For those who missed it at the time this is the tour I did for the #TwitterModelTrainShow on the 21st March 2020.
Hello all, I am Harriet Board and this is my workshop. I haven’t got all my tools in yet so it is a bit sparse.
I pay a peppercorn rent to my landlord, Maker of Things, and in return I work on his garden railway.
Lets do a tour.
As you can see there are tram tracks set in the concrete floor at the back of the workshop. They are 7 1/4” gauge.
The tracks go through this roller shutter door in the back of the workshop.
Lets get the roller shutter up and I will take you through.
Come on outside to the back yard and the garden railway.
Hey all, drone photo!
You can see where the track comes out of my workshop, crosses the yard, and joins the main garden railway.
Here is some of the landlord’s old rolling stock. It is standard gauge, about 1:6 scale but he is changing the railway to show a 1:3 scale fantasy of St Nicholas Fields as if it was a narrow gauge railway.
Lets shove these into the workshop for a moment…
I will be converting them to about 1:3 scale bodies on 2’ narrow gauge.
They will be matching, one pair loaded and one pair empty, for the fiddle yard.
The bodies will be made of upcycled scrap as befitting St Nick’s.
Anyway, lets go back outside and I will show you the rest of the garden railway.
This section of the railway hasn’t been worked on yet, it is just tracks fixed to the tarmac, so we’ll keep walking.
The garden is only 48’ by 20 ‘, or 14.6m by 6m, so not very big. You can see the plans chalked on the ground.
This is the 1:3 scale model of Beryl as a locomotive. She will be a proper electric vehicle running on batteries and remote control on the layout. Like prototype Beryl, model Beryl also has a shipping container to live in.
The landlord scratch built her.
Model Beryl still needs a lot of work, lights, RC equipment, painting, etc. but there is at least a little man to drive her, even though it should really be a little woman figure driving on the recycling round.
This is the St Nick’s bicycle shelter I modelled recently. It is only made from 4x2s and a bit of corrugated roof sheet, but close enough to the prototype.
I also built the base framing for this building. The landlord is making the building out of some kind of white faced weather proof MDF stuff I think. ‘Thick cardboard’ in my opinion!
If we come over here…
Oops, excuse me, Sorry I didn’t see you there…
I also put in this bit of fencing too. It was a test to see if it looked right and I think it does. That does mean I have a whole lot more to make and put in though.
OK, lets go and have a look back stage. You can see from the writing on the ground what else is going in, and the line of the fencing I need to make.
Oh, hang on, this siding here will store a bogie wagon with seats and a boat for volunteers going to clear out rubbish and weed from the River Beck.
Keep up the hard work chaps! Those invisible shovels are really ‘effective’!
Anyway, back to the back stage tour.
Come around here behind this wall.
There will be a lot of trees hiding the view to this bit that leads to ‘The Compound where wagons of collected recycling will be processed’ but is is actually just a fiddle yard.
Come along, there is plenty of space.
The fiddle yard is back over in this corner, and this track is part of the main oval of running line.
You can see there is a ‘tunnel’ here in the back of the building where wagons will be hidden, and the running line continuing around to the left.
From the back of the building you can see where the fiddle yard track goes the wagon store, and the main line goes around the back. It is a busy little space.
This little siding is where the bogie wagon and boat will be hidden when the volunteers are ‘cleaning The Beck’.
This is where the full and empty wagons will hide. Beryl will pull wagons from here to simulate travelling with empty and full wagons of recycling collection.
So that brings us back around to the front of the garden around the other end of the building, stage left, so to speak. This will be well hidden with trees and the corner of the building.
And back to the bit of fencing at the front.
Need to be careful here as it is very narrow and there is no fence yet on my right.
So there you have it, a little tour of the landlord’s 1:3 scale garden railway as a work in progress.
Thank you for joining me.