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 Posted: Fri Jun 15th, 2018 04:45 pm
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Along with a HO layout in the shed I have a G scale garden railway. To keep costs to a minimum I use a lot of second hand Playmobil items from EBay. All the track is Playmobil and and the locos are either playmobil repaint and detail or scratch built on standard playmobil motor units.


Above 25196 is scratch built from plasticard in 1:24 With 2 playmobil motor units for bogies.





Above again the loco is plasticard scratch built on a playmobil motor. wagons plasticard built on LGB bogies.



Same loco with bargain gondalas from EBay 

Finally the steam loco and carriages are all playmobil. Repainted, detailed and glazed. the loco, is upgraded to 2.4ghz RC with a steam sound unit. The station is scratch built from plasticard.



The line runs right around the outside of the garden in a continual loop. My interest is watching them run rather than shunting them. There is a long passing loop and single siding, but they don't get used much.

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Hi John

It's great to see your layouts again. 

I remember some very clever Playmobil based scratch builds from your yesteryear.  :thumbs

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I agree Max - great to revisit your layouts.

I always look at garden layouts through green eyes.  We certainly have the space here although getting permission from the landowner (SWMBO) would prove difficult she prefers plants !!  I have a Bachmann G scale 2 truck Shay, a short logging train for it to haul and a circle of track spending most of their lives in their boxes.  They do come out to play occasionally but I may yet find a hidden corner to do something more permanent ....................

How long is your run and did you ever use conventional power or was it RC from the start ?



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I would guesstimate one lap is about 120 feet. As the playmobil track is plastic it has always had to be Battery/RC power. Although a couple of locos have no RC and are just on or off.I did dabble with OO in the garden on a raised shelf and that was track powered.

As for planning permission, the selling point is the garden gets landscaped and planted out of the deal !

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Ah thanks John - didn't realise Playmobil track was plastic ................ :oops: :oops:  I don't think that would work here in a "normal" summer.  This year has been absolutely dreadful so far but normally, we're hitting 30C by now.  I'm pretty sure plastic would soften, if not melt if left in the sun too long.

I assume your experiments with "OO" in the garden didn't prove satisfactory - I too have my doubts about how problematic it would be - particularly in terms of keeping trackwork clean.

I'll try your suggestion re planning permission .................... ;-) ;-)



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I used peco code 100 nickel silver with regular fish plates to allow for linear expansion. however I did solder jumper wires across each joint. cleaning wasn't too bad as it was on a shelf at waist night. I just ran over it with a track rubber before each running session. It would have been harder work if it was at ground level. I think running longer trains is a great plus and I suppose it give the option to mount batteries in the lead wagon or carriage

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filmed in 2007, track powered dcc OO garden

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Current setup (film from 12months ago) ground level 45mm RC battery power.

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rjr wrote:

Current setup (film from 12months ago) ground level 45mm RC battery power.


My modelling is in 4mm, but I must admit great admiration for the sights and sounds your short clip shows of your G scale railway John. 
 
The setting is lovely, with just enough arrangement of complimentary materials to capture a railway without impacting very much on the garden environment. Well judged in fact and the personalisation of the engine is a sweet and subtle touch.
 
Sound is so often an irritation with indoor layouts, particularly with footplate recorded effects at high volume being so predominant. However, the greater distances between loco and observer, together with the passage of the train through a larger landscape, with birdsong and opportunity for other ambient sound sources, makes the soundscape so much more realistic and therefore believable.
 
Well done John. Your skill and experience has opened my eyes to the attraction of a garden railway.
 
Best,
 
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Welcome John

Scratchbuilding in 1:24 sound like fun - none of that losing fiddly little bits of 5 thou strip!!!

Manchester gets a bit wet I hear but I presume that the RC just soldiers on through it?

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Thanks, I agree sound can be overpowering. My thought would be that sound waves scale just like all model dimensions? So a 1:76 model should be no more than 1:76 the volume ?? Ive been to a few shows and locos can be heard on the opposite side of the building !
Yes it's a lot easier on the eyes modelling in 1:24 !!

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The struggle is real !!
Come back from 10 days holiday to find the plants have become aggressive! Pointing Man is not impressed ....


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Nice pictures, The Ganger needs to get his team cutting back the undergrowth...

OO can be Successfull in the garden, I'm planning to take my EM layout through a hole in the wall of the shed to a run around about 300ft of the garden. It's common practice to use a feeder wires  to supply the current round the track rather than depend on the railts conducting all that way. The track will be at waist height, on a wall / viaduct, low level track gets dirtier and is hard work to get down to (and back up again). R/c with OO is quite possible though.

There is another forum that mentions 00 Gardens and railways in it's title that has a lot of good information hidden in it..

Oh and yes the planning permission was granted with conditions from SWMBO...



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Hi John.   Super railway,  if living in Peckham as I do, the greenery in the garden would be the least of your worries. And coming home from holiday , you would be more likely to find that you tracks had moved on.Best wishes. Kevin



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Class 25 garden running

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The team are making good use of the sunny weather, Although one of them said he was just glad to be out of the un-ventilated garden shed !











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Hi.  JOHN.    Have you got a “ Route clearing Gang “ ? On your Railway Empire , equipped with Scythes, Saws and Spades? Best wishes. Kevin



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Passed Driver wrote: Hi.  JOHN.    Have you got a “ Route clearing Gang “ ? On your Railway Empire , equipped with Scythes, Saws and Spades? Best wishes. Kevin

Its usually me me with scissors and a lawn mower. 
The little people get anxious about being out when the temp goes over 30C !!! Wimps

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