Jules's garden Railway "Bambrough Town" Update

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Re: Jules's garden Railway "Bambrough Town" Update

Postby Metadyneman » Thu May 10, 2018 10:58 am

burnie wrote:That looks impressive, I take it you remove the vehicles etc after a running session?

They are all stored inside the shed when not being run. I have a huge amount of stock and most of it is stored on shelves on inside the shed. some stock remains on the track inside the shed after running sessions. The road vehicles are on the layout permanently but the station area is covered and protected when not in use to prevent damage by rain and cats etc
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Re: Jules's garden Railway "Bambrough Town" Update

Postby Mountain » Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:27 am

Metadyneman wrote:
burnie wrote:That looks impressive, I take it you remove the vehicles etc after a running session?

They are all stored inside the shed when not being run. I have a huge amount of stock and most of it is stored on shelves on inside the shed. some stock remains on the track inside the shed after running sessions. The road vehicles are on the layout permanently but the station area is covered and protected when not in use to prevent damage by rain and cats etc

Do you get any problems with wind blowing things off the track? Also, do you solder bridge wires to ensure power reaches the far flung areas of the railway? What do you use to clean the track?

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Re: Jules's garden Railway "Bambrough Town" Update

Postby Metadyneman » Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:35 am

Mountain wrote:Do you get any problems with wind blowing things off the track? Also, do you solder bridge wires to ensure power reaches the far flung areas of the railway? What do you use to clean the track?

The railway is actually quite sheltered from direct wind, the only exposed part is the removable section which I have added high sides to. This prevents trains from blowing off the track. I have never soldered any joints on the railway in its entire 17 years of existence and surprisingly suffer very few power loss issues as a result. I have a large stock of rail joiners which I replace when they wear out. I use an abrasive track cleaner similar to a Peco track rubber but cheaper and it lasts longer. It is called Garryflex and costs about £6 for a large block which I cut into usable sizes. I now use a Bachmann dynamis ultima to run the trains having upgraded from the original basic dynamis last year. It is a nice piece of kit and has a lot more oomph in the power unit than the basic one.
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Re: Jules's garden Railway "Bambrough Town" Update

Postby Mountain » Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:14 am

Thanks for the reply. I am considering building myself a garden railway as I have the materials ready so it should not cost me anything to make. See how things go. (I have the chance to use some old wood which I know to be good as they were used in a beach enviroment so are very suitable. I also have some free roof underfelt to use). I may need to solder link wires as when I tried in the past the railjoiners (Peco) dissapeared as had corroded out in two years. I live in an area which gets salty mists from the sea so maybe it is best I consider this. I will need to think about the wind issue as this area also gets high wind. It maybe silly to run in high winds, but I was considering making a way so at least it would be possible by adding some shelter etc. I have not heard about Garryflex before. When my Peco and Hornby rubbers wear out I will certainly take a look.


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