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I hope this will be of interest to people. I have always wanted a garden railway and until recently haven't had the time, space or money. I thought it would be 0 gauge having had a quantity of Basset Lowke coarse scale stock in the past. I sold all this several years ago as it was deteriorating and I was unlikely to be able to make use of it.
A chance buy on ebay about 6 years ago was a Bachmann G gauge 4-6-0 in Durango and Silverton Bumblebee colour scheme. Another club member had some European outline G gauge items. We had a test track at the club for a while so I was able to run locos from time to time.

Being retired and haveing completed most of the projects in the garden I now had time to start. At the end of 2019 we had a sun room extension built and I asked the builders to dump the spoil where I wanted the railway. Last year I built a brick retaining wall using old reclaimed bricks, a lot found in the garden which came from an 18th Century house which stood on this site until about the 1930's. The wall is 2 feet high and the raised bed is approximately 27.5 feet by 13 feet which will be enough for a start. hopefully I will be able to extend further into the garden at a later date.
I spent the rest of the year filling it with soil and compost and left it over the winter to settle, I hope it has settled as much as it will by now.

The line will be US outline and also freelance UK narrow gauge. This is loosely based on the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway. The US is mostly Denver and Rio Grande Western.

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The picture shows the first track laid at the begining of June. I dug a foundation trench about 9 inches deep and filled this with building ballast ( sharp sand and stones mix) which was tamped down with a large block of wood. The track is a mix of Piko ( the point and 4 foot radius curved sections ) and Tenmille ( long length in fore ground ). I preformed teh 5 foot lenght of track and fastend it to treated tile batten which is embedded in the ballast. At present it is temporarily wired without sections just to test the track for reliable running.
More by accident than design I managed to get a small amount of superelevation on the curves whihc looks good. The station area in the background is laid in Thermalite blocks and the track will be screwed to them.

After a couple of weeks I found that some of the curved track had settled and caused a derailment of my Railcar in one direction only. On checking, I found the track changed from having a cant inwards to level or slightly outwards at on joint. This was enough to let the outside wheels lift over the outside rail due to centrifigal force. Repacking the track carefully cured to problem. AS Emily has a fixed wheelbase I can see that she will be a useful test vehicle. Being battery powered I aim to make a track cleaning van to be pulled behind to clean the track before a running session.
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This pictue was taken last night and shows some of the planting now in place.
At the moment I am waiting for some more track from Tenmille and some adapter rail joiners before anymore track can be laid.

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I have several motorized and illuminated Lego trains, and lots of track, have been thinking about doing a garden layout with them, would that count as a garden railway :unsure:
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Alan, Your Lego trains look good. If you build an outdoor layout that would definately be a garden railway. Lego is a bit different to the bricks that I and my brother played with in the 60's! I was very impressed seeing a couple layouts and other model displays of Lego models at a Model Railway Show at Bressingham in Norfolk a year or so ago. Have fun outside, at least when it's not raining.
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Alan, Your Lego trains look good. If you build an outdoor layout that would definately be a garden railway. Lego is a bit different to the bricks that I and my brother played with in the 60's! I was very impressed seeing a couple layouts and other model displays of Lego models at a Model Railway Show at Bressingham in Norfolk a year or so ago. Have fun outside, at least when it's not raining.
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Thanks for your comments Chris.
The one thing is that the track is plastic and shouldn't be effected by the weather, apart perhaps by some fading.
I know what you mean, back in the day Lego was just several different size and shaped bricks and you used your imagination to create something. Now they have all sorts of dedicated kit parts to create great (and expensive :LOL:) representations of things ancient ,modern and futuristic. I am a sucker for large kits that can be illuminated, and have spent a small fortune over the last few years.
My latest addition being the Colosseum in Rome, I think their biggest kit to date, haven't started on it yet, but I have the obligatory lighting kit and Perspex display case :rolleyes:
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Alan, The plastic track ought to be ok, after all unless you make your own track with wooden sleepers the commercial track is on a plastic base. The Colosseum kit sounds great and should look good.
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This is not to scale plan of the line. It is built on a raised bed 2 feet high and 27.5 feet by 13 feet. I drew this up with AnyRail software but i haven't really got to grips with it yet hence the passing loop not being parallel! Trackwork is complete around 3 sides but at the top of the diagram the track shown is only a rough idea at present. I will make a small pond and stream in this area and will decide the exact route of the line when the pond is completed. I am not sure if the line will run alongside the water or if there will be enough room to curve the line so that it can cross the water on a bridge which will look more interesting.

I may have enough track to make a temporary straight run along the top so that trains can be run round the complete circuit in the interim. I tested the track yesterday late afteernoon between heavy rain showers using the battery powered railcar "Emily". She ran along the entire length without derailing, so far so good. I will have to leave the top right curve to settle for a few days as this is laid on a foundation of sharp sand and stones so will settle a bit. The station and freight yard is laid on thermalite blocks plugged and screwed.

I have also made the station building from a Pola kit, this is waiting to be installed, I had varnished the station name board which have been printed on the computer and some parts I painted with acrylic paint to tone the "plasticness" look down. This is the roof and the boardwalk platform. If it is dry later on this will be placed by the passing loop.

