Kepnock Valley Garden Railway

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  1. Graeme

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    This is the story of the Kepnock Valley Garden Railway a line that exists only in the realms of my rather wandering imagination.
    Kepnock is the suburb that I live in and it is flat as a pancake, so the valley is a bit of tongue in cheek.
    The railway is G scale (45mm track), being built in a 15.5M x 8.5M area of my backyard and will be an elevated one, mainly because having 2 artificial hips crawling around on the ground is just not fun.
    The material I am using is recycled Aust hardwood decking with concrete fibre board (used to line showers and bathrooms) as the base. The hardwood is from the house deck that was replaced recently, this stuff is that so that I cannot screw into it without pre-drilling, if I don't pre-drill the screws just shear off.
    I am using a ladder construction method with it being a dual level.
    The pictures taken from the shed door may give a bit of an idea of where this is all going to happen (that bush and a tree behind it just have to go).

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    After a visit from a nice man with a Bobcat, wielding a chainsaw and using a stump grinder the bush and tree were removed and an area was cleared to allow the railway to pass.

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    Great progress. A major project which I'm sure will be followed by many.

    Keep it coming.

    Cheers

    Toto
     
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    After the clearing of trees construction started on the supports for the roadbed.

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    The original plan was for dual track on the same level but after a random suggestion from SWMBO that I could build a mountain in a corner the wild imagination kicked in and a total redesign happened.
    The track is now going to be on 2 levels with one level being 400mm higher than the other to simulate crossing the valley side.
    Pictures show a before and after of the redesign plus a mockup of how the trains will be in relation to each other.
     
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    The plan has evolved a bit more with a town/yard area to be built across the what will be the front area, when viewed from the house.
    The upper level will now come down the 400mm over a 4% grade to run through the town and then rise up again over another 4% grade.
    The furthest extent of the layout is in the vicinity of the post near the piece of lattice.
    Pictures show a mock up of the idea, now its just a small matter of making it work how hard can that be?

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    The ladder across the back fence is now complete so construction is now moving to the corner where the track will curve toward the side fence and the upper level will start its descent down the 4% grade (see last picture of previous post).
    To give some perspective of the size the fence posts are spaced at 2350mm, the fence height follows the contour of the ground so some levelling has had to be done (see pictures 2 & 3).

    The bridge was added because;
    1. it was left from my old layout in Bomaderry NSW (so a bit of phoenixing is taking place) and
    2. I did not have to make a ladder across that section which saved some timber and my back.
    The bridge deck is made from piece of a metal bunk bed, the truss part is from an old dog bed, the infill for the truss is from the bottom of bread crate, all of which were found at the local rubbish dump recycle centre.
    In fact except for the wooden spacer blocks and the screws all of the layout is made from recycled from things that were headed for the rubbish dump or were recovered from my old layout. (pictures of old layout to come).

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    Some pictures of my old railway that I tore up when I moved to my new house (retirement location).

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    Sadly the suspension bridge could not be saved due to the deck part rotting and the metal parts rusting away.
    The trestles was made from garden stakes but rotted away at ground level and they too could not be saved.
    The bridge I have reused was originally a liftout so I could get around the corner to the rest of the lawn with the mower.
    The track came with me and is going to be used again.
     
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