzienden oefenen met een blindegeleidestok stok om de weg te vinden door het dagelijkse verkeer. En dat wordt zeker niet makkelijker gemaakt door het overige verkeer, waarbij je op onbegrip stuit maar ook op sommige nadelen van de technische vooruitgang. Want hoe fantastisch electrische auto’s en fietsen ook zijn, een blinde hoort ze amper aankomen.

Een grote hulp zou een blindegeleidehond zijn. Dat is makkelijker gezegd dan gedaan, want niet elke hond is door zijn karakter daarvoor geschikt, en zo’n beest moet ook nog getraind worden. Deze trainingen worden hoofdzakelijk verzorgd door het KNGF (https://www.geleidehond.nl), waar blinden ook een aanvraag kunnen doen voor een blindegeleidehond. Onnodig om te zeggen dat het verzorgen en trainen van deze honden veel geld kost, en het KNGF kan altijd wel een steuntje in de rug gebruiken.

Nu kan je al simpel helpen. Wij (groot)spoorders knutselen graag, en dat maakt dorstig. Gelukkig is dan de nood en de koelkast dichtbij voor een lekkere koele frisdrank (of wat anders lekkers). Op zo’n flesje zit een dop, en gooi de volgende keer dan de dop niet weg, maar verzamel ze in een bak. Elke kilo aan doppen levert geld op, waarmee je het KNGF kan steunen en het milieu ook nog schoon houdt. Als dat geen mooi streven is!

Let nu even op: lever deze doppen NIET direct in bij het KNGF, maar bij één van de ondersteundende vrijwilligers of bedrijven die het KNGF steunen. (https://www.geleidehond.nl/pagina/steun-ons/kom-in-actie/doppen-sparen) Zij zorgen ervoor dat de opbrengst van de doppen bij het KNGF terecht komt. Om het simpel te houden: het KNGF heeft het al druk genoeg met het trainen van de honden. Helaas zit een inleverpunt niet altijd in de buurt, maar als je informeert in je directe omgeving is er altijd weer een persoon waar je terecht kan voor de doppen. Zo verzorgd Inge, de vrouw van mijn oud-collega, ervoor dat de doppen in Zeist goed terecht komen.

De Ferrovie dello Balconia heeft al een eerste lading doppen gereed voor verzending, steunt U de actie ook? Bij voorbaat dank.

(https://s22.postimg.cc/ps3kgur29/2018_09_09_KNGF_DSCN0835.jpg)

To our administrator explained how to make signs from beads:

(https://s22.postimg.cc/4ctv11c69/2018_09_02_Werkplaatsbordje_IMG_20180903_201712.jpg)

Sign made indicating the border of the "Ferrovie dello Balconia":

(https://s22.postimg.cc/4vucwhlw1/2018_09_13_Belgisch_Nederlandse_Grens_DSCN0173.jpg)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on October 11, 2018, 03:37:29
So, it was quiet for a while with news. I had really hoped to be able to play with the train at the new location this year, but as it now looks like it will not work anymore. On the one hand we have been driving too short at work with one driver lately, so I also have to take over some of his duty, on the other hand there has been a small fire on the campsite with all its consequences. Fortunately our caravan has not been damaged, but the site has been closed for a short time due to investigation by the police and insurance companies.

I haven't been sitting completely still either. The enormous amount of wood leftovers I have invite me to make all kinds of things. This time I put together a vegetable garden house. You used to see it everywhere along the railway in the craziest shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, this piece of folklore along the railway lines in the Netherlands has also disappeared. It gave many a railway bed a colorful appearance!

(https://i.postimg.cc/nL7kzDdC/2018_10_11_Tuinhuisje_DSCN0839.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/wvghjbyG/2018_10_11_Tuinhuisje_DSCN0840.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/hPz7cqZG/2018_10_11_Tuinhuisje_DSCN0841.jpg)

For the rest I am busy with smaller jobs, so almost all wagons of the Ferrovie dello Balconia are provided with the logo of my own railway company. On Marktplaats (= Dutch version of eBay) I bought another LGB wagon for only 17,50 Euro. Remarkable is that the wagon has no inscriptions at all. Error of LGB? But that leaves me free to make my own inscriptions.
My nephew gave me two more switches. I still find a good destination for that. I also have plans to provide Henk and Ben's portacabin with new billboards on the facade instead of on the roof. The portacabin is then easier to transport. From the inventory of the spare parts a flat wagon could be built, on which a container or a car could be transported. In short: for the time being there is still plenty of work to be done!
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmovictorian on October 12, 2018, 03:02:25
I had missed a the last episodes and still find your thread so ingenious and creative  :love:

I love all the different signals signs  :)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on October 14, 2018, 10:59:57
Excellent recycling of the left-overs, Marco.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: tahra on October 14, 2018, 12:04:16
That is so beautiful :love:
(love the name too!)
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on October 15, 2018, 10:22:00
(https://i.postimg.cc/P52tK0Zs/2018-10-14-Huisstijl-DSCN0105.jpg)

Gradually the logo of my railway company appears on every wagon. This introduction of my house style gives me a proud feeling.

(https://i.postimg.cc/3JZ7Jzt4/2018-10-14-Huisstijl-DSCN0106.jpg)

After the steam locomotive the yellow diesel locomotive is the second locomotive with the logo of the "Ferrovie dello Balconia".

(https://i.postimg.cc/MHS2zYRm/2018-10-14-Huisstijl-DSCN0107.jpg)

I bought this white wagon for only 17,50 Euro. Remarkable is that this wagon has no inscriptions at all.

(https://i.postimg.cc/L80cJSLX/2018-10-14-Huisstijl-DSCN0109.jpg)

Outside, the garden shed comes into its own.

(https://i.postimg.cc/brTMpfqq/2018-10-14-Huisstijl-DSCN0110.jpg)

I have shortened the well-known garden lights on solar energy. They are a bit better at scale. Of course they are not exact scale models, but they are a bit more reliable. The foot is made of a ballast weight of a Playmobil wagon. This way it stays better on the balcony even when it storms.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: playmofire on October 15, 2018, 10:44:55
That's a neat piece of work with the solar light.

I have one of the LGB Toy Train wagons with no logos etc.
Title: Re: Ferrovie dello Balconia (part 2)
Post by: Marco_4124 on October 16, 2018, 23:34:08
Cargo Domizil

Die Bahn holt's
Die Bahn bringt's

(https://i.postimg.cc/zvNJMmP1/2018-10-17-Haus-zu-Haus-Hagelslag-DSCN0849.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/XJVd0PP9/2018-10-17-Haus-zu-Haus-Hagelslag-DSCN0850.jpg)