The story so far… At the end of my gripping previous post on where to build my railway – I ended on a cliffhanger. Two possible locations, both suffering the limitations of my narrow, steep, garden. Which would I choose?
At one level, planning the course of a garden railway is simply a question of: “how would I like to lay out my train set?”
But for an involving, operationally interesting and authentic railway, it’s worth thinking a bit about what the purpose of the line will be. Continue reading Purpose
Size matters in the garden – if only because your N gauge train isn’t going to cope very well when it encounters a fall leaf or twig. Some people manage to run 00 gauge outdoors, but generally it’s the larger scales that are popular. Continue reading Scale and Gauge
Having decided to build a garden railway, I just needed to make the simple decision: where to put it. (Apologies in advance for the cliffhanger ending tot his post…But it was almost 2 years before I cut the first sod.)
My garden is long and thin; excellent for a railway if it weren’t for the slope. In theory a slope is quite useful because it allows a compromise between two alternative ways of building the thing… Continue reading Location, Location, Location
Welcome to my Garden Railway blog.
This is where I’m going to record my efforts to build my first ever garden railway…
I’m going to start with a few posts going back to the beginning, before bringing things up to date with the first tentative earthworks now underway. Continue reading The Beginning