For some time the club has been considering having a garden railway. Alan approached new member Mark Dale who has had some experience building these. A proposal was then put to the board and was accepted at the meeting in March.
The basic idea is for a big loop around the area near where the raised level track comes back into the station, it will be built using Peco SM 32 track giving us a track gauge of 32mm and working at a scale of 16mm to the foot this represents 2ft gauge.
The railway will run along the brick wall next to the raised track, then loop around on a raised section coming back to the grass bank and through a cutting to rejoin the wall. The basic layout will be a single track and on the raised section there will be passing loops at least 20ft long. A triangle will enable access to a steam up area with a number of sidings again at least 20ft long.
The raised section will be approx 4 feet high made up of steel poles set into the ground, with old rail from the ground level used between them to support a wood decking. The existing brick wall will need to be taken down and rebuilt with a ledge on top and a gap to lay the track into. A cutting needs digging then edged with brick to retain the soil.
Approx length of running line will be 160 feet not including passing loops or sidings.
Min width 8 inches on raised area. Increasing to 3 feet for the passing loop area.
Min radius curve 6 feet.
The first job is to remove some of the bank where the triangle will be so we can get some level ground for the footings for the new part of the wall, then work back along, removing and then rebuilding the existing wall to the new design.
Mark Dale will be lead the project so anyone interested in getting involved please contact him.