Sunday, October 31, 2010

We have BALLAST!!!

Gday All!!
Have been moving along at an amazing pace!! The front yard trackbed has been put down. I used 7mm screening for ballast as the size is close to prototype and it compacts down very nicely. It has taken two square metres of material to do this area.

Pictured below is the mainline straight. This is the longest straight on the railway and will be good for some higher speeds!!
The curve and the juction are quickly taking shape and are resembling a railway rather than a raked path through the garden.

The other junction is taking shape. My wife suggested placing landfill to the right of the formation here to create a cutting. I hope to later incorporate the idea once the track is laid and tested.

The next thing to do is source sleepers. I hope to use 25mm square timber. This will also aim to resemble the prototype and will provide stability when placed in short range of each other.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Workn Hard

Gday All!!
I have been working hard. Have been working on the formation. Clearing bushes and ensuring the curves are not too sharp and smooth.

Here is the mainline straight in the front yard.
Long curve that crosses our main driveway. There will be chain between the timber posts and some sort of crossing signal. The bush to the left has been removed and a gate will need to be installed to enable smooth running into the rear yard.

One of the sharpest curves on the railway. The branchline will continue to the left and the mainline straight will be ahead through the trees.

Looks back from the main driveway. The mainline will junction to the bright area at the top of the photo and the branch will continue to the right..
Trackbed and leveling is next. Ill post photos of this tomorrow.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Garden Railway Update

Gday All. Its been a while since updating. I have been very busy working on my miniature railway. Total length will be around 150 metres and will travel around the house from front to rear yard. There is also a passing loop/branchline in the front yard. So far the backyard is ready for edging then ballast (following pics) and the front yard has the track underbed in place plus a 2 metre section of complete track. I upload the photos of this soon. Well I can type for ages but pictures will explain everything.

This photo shows where the railway will enter the garden bed and travel though a gate (to be built) and across the driveway to the front yard.

Curve past the loco storage shed. There will be a branch heading to the left.

The railway will enter the garden (later to be surrounded by 'lovely plants'). Id like to convert the kids cubby into a station.

I love this curve!!! We hope to put in some edging between the ballast and the grass to prevent the two from 'interacting'!! :-) The clothes line is removable.

There are more photos but I will slowly update this blog over the coming days and weeks so stay tuned.
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Cheers all