Ruling curve

The upside (and downside) of laying in ballast is that the track layout can be changed. This curve is too tight:

A simple bridge disguises edging

The original timber lawn edging performed a retaining function at the top of a steepish slope so i didn't want to remove it but the "creekbed" ran under it, as we saw in a previous post.


ooops nearly forgot the drainage - had to retrofit it into the roadbed.


Trackbed work continues

Digging and laying out roadbed ballast.

Civil engineering underway

With an initial plan for a loop, a turning wye, two towns, all on a small lawn and an extension under the deck to a storage shed, i

memories of the W&MR

Videos of the first version of the W&MR

The W&MR rises again

We are in our new house, and the Wellington Garden Rail club have been around already for one track planning convocation.

Last Run

The Pukerua Bay wind stayed away, the mist and drizzle washed the tracks, then the watery autumn sun warmed the railroad for the Grand Opening and the Last Run.

Grand Opening and Final Run

We're moving, just as the W&MR nears completion. Sad but true, house already sold, and the new owner doesn't want the railroad. So up it all comes.

The realism of garden railroading

Part of the joy of outdoor model railroading is that so many elements are similar to the prototype. I level my right of way with a spade. I lay track in gravel ballast.

Demolishing a railroad

It is a tough call to demolish a railroad. it is an even tougher call to retire from one scale and sell all your gear. But that is what I am doing.

More summer running on the outdoor Wettington and Mahawatu Railway

Running in the reverse direction from the previous video.

Running trains!

The dual-track loop is completed, the first train ran a full circuit in early November, and a dozen friends from a local model railway club assembled on a chilly evening to watch trains run with no major problems!!

W&MR power supply

W&MR power supply

One 22V DC 6A laptop-charger power pack (one more to come) and one 12V wall-wart, mounted on an old piece of now-rare matai native timber framing from house renovations so i couldn't resist sanding an

W&MR power supply cable

W&MR power supply cable

This cable can be lifted in the window and plugged into the power supply unit inside, where all the mains voltage is safely kept

labelling outdoor wiring using cable ties

Cable ties are dirt cheap and colourful. Tie them round wiring to create colour bands.

Wiring the W&MR

The W&MR has separate cab-control panel, near the seats and drinks, and block-control panel, near the complex junction. Power supplies are indoors with a cable out the window, with an automotive 6-way connector.

Wettington outdoor G scale cab control panel

This control panel contains all the throttles and assigns them to two power supplies and to two output cab busses which are used by another panel to do block cab assignment. [This railroad W&MR Version 1 is now defunct, and this panel is now installed indoors for future power to the Version 2 W&MR.]

TransBridge G scale liftout track bridge

To be built.
Double-track bridge 1.8 metres long, .3 metres wide.
Not hinged, just liftout
Aluminium angle frame, pop riveted.

Wettington and Mahawatu Railway track plan

The track plan for the W&MR is a simple double loop around the outside of my enclosed garden area, circumference each about 30m.

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