Here is a small description and pictures of my new Garden Railroad. I use a product called Tuff Wood to construct the roadbed. This small layout took about 8 hours to assemble, not bad for a day off from work!
This looks great! I used the ladder method as well, however, due to cost restrictions I used 2" PVC pipe for the posts and 1/2" sch 40 pipe for the track supports. A 100 ft loop only ran me about $100 for the materials . Keep up the great work. And let us know when you have more pictures of your landscaping.
Great layout--you work a lot faster than I do. I too am using ladder roadbed, but mine is cedar lumber ripped (probably why mine took so long). One thought--you painted it black, I have heard of problems with PCV when painted dark colors-expands and contracts a great deal? No personal experience but just something I thought I had seen posted here somewhere. Are you planning on filling in up to the roadbed or just leaving in up?
Good question about the black paint. The area is fairly shaded right now... but my intention is to cover with plantings and rocks. I don't think I'll get into ballast at the moment. With the elevated nature, and the lack of desire to import yards of dirt, I might just slip some material under the track to hold ballast.
I'll read out on the black paint. I picked it so the roadbed would be less conspicuous to my visitors.
I enjoy blogging my photos, just FYI, I use Picasa, a free program to manage my digital photos, and a account on blogger.com. The great feature is that I can select up to 4 photos at a time and click one button to have them automatically post to my blog.
If shad is looking for a useful feature on MLS, this would be a great one... Garden railroad blogging!
looking good! I also used ladder trackbed and preformed curves at first, till I got a track bender. I love that jig you built--my method involved the help of wife and son and a bunch of muttering, cursing, and throwing tools to the ground