Wadebridge Light Railway

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Wadebridge Light Railway

Post by steamgeorge » Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:17 pm

Hi all,
I am relatively new to the hobby and forum. In late 2016, after about a year and a half of initial ideas and planning, construction started on my first garden railway! Track gauge was decided to be 32mm to a scale of 16mm to the foot. The track would be peco sm32 laid on a floating trackbed of alpine grit. I will upload some photos one I figure to how to.

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Post by tom_tom_go » Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:33 am

Hi George and welcome!

Please check the forum help section for posting pictures.

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Post by ge_rik » Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:58 am

Welcome aboard, George. Looking forward to seeing the photos.

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Re: Wadebridge Light Railway

Post by IanC » Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:47 pm

Welcome to the forum. Yes, please post some pictures. It,s quite easy to do. Just remember not to have the file size too big.
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Post by steamgeorge » Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:04 pm

Here are photos of the 'first chapter' of my railway. there are more to come as the line was extended.
your thoughts would be appreciated. George
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next to the quarry
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the loop
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The quarry progressing well
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a new arrival: a Cheddar Iver. A delightful engine and also our first RC.
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the loop taking shape with plants settling in
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Work starts on Delabole quarry
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The first ever passenger train
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The engine line up
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the pw department yard
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new arrival: A roundhouse millie. My first controllable loco!
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landscaping taking place
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the loop (almost) complete
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membrane, ballast and the first track laid
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the first sod

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Re: Wadebridge Light Railway

Post by steamgeorge » Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:06 pm

unfortunately they turned out in the opposite order that I intended them to be but it should make sense if you read from the end

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Re: Wadebridge Light Railway

Post by Soar Valley Light » Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:44 pm

Hello George,

Thanks for posting the pictures. Your line is clearly well engineered. The track geometry is very nice (I can't help notice - it's one of my obsessions!). Getting that right creates a far more realistic appearance than track just thrown down with the excuse that 'narrow gauge lines were like that". Most lines, even industrial ones, were properly designed, set out and built at their birth. Your sidings and wagon turntables linking them look really good.

Super job!

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Post by steamgeorge » Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:27 pm

Andrew, that area of the railway has changed significantly over the past year, you will be able to see the change in upcoming photos. In the meantime, check out me youtube (Wadebridge Light Railway Company) to see some videos of my line. Thank you for your kind comments

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Re: Wadebridge Light Railway

Post by steamgeorge » Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:19 pm

This is the difference
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this is a fairly recent photo of the railway (august 2018)

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Re: Wadebridge Light Railway

Post by IrishPeter » Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:49 am

Cracking job, George! Very nice little railway.

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Traffic Pattern? What pattern? Spuds out; grain in, but cattle, sheep and passengers are a lot less predictable.

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Post by bazzer42 » Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:56 am

Welcome aboard George. That's a cracking railway to start your introduction :D I do love that little turntable, I wish I had taken the time to build one at the end of my run round loop. As Andrew said good planning and engineering pays off, as Mr Impatient I can vouch for that...

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Re: Wadebridge Light Railway

Post by Andrew » Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:50 pm

That's looking lovely, thanks for the photos!

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Re: Wadebridge Light Railway

Post by FWLR » Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:01 am

Great looking line and well worth the effort. Like both Andrew’s have said, “ Planning it right is always the best way “ Although most of us just go with the flow if you get my meaning George.
I am in the same mould has bazzer42, and I now have to take more time doing things myself.

Can you put some of you videos onto the forum mate, it would be easier for some of our members to get to see them.

Keep up the excellent work George.
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Re: Wadebridge Light Railway

Post by steamgeorge » Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:30 am

Here is a link for a video of my Dads cheddar Iver:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_D6CKEMIYM8

Over the course of this year I have been busy extending the railway. A much larger loop (still small) has been constructed around the garden and joins up to the circle of track seen in previous posts. This allows the railway to be run as a figure of 8. Also, there are 2 passing loops on the larger loop with a similar running distance between the two. This has provided very useful because 2 trains can run in opposite directions. There will be a station at each passing loop; one is Port Isaac Road and the other is St Kew Highway. Here are some photos of construction. :D
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track laid up to Port Isaac Road
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trench for the trackbed leading to the path
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constructing the stone 'walls' to retain the ballast for the section of line across the path. the concrete is to the ratio 4:1 and is fixed to a foundation of packed hardcore
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planning Port Isaac Road
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a train can now be run the opposite way out of St Kew Highway
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the track is down!
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overall view of one half of the railway
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Re: Wadebridge Light Railway

Post by steamgeorge » Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:33 am

There is still a lot of work to do but at least the line is up and running. I will post more about the lines fictional history in a later post.
Thank you for all the comments.

George

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