1/32 Gauge 1. Hollywater line.

Discussion in 'Layout Progress' started by Keith Phillips, 29 April 2018.

  1. At last a little bit of dry weather and I have marked out the circuit for the new line in the garden . This is all very exciting and I hope all goes to plan. I'm sure that with your help it will all go well. The plan is firstly to work out how to post pictures and text on the forum so that it makes sense. The easy bit will be building a garden railway.
    The plan is for two railways. The first is the main line loops running around the garden to a length of about 125 foot each. The other is a copy of a shunting line I saw hundreds of years ago at Railex which will form the goods/shunting side of the line. I marked the route out today to gain planning approval from the higher powers and she said I may proceed with the scheme.
    Curves are a modest 10 to 12 foot and the intention is to use the dikitriki construction method of scaffold poles, cable trays and hardibaker boards. Cliff Barker track with super elevation and several prayers to the gods of model railway builders and operators and away we go.
    It all seems quite straightforward at this point, pushing canes into the lawn and flower beds. To be honest I am a bit worried about how things are going to turn out. Courage and good luck and all will be well.
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  2. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

    The poles in lawn approach looks familiar. :) I well remember the 'ulp' moment when it all began for real. Having the higher powers on board is important. Are you on your own, or will you have assistance?

    I wish you all the best.

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  3. JimG

    JimG Western Thunderer

    It looks as though you have a good location for your garden line. If you are on your own you need a bit of luck and a fair wind to progress. :) I lost almost all of last spring and summer on my line since we had a particularly wet time and my heavy clay soil was pretty well unworkable until the late summer and autumn. I'm hoping this year will be better although it hasn't been too good so far. :)

    If your layout is going to be an oval with semi-circular ends you might want to do what I did and "plant" a couple of temporary posts at the centres of the radii of the ends which gives two fixed points which lets you set out the track and supports a lot easier. You can see them in a message on my thread and my layout drawing with them as the reference.

    A Venture into the Garden

    I also placed a good few other trig points in the garden but I had to negotiate around trees and other garden features so I had to know exactly where I had to put things when placing baseboard supports.. :)

    But it is all good fun. :):)

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  4. It looks like I'll be on my own at the moment. The chief engineer will be getting in the way at regular intervals wanting me to throw a toy for her and Mrs. Phillips will keep me supplied with tea. I hope that word might spread of what I'm doing and offers of help may arrive.
    Regards, Keith

    That's a good idea to place reference points for radii. I will need to do that today when I get out there. I hope you are able to make progress with your line soon. It's starting to dry out a bit here so fingers crossed for some fine weather in Bristol too.

    Regards, Keith
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  5. unklian

    unklian Western Thunderer

    One thing you might need to give some thought to, if you have not already, is getting access to the inside of the 'circle' . Especially getting the lawn mower in to cut the grass. It could be a factor in your decision over what height to make the rail level at .
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  6. I'm on the case with that one. There will be a lift out section across the grass in the last picture for the mower and steps over the line by the winter palace (should have been a summer house but it took me ages to build). Thanks for the pointer though.
  7. P1060547.JPG P1060549.JPG P1060550.JPG Markers set in the garden for radii reference points yesterday. Chief engineers toy sneaked into second picture. She was just as helpful as I anticipated too. :rolleyes:
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  8. Bit of a blow today as the cable tray people will not deliver to my address. Plan B will have to be thought up. Any ideas out there? I imagine my choices are Filcris or timber supports. I can fix a timber to the jack plate to make a 'T' and then stretchers between each post 'T'. What sort of dimension timber should I be looking at?

    The scaffold poles and jacks have arrived and so has the Hardibacker board or boards. I'll have to work with these.
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  9. The line has been started. Pole dancing yesterday, not a pretty sight! The upper level is complete as far as the main line goes. Got to cut a load of jacks to make up the supports which is not much fun as just three ate a cutting disc. Need to find something more robust to cut them with. The lower level is still marked out with canes to guide me along but should not take me too long once I can get out there again. P1060591.JPG P1060593.JPG
    I have also acquired my first loco for the line and then took it to bits and repainted it. Now Radio Controlled and waiting weathering and cab and smokebox numbers. Had a go at detailing the cab which looks much better now.