Andy's Garden Railway Guide
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.
You can find more about the
construction of my own railway
about a model locomotive made of Lego, as well
as other topics which interest me.
The site has expanded to cover railways in general
and other topics which interest me. Please use the links on the left to
find your way around.
This video shows one of my trains in action.
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.
(Last Update Friday, January 24th 2014
24 Jan 2014
Added a new page about the 16mm/ft Modular Baseboard project, called Rowlands Modules
27 Sep 2013
Corrected an out-of-date web address
10 Jan 2013
Updated the suppliers
page to reflect some changes in the market. I'm sorry to report the recent and unexpected death of the proprietor of Hog's Hill Works.
19 Dec 2012
I wrote an article about Garratt
29 Mar 2011
Freshened up the page appearance a bit, making better use of page width.
15 Mar 2011
Added a few more entries to the suppliers
21 Oct 2010
Added Dream Steam, and a logo for Forest Classics, to the suppliers
10 Aug 2010
On the trains page
, there's an amazing video of a tracklaying train and the replica locomotive Lyd
is finally in steam.
11 March 2010
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
30 June 2009
Major changes to the games
page with more info on String.match()
7 May 2009
Added a couple of links to the Other Scales
page: ABC Gears, a supplier of gearbox units, and Denbury, a Gauge One layout in a garden and indoors.