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.

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….

TRACK & TRAIN CONTROL

Well – this topic is not an easy one…. You may run analoge, which is the cheapest, but nor very comfortable, because you are binded to a fixed place in the garden. Running digital (DCC) is able to run the trains seperated. This solution is pretty expensive and starts at round about 800€, which is a no-go for me.

Googleing a little, I found DelTang, a british on-man-company, building extremly small RC transmitters and receivers for model cars, boats and trains….. This sounds like a nice perspective…

seperating dirt from gravel

Next step up the hill done! This time I did not use rocks to seperate earth and gravel. I used metal plates. I bendend them and hit them into the earth. Then I put off the earth in between and fill them with foil and gravel, as I did before.

This technic is easy and it helps to keep the gravel and the earth seperated…

First 3 meters done!

First 3 meters (9 feet) of laying tracks done!
I used to dig the earth away a little, but a foil down below against weed put around 10 centimeters gravel in and added some concrete plates on. Then I screwed the tracks to them, and finally put some gravel between the sleepers. The result is pretty perfect!

Just to support the electrical power supply, I hide a plastic tube in the gravel in parallel to the tracks. The aim is to connect the tracks every 2 to 3 meters with the parallel power supply – just to garantee a good connection.

First track laying

First installation of a half circle with a grade up to the planned station area. Well – I have learned, that creating a garden railway is a hard job, with earthworks, concrete, setting stones, etc.

But I think, as soon as it looks integrated into the garden, it is absolutely worth it! As long as it is under construction, is looks like a toy. But as soon as we put some flowers and grasses in between, I think it will look really great!