I will take more photographs soon.

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Here a few pictures taken with a good evening light yesterday.
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No 179 arriving at Honeysuckle Creek. I cloned the smoke from a picture taken at Lakeside Station of an 0-6-0 ST taken in the 1980s, this had a similar background to last night's picture so was easy to blend in.
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Similar to the above but slightly more distant.

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Looking from the other direction. The very large red leaved plants are annuals so they will go in the Autumn, in the meantime I am gradually going to landscape this area properly and plant smaller plants near the line. I have already planted so camomile further along which has given a "grass" effect from a distance. The only thing is that it is quick growing after peroids of rain so needs trimming back from the track.

So far so good!

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This is not to scale plan of the line. It is built on a raised bed 2 feet high and 27.5 feet by 13 feet. I drew this up with AnyRail software but i haven't really got to grips with it yet hence the passing loop not being parallel! Trackwork is complete around 3 sides but at the top of the diagram the track shown is only a rough idea at present. I will make a small pond and stream in this area and will decide the exact route of the line when the pond is completed. I am not sure if the line will run alongside the water or if there will be enough room to curve the line so that it can cross the water on a bridge which will look more interesting.

I may have enough track to make a temporary straight run along the top so that trains can be run round the complete circuit in the interim. I tested the track yesterday late afteernoon between heavy rain showers using the battery powered railcar "Emily". She ran along the entire length without derailing, so far so good. I will have to leave the top right curve to settle for a few days as this is laid on a foundation of sharp sand and stones so will settle a bit. The station and freight yard is laid on thermalite blocks plugged and screwed.

I have also made the station building from a Pola kit, this is waiting to be installed, I had varnished the station name board which have been printed on the computer and some parts I painted with acrylic paint to tone the "plasticness" look down. This is the roof and the boardwalk platform. If it is dry later on this will be placed by the passing loop.

I will take more photographs soon.

Chris
Hello Christine Your Garden layout is really coming along well. I note you said you used ( Anyrail ) for your planning. I have anyrail but could not find any Lgb G scale track system on there I am also planning a Garden layout along the Harz & Rhb which is my big interest. Thank you Babs
 

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Hello Christine Your Garden layout is really coming along well. I note you said you used ( Anyrail ) for your planning. I have anyrail but could not find any Lgb G scale track system on there I am also planning a Garden layout along the Harz & Rhb which is my big interest. Thank you Babs
Hello Babs, I have Anyrail v6 on my computer and under Track Libraries it has LGB G and LGB G-1992 available. If your version is a bit older you should be able to upgrade for free. I didn't exactly use Anyrail for design as I had a good idea what I could get in the space and placed track around to see if it would fit. I have used computers at home and work since about 1994 but I am still happier with pencil and paper when it comes to design!
Look forward to seeing your Garden Railway when you get started and have pictures. Haveing seen film of the Hartz Mountain lines that is somewhere I would like to visit if I get the oppertunity.
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Hi Christine Thank you for your reply, Mine definitely does not have any LGB or G scale track libraries and i have an up to date Anyrail6. I have just sent an email to David at Anyrail as i appear to have a Glitch. Thank you for alerting me. Babs
Ps Since my above post Anyrail have replied and it it appears i had G Scale Turned off in settings all has been resolved. Thanks Babs
 

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Over last weekend I have temporarily linked both ends of the line to make a continuous run and play trains! i have made a video of a run round the line but when I tried to insert it here it exceeded the limit of 20Mb. How can I get round this anyone?
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Hi Chris,
Not an expert on this, but if the limit is 20Mb, then you need to use some video editing software to either reduce the length of the video or reduce the quality of playback to get below the 20Mb file size.
There are some free ones you can download but they can come with usage restrictions, usually uploading your finished projects. I use Wondershare Filmora9 , can't remember cost of full version, but it lets you do lots of things, like cutting, cropping, joining different videos together, adding soundtracks, filters and more.
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Thanks for the information Alan. I had already reduced the file size with the programme that I use. It looks like if you want to add video on here it has to be on the internet already, when I tried the add media button it asks for a URL.
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Hopefully this should be a video of a test run round the line using the temporary link to make a complete continuous run. Any shaky camera work was due to the fact that using a DSLR meant that i had to use the preview screen as a viewfinder which is not easy in the bright sunlight.
 

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Very nice.
Anybody else start singing "Casey Jones and the Cannonball Express"? ;)

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Hi Chris,
That's great, loved it that the loco picked up some vegetation on the way round. :)
Also noticed a bit of de-rail on the loco early in the video, is that an issue with the trackwork, or just a one off
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Hi Chris,
That's great, loved it that the loco picked up some vegetation on the way round. :)
Also noticed a bit of de-rail on the loco early in the video, is that an issue with the trackwork, or just a one off
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Alan, I think it is a bit of both, that loco is a bit sensitive to the odd bump, I might try a bit more weight on the pony truck. The track hasn't been ballasted properly yet, I will check levels as i do this which should improve running.
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