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Garden rail track design

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Speedy Builder526/11/2021 18:55:53
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Can anybody recommend a book or website to help me design a small garden ground level rail track for a 5" gauge locomotive. Information required for minimum curve radius, maximum gradient, points etc.

Personal experiences welcome of how to and not to do things.


Stuart Smith 526/11/2021 19:55:18
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I have been looking for the same info and these are two websites I found:




Bazyle26/11/2021 20:16:14
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Are you looking at a home garden up and down or a club track? The chief designer at Exeter (EDMES) has gone into great detail in his calculations for things like super-elevations and gauge widening on curves, including transitions. Beyond me but you can contact him by asking on the club facebook page.

Speedy Builder527/11/2021 06:54:38
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Baz, just a garden track - probably an up and down "U" shape to start off with. The plot is rectangular, but have existing pond, raised veg plots, garage and other obstacles and its all on a 1or 2 degree slope.

At the same time, I would want to be able to remove the straight bits of track and re-lay for the village fete.


Journeyman27/11/2021 07:42:38
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This is an add in the latest MEW, no idea if it's any good but someone here may know.


On second thoughts it might be an add for the bits rather than a book! Ho Hum (on visiting the site they do have some leaflets, instruction manuals etc. for download)


Edited By Journeyman on 27/11/2021 08:11:02

Edited By Journeyman on 27/11/2021 08:14:19

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