having been constantly provoked by U.B.'s machinations I also decided to leave TT scale for the winter months and have something wee bit more substantial in my garden. So here you can see my son operating my battery-driven model of a ubiquitious ( at least up to the '60s ) German contractor's diesel in a makeshift fashion, because the high-tech motor controller just had quit a while before due to an inadvertent short. the kids had fun anyway.
The rails are 40mm channel. A large stretch will also be made of 30mm. A friend's large layout on his premises ( he owns a metalworking business and uses it for in-house transport ) is made of this, too. It stands up well. I thought about using 5 or 7kg/m rail, but the costs were too high. Rails can be found stacked after having been pulled out of their second life as garden fenceposts in a nearby ex-mining village, but once people got the word prices started to soar. A decent rail bender for that size is also somewhat demanding to build. Finally a 10' track segment cannot be handled by one man alone so easily.
Sods and soil had to be moved to the upper stretches of the garden, my version of a road-railer.
A sparks brigadier at work. It was only 36°F, so even I left the beer for hot tea!
Some switching on plain and grade, before the Chinese-made motor electronics quit again. Buy cheap and thus buy twice. Now I've ordered one from 4QD in GB. Curtis' would have taken too long to deliver.