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Those of you who know me on the Forum know i lost all the feelings in the end of my Fingers.
I desparately wanted a Garden railway for my latter years and was a keen but terrible wood worker. Dilema.
Contacted the Mens Shed where i live which is a form of Charity.
I donated all my power tools which i cannot use safely anymore in return they would construct the infrestructure to lay the track. Deal Done.
My partner is getting some landscaping done next week before Friday when Ian from the Mens Shed start. Some pics of Garden pre start.My interest is mainly Swiss Rhb and Harz with a Bit of Historic Rigi Bahn Thrown in. I hope you enjoy my Journey.
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Alan Thank you.. well it has been a stressful day one way or another. I been toiling buying a Track Bender for G Scale Track they are herendous in cost and you may only use a few times. The American version solid bit of kit is over $350 Us plus sending $ 89 UPS plus UK VAT and if Customs have not got a clue what it is there will be Duty on Top
It must be my lucky Day on G Scale Trading page i managed to pick up one Secondhand for £50 plus £7.00 postage. It must be my lucky day. Babs
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Alan Thank you.. well it has been a stressful day one way or another. I been toiling buying a Track Bender for G Scale Track they are herendous in cost and you may only use a few times. The American version solid bit of kit is over $350 Us plus sending $ 89 UPS plus UK VAT and if Customs have not got a clue what it is there will be Duty on Top
It must be my lucky Day on G Scale Trading page i managed to pick up one Secondhand for £50 plus £7.00 postage. It must be my lucky day. Babs
Great buy Babs
Is that to make custom curves or just to save on buying pre formed ones ?
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Hi Alan It is a bit of Both because the LGB Geometry is a bit quirky There is no set curves for 4 radius so will use my Flexi track and with the bender to make a 4th radius curve..
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Have you considered using Piko track? There is quite a range of curves in that.
Gaugemaster usually have good stock.

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David Good Morning. I just received a couple of Pieces of radius 7 Piko Track from MSL and it is excellent not very different to LGB. I will send you a Pm about Gaugemaster in the near future.
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We had a garden railway made of LGB track just laid on fine granite ballast (about 10-12mm) over compacted earth along the border of our garden approx 150 feet loop, it was laid loose on the gravel but I did use the LGB plastic centre track joiners which hold them together and filled each fishplate with copaslip on assembly/construction, it ran successfully for over twenty years with zero maintenance except after each winter I sent the LGB track cleaning Loco around, but to be honest sometimes I didn’t bother and when we got snow in Winter I would just plonk a Loco on for fun and it’d run around clearing the way, those LGB locos are/where brilliantly made.

It also has a bit of life steam run in it occasionally and was never the worse for it.
 
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Alan Thank you.. well it has been a stressful day one way or another. I been toiling buying a Track Bender for G Scale Track they are herendous in cost and you may only use a few times. The American version solid bit of kit is over $350 Us plus sending $ 89 UPS plus UK VAT and if Customs have not got a clue what it is there will be Duty on Top
It must be my lucky Day on G Scale Trading page i managed to pick up one Secondhand for £50 plus £7.00 postage. It must be my lucky day. Babs
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Why can you only use it a few times?

I had a track bender (U.K. made I believe) and it lasted fine, mild steel with SS bearings as I recall, might even still have it rusting away somewhere. It needed to be held in a vice and the track gradually bent a turn at a time.
 
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David Thank you for telling us about your Garden Railway most interesting indeed. Mine is going to be 2ft 6" of the ground because of Mr Arthritus i would not be able get down there to lay track never mind putting rolling stock on the track.
My new secondhand track bender will have limited use once i have done all the track laying and it is better than buying a new one or somebody charging me £300 to bend a set of 4th radius curves from a garden railway shop.
Yesterday they finished part one of the paving looks great Part two starts next week. Pics below. Tomorrow we srart putting the infrestructure in the Garden
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You got it in one
Hi Babz, well done to you, it’s finally started for your garden Railway.
What a great start will follow with interest for sure.
Do you have an onverall track plan in mind.
One thought might be, even with using the Composite boards, leave a rain gap / space between the window cill edge and the railway baseboard - as a lot of water will fall off the glass !
Great progress - Thx Norm
 

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Hi Norman & Everyone We are going to leave a Gap between the window ledge and the first composite decking strip. ( But i did not think of the rain flowing from the windows, it was more for the window cleaner )Thank you Norm The brackets we have are extra long for to put 3 decking widths so i can have 2 tracks and a passing loop on this section with the possiblity of a station.
I do have a track plan on Anyrail i will see if i can work out how to get it from there to the forum
 

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Hi Everyone After my partnergot the landscaping done we realised that the old Patio laid 30 years ago and in comparison to the New slabs we decided to get it redone So at 22:00 the night before the landscapers starting we removed the brackets temporary so no one got hurt while they were working.
Will be put back in once the Decking is delivered later this week.
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Looking good Babz

Hi Everyone After my partnergot the landscaping done we realised that the old Patio laid 30 years ago and in comparison to the New slabs we decided to get it redone ....
Always a bit of a risk when doing new bits!

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Cameron
 
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