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#1 ba14eagle

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 14:56

Im aware that most of the railways featured in this section are of the "normal" garden railway scales - ie big! but here is my OO gauge railway - more a railway in the garden, as opposed to a garden railway.

The Summer Hampton Railway is built on, what was, my 15' x 15' patch of grass, in my back garden. This is my second railway outdoors, the first being the Hampton Field Railway (search on YouTube) which was more a garden railway. That went through 3 phases - at the outset it was an O gauge line, then G scale and then OO gauge! A forced change of home led me to my current home and garden, which in all respects, is a lot smaller!

Construction of Summer Hampton started in March 2016 and full running achieved during June 2016 :o

The baseboards are recycled plastic material, supported on recycled plastic posts. I had previously used cast concrete for my trackbed, but that was effectively at ground level and I wanted this railway to be higher - we are all getting older and I didnt want too much bending down!!

The decision to use recycled plastic was made to try and minimise maintenance on this aspect of the build, as I am fully aware that garden railways involve enough maintenance, without worrying about what your wood is doing... There is some linear expansion / contraction with the material, which needs keeping an eye on, during the course of the year.

The railway isnt for displaying my skills at modelling fine detail, but for running scale length trains, of a fairly specific time period, from my youth. This being the 12 - 15 months immediately prior to sectorisation liveries appearing on BR. I have recently started running some steam outline models, but I dont give them the same attention, detail wise, as I do the diesels - they are just run for fun :jester: One issue I have experienced with the steam locos is that they cope less well with the steep gradients the railway has. I am currently in the process of retro fitting dcc concepts powerbase to the gradients on the railway. I have yet to see if this completely overcomes the problems - fingers crossed!!

My railways also feature on the OO garden Railway Forum on the web. If youve never looked at this forum, its a very good source of information and ideas, covering many aspects of garden railways, in smaller scales.

Videos of the Summer Hampton Railway and the previous Hampton Field Railway, can be accessed following this link;

https://www.youtube....4eagle/featured

 

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This was how the garden looked in March 2016, before construction started.

SHR build B - March 2016.JPG

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SHR build J - June 2016.JPG

This was the railway just 3 months after construction started - and I still have a full time job on the 12" to 1' railway to do too!

SHR build K - Aug 2017.JPG

14 months later, August 2017, and the plants have matured too nicely in places!

SHR station lighting.JPG

The station and signalbox lighting were installed by my late Father and are solar powered, through an accumulator battery. Dont ask me how it works - I havent a clue :no:


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Posted 30 September 2017 - 10:28

Billiant i love it! I'd be really tempted to roof the whole lot over gazebo style like one of those smoking huts they now build behind most pubs. 


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Posted 22 January 2018 - 15:59

Billiant i love it! I'd be really tempted to roof the whole lot over gazebo style like one of those smoking huts they now build behind most pubs. 

If it's a glazed roof and has ventilation on most faces to make an 'alpine' style greenhouse under old planning law you could cover your garden with a 'greenhouse' probably still can under permitted development rules.

 

Whilst it would be an utter ball ache to retro fit, starting the gradient from the point at which the lower line emerges from beneath the upper may well solve the steam loco haulage problem. Although with DCC control adding a 'banker' would be feasible it's probably more hassle to get the banker onto and off the train than the benefit it gives.

 

Looks good all the same.



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Posted 27 March 2018 - 18:49

Running season arrived yesterday - temporarily!

Anyway, there is plenty of maintenance to do, so roll on some more dry weather!


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Posted 31 March 2018 - 16:41

That's a very nice video.  Shows off the railway well.  The plants are looking good at track level.  Particularly liked the Class 56 and stone wagons - the different grades of stone are a nice touch.  Well done all round.


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Posted 13 June 2018 - 14:26

It seems to have been a while since I did any running on Summer Hampton, so it was nice to be able to spend some time out in the garden, in the blazing sunshine.

Some Sulzer action for those of that persuasion!

 


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Posted 14 June 2018 - 06:17

Thats a great looking garden railway, do you cover it up when not in use ?



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Posted 14 June 2018 - 08:38

Nice railway, I like the steps to get into the middle.

Excellent videos too.

Edited by ColinK, 14 June 2018 - 08:44 .


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Posted 14 June 2018 - 18:37

Thats a great looking garden railway, do you cover it up when not in use ?

No, its open to the elements all year round


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