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Elevated Garden Railway Part 1 - 2019

2018: For quite some time for varying reasons I had not been able to cut the grass, weeds and grass doing what they do, had completely taken over the garden hiding any signs of track. On the 10th October 2018 I decided that with it being such a nice day I would venture out and cut the grass.

All was going well until my hover mower started jumping around and making a horrible grinding sound, yes you've guessed it, some of the track had been damaged. On the bright side the blade being made of hardened steel was undamaged.

Chris my son visits me after work on Wednesdays  and after discussion he suggested waiting until spring 2019 and raising the track to make things easier for me. We were not sure how we were going to do it, but I will need to take the rest of the track up in the meantime.



Making The Railway Tunnel

This article is a photographic record of the re-building of our tunnel to nowhere. The original tunnel suffered deterioration and so a re-build was necessary.


Why a tunnel to nowhere, please read on. 


Making The Truss Bridge

If you have read the article The Garden Canal in this section you will know that we had put a river in the garden.  This meant that the track would cross the river near the base of the waterfall so a bridge was needed.

This is a pictorial account of how we made the the Truss Bridge. 



Multi Train System Control

After laying the track and using a simple analogue controls system we decided to change to an LGB Multi Train System (MTS). So that we could run with full control more than one loco at once including the points (turnouts).  To do this we had to install control chips in the locos that didn’t already have them fitted, this also gave us the added control through the system of steam, lights and sound through the chips.


Garden Update

Some changes in the garden.