...or "Some Recent Activity on the Garden Railway".
The previous post showed a train taking its first tentative steps on the new section of trackbed. This section has the boundary fence on one side, and the raspberry beds, then the greenhouse, then the drying green on the other. It also finds itself, due to the lie of the land, about 2ft above the ground. All of this conspires to make this section unsuitable for full integration with the garden as has been done elsewere, and the plan is to build it like a traditional model railway on a baseboard, with rudimentary scenery, and (if practical) limited weather protection.
The temporary track has now been extended along the full length of the new section, almost to the greenhouse. The next stage of the plan is real track, some scenery, and the weather protection!
|The first train to reach the greenhouse.|
|The cobweb-removing train emerges from the tunnel with a fine catch of webs.|
|On the removable crossover module. From this side the wiring is unobtrusive...|
|... but from the fence, it looks a mess!|
|A ballast train passes the new station platform. The shelter is borrowed.|
Not shown in the picture is the actual control panels used by the engine drivers or signalman. These can be any Apple iphone, ipad, or ipod touch or any Android* smartphone, running either the free or the under-£10 version of applications called WiThrottle or Engine Driver*, and communicating with the netbook through a wi-fi local network. This means that operators can wander wirelessly anywhere in the area of the railway.
*note: I haven't yet tried it with "Engine Driver" and an Andoid device.
|The Control Centre.|