The Blue Line OO Garden Rail

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The Blue Line OO Garden Rail

Postby paulsrail » Thu Jul 31, 2008 8:58 pm

The Blue Line is being constructed as a result of having a load of timber left over from a loft conversion. The first stage will consist of a double loop of approx 30 metres Image The method of construction was determined by the shear volume of timber available Image
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Re: The Blue Line OO Garden Rail

Postby glegalee » Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:22 pm

Sweet.
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Re: The Blue Line OO Garden Rail

Postby Andy316 » Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:51 pm

Nice,
have you got any roofing felt and/or oo track left over from loft conversion as well?
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Re: The Blue Line OO Garden Rail

Postby paulsrail » Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:58 pm

Two bridges will be conrtructed to allow access to the garden from the kitchen and consevatory [Image [Image The timber was painted with bitumen felt adhesive then covered roofing felt
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Re: The Blue Line OO Garden Rail

Postby paulsrail » Fri Aug 01, 2008 7:58 pm

Here are some more pics showing the timber painted with bitumen adhesive Image[[/img] [[/img]Image As you can see some of the timber was 8" x 3" the rest 6" x 2.5" or 4" x 2.5.
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Re: The Blue Line OO Garden Rail

Postby rb277170 » Sat Aug 02, 2008 1:56 pm

Really smart Paul. Please keep us up to date with your building of the garden railway. have often thought about it, so I would be very interested in hearing of your experiences

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Re: The Blue Line OO Garden Rail

Postby paulsrail » Sat Aug 02, 2008 4:49 pm

The next syage was to cover the Bitumen treated timber with roofing felt. The two bridge sections were covered on both top and bottom because when not in use they wil be left folded back in the open position. [[/img]Image When all the felt had been nailed on,the next step was to edge the trackbed using feather edge boarding which i purchased from Wickes in Imagepacks of 10, [[/img] [Image[/img] [[/imImageg]
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Re: The Blue Line OO Garden Rail

Postby Andy316 » Sat Aug 02, 2008 6:19 pm

That looks very nice....

Have you done all this work recently or are you drip feeding old photos?

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Re: The Blue Line OO Garden Rail

Postby paulsrail » Sat Aug 02, 2008 8:36 pm

All the work has been done in the last few weeks. Progress was quite rapid because all the timber was all-ready in place, and i have a well equiped workshop as a result of my other hobby which is building wooden Nelson era ship models. There is a layout in the workshop which links to the garden layout via a tunnel in the wall. Progress will slow abit now as i have to buy the track.
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Re: The Blue Line OO Garden Rail

Postby paulsrail » Sat Aug 02, 2008 8:52 pm

A hole was made in my workshop wall to enable a tunnel to be constructed to link the layout there with the garden layout.
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An incline from the garden railway to the tunnel exit was constructed.
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Re: The Blue Line OO Garden Rail

Postby paulsrail » Sat Aug 02, 2008 9:10 pm

The garden railway is called the blue line because i wanted the layout to be a Railway in a garden, not bits of garden in a railway layout. In other words i wanted the Railway to blend in as much as possible, so to this end a lot of it was painted blue.
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Other parts of the layout will be painted brown.
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There is no track laid yet the rolling stock was iust laid on odd bits of track for the photographs
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Re: The Blue Line OO Garden Rail

Postby glegalee » Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:10 am

So simple to build and yet such an achievement. Superbe layout, if I had the room I would be inspired. Just a question, how do you keep the track clean? It would seem to me that you would be out cleaning it all the time? Never the less, loving it!
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Re: The Blue Line OO Garden Rail

Postby paulsrail » Sun Aug 03, 2008 12:43 pm

I don,t know yet how the track will react to the welsh weather, but even indoors when using dcc the track needs regular cleaning. I will purchase the track which is guage-master flexi, being cheaper than peco, a few lengths at a time.
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Re: The Blue Line OO Garden Rail

Postby sishades » Sun Aug 03, 2008 1:14 pm

Would a few holes be a good idea to let rain water drain away?
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Re: The Blue Line OO Garden Rail

Postby paulsrail » Sun Aug 03, 2008 2:36 pm

I have thougt of drilling holes in the feather edge boards which are treated, as opposed to drilling straight down into the softwood which could cause problems in the long term.
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