Dad's Garden (model) railway…..
Impressive. Any closer up pics?
Does anyone make train sets without using those horribly twee ‘cottagey’ type buildings that seems to be all you can get for model trains? Something more modern and realistic. Mind you, I don’t think recreating Brimingham New Street in 1/78 scale is something most people would want to do. 😯Posted 4 years ago
That is seriously cool. How does the track cope with all the weather conditions? Looks like 00 and I know mine fluffs up at a bit of dust, let alone rain.
That Birmingham New Street is impressive. At model railway exhibitions there’s always at least one relatively modern day set up. In fact, very few serious model sets have twee cottages (mine does. Two no less, although I am about to build a more realistic pub).Posted 4 years agothx1138Member
A 62 page thread on another forum The detail is amazing.
I thought ‘what’s the most unlikely scene a railway modeller would want to recreate’?
And then I discover some genius has gone and done exactly that. Stunning. I shall go home and study that thread in wonderment. 🙂
It’s almost impossible to believe that this is ‘just’ a model:
Posted 4 years ago
My dad’s got a substantial G-scale layout in the garden. OO in the garage, N in the conservatory and HOm in his study!
I’m gradually enlarging my N gauge layout, to the despair of miss njee20!
The Birmingham New St layout is excellent – check out the layout pages on RMWeb.co.uk, plenty of stunning ones on there. Warren Lane is exceptional, and the detail on Banbury in N gauge is bloody impressive.Posted 4 years agoHarry_the_SpiderSubscriber
While you are at it check out this guy’s work.
Cars though, not trains.Posted 4 years ago
My next project (if my wife doesn’t throw me under a real train first) is going to my first proper detailed set. Starting simple with Whatley Quarry based around an ARC Class 59 I have-
Always liked ARC livery, and latterly Hanson. The model railway forums are full of inspiration! Model railway stuff gets more valuable in a very short space of time too, very odd when you’re used to bike stuff with no residual value!Posted 4 years ago
Is it OK to be a bike nerd who likes trains?
[Smug git]My 80% off road, 12km commute* takes me through the Wyre Forest and crosses the Severn Valley Railway twice.[/Smug git]
I ought to rent out my spare room for geek holidays.
*This is my standard short route. I can easily extend it up to 30km+, still mostly off road. 😛Posted 4 years ago
Here you go – not all taken by me.
Dad has had a lifelong love of railways.
This started as a 1-2 line project, basically to be a promotion tool as he looked to go into building Garden Railways as a bit of a business… He simply did not stop….
Edit – just checked – clicking the piccie takes you into Flickr, there is a set called Garden Railway.
Forgot to mention – a lot of stuff is scratch built, to scale – that red brick bridge, above – unable to track down details on it, dad had a drive out and, best he could, measured the thing. Forget what it’s called, or who built the original but, apparently ‘it could never work’ – the spans were thought to be long for such a low profile arch to support them…..Posted 4 years agoknottinbotswanaMember
sam69: the forum that the New Street Epic Thread lives on is pretty good, and seems to have a wide range of abilities, my impression is that it is less elitist than rmweb and others, although I haven’t lurked on them to the extent I do on NRM.
The parent site of the New Railway Modellers Forum also has some good tutorial type pages.Posted 4 years ago
…apparently ‘it could never work’ – the spans were thought to be long for such a low profile arch to support them…
I’ve heard the same story about Over Bridge, near Gloucester, although that’s a stone arch, so probably not the prototype for your dad’s model.Posted 4 years ago
There’s some great pictures in that album, marsdenman. I’d love to have the time, skill, money and patience to build a live steam O gauge railway in my garden.PTRMember
The brick bridge is one of Brunel’s. The longest flattest arches ever, at the time and still, as far as I know. On the Great Western, with the longest tunnel, the deepest cutting, the tallest bridge.Posted 4 years ago
You’ve got to wonder how he got the financial backing, I wonder how he would get on now, none of it ever done before, but lets get straight in and build the railway with record breaking designs
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