Did you ever dream of having a
railway in your garden? Maybe to have a bit more space for the model railway,
to see a train winding its way throught the flower borders, or to run a
real steam locomotive and see wisps of smoke as the train goes round the
edge of the lawn? Well, you can build one! It's not that hard, and the
aim of this website is to show you how it can be done.
The railway I'm building is roughly 1:19 scale. It's a "narrow gauge" railway.
That is to say, it models a real railway where the tracks are 2 feet (60cm) apart.
The scale is called "16mm/ft". In this scale model person is about as tall as your
index finger. A large part of this site is information about modelling in this scale;
a section called the 16mm Guide, which has been
going since 2001.
If you're unsure what 'scale' and 'gauge' mean, read this first.
There are a number of other scales in which you can model too, if you don't fancy 16mm/ft,
some of which are models you can ride on.
Who is this guy?
I'm Andy Watkins. My hobby involves trains, which is
what this website is all about. My main interests are
Narrow Gauge steam railways, and I'm building a railway in my
garden where I can run live steam locos.
I've been madly busy doing something for the last 9 months, and it hasn't been railways! (Websites and DIY if you're interested. See, you aren't interested, are you?) Anyway, I have written an article about different sorts of water you can use in your model steam locomotive. Enjoy.
30 June 2009