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SOME LECTURE

I found some very interresting books by a sudden in on of the FB garden railway groups. I was searching for it on amazon and found it. Today I received them and the content looks really great in the first view.

So thumb up for everyone, who is interrested in creating buildings and planting for your own garden railway.

THE GREENHOUSE

Third building for my garden railway made of a ressin kit. This time it is just a small building kit from the UK. Again it is glued with a two-component expoy glue from Pattex. It takes round about 5 minutes to get dry. So it build up real quick. I took again the email color from Revel for painting.

NEW BUILDING

I found the british store modeltown.co.uk , which offers building kits, made out of ressin. It is unpainted, but it is weather proof. I ordered it already in october and received it just two weeks after. Finally in january I had the time to glue and paint it. Today I put in on my railway for the very first time.

It perfectly fits into the landscape! I love these british building kits! Way better than the plastic kits.

YEARLY GOAL REACHED

The goal for this year was to build a waterfall, create a railway station in front of it, to expand the tracks up to the corner of my backyard and to finish the gardening up to this point.

Well – my wife and I went to a huge gardening shop yesterday, bought some small bushes and flowers and I put them in the place we wanted them to be. This week I also finished the stationary platform in front of the waterfall using concrete and today I put some lights to the station.

So I’m done with my railway working for this year – at least for the work outdoors. 

LET IT BE LIGHT

The railway station was done – well – almost. Some light was missing. I had some brass tubes left from a renovation and some white plastic balls from a defect light chain. The plastic balls fit perfectly into the brass tube and a 5mm LED is fitting into the balls. So the only thing that was missing was a little bit of electronics to connect the LED to the 18VAC rails. Just a 1k resistor and another diode solved it. So just a few cent of investment to build some nice lamps for the railway platform.

SMOOTH BUT POWERFUL

The ordinary joint controller is build with a usual electric coil and a permanent magnet, that is turing the rails. It really fast, but not really powerful. Just a little piece of gravel is prohibiting its functionality. The resultis really frustrating. So I decided to change this behaviour.

First idea was to use a servo, but the creation of a PWM signal for its control is simply too complicated. So why not usinga simple electric motor with a micro gearbox? Well – that sounds perfect. DC motors are able to spin in both directions. I found a DC motor in an electronic online shop with an integrated 1:1000 gearbox. Next step is to establish an automatic end switch for both directions. I found a great circuit digram in the net. So with some patience I used to original case and replaced to content.

It is working in perfecting. It is moving very smooth, but also very powerful. It is that strong, that it my push 12 kg (24pds)!!! So there shouldn’t be any issue anymore! Let’s turn joints!

CONCRETE WORK

Great weather and time to work. So it is getting time to dosome gardening and set the grass seperator. 4 hours and 240 kg of concrete later I call it the day. After getting some earth out and putting some gravel below als stones are set in concrete.

Next step will be setting the fundamental basement for the tracks. But not today. I feels stoned – need a cold beer.