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construction started on the 2nd to last week of December 2006, the
builders finished up the shed in the morning & I had one wall
lined that night & trains were running the next day! I decided
to have the Railway elevated about 8 inches to clear the bottom
plate of the shed when exiting outside, also to hide all the
wiring required. The base board is off cuts from the wall lining,
being only 10mm it needed ribs to surport it, an extra bonus with
the elevation is the sound it creates when the train enters the
Looking to the East Tunnel Portal, Above Middle; looking
toward the West (Hole yet to be cut) on both shots you can see the
baseboard construction very basic but sturdy. Above
Right; Eastern tunnel portal, I decided to use a slide just
behind the portal with a peg & hole method to hold it up when
operating. The Western portal is of the same method, we recently
decided to add another loop on this section mainly as a storage
siding & a 'Put On & Take Off' siding for when visitors
come to run.
Pictures; From start to finish, extra base board being put in
place to take the loop, Getting the exact measurement before the
cut was made for the new turnout, Turnout in & half the loop
laid, Loop completed with the Garrett on the ore train for a try
out. I used manual turnouts as a safety measure in mind, if you
change a turnout manually you remember it longer that you have
done so & when we run 2 train operation we don't want any head
ons or nose to tails!!
long last I am under way with some Scenery, the first job is to
tackle the rock face which measures 12m x 400mm. I must admit that
scenery is not one of my strong points, hopefully the result will
be a quite good looking rock face to break the long flat 12metre wall! As
I wasn't looking for perfection I decided not to go with the rock
moulds & make seperate rock clusters! I needed a quicker
method as I didn't want to do this longer then I had too so
decided on the polystyrene
coated with gib plaster option, so down to the Mitre 10 store I go
& got 2 sheets of 50mmx1200mmx2400mm. I then set to &
split them into 400mm strips & glued to the wall with an
exterior PVA glue & wedged in place until dried. After drying
I attacked it with a cooking fork taking chunks out of the flat
surface to rough it up to make the appearance of a rock face.
(What a mess this process was!!)
This shows the Poly that has been roughed up & the first coat
of plaster being applied, this was done with a wet-ish solution of
plaster put on with a paint brush. Above Right; The second
coat is now being applied, this was coloured with oxide pigments.
Now this is the dark coat & will form the shadows of all the
recesses of the rock. (Or thats the plan!) Below Left; The final
coat has been added, now on to the ballasting & some greenery
on the rock face!
This shows the Ballast grading Plant layout!! 1st; was to sift
the crusher dust & take out the coarse stones, what was left
in the sieve throw-out. 2nd; put remains through a finer sieve
& save whats left in the sieve. Doing it this way gives you a
nice uniform size to ballast with, for securing the ballast I used
a 50-50 mix of water & PVA glue with a wee bit of dish wash
liquid, a tried & proven method in all scales! Below Left;
The finished result of the ballasting! Below Right; The
rock face & track has now had some bushes added, this could be
an on-going project!! I am happy with the result! But I also know
it could be better, as scenery is not my thing but you just have
to give it your best shot!!
Yard & Loco Depot
is under way of extending the main yard & building a new loco depot,
it was decided that the yard might as well be lengthened to maximum
train length. While that was on the drawing board I realised that we
haven't got a loco depot & there was plenty of room in the centre of
the shed plus it would be great to lift it out & display it at shows
or gatherings etc. With all this in mind construction begins!!!
Start of the extension to the South Yard, I wanted to keep the display
cabinets as I am running out of display space so decided to build around
them. Above Right; More bracing in place as you can see by the
different timber used it is built from off-cuts that have been hanging
around in the garage for years!!
Top board is in place, I used 9mm 2nd grade MDF saving $20.00 a sheet. Above Right;
East end of the yard with the track in its final position, the back shunt
where the caboose is will be used as a caboose/guards van siding.
At the West end you can see the turnout branching off to the left to the
loco depot, the loco yard is all 10ft dia so big locos can use it. The
yard is only made up with LGB 8ft turnouts which most rolling stock will
get round. Above Right; The permanent baseboard of the loco depot
being constructed, bottom of the picture is where 2x2.4m modules will be
built as lift outs!!
Here is the underneath frame work for the loco depot module. Above Right;
This is my take on how to conect the modules together, there is minimal
side play so the track when down should remain lined up!! This is a shot
of the 2 modules & Below Left; is a shot of the permanent
base board mounting set up. Below Right; The 2 modules sitting in
place waiting for there permanent base to be built!
Its amazing what a clean up can produce!!! The sub base was made from
2x4 with cleats on the outside to keep the modules in place, we are
looking East to West!! Below Right; We are now looking west to
East, this gives some idea of the length & width of everything.
Below Left; Close
up of the cleat arrangement, note that I have left a gap between the sub
base & module this is to save squashing the ole fingers & ease
of pick -up. Below Right; The sleepers have been cut to 8mm x
10mm x 88mm & glued to the MDF base board.
Once the sleepers are dried I coated them with poster paint as I want
them to weather like the real thing. It was cheaper to bring in the
propper track spikes fron the States then to buy pannel pins from the
local hardware store. Below Middle; Next road was the inspection
pits (long ones) & ash pits/blow down area. All the measuring was
done twice just to make sure it was correct otherwise the spikes would
split the side of the pits! Below Right; The Pit bases are coated with a
light grey ready for weathering at a later date.
Below Left &
Middle; The result of my first attempt of hand laid track, I was
rather pleased with the result but the hard bit is yet to come, with
turnouts to be made!!! Below Right; The version I choose was
featured in the 'Garden Railways' magazine spread over the issues, June
& August 2009.
I cut all the sleepers to the correct length & glued same as the
Half way through the build, in the magazine they built there with brass
frogs but I decided to go with the insulated version less wiring to
worry about!! Below Right; Finished turnout, 2 more to go!!! For
the throw I used the Peco Large scale version, this turned out to be a
good choice for indoors but for out side I think the Tenmille version
would be far better!!.
the re-vamped yard pannel & the new loco yard switch box.