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7mm WR Garden Railway in the late 60's early 70's

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OK Some major work on the railway took place yesterday and boy was it hard work.

 

It saw the first stages of the concrete viaduct going into place. I first drilled two holes into the concrete pads in the ground. This is for the two metal bars at the bottom of each pillar fix to the ground adding strength.

 

There are 7 pillars which are 25 inch between each other. However as you can see in the pics there are only 6.

 

This is because when i came to fix that particular pillar i hadn't drilled the holes far enough over so the front edge/face didn't line up with the others. Oh well i will re-drill and fit that one another time along with the half pillars that sit on the dwarf wall next to the pond.

 

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Once the remaining pillar and half pillars are in sittu then i can start to take the measurements and look at making the frame/mould that will sit on top of these pillars to form the arches and track bed.

 

I am very happy i have got as far as i have with this as really it was a two man job but the weather was good and i wanted to "get on " with more progress of the railway.

 

Its another step towards having a complete cicuit around the garden. The only stumbling block at the moment is needing another sheet of Medite Tricoya at £100 per sheet. Still it wont be long before i can order that.

 

Thats all for now , hope you like and i will post more pics when i have progressed more.

 

Toodle Pip

 

Rob

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Foundations were 12 inches deep. The mix for the pillars was 2 x bag of Wickes building sand to 1/2 bag of cement plus a 1/3 of a bag of pea gravel.

 

I also put metal bar in top and bottom ends , bottom so it had no chance of getting knocked over and top for the arch sections to have something for the concrete to key to.

 

Rob

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OK i have been in the garden today and made some progress.

 

Although most of the work done was general gardening i managed to re-instate the bridge over the underpass. I still need to add some detail and re-spray but at least its back to its normal position and not in the shed.

 

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I have fastened the bridge sides to the pieces of timber which are fastened to the concrete blocks using a alluminium L section. Plus using a piece of C section with a strip of plastic cut from a left over piece of fasia inserted into the C i have screwed the top edges of bridge .

 

 

 

Also the general gardening has been to cut back and eventually remove the shrubs that were immediately behind the "Beggasons Gold" plants that were creating the embankments to the railway.

 

This has opened it right up and given the railway more light. I still have roots to dig out and some more tidying up before i can start planting again.

 

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I have also been laying concrete blocks to make the steps higher which leads to the decking path at the side of the pond. Now the reason for the increase of height to these steps is so that when the railway curves round the pond and crosses the path over to the side that follows the fence up the garden, you just cross the tracks at top step height as opposed to having to " step over" the railway.

 

I hope this has'nt confused anyone but i dont have any pics to help with the explanation.

 

 

Thats All for now

 

Rob

 

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Progress in the garden today.

 

First off the last 8'x4' sheet of Medite Tricoya ( external MDF ) was ordered and delivered yesterday , so this morning it was cut into 8" strips ready for continuation of the board laying around the pond area. This should see a complete circuit in the garden.

 

I only got chance to cut the " lift out" section prior to having roofing felt applied and then the four slide bolts , one on each corner to keep the board in line whilst running trains. These will in due course be disguised with some sort of bridge. Im thinking of the Royal Albert style bridge although my railway will be double track ,a bit of modellers licence will be used here i think.

 

Now onto the main activity of the day, the viaduct.

 

I have spent about 7 hrs making up the frame/shuttering for the arch section of the viaduct. This will be dismantled once the concrete has been applied and gone off. It will then be moved along to the next two arches and the process repeated.

 

Here are a few pics of the various stages of build.

 

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Tomorrows job will be to mix and add concrete to this section.

 

 

Rob

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Concrete is now in the first section of the viaduct and will be left for about three days or so to make sure it has gone off properly before removing the framework.

 

However i will be sorting out the lift out section and laying some more track in the meantime.

 

Rob

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Been out in the garden again today so here is the progress report.

 

The " lift out section" has been fitted using slide bolts to locate. One in each corner. Roofing felt has been applied and is now drying.. Hopefully, weather permitting track will be laid tomorrow.

 

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Next is the section of line around the back of the greenhouse where the line splits, the left fork takes the line around the pond and the right fork carries straight on and will eventually go into the shed which will house Penzance.

 

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Last up is a couple of pics of the viaduct with the concrete going off nicely.

 

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Hope you like

 

Rob

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Hi Rob,

 

Just 2 quick Q's

 

Firstly, is the lift out section single or double line ? Think the angle of the pics gives the impression it's thinner than the pieces it's attached too.

 

Secondly, Has the arches got metal strengtheners within ? (Like concrete floors now have metal mesh in them)

 

Steve

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The lift out section is the same width as all the rest of the line. The only difference is it has a small brace underneath as oppossed to the normal 4x2. This is so it doesnt add extra weight when lifting out.

 

The arches are " key'd in " with the metal rod that are on top of the pillars.

 

Well its given rain out later so not sure how much progress can be made today, we will have to see.. Although as long as i get track accross the bridge then that would be great. This will then allow me to lay the track around the top curve and down the back of the greenhouse without the lift out section being in.

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Cheers Phill.

 

This is a project that only time will tell if it works the way i want it to. I dont see a problem but you never know.

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Managed to get some track down before the rain set in.

 

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I managed to get the other side of the bridge ( lift out section ) and started the super elevation around the curve. Then came the rain. :nono: .

 

I still need to cut the track either side of the bridge. This i will do using a cutting disc on the dremel.

 

Just waiting for the rain to stop then im back out on it.

 

 

Rob

 

 

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Sorry but it is just not fair you posting those photos......

 

Now I want one in my garden!

 

Superb project and highly inspirational.

 

Tony

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Thankyou for the kind words, they are very much appreciated..

 

Well the rain stopped so off i went outside to lay some more track ................. managed to drill half a dozen sleepers and pin the piece of track down before it decided to rain again. Grrrrrrrrr

 

Rob

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Took the shuttering off today. Mmmmm well it didnt quite go as i thought .

 

Firstly i miss calculated with the measurements . The very top of the arch is only about 1 inch thick and i wanted about 3 . Not sure how that happened . Secondly one of the arches slumped so its not really a nice arch more of a 50 pence piece. i will need to render the pillars to blend them to the added arches.

 

So the plan i think is to somehow add some conrete/render to the underside of the arch using mess and blend all together when rendering the pillars.

 

I am going to have to think about this. So progress on the viaduct will be a while yet unti i have got some ideas.

 

 

Meanwhile i managed to lay some more track. It now has reached the other side of the "step over " bridge. I have laid double track here and have now laid the slab on mortar . Its raining at the moment so no photos im affraid.

 

 

Rob

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My viaduct didn't turn out to plan but armed now with the knowledge of my failures i'm up for trying again. One of the pier formers moved slightly somehow..

 

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Managed to get some track down before the rain set in.

 

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I managed to get the other side of the bridge ( lift out section ) and started the super elevation around the curve. Then came the rain. https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/emoticons/default_nono.gif .

 

I still need to cut the track either side of the bridge. This i will do using a cutting disc on the dremel.

 

Just waiting for the rain to stop then im back out on it.

 

 

Rob

That's why I thought the lift out section was thinner, you've cut back the felt in that area !!

 

Steve

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