Category Archives: Garden Railway

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.

LGB Stainz update….

I build in a DC relais and connected it to the BlueHorse Board. I also replaced the original LGB smoke generator. Not it is possible to switch the new smoke generator on/off by using the BlueRail app over BlueTooth and the personal smartphone.
To avoid killing the smoke generator by running it dry, I also added a 3mm LED to be able to see, if the smoke generator is turned on.
Enjoy some of the impressions….

VT98 done with interia lights

The PIKO VT98 is changed to the “BlueHorse” board. For switching the front and rear lights – and in addition the interia lights – it is not possible to connect the LED’s directly. I connected the ACC outputs with a reed relay instead. One relay for each channel. The “BlueHorse” board is that intelligent, that it is switching between white front lights and red rear lights automatically depending to the drive direction. The interia lights are independent and can switched on/off seperatly.
As you may see in the pictures, it was a lot of tiny soldering stuff – but it is working in perfection.

putting lights into waggons

Putting some light into the wagons today. As you may know, I have a simplified power supply (18VAC / 6 Amps). So I had to add a bridge rectifier, a electrolytic capacitor and a voltage regulator into each wagon. The advantage is, that result is pretty nice and stable power supply for the LED’s, I build in. My personal goal is to hide all components as good as possible. The rear lights are 12V read LED’s. The interia lights are warm white candle lights.
I also had to exchange the axises from ordinary plastic to metal with power collectors. I replaced both axis and connected them in parallel for a better connection to the rails.

build Bluerail board into LGB stainz

Today I build the BlueRail receiver into successfully into the LGB Stainz locomotive. Because I decided to put 18 VAC on the tracks, I had to build a bridge rectifier and a 15VDC voltage regulator (7815) into the locomotive as well. To smooth the DC voltage and solve issues with the power supply due to soiled rails (connection issues), I also added a huge capacitor (4700µF / 63V). I also exchanged the micro light bulbs by LED’s, which also can be turned on and off seperately by the “BlueRail” app.

So what should I say? It is running really smooth and the control by smartphone over BlueTooth is a pleasure. I’m really satisfied with the result!

The only thing I have to discover is, how to control the smoke generator. Maybe I’m going to use a small print relais. The only limit is, that the board is supporting 12V/20mA. But this will be the next challange….

Modeltown – thatched cottage

Thinking about putting buildings to my little railway world. I already know about PIKO and POLA stuff, which doesnt look like german northern style. So I was researching the internet again and kept hanging on some british manufacturers of buildings for garden railways.

I especially kept hanging on the “Thatched cottage“, which I felt in love with. It really looks pretty much fitting into my little world.

What do you think?

BLUE RAIL TRAINS

Today I found another interresting solution for controlling the locomotives! That board from “Blue Rail Trains” sounds very interresting. It is board constructed for HO scale, but is also able to get build into G-scale locos. It’s controlled by smartphone using the BlueTooth connection. The app is available for free for Android and iOS. This solution is streight forward.

Sounds like THE future solution. Its cheap and flexible!

I already contacted Dave Rees from Blue Rail Trains. They annouced a board with higher amperage to be released within the next 6 month. Very nice contact with Dave. He promized me to inform me as soon as the new board is available.

FALL VACATIONS

Well – I wanted to use the time for doing some progress in the garden and started with organizing new material, e.g. rocks, gravel, concrete, plates, etc. But then the weather did not allow me to do that. It was raining for almost 8 days… But finally it stopped raining and I used that chance to proceed.

In the meanwhile and I started to build the powersupply and the control of the rail joints. Yes – I ordered an Tx27 kit and an Rx105 receiver from DelTang. I started making some experiences with receiver and transmitter and have to confess, that the idea is pretty nice, but the hardware is really delicate. So I broke the first receiver while connecting them to the relais board. I had to re-order one in the UK and planned to add a ULN2803-A driver chip between the receiver outputs and the relais boards.

I wonder, if this DelTang solution is the right solution to control the trains in future…. I have some contrains to be honest….