Afternoon. After finally moving house from one of the biggest dumps I have had the misfortune of living in, i have bought a new house, and this means a new start for the garden railway too. I managed to salvage about 50% of the track from the old house. The new garden is not as big, so I plan on doing a simple circuit, passing loop, couple of sidings. This one is going to be small, but well detailed, having learnt a lot from my past railway. This will include natural borders between track and soil/planting. Must have a bridge, and a cutting, maybe an embankment. All ideas welcome, I am planning to build it in the area to the far side of the railway sleepers.
After shovelling nearly 2 tons of gravel, the garden is starting to take shape and I have roughly laid out some track in the sort of circuit I want, minus a siding or two, as I need some new points. The gradient difference is not too noticeable but the garden actually drops about 14 inches from the loop to the fence at the back, so the ideal opportunity to have an embankment and bridge over a dry `river`.
A windy but warm day in the garden, has allowed me to start the track bed for the loops and station area. The garden railway area is now protected from the `Pet` Rabbit that I had visions of causing mas destruction, there is now a small fence to separate the area. Another few years, and I may be able to run trains. Cant wait to get some soil in and plant it all up, with ferns, conifer and rockery plants. Rocks!........ How much.....
Duncan - in my experience, after this brilliant start, you'll be negotiating with the powers that be, to lay a nice flower bed down one side of the gravel garden - "to give a bit more colour and for plants to grow up the fence" and of course, running between her plants will be an Extension.... I worked this ploy 3 times in the past, tripling my running line. Unfortunately, I don't have the luxury of unused garden space now!
After 3 weeks of dull, misty, foggy, rainy days here in Pontefract, today has been cold but stunning. Combine that with a day in the garden, and some of the new layout is ballasted, more plants, and some backfilling completed. Here are some pics to update my progress.
Very nice layout you've got there. Will look great when those plants fill out. Planning on some bark mulch or something else going down to cover the black membrany stuff ? Watch out for that nice little bright green conifer two down from the fern, it can grow to 18ft in 10 years. Don't ask me how I know. My two are starting to wink at me through the bedroom window after 9 years. Always check the labels for projected growth on plants when buying. Max.
cheers for the kind coments. I shall keep a close eye on the conifers. not sure what to cover the weed control stuff with, I wanted natural borders up to the track, so may well use soil, with 'stepping stones' or bark hard chips.