Resurrecting this thread from 7 years ago!I'm another breeze blocker - mainly because I had some left over after I'd built our lean-to.
[*]quick and easy to lay[*]can be readily relaid if/when you change your mind[*]not majorly expensive[*]good for fixing down flexible track which likes to straighten itself out unless you use a rail-bender (which I have not got)[*]If the ballast becomes dislodged, the blocks look at bit ballast-like[*]won't rot Disadvantages
[*]Not as realistic / prototypical as floating ballast[*]No matter how well they are bedded down, some blocks will sink over time as the ground settles (probably be OK if they were laid on cement foundations)[*]Need to be drilled and rawl-plugged to fix rails
I've laid all mine on their side
Here you can see how easy it is to add a station beside already-laid track
I shove wet cement in between the blocks after they are laid to discourage weed growth (I use hands clad in rubber gloves, missus!).
My concern about bricks would be the difficulty in keeping them level over time - unless they were bedded into a goodly cement foundation. I'm assuming you're opting for bricks as you have already have a load lying about. Otherwise, I'd reckon breeze blocks would work out cheaper in terms of cubic footage and the lesser need for a bed of cement (unless you're sure of your track plan).
Anyway - that's my two penn'orth. Highly doubtful you would find any two garden railwayers agreeing on this topic.
Ge_rik.....how have the breeze blocks / track combo worked out? I too had considered this idea, then found your post. Here's hoping you are still registered in the forum!
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