Sunday, 2 April 2017

Spring 2017

With the sunshine and a New Year comes a renewed interest in Garden Railways.

Towards the tail end of March 201, I have been tidying the garden and correcting minor track issues, caused by a very wet winter. New plants have also been added. For the first year the garden is as important as the trains running through it.

Keeping a even covering on the lawn continues to be a challenge. Partly because it has been so waterlogged over the winter, and partly because the dogs wee on it ! 
Yet again I have applied a mix of fresh topsoil and grass seed, I'm confident it will sprout soon ?!

With the help of advice from members of a Facebook gardening group (Gardening UK) I have chosen and planted various plants along the railway. It was hard, but I resisted the temptation to plant to close together. They will grow !

I also took the decision to dispose of an eight foot indoor G-Scale layout to make some room in the shed. This has provided me with a few buildings and structures to now seal with lacquer and position in the garden. The buildings are mainly scratch built from plasticard so should weather well.

Over the past few winters the Playmobil plastic track has survived really well. The only problems this year were, in relation to the track going onto and coming off the decking at the bottom of the garden. This resulted in having to tweek the deck section of the track, to close up a 5mm gap.

Laying the track on 2" of dry Postfix and then watering in, continues to provide a long lasting track bed. Over the winter the concrete has weathered nicely too.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Metrolink painting begins

Today the painting has started.

The silver grey and yellow are spray cans, the black is brush painted to save on masking !

Friday, 13 June 2014

Primer job

The Metrolink has now had several coats of primer with rub downs and fills in between

I have used a regular "rattle can" car primer and also a High Build primer in some areas, 
hence the slight two tone appearance.

Saturday, 7 June 2014


A tram needs to be connected to overhead lines to move.. So here we go !


Saturday, 17 May 2014

There is a Metrolink in my garden !

Its sunny and the grass has been cut, that always tempts something out onto the tracks.. Today its a tram !

It still needs details and a paint job, but its getting closer to looking like a Metrolink.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Roof Details

If you see a Metrolink in the street you don't realise how much detail is on the roof ! 
Below is the view most of us see, in fact this is more elevated than a street view

But from above there is all sorts of equipment. Its very rare to get a view of the roof, I have spent ages on Google. So I had to put on my "train spotter anorak" and go find a foot bridge.
Armed with a limited number of pictures taken at a distance I have started to add the roof details

Monday, 28 April 2014

Minor Changes

With most models a point is reached when only small changes and details are added but take a long time.
Detailing does produce big visual difference but enhance the overall look. This is the case in this post.

Main items. 
More front end details (three stripes) 
More front window frame details so they now accept the glazing as a flush fitting unit.  
Cab roof vent



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