New Fencing at reasonable price

davecar

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IMG_3140.JPG IMG_3145.JPG IMG_3141.JPG I have just completed an additional steaming area at Childwall Railway at the bottom end of my track, near to my house. I decided to add some fencing along the siding and also around the curve and across my waterfall.

The first photo shows what I used. It is called a Gabion panel which I bought from B and Q. I had never heard of this word before but I had seen many Gabions in use. It is a cage full of rocks, used in landscaping. The panels are sold in various sizes to make up the cage for the rocks. The panels I bought measured 1200mm x 300mm. I cut the panel quite easily with my electric whizzer. From this panel I got three lengths of "fencing". The cost of this panel was only £6.64 so it worked out at only just over £2.20 per 1200mm length.

I had to add a piece of timber to my log roll in order to get sufficient clearance for rolling stock. In fitting the fence I only used every forth post. I cut the other posts slightly smaller. In fitting the fence I drilled a hole in the timber and then hammered the fence in. Using every forth post made it much easier. When joining the fence I used a small plastic tie. The fencing is quite robust and of course the metal is galvanised so hopefully will not rust. I initially had thoughts about painting the fence but have decided against it. I think also it looks quite realistic.

Thought I would pass on this idea.

Kind regards,

Dave
 
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Zerogee

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I think that looks very effective, Dave - practical AND realistic!

Jon.
 

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I have just completed an additional steaming area at Childwall Railway at the bottom end of my track, near to my house. I decided to add some fencing along the siding and also around the curve and across my waterfall.

The first photo shows what I used. It is called a Gabion panel which I bought from B and Q. I had never heard of this word before but I had seen many Gabions in use. It is a cage full of rocks, used in landscaping. The panels are sold in various sizes to make up the cage for the rocks. The panels I bought measured 1200mm x 300mm. I cut the panel quite easily with my electric whizzer. From this panel I got three lengths of "fencing". The cost of this panel was only £6.64 so it worked out at only just over £2.20 per 1200mm length.

I had to add a piece of timber to my log roll in order to get sufficient clearance for rolling stock. In fitting the fence I only used every forth post. I cut the other posts slightly smaller. In fitting the fence I drilled a hole in the timber and then hammered the fence in. Using every forth post made it much easier. When joining the fence I used a small plastic tie. The fencing is quite robust and of course the metal is galvanised so hopefully will not rust. I initially had thoughts about painting the fence but have decided against it. I think also it looks quite realistic.

Thought I would pass on this idea.

Kind regards,

Dave
 
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pugwash

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Excellent idea and work, and I think you are right to leave it unpainted. :clap:
 

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DGE-Railroad

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Excellent. Thanks for sharing this. I was just doing a search for some bridge edging inspiration. This is perfect :)
 

JimmyB

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As this is an old thread (before I started in G Gauge), I had not seen it, and I agree it looks the part. Does anybody know the wire gauge, and mesh spacing.
 

DGE-Railroad

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From what I've read, the holes in Gabian mesh panels tend to be about 3"x3" (76mmx76mm) and it uses 3mm / 10SWG wire
 

PhilP

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Put a LGB driver figure in your pocket, then go and visit any of the big DIY 'Sheds'..

They will all have galvanised mesh panels, in various sizes. - Both panel, and 'hole-size'.. - Personally, I think those which are rectangular, look better than square?

PhilP.

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If you have not got any: Get a decent pair of big tin-snips, or (better) small bolt-croppers. - So much easier on your fingers!
 

DGE-Railroad

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The new builds on the edge of our property had gabian walls put in beneath their gardens to aid drainage. I wonder if I could use the bolt cutters on them to obtain some fencing, without letting any of the rocks out... :giggle: :p