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Dikitriki

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 3:30 pm    Post subject: A Shropshire Lad  Reply with quote
With apologies to Housman...

Hi Folks

I thought I would introduce myself here.

I have had a hankering for live steam for years, and with the recent release of one of my favourite locomotives, I have taken the plunge and dipped my toe into the G1 waters, buying an Aster rebuilt merchant navy.

My wife has been trying to get me to have a garden railway for years, and I have finally agreed to let her have her wish, so there's some enjoyable planning and landscaping ahead to realise our aims. In fact I had the garden surveyed over a year ago to see what heights I would be dealing with, as we both want the railway to blend in with the garden rather than overpower it.

For various reasons, neither the loco nor the garden railway will be started immediately, but I shall follow any MN builds with great interest, (as well as everything else), while otherwise lurking in the background.

Cheers
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robindtm

Joined: 10 Jun 2009
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Location: South Cerney, Cirencester, Glos

PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Welcome, Richard.

Building a garden railway can seem a little daunting, but just take the plunge.

I have a small pretty garden and didn't want the railway to be intrusive but blend with the shrubbery but not be at ground level. Mine is about 18 inches elevation on average, and is perfect with the engine weaving in and out of the background. I made mine elevated on square profile drain pipes with runners and stringers.

If you need any help on this just shout.

Robin
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Dikitriki

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hi Robin

I have already put in a fair amount of thought into what the layout will look like - running at just above ground level at the top end rising to a 3ft high viaduct at the bottom end.

I will need various different foundation techniques - simple block at ground level, square drain pipes as seen on Steve Cook's line where it is not too far above ground level, cast concrete for the viaduct.

The only problem area I have is in the transition from not too far above ground level to concrete viaduct, where I am unsure of the nature of the support I need. Neither the wife nor I particularly like the idea of a lot of stilts marching across the lawn, so I/we need to see a few layouts to get some ideas.

I envisage a double track main line with staging area at the 3ft height, but I shall have to allow for electric track power too, as a number of my group have Finescale Brass G1 locos, and I have a Fred Phipps warship to do as well, though I may well go down the radio control route for that.

All good fun, and I must profess that I am excited about the new direction in my modelling.

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