The Eastern Ledge

The track will run in front of a dry wall made of old red sandstone – but at this point it is about 200mm above lawn level. I needed to build up a base for it – and, because I like the look of this rough and crumbling wall, I decided to build a low wall between track and lawn in the same manner – creating a ledge along which the railway would run.

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Step one was the build the dry wall. This turns out the be really quite tricky. Fortunately, the ramshackle look was what I was after.

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Step two was to fill the cavity between the walls with the sub-base, and level ready to take the track.

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Photos taken 14 – 22 March.

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Simon Wood

E-learning officer, lapsed mathematician, Doctor Who fan and garden railway builder. See simonwood.info for more...

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