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Great Nasty Weeds Railway

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The GNWR is called that becuase I am the worst gardener in history so the weeds encroach and are fought back against.
The GNWR had a portable layout to run at my Model Engineering Club's Festival Exhbition.

This shows some of the train stacked to go home and after organising the 10x3mm steel track I put my set-track on boards with legs to match the height. I cannot see from these old 'film' photos what kind of connectors I used and could be proper push fit connectors soldered onto the end of wires ... else I just twisted the bare ends of wire together .. it is low violtage DC at this point so fairly safe.

General View with siding at this end and 'portable garden' connifer in its box at loop added to use set-track and hopefully make it more interesting than just a straight out and back.

The 10x3mm steel set in wooden sleepers with timber under ply to avoid warping. Balast was sieved from 'Quarry Dust' from the quarry a couple of km down the road from home. I used diluted PVA with a few drops dish washing liquid as I had previously done for smaller gauge layouts.

A shot of the original GNWR in my garden at home. LGB loco hauling scratchbuilt open car with scratch built people

Shows wooden sleepers and up front the welded tags to hold rail down onto support beams. The centre was ground out with my disc grinder after welding ... one uses what one has
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I like this very much indeed, your giving me ideas now!! Have you ever though (for the weeds) of building a mulcher onto a truck, i.m sure it would save hours of weeding!

Why not build a weedspraying train ???
Last time I added something to a railway car it disolved the insides away. Tri-chlor ethalene was not suitable for track cleaning ... that was back in the '70's
We used it at work to clean film so was 'freely' available.
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Maybe a non acidic cheical would be a better option? i know there are several types now, and also plstic bottles and spreyers the dont desolve, and from there is would be a fairly simple matter of 2 nozels, one each side of the wagon (Or chasis ow what have you) something like the Dogfish or sea lion (In British modeling) would give a good basis for such a project, having discharge shoots each side of the wagon, low mounted of course... hmmmm a challange
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You could adapt the LGB "fire train" - the tanker wagon is designed to hold water & the pump wagon actually pumps.

Having said that, a cheap (for G1/LGB) tank wagon & a windscreen washer pump or two raises some possibilities.
I like the idea of a "portable" G scale railway for outdoors use.

QUOTE (dwb @ 15 Dec 2012, 11:31) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I like the idea of a "portable" G scale railway for outdoors use.


There's one a couple of minutes drive (don't know the walking time
) from me - it's a bit like giant set track mounted on boards. I must go & try to make contact - they can only tell me to "go away".

AFAIK, it comes out in the spring & gets put away for the winter - mine stays out & runs all year round.
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QUOTE (Brian Considine @ 15 Dec 2012, 11:48) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>There's one a couple of minutes drive (don't know the walking time
) from me - it's a bit like giant set track mounted on boards. I must go & try to make contact - they can only tell me to "go away".
Walking time is about 8 minutes....

Actually I know the chaps daughter, I'll have a word with her.

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QUOTE (7113 @ 15 Dec 2012, 12:57) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Actually I know the chaps daughter, I'll have a word with her.

You said that months ago.
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She moved offices (again!)

QUOTE (7113 @ 15 Dec 2012, 13:31) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>She moved offices (again!)


Excuse #24 (second edition - reprinted 2010).
One of the advantages the MD of the GNWR has is having a birthday in December and strangely enough Christmas also comes in December.
Sadly the GNWR lacks a Roundhouse so for this photoshoot it borrowed the preserved one to be found in Spanish Fork Canyon which used to belong to the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. Spanish Fork climbs south east away from Salt Lake City towards the Moab. There is a replica of one of the engines which ran on this road a 0-4-4 housed in one of the stalls, the rest have picnic tables organised by the Utah Department of Transportation.

The photo shows from left to right birthday pressie 'Mamod' and Xmas pressie Roundhouse's Bertie with '435' 0-4-4T.

435 was constructed through 2009-10 for the UDoT.

She might be called a 0-4-2-2T ???
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For those who seek a portable outdoor garden railway I'd refer you to the Christchurch Garden Railway Society who have monthly meetings and 'set-up' using settrack laid on a suitable lawn or hall and photos can be seen from time to time in the monthly magazine at
It is the 'mouthpiece' for the Garden Railway clubs in New Zealand so from them you get a good idea of garden railway activity down under in KiwiLand.
A progress report on the new venture ... track to be built on wooden base and ballasted as one might a smaller gauge railway. Photo shows the trial layout of the plywood bases with track ... forgot to take a photo until just the three curves had not been taken inside. I poured the concrete base along with the pond many year ago. My son and DiL had a big clean up and filled the pond with rocks destined to create a mountain range which had to be removed

And a plan of the layout roughly seven metres by two metres intended as a test track to run locos on.

Ballasting using sieved quarry gravel from a nearby quarry has been added and secured [ fingers crossed] with water resistant PVA in the usual fashion with detergent and water. It is being given a good long drying out time nearly two weeks now ... so we will see

That pine tree listed on the right of the layout was stolen as a small twisted plant from the roadside going through a plantation with the idea of turning it into a bonsai. Planted out in the garden in the tub from an old washing machine it has grown largely unintended and the trunk is now a good 8<10 inches in diameter with roots I guess found their way through holes in the tub to norishment deep down below:) Maybe not being a pine tree which is shallow rooting normally.
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What a great journal, jcuknz. I was over in NZ for Christmas and went to MOTAT. The publicity mentioned the G Scale layout but I hadn't realised it was only a temporary thing. Loved the smaller one at the main MOTAT, though, I posted some pics elsewhere...
If you visit again you would find probably a good dozen nicely made garden railways in the Auckland district ... I am at the other end of the country and have not spent time in Auckland for over two decades so know no more than what I read in the Garden Whistle. There is no GR Club south of Christchurch.
Thankyou Iarnrod ... went to your page and discovered that section of the site so now between two minds to write about my stuff there or here at G Gauge.
Whatever ... progress is continuing and the track seen in above shot is now ballasted. I have a quarry nearby and use what they call quarry dust. I sieve it to get an appropriate size balast. Did a little On16.5 length of track recently and used the kitchen sieve for that while for G I have some loarger sized mesh which I stapled to a simple wooden frame.

One then floods it with PVA diluted with water and a couple or so drops of dishwashing liquid.

To get a good result, and your ballasting looks superb
a now departed freind got a pill box and cut the bottom off to suit the profile of his N gauge track. adding ballast in the top he moved the pill box along the track .... Unlike myself who without such mods uses a paint brush to spread the ballast prior to flooding with the PVA mixture.
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Also spent time in Christchurch as that's where The Long Haired Controller was brought up (well, just outside) & where her family comes from. Was most impressed to see the preserved stuff out at Ferrymead.

Know there's lots of railway stuff to do next time we're in NZ as well as lazing about on beaches & drinking good beer & wine!
There is a lot of preserved stuff in the North Island and on your way south from Christchurch, sadly no passenger train to bring you south, there is a railway just to the west of Timaru with a railbus and locos and here in Dunedin we have a daily trip up the Taieri Gorge and currently they have hired a railmotor, a two car unit for a few trips as demand calls. On the preserved side there is the Ocean Beach Railway over on the seashore, a Gasworks. A few gauge one railways but no club. Then on the way to Queenstown there is the Kingston Flier which seems these days to be running and not running with it changing hands.
The Taieri Gorge Railway which is half owned by the Dunedin Council is quite busy in the summer with around sixty cruise boats visiting and a trip up the TG is one of the attractions along with several wild life options. That is a pretty rough description of what is down here becuase I don't really pay much attention to it.
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