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Since most people seem to come here from this page you may have read about Quickie or even of an even Quickier.
Well, here is a Quickie of a different kind.
For her 10th birthday party we decided to arrange something special for my youngest daughter Lotta. Ok, we got a magician which would be special, but that would only last half anhour (yet another Quickie?). If only my engine was more than a pile of casting seasoning among the workshop junk and if only I had a track...
Then it hit me. Hello, Jankke has a portable track and a few engines...what if...what if he would loan it for a good cause?
So, then and there I cellphoned him and made him an offer he could not refuse: come to the fabulous birthday party and by-the-way your track is wellcome too! Actually I begged him to loan the track provided I would do all the work...and oh boy did I do it too!
So here is the story of a Quickie Track.
On the evening of July 27th I drove 100 km to Hanko, where Jankke's
family has a summer house. Took me less than an hour to disassemble
half (45 meters or so) of his wonderfull Moebius track. Drive back to
Siuntio for a good nights sleep. All together six hours for this trip.
On the left you'll see Jankke, smiling though his only one is about to
embark an a jorney without fathers tender care...
An to add injury to insult it turned out that there was no way
this track would work as the sleepers and rails kept sinking into the
aggregate and the crushed stone kept creeping on the rails! All this
work for nothing. Oh dear, oh dear and some stronger Finnish
words...The problem was that although in theory the aggregate was the
right stuff for this job in practice it would have required heavy
ramming which would have ment lifting all the rails and bringing in a
ram-plate to ram it properly. Of course my marvelous neighbour Pekka
has a ram-plate, so no problem, but there just was no time nor energy
to do that. The next day was reserved for cooking and finalising the
house so I knew the track would not be ready in time. A distaster!
By 10 PM, some 15 hours after I started, I had finalised the
track so that I could complete a full circle without a de-railment.
Time for some rest and sleep, before tomorrows cookery stuff! I'll tell
you about the cooking session some other time.
And what a luck with weather!
All week long the forecast had been rainy over Southern cost
line of Finland and yet Saturday was bright and sunny all through...but
then we did surf a lot of weather sites until we found one with a
I'll end up with Extra Big Thanks for Jankke for loaning the track and showing up with the engine. Must have been nerve whrecking to part with his offspring and give it to my hands...fortunately no LEDs were involded!
P.S. Now the track is back in Hanko (an other 200 km and six hours Gone West (pun intended) and you may wonder if it was worth the 30+ hours for just one glorious evening...you bet it was!