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.

Locomotive Reconstruction

I replaced the old electronics and light bulbs by LED’s. In addition I placed a yellow warning light on the roof top of the locomotive, that is planned to be flashing. For the power supply to the track cleaning waggon I also had to add a power plug at the end. In the front section a insulating screw joint has been mounted to connect the BlueHorse board from BlueRailTrains. I had to construct a little rack to put the BlueHorse board above the screw joints.

Finally the connection between the power supply waggon and the locomotive got realized by using two angulated power plugs.

DONE! It’s working as good as expected…

Battery Power

As you may remember, I needed some more weight for the track cleaning waggon. I already mentioned in my previous post, that I decided to make the cleaning train battery powered. Finally the parts and pieces arrived. So mounted the two rechargeable battery packs on both ends of the waggon. In addition I added a main switch, a signal light and a fuse in to one of the boxes before wiring it all to the plug at the waggons wall.

I have now 12 volts with 1900mAh available for the battery powered locomotive, which recontruction is coming up….

new diesel locomotive

Please welcome the new “family member” in my garden railway group.

I shot this used, little diesel locomotive on ebay. The idea is to give the track cleaning wagon a propulsion. If the tracks have to get cleaned, the locomotive usualy has issues to get the supply power from the tracks. So it needs to have a power supply independent from the tracks. The only possibility is to get this locomotive battery powered.

As the track cleaning waggon needs additional weight to press it to the rails, the plan is to place rechargeable batteries in to the waggon and connect it to the locomotive. I also plan to control the locomotive also with my smartphone using the BlueHorse board from BlueRailTrains, as I already do it with the LGB Stainz and PIKO VT98.

Building a cleaning waggon

Rails get dirty by time – especially if they are outdoors all year long. It doesnt matter, if you are running dead rail (battery powered), but just in case you power your locolotives by using the rails, they have to get cleaned very often. Otherwise you will contact issues very soon. The LGB clean engine is way too expensive in my opinion. So what’s the solution?
Well – I shot a used Playmobil waggon on ebay for 30€, went to the local hardware store and bought a spone and a polishing felt for another few Euros. I used the sponge as plume between the cleaning pad and the waggon. It is mounted to the waggon by using two screws. The felt is fixed by four small cable strabs and now can exchanged pretty easy. The only thing I had to add are little weights into the waggon, that the felt get little pressure to the rails.

It’s working pretty well for just 40Euros.

If you want to rebuild it, please make sure, that the polishing felt doesnt contain any metal. You might get a short-circuit!

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….