A Garden Railway Pipedream: the odyssey continues

Discussion in 'Layout Progress' started by Dikitriki, 7 August 2013.

  1. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

    About 140m. The main circuit is about 60m (x2), the stock/steam up area somewhere around 20m.

    There's going to be a big order going in to Cliff Barker shortly:)

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  2. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad


    Another day on the railway yesterday, and again we were blessed with good weather.

    Clive spent all day aligning top boards and getting them bolted into place, which means the difficult curve to the ash is now complete. That was after Allan had trimmed the roots a little to allow the board to fit and to give a bit of growing room.

    Meanwhile we had two parties working from either end on the cable trays. Tim and I started at the other viadect end and worked backwards up the garden to the ash tree curve, where Steve and Allan were. By the end of the day, all the cable trays in this section had been fitted.




    We haven't levelled this section but it was a very satisfying moment - 4 months to the day since the scaffolding first arrived.

  3. Scale7JB

    Scale7JB Western Thunderer

    I like the giant signal gantry in the last shot..

  4. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

    I'd not considered that, but a nice painted under-hung signal would look rather good:)

  5. Yorkshire Dave

    Yorkshire Dave Western Thunderer

    I thought it was a gibbet :p.
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  6. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

    I was out yesterday, so no chance to chronicle Wednesday's progress. But you don't escape that easily, no sir:)

    We fitted 4 more top boards - 1 curved one at the ash tree and 3 working backwards from the viaduct. These boards abut the existing boards, but do not follow the same radius. We have therefore left them over-wide and will cut them in one go when we have determined the track centres. We will have 4 joined boards and I'm hoping this twin double track will look good and allow for some good photography.



  7. mickoo

    mickoo Western Thunderer

    I should think Mrs Triki has realized the scale of your operation by now and figured the infrastructure is significantly larger than the single pencil line on the plan shown at the start to garner planing permission ;)

    On the up side, if a cease and desist order was given the removal of the steel tube posts would put the agriculture virtually back to normal, they actually have very little impact or footprint on the 1:1 scenery.

    Looking good mind :thumbs:

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  8. Ressaldar

    Ressaldar Western Thunderer

    6H pencil used rather than 6B:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:


  9. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

    Hi Mick,

    Yes, we have had those sort of 'conversations', and indeed a ft wide board off the ground is somewhat different to an initial impression of a pencil line. However, Lady D is now fully on board, woo'd by promises of a stream and water features and a budget for new plantings, a rockery, and a lifetime's mortgage on my soul. It has helped that everyone has pitched in and taken ownership, and it's been done pretty speedily, so that next year we can make an affort to blend in the railway. It does look stark and raw at the moment, but that is inevitable given the nature of the thing. She was insistent that should we move, the railway must be removable, and it is. We have had to concrete in only 2 posts so far, much less than expected, and as it's all bolted together, it is dismantlable.

    She's not happy that her new potting shed appears to contain all the railway building tools and paraphenalia:(

  10. mickoo

    mickoo Western Thunderer

    .....and yet to realize the secret foundations for an extension to the wet weather steaming bays ;)

    I work with cable tray weekly and never thought to flip it to make a road bed, something I'll consider when I get to do mine, on a much less grander scale and much more discreet as the domestic authorities are not as indulgent as Mrs Triki, not yet anyway :cool:

    But first a new fence along the rear of the garden, concrete posts at spacing's to suit a cantilever bracket for said tray work ;), leaving planting beds below free to planting by Fraulein Domesticus.

    Slowly slowly catchy monkey.

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  11. Steph Dale

    Steph Dale Western Thunderer

    I feel the need to find an Aster BR62...

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  12. Ressaldar

    Ressaldar Western Thunderer

  13. Yorkshire Dave

    Yorkshire Dave Western Thunderer

    Why not go for a BR 52 and convert it to a BR 52.80......:p
  14. Steph Dale

    Steph Dale Western Thunderer

    Now that is a lovely idea...

  15. Dog Star

    Dog Star Western Thunderer

    That is a funny TOPS code, maybe the engine might be named "Western Dale"?
  16. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad


    We were able to get a full day in yesterday, despite early morning mizzle.

    We made further board progress at ground level round the ash return curve.


    And continued working back towards that point from the viaduct, which involved working out where the pointwork was for the stock/steam up bay. These boards are not bolted down yet, though they now can be, and will be cut to width when track centres are established.


    There is now only a 3 board gap to complete the main circuit - bar the viaduct.


    I get the feeling we are running out of time this year, but we shall carry on as weather permits.

  17. Simon

    Simon Flying Squad

    That all looks very practicable to me, and I like the general lack of straight lines and the way it goes into the ground "at the edges".

    And if Linda really is still "on board" then that's an unexpected bonus:p

    Lots of enjoyment ahead:)

  18. Pencarrow

    Pencarrow Western Thunderer

    Richard, just realised that the view from your garden is very familiar! Friends lived in the street below you on the other side of the stream for about 10 years. All the buildings you overlook bring back many memories. They have moved a few miles west out of town since but we still regularly visit the high street. Small world!
  19. oldravendale

    oldravendale Western Thunderer

    You need to find a garden first.....

  20. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

    Last pic of the year I suspect. For once our luck ran out and it was cold and wet yesterday. However, we did get the last boards on the main circuit bolted down, which we felt was a very good achievement for the year....well for 4 1/2 months of it.


    So, a cold wet morning, hot pumpkin and apple soup for lunch then into the warmth of the undercroft and back on to Heyside. There's still lots to do on that. I'm already facing nagging to finish the crab:)

    I've got the viaduct mould making to do over winter so we can start casting that in Spring.

    Bye for now.