Going outdoors

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  1. Andy_Sollis

    Andy_Sollis Full Member

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    So my dad has had this great idea of going out the shed in to the garden... with OO...

    First thoughts are T posts to support the track which will mainly be an out and back loop but with a spur which decends to the lower fiddle yard in the shed.

    We’re looking as mounting on drain pipe downpipes... as wont rot...

    Any thoughts?
     
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    Wont rot but can get brittle with age (at least in OZ) and depending on how high you are going to make it, then not all that stable. You would be much happier in the long term by using pressure rated PVC. Far stronger and has a greater range of both screwed and glued fittings. That said, treated structural grade pine would be far more versatile, aesthetically more pleasing and easier to use, just saw it and screw it!

    Good luck with it. Sounds like a bit of fun.

    No my Dargan layout will remain indoors!

    Cheers

    and happy modelling

    Richard
     
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    TimberSurf Full Member

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    The best would be concrete fence posts
    You could cast your own by filling a drain pipe and drop a rebar down the middle
    If wood is cast in concrete and coated with bitumen it will last 20 years
    Metal will last for 30 years but ain't cheap!
    Or adapt something cheap like

    ebay 1
    ebay 2
     
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    Its more down to keeping costs down, but trying new ideas. we have not finalised what we will use for the top boards yet.

    I will take your comments back to dad, but I have a feeling he has settled already on the drain pipe.
     
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    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    A long time ago my father in law and I were considering a garden layout and one of the things we looked at was the posts, now at the time I had read of the drain pipe method and thought if they were filled with concrete/postcrete, and a length of threaded bar 10 or 12mm cast into the pipe the track bed could be fixed solidly and the pipe and filling would be solid for years.

    Cheer's, Pete.
     
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    Hmm... all food go thought. We’re looking at having a marine ply top deck (and covered so we can run in all weathers. But lift off-able)

    What I didn’t say was that there will be three tracks, a single and the double which loops back in to the shed. The single line will also loop but decend as this will head back in to the shed below the exit point to go to a lower fiddle yard. It’s going out 18ft so plenty of time to lower it. One “line” either side of the post.
     
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    Sounds like the making of another great layout there Andy, can you not persuade your dad to do it in O Gauge ? :avatar:
     
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    How about pressure treated fence posts with either an ashphalt boot upto approx 150mm above ground level, or coating the bottom of the post with bitumous paint for protection.
    For areas that don't drain well try both bitumen and the boot.

    Paul
     
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  9. Andy_Sollis

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    I like the thinking, but too much OO that belongs to me, Dad and My son Alex to start again. This is Alex’s Railway, so it’s almost a train set extension! :avatar:

    I don’t think the shed would be large enough for O gauge...

    Or my dads bank balance!
     
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