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  1. Yeah the garden is massive but unfortunately runs at a gradient throughout. Have a few ideas for extending it in the long term but there might be a bit of digging required.
  2. https://streamable.com/gjj64d and another
  3. https://streamable.com/9xiit7 Here's a video of the scotrail hst outdoors, spent a lot of time in February and March getting things nearly finished. Ps I'm not sure how to embed the video
  4. I've been busy of late trying to get this project finished. Been getting an extension built on the house so I managed to recycle a lot of the rock that was dug up and use it to make the track look less suspended. Furthermore I've managed to convert the area next to the railway into a wee play area for the kids, and hopefully weather permitting can get track cleaned and trains running in next few weeks. Here's a few pics of how it's looking. Next job to clear out the greenhouse!
  5. Here's a few more pics, mostly screenshots from videos. My camera on phone isn't the best, has dirt stuck in it so not as clear as it could be. They are from various stages over the summer and autumn. Went out the other day to find the local deer have been eating my plants...
  6. Here's a few more updated pics, I've been trying to work away over lockdown on the landscaping, 30 bags of soil went in to the main section to bring it up to a higher level, I had a garden gazebo that had been wrecked by high winds so I cut the patterned curves from it and painted them with hammerite to make the bridges. They probably aren't perfect scale wise but I think they look quite good. Been plodding away all summer when I get a moment, planted a few plants in the rockery so it's getting there..
  7. Thanks for the replies, the above storage looks great and is something I'll definitely look into over next few weeks. I decided against putting points on the the layout , still a relative novice at it and it was my first time using flexi track, so felt I had enough on my plate without adding points. Theres still a few wee parts of track that cause the odd problem with certain coaches and locos but hopefully I'll get them sorted over time. As I want my kids and nephew to be able to enjoy it I'm using hornby select controllers too, I find they offer enough dcc control without being overly complicated, so trying to keep things relatively simple for the moment. We had a metal gazebo in the garden that took a hammering from the Scottish weather, so when cutting it up I managed to salvage some curved metal parts with which I'm planning on making a Tyne style bridge aswell, we'll see how that ends up. Finally, a wee pic from today, Percy got an outing for my daughter!
  8. I'm still considering what to do at the moment whether to extend it or not. At the moment it's a bit of a pain taking the trains in and out but needs must at the minute. I'd be scared to leave them in a shed with the value of them aswell but I'm trying to find a way to store them quickly indoors where they can be taken out soon. The Caledonian sleepers are ridiculously expensive I've noticed, I gradually bought them all up over time, the majority of them were bargains in comparison to going rate now. My dad models military stuff to a very good standard so weathered them all for me too. I find the coaches a bit light, they were a nightmare with points on a small indoor track I had set up. The camera on my phone is a bit damaged so the pics of the trains look a bit blurry, videos seem to work better. Regards expansion, the picture below shows we've got plenty of space to extend, but I was reluctant to do anything that would spoil the back garden incase it turned into a disaster. Need to not upset the wife too much. Thanks for the reply, hopefully get more stuff uploaded over coming weeks of lockdown, not so easy with a 3 month old and a 2 year old, but I'll tinker with it whenever I can.
  9. Joined this forum what I thought was a couple of years ago, and when I checked my email yesterday I couldn't believe it was actually 5 years ago. Have been having a look for ideas etc and have managed to convert a hidden corner of the garden into an outdoor layout. There were various challenges along the way, the land ran at a gradient so some deep digging was required at one section and then elevated supports at the other, so all in all its taken about 2 years to build. It's still a work in progress, I have work to do to try and raise the ground to make it look less high, all garden cuttings etc have been put in last few years, and it's still ongoing. I'm planning to build a rockery and plant flowers to bring it just below track level, and had a first attempt at soldering the track yesterday but a bit to learn on that front still. My father in law helped with the cement work, and he also blowtorched the roof felt on to give it a great finish. First trains ran July 2019, after a good track clean it's running again no problem so far. It's still a work in progress with a few imperfections so I'll try upload some pics below.
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