Saturday, November 20, 2010

Lots of Progress!!

Gday!!! Have been making huge progress in the garden!! We now have 36 metres of track down, including our first set of points/turnout. The railway winds its way through most of the front gardens before crossing the newly completed path crossing. As most of the focus has been on completing the railway there hasnt been much time to work on the DERM.

Here is a photo of the progress of the front bogie.

This photo shows the newly completed path crossing with a crossing signal we made up. Eventually this crossing will be protected by flashing light signals and boom gates (1:12 scale).

Here is a closer shot of the crossing sign.

This is my favourite photo of the railway so far. It shows the Y class in the spot where the pond and trestle bridge will eventually be.

And finally here is a photo showing a larger section of completed track. The track extends for roughly the same distance behine the camera as well.

I hope to be working hard on the railway in the coming days so ill be posting some photos soon.
The next goal is to install the second set of points and track accross the driveway. After this all we need to do is lay sleepers and track on the section next to the road to complete the front yard cection of the railway.
Exciting times ahead so STAY TUNED!!! :-)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Sleepers and Track

Gday all!!
We have sources a small supply of sleepers and purchased some 10x10mm square steel as rail.
The sleepers are mixed treated and non treated pine 25x25mm and roughly 225mm long. As mentioned in the previous post we have placed these close together for both strength and to closely represent the real thing.

Pictured below is a frinds VR 5" Y Class on our trial 2 metre section of track. As the garden will recieve minimal foot traffic I have opted not to use edging. Fortunantly the whole property has good drainage so no drains were required. The footpath crossing behind the locomotive will be an earlier style VR Flashing Light and Boomgate combination.
This picture shows the close spacing between the sleepers. Since this photo was taken I have re-arranged the sleepers in the turnout formation.
To ensure the track maintains ints gauge and curve we have welded 10x3mm tabs roughly every 300mm on the curve and will extend this distance on the straights.

Next we will continue placing sleepers in the front garden. I would guess there would be close to 1500 sleepers in the front yard alone. Once this is done we can lay the track. The track arrived last week. I ordered 355metres of steel, hopefully itll be enough!!!!! :-)