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My garden railroad layout re-designed

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 9 October 2018 with 1 Comment

Hello folks,

I had some trouble and issues with my original layout designs and after dozens of other ideas, I’m pretty sure that I now have the best trackplan for my personal garden logging railroad. Once I got rid off all the stupid ideas I had as well as faulty compromises, I ended with a pure and iconic logging railroad.

I’ll start with some overviews. Unfortunately, the second one is 180° rotated.

The lower station “Ronja Springs” got some small updates. The furniture works moved from the right to the left spur track and will provide 2 car spots to serve the factory with freight trains.
The sawmill area will stay at the far left end of the layout. There will come a relief structure for the sawmill as well.

The “12”-scale dolls” are a good help to get a feeling for size and dimensions.

The upper garden got now totally redesigned. Going around the back of garden shed is not practical and there were some other ideas I had to put into the trash bin. The new design features a pure logging railroad paradise.
There’ll be a small logging camp near the old log-loading spur. This section is seldom used for active logging, but to store supply cars of the logging railroad.
The mainline continues to a backwoods-siding. Light-Green tracks indicates grades up to 2.5%, dark green 3.5% and red track will go up to 7%. Two more logging sides are connected via these steep grades.

There are basically two ways how to operate this layout:

a) Pure Logging Operation
Log trains are handled in single and double strings of log cars. A single string will contain 4 skeleton log cars (or 3 log cars when running with the Romanian CFF stuff). A train heading out of Ronja Springs may pull a double string up the 3.5% grade to the backwoods siding. Here the train is split and pushed in single strings to the loading sides. Once the loaded strings of cars are collected at the siding, a train with a double string (8 cars) will head down to the mill.
The logging camp and old log landing will be served from uphill-trains if necessary or also from the backwoods siding.

b) Freight Train Operation
Beside the log trains, I’ll also run some Shay powered freight trains to serve Ronja Springs. These may run uphill as well to the backwoods station, which than might be used as stagging yard for the freight train operation. The log camp and spur might be used as industry spurs. Except for Ronja Springs, all structures might be exchangeable for special purpose.

That’s for now, more soon.


“Woods Furniture” – part 2

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 18 September 2018 with 2 Comments

Let’s go to part two of the furniture works.

I rearranged the walls of the building from the original idea to a 2×4 pattern, which fits better into the space I have available. The first ideas came out to big in my opinion.

The two wall segments without windows got cut on the table saw to make the small side wall segments of the relief structure. Next, I glued each floor level together and finally both wall segments together. So enforce the whole structure, I added plastic channels and triangles on the inside.

Before I installed the windows and doors, I gave all bricks a wash of thinned brown paint to blend the bright cream bricks more into a brownish-yellow. Finally I installed the roof and main structure is mostly done.

Still missing is the foundation and some details parts.

Cheers, Gerd

“Woods Furniture”

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 11 September 2018 with No Comments

Good morning, since I’m still unsure about the final layout plan in the upper garden, I spend some more attention to Ronja Springs. At the right loading spur, I announced some industry. So let’s get started. Piko had a special offer for the furniture works “Franz Huber” (aka Mr. Mann’s Cannery). Since the space allows […]

Taking the grade to the upper meadow

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 4 September 2018 with 2 Comments

Hello friends, today I’ll show you the first stretch of track reaching from the raised station Ronja Springs to the upper meadow of our garden. The first grade has 3.5% and is 11 meters long. The line leads into the upper meadow and through an S-curve to the right of the garden. This is where […]

“Ronja Springs” station & track work.

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 28 August 2018 with 2 Comments

Hello, once the first buildings/facilities were done, I directly moved on to build the station building for “Ronja Springs”. This time, I focused more on the joy of building, so I don’t have much “in progress” photos. I build the Pola kit mostly to the plan, but I cut off the rear section of the […]

Water Tank and Sand House

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 21 August 2018 with 1 Comment

Hello, this week I like to show you the first structures for the station of “Ronja Springs”. I already bought the kit for the water tank some month ago, even before I started on the garden railroad. I got it cheap on eBay. The kit is produced by Piko and represents a Rio Grande Southern […]

The first tracks are laid

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

Hello, 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]