Inspired my Mark Found’s tv series “The Garden Railway”, I started building my own garden railway in my backyard. It is build right from the scretch.
I created this blog in order to share my experiances to interrested people, who also want to start with building up their own garden railway in their own backyard. So every comment and feedback it apreciated.
A garden railway is a great possibility to combine nature and technic in a home environment. It is also a great hobby to free up the mind from daily business. And it is completely different to smaller inhouse scales, because everyone starting with this hobby has also think about weather and stability, security and many other impacts. Working with garden railways needs rockery work, concrete mixing, gardening, and way more.
Please enjoy my little blog. I hope, that I am able to share some good inspirations.
The concrete base for the bridge is build. I put round about 100kg of concrete into the earth in order to get a solid and stable base for the bridge. I also added some iron in it to get the pylons rock solid. Maybe the iron is still to long. But then I will cut them down to the right length/height.
Tomorrow will be (hopefully) good weather. That’s at least, what the meteorolists are telling us. Maybe the concrete is already that dry, that I’m able to put the pylons on it and fix them with some cement, before filling them up with concrete as well….
First ideas to create signals for the railway. I simply want to control a green and a red LED with it, without any additional functionallity. So it looks like it’s getting pretty easy and cheap to get this realized. Just need an additional power supply to get 18VAC to 3.3VDC. That’s it….
Another nice saturday – so time to proceed to work in the garden. So I build the basement for further tracks and installed the thrid joint of the station. That was a little tricky, because I had to lengthen the tracks to fit. Anyway – I got it done 🙂
As you may know from some previous posts, I install some entry points for the power supply every 2 to 3 meters (6 to 9 feet). Inbetween the entry points I have put a tube into the gravel, that is usually used for electrical installations. I try to keep it straight. So it’s getting a nobrainer to push the cables in after the entry points are fixed.
We had nice weather – first day since a while. So I decided to leave office earlier than normal and to work a little in garden, which was a perfect decision! I finallizen der framework of my pond, cutted the liner and put some rocks as a frame around the pond.
Today I started the mass production of Jigstones. I call it now “concrete Lego” . The rapid cement drys within 30 minutes. So the forms run “hot”. I bought about 15kg of that cement today in the hardware store. So my workbench is getting full of stones…
As soon as they all dryed up complete, I’ll start constructing the ramp for the bridge.