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I have posted some pictures of the construction of my Garden Railway, but now I am doing the last bit. It is an End to End layout as I need to keep it near the fencing.

The end of the line. Will post some more pictures when I have done some more.

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Those spans look mighty long,  Ours sagged and they were a lot shorter than yours, the line looks a bit like a roller coaster when viewed end on!

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But a similar piece of timber arranged beneath for a T shape as seen end on, will effect corrective stiffening. I think wood is best for its easily erected and dismantled potential. The imposed load up to 7mm scale is minimal, use of brick or concrete is serious overkill.

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Captain Kernow I am modeling in gauge "0" Thought I would do something different in the garden. I have re done the last span and put in a extra support, so it doesn't sag. I am waiting for the last pieces of track and a L/H point to finish it off. Here are 2 pictures of how far I got today. I will be covering the wood with Roofing felt as well, Like I have done the rest of the layout.

Thanks for your interest.

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Hi, what have you used for the trackbed, I thought most people used decking board?

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I just buy some planks of wood, and stain them then cover them with Roofing felt to make them look like track bed. 

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Looks good, and I've had similar for 25 years! Have you used roofing felt adhesive to ensure no water gets between felt and timber?

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I have 56038, and cover the track in roofing felt when I am not using the railway. Still got lots to do, but now it is cooler I can get out and get on with it.  I have reached the end of the line now, so need to finish off the wiring then have a test run of all the layout.

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Just started following this topic as I am starting the build of my O Gauge garden railway. The first part will be built in my 15' X 8' shed which will house an eight track fiddleyard. Track laying and turnout construction in there should be completed through the winter. However, I have felt a little unsure about the external baseboard construction. I used roofing felt and adhesive on top of bitumen impregnated wood boards (not chipboard but a very coarse wood chip) for the roof of the shed about 10 years ago and it is still in perfect condition. Would this type of construction be OK for the baseboards? Like Bartb I intend keeping the external trackwork covered when not in use. I am still worried though about possible contraction and expansion of the boards causing problems. Am I needlessly concerned?

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Les

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Parts of my layout has been down for about a year now, and I haven't noticed any

 warping of the boards. First I paint the boards with fence paint then cover the top in roofing felt, then lay the track. I cover it all up with roofing felt when not in use. so far I haven't had any problems running trains on it.

Yesterday I had a test day to see if everything was working since I wired up the last bit of the layout. Still need to re-sit a switch in the control box.The only problem I had was 2 sticky points, working on these still. Trains ran alright on all the track.

I timed a train yesterday and on a moderate speed (No wagons) it took 50 seconds from one end to the other. Hoping to carry out more tests today.

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Well i managed a quick running session this morning, and all seemed to work o k apart from one wagon causing a de-railment in reverse. It is now in the workshop.

I thought I would show you the complete layout, from end to end. I haven't got a name for it yet, but I still have a few things to do yet.

Picture 1..... is the main end with the control panel underneath.

Picture 2..... is the train going through the shed

Picture 3....  is the train emerging from the shed along the back fence

Picture 4....  is the train going through the trees

Picture 5....  is the train arriving at Gates end.

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This is all the stock I have at the moment, apart from the naughty wagon that is undergoing repairs :nono:

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I have a Dapol 08 on order, and hope to get it at the end of the month. also working on the kids to buy me a wagon for Christmas :yes: 

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My 08 has just arrived, goes really well. Only tried it on a short bit of track but runs well. will try it out on my layout another day.

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Well I am pleased to say my garden layout survived the storms, tho the garden needs tidying up. Just one new wagon for my railway, a late Christmas present. Be gald when we get some nice weather so I can get out again and get on with playing trains.

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Managed to get out for an hour today, and have started building a bridge for the layout. Just cut the wood today, but it's a start.

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Wow! What a railway! When living with my parents I had OO in the garden. When I finally got a place of my own after university, I was toying with the idea of going into O. It if wasn't for a very close friend of mine deciding to get into 16mm scale I would have probably gone down that route. Even though I now primarily work in 16mm, I still have acquired the odd O gauge kit of industrial tank engines (a couple of Pecketts) so who knows in the future?

 

Please show us more!

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Managed to get out in the garden today for a few hours, and added a new siding. Might make it A loco shed or siding. I will need to get a point motor and wire it in so looks like I will need a bigger control box. anyway it all worked. I added a new feed to the middle and that worked fine. Still working on the bridge.

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Looking good!  :ok:

 

I'm sorely tempted by 7mm to the foot now since I discovered Minerva Models have produced the Kerr Stuart Victory class.  :maninlove:

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Had to change the bit of track going into the shed as it wasn't running right, all sorted now. Hoping to get a running day soon if the weather stays alright. still thinking about having automatic coupling on my stock, as it will help with the running.

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Had to change the bit of track going into the shed as it wasn't running right, all sorted now. Hoping to get a running day soon if the weather stays alright. still thinking about having automatic coupling on my stock, as it will help with the running.

 

Hmm, I know this is for 16mm scale SM32, but could the idea be roughly the same? 

 

 

I guess a couple of servos, receivers and a battery supply or 4.8V supply would be all you would need.

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