Garden railway details

Garden railway plan

Garden railway plan

Track description
The garden railway is situated at the southern end of the club site in a sheltered tree lined dell which is gravel floored and allows wheelchair access.  The entire railway is 42 inches above ground level.  The track is 32mm (gauge O) and mostly Peco SM32.  The main circuit follows the shape of a folded dog-bone and is double track with return loops at each end.  It is 150 yards long with sweeping curves and a minimum radius of 6 feet.  The 5 passing loops cater for trains of up to 12 feet long.  Gradients are gentle to allow easy operation of both radio-controlled and manually operated locos.

Meths-fired 2-cylinder geared loco with chain drive built by Ted H.

Meths-fired 2-cylinder geared loco with chain drive built by Ted H.

Within one of the dog bone loops there is a 25 yard circuit where novice drivers can take a first go at the controls and repaired or newly-built locos can be tested without the pressures of a busy railway.

Steam-raising areas
There are 3 separate steam-raising areas with sidings to accommodate trains 12 feet long.

Several seats offer superb viewing for “resting“ drivers and observers.  To date, the railway has harmoniously accommodated 8 simultaneous drivers on the main circuit, and 2 on the inner circuits.

New drivers are asked to study the track layout before raising steam.  The passing loops on the main circuit are shared between trains running in opposite directions, so care must be taken to avoid running onto the wrong road and causing collisions.

This video was taken on the official opening of the garden railway.

And here are a couple of videos taken from an on-board a moving train at the 2012 Bonfire Steaming event.

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