6.23.2012

survey says:

"More shade".

It gets hot here in the summer. In order to minimise exposure to the sun while running trains in the garden, I've settled on the 'more shade' versus 'less wet' option for the location of the track. Time will tell if this decision is a good one; I may need to invest in some Wellingtons.

I'll use a couple of garden hoses to establish the (very simple) arrangment of track. I'd like to minimise the impact on mowing and trimming the grass-like substances that cover the ground, so I'll have to leave room for the passage of a garden tractor at the periphery.

In terms of route, it will be a simple oval with a siding offering a spot for guests to 'steam-up'. 32mm gauge, single track. Still looking for an inexpensive method of raising the track off the ground; galvanised steel fence posts are the current front-runner for the job.

Going to visit another garden railroader who is using raised track this week. I vaguely recall his solution being practical and effective. More investigation is warranted, but I can (at least) lay out the route with wooden stakes and see how it looks.

1 comment:

Tin Goat said...

Still haven't solved the ground water issue?

Find the lowest/wettest part of your yard and put in a sump well.

Pump the water into barrel(s) for watering the garden and/or to the nearest municipal storm sewer.

Alternately you could create a babbling brook with or without a pond to give your railway a water feature.

All of this would reduce the amount of fill and/or terraforming in order to drain your property.