A Saturday busy bee was organised on 16 July 2022 to complete the removal of the old G Gauge pond structure — with generous assistance of Rail Heritage with the use of their front-end loader to the bulk of the heavy lifting!
A selection of photos from the day of activity courtesy of Garry West.
The old G Gauge garden railway front pond section at the club was well past its best. The pond liner was leaking so got drained and filled with sand a couple of years ago. The fibre cement sheeting used as a retaining wall was cracking and splitting causing subsidence problems and on going running issues.
So the decision was made to pull it all out and rebuild it using steel framing — the same technique that was used to rebuild the G Gauge yard out the back of the club.
This collection of photos from Garry West shows the demolition crew hard at work on 29 June 2022.
Another significant milestone in construction of the new HO layout was achieved this evening with the successful running of a test loco all the way around the storage track layer of the new HO layout!
Construction of this layout is being done quite differently to club layouts in the past. Until now, track and point motor wiring was very much an afterthought — inevitably leading to problems with access and obstructions making the job much harder. This layout is being designed and built progressively with all electrical wiring and point motors being installed at the same time the track is laid. Theory is this should lead to a much more reliable result in the end!