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Author Topic: My Garden Railway - 5" Gauge  (Read 16806 times)

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Re: My Garden Railway - 5" Gauge
« Reply #60 on: April 09, 2015, 08:06:58 am »
Great pics, and great work!!! Top marks, Chris.  :thumbsup:
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Re: My Garden Railway - 5" Gauge
« Reply #61 on: April 09, 2015, 12:59:57 pm »
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Re: My Garden Railway - 5" Gauge
« Reply #62 on: April 09, 2015, 05:59:08 pm »

Tomorrow afternoon, I aim to start work on the raised wooden flower bed which will be between the two crossings and will hold a lot of the soil that I'd removed.

May I enquire where you get wooden flowers from to put in the raised bed please  >:D

cheers John.

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Re: My Garden Railway - 5" Gauge
« Reply #63 on: April 09, 2015, 06:16:31 pm »
Nice to see you're keeping the antipodean contingent happy with the upside pictures.   :P :-X

Seriously looks great, can I bags the crossing keeper's cottage.   :)

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Re: My Garden Railway - 5" Gauge
« Reply #64 on: April 09, 2015, 06:18:25 pm »
Really Caz? They all look up the right way to me. Even the one with the setrack buffers ready to push on the end of the rails somewhere  :thumbsup:
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Re: My Garden Railway - 5" Gauge
« Reply #65 on: April 11, 2015, 09:38:29 pm »
Ow, that looks fun... wonder if I could fit in a bit of 5" down the lawn...
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Re: My Garden Railway - 5" Gauge
« Reply #66 on: April 15, 2015, 11:05:18 am »
Many thanks for the kind words everyone.

@Caz - Yes, the pics were upside down for the first few minutes, but I changed them, so you might have needed to refresh your browser.  :)

Here is another picture which really transforms it all....

(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)

I managed to try the loco and a couple of the wagons this morning.  Sadly, the Driving Trailer comes off of the track at various places - due to the radii and the track not being perfectly level.  :(  The loco and other wagons are more forgiving with their self adjusting bogies.  Everything came off in two spots, so I need to weld some flat metal bars on the inner rails.  This really annoyed me when I found it out this morning, but I've calmed down now and will get the welder out at the weekend.  ;)

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Re: My Garden Railway - 5" Gauge
« Reply #67 on: April 15, 2015, 11:07:16 am »
Ow, that looks fun... wonder if I could fit in a bit of 5" down the lawn...

I'm sure you could.  :)  Either a straight bit would be good, or you could get curves that are tight, but you'd have to be pickey with what you can run on it. 

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Re: My Garden Railway - 5" Gauge
« Reply #68 on: April 15, 2015, 04:05:16 pm »
Ow, that looks fun... wonder if I could fit in a bit of 5" down the lawn...

I'm sure you could.  :)  Either a straight bit would be good, or you could get curves that are tight, but you'd have to be pickey with what you can run on it.

What I'm thinking of is a bit of track - out and back - down the garden, narrow gauge in style, probably no more than a 4 wheel tipper or two, hand propelled (well, to start with  ;) !). I'm after an industrial narrow gauge look, but thereafter anything goes if it would work. In my mind's eye, it runs from some steps (aka "loading wharf"), down past the shed at the bottom of the garden, round a holly tree to the wood store and terminating at the garden incinerator. I've been looking around some 5" gauge websites, and from what I can see the minimum radius is 10' - what's your experience on minimum radii?
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Re: My Garden Railway - 5" Gauge
« Reply #69 on: April 16, 2015, 01:05:10 pm »
I'm sure you could.  :)  Either a straight bit would be good, or you could get curves that are tight, but you'd have to be pickey with what you can run on it.
I've been looking around some 5" gauge websites, and from what I can see the minimum radius is 10' - what's your experience on minimum radii?
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That sounds great.  I'm sure you could figure something out.  :)

I'm not too sure what mine is exactly, but I'd say that the radius is about 6'.   :worried:  It was a real struggle with the curves, which is why I'm having to put two lots of rail down to support the wheels on both sides as they go around (you can see that in the pictures).  The flanges on the wheels are tiny, so I will put them on a metal lathe to increase them - although I should think that they would cope as they are.

If you are going to have tight curves, then you do limit yourself to having a maximum of 10 inches between axles, maximum.  Otherwise they just won't go around.  This is why I had to switch as much as I could to bogies.  Bare this in mind when you buy a loco as well!  :)

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Re: My Garden Railway - 5" Gauge
« Reply #70 on: April 01, 2017, 04:23:11 pm »
Any updates on this? I'd love to have a garden railway, alas being on the 4th floor of a block of flats somewhat makes it unfeasable  :thumbsdown:

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Re: My Garden Railway - 5" Gauge
« Reply #71 on: April 03, 2017, 12:27:41 pm »
These pictures are from the summer of 2015:-

Station Area:-








The Start of the Class 33 Build:-
















The Body, with just an undercoat.  Lots of work to do on this!




Pictures from last year are on my phone, and I'll put those on here when I've found them all.  :)

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Re: My Garden Railway - 5" Gauge
« Reply #72 on: April 03, 2017, 12:37:53 pm »
Strewth! 11 pictures and no sign of a De Walt :o :D
Hope those plastic gears are better than Farish ones, Chris.

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Re: My Garden Railway - 5" Gauge
« Reply #73 on: April 03, 2017, 01:23:55 pm »
It's a pity that I never finished the 5" gauge loco that I was building with my father 35 years ago, as I have this half a mile away:

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g3343823-d4181159-Reviews-Abbotsfield_Park_Miniature_Railway-Urmston_Trafford_Greater_Manchester_England.html

Which is dual gauge 5" and 3-1/2" with a 2200' loop around most of the park.

I used to be a junior member and helped build that track. Usually though I cadged a couple of hours driving on the 500' loop!

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Re: My Garden Railway - 5" Gauge
« Reply #74 on: April 03, 2017, 10:21:04 pm »
Im liking the 33, will it be toothpasted? ^.^

 

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