First page of the Layout construction archive.

The first tracks are laid

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 14 August 2018 with 4 Comments


I’m proud to tell that the first tracks are laid on my new garden railroad.

As mentioned before, I covered the whole wooden base structure with roofing felt to reduce water on top of the wood. Later I’ll add some “ground scenery” from dirt and gravel, so waterlogging would be bad for the plywood below.

At the edge of the plywood sheets, I bend the roofing felt downwards and attached an aluminium profile. I also did a first section of ballast just for testing. Here’s a sneack preview for next week.

Before I finally install the old LGB R3-turnouts, I did some modifications to them. I cut the tie-strips behind the frog on the curved track and bend the last portion straight. Together with a matching curve behind, I now have 20-25cm of straight track in between the curved section, which looks much better as the direct S-curve provided by the standard track. It also helps longer cars to negotiate the turnout easily.

While the Piko-turnouts have a spring to keep the turnout in position, I added such a feature to the LGB-turnouts as well.

That all for today. I hope I can continue with the first section of RoW up to “Strawberry Hill” this week.


Building of the lower station

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 7 August 2018 with 1 Comment

Hello again and welcome to the first report of my garden railroad build.

Last week, I went directly to the DIY shop near by and got a car full of stuff. I use weatherproof plywood and laminated timbers. All raw surfaces as well as cutting edges got sealed with elastic acrylic paint to keep water outside of the wood layers.

I started by cutting shelf braces from plywood and installing them on the fence’s uprights.

To suport the plywood deck, I added two length of timbers between the braces.

Once the basic construction was found, I quickly continued around the corner to get the foundation for the lower station done.

This week, I await some used tracks to start track laying for the station. Stay tuned for the next update ;-)

Plans & ideas for the Garden rairoad

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 with 2 Comments

Hooray, let’s build a garden railroad ;-) Since we moved to our new home, I’ve ideas in mind to build a 1:20.3-scale garden railroad in the backyard to run my Romanian and US logging trains. After finishing all remaining work at the house as well as basic gardening complete, it’s time to get the railroad […]

[Garden Railroad] Heavy earthworks

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 24 April 2018 (Comments Closed)

Hello, today I’ve no news from my model trains, but an important update out of the backyard. A few month ago, we torn down the old side structure in the back yard. To the north side of the structure lies another 75m² section of our garden, which was heavily crowded by stinging nettles as well […]