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The following pictures and descriptions are supplied by various people who have used my track parts to make some of the most beautiful layouts in 'Gauge 1' and 'Gauge 3'.  If you would like your efforts shown here, just email me with a brief description & some pictures of what you have achieved. The words in 'italics' are the customers words.
It could be just a simple diorama like this from Steve Cook:-
A diorama in Gauge 1 done for this years Camrail Exhibition, based on the shingle sidings owned by the Southern Railway at Dungeness (and long since disappeared).  Its main purpose is a photographic background, but it has also been a good learning step in modelling in ScaleOne32. Anyway, as a taster of a current work in progress, have a look,  Steve
(I HAVE THIS PICTURE AS MY COMPUTER DESKTOP PICTURE, LOVELY - THANKS - CLIFF)

I’ve also been having a play with the nickel silver rail I ordered from you, end result is shown the enclosed photo, I hope you don’t mind the ‘mutilation’ of your components! Have to say, the quality of the mouldings is fantastic, was good fun being able to vary the length of the keys within the chairs, think the overall result looks fairly good for what will be well aged track to do a small photo diorama. Steve

And then this was used for the Dungeness Diorama

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Stuart from Forfar has been busy on a new Gauge 1 track.

..... on the Strathmore Route by Mr Barker (if only I could keep the cat and birds off - they love digging up the ballast)

For your interest I am attaching a photograph of my Folkestone Harbour Branch Special Brake Van. There were three of these unique vehicles constructed on ex LBSCR tender chassis with the centre wheels taken out. I scratch built mine which has steel tender frames, and a nickel silver body. This is the second one that I have constructed, the first being in 5” gauge some years ago!! Best regards, Clive Young.
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Good morning Cliff,

Many moons ago I bought some gauge 1 track from you, and you suggested at the time it might be of interest to others for me to share my experiences on your web site.

Well now after much sweat and some tears I have now got my small diorama up and running. There are still one or two details to add, such as the cabin over the ground frame, which is in progress as I write. My interest is the LSWR in the Torrington area of North Devon, and my model is based on that location. Having been brought up with the smaller railway modelling scales, my approach is to try to replicate the whole railway environment. I have attached a few photos which I hope will of interest.

For the record the track is code 180 stainless steel, the buffer stop of LSWR design, is constructed using code 180 nickel silver rail, scrap brass, with a wooden beam. The working ground frame is a 4mm scale GEM whitemetal product adapted to the rigours of gauge 1 life. Track ballast is a mixture of sand and 4mm scale ballast. (Just right for representing pre-grouping ballast which was generally much finer than in use later). The line side grass is represented by dyed plumbers hemp.

In conclusion I would just say that without the Lord’s considerable help and encouragement I would not have been able to build this model.

With Best Wishes, Peter Tomsett

Very nice Peter, well done!

 

Although not track work as such, I thought you might be interested in the latest addition to my Gauge 1 diorama.
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And now for something unusual and quite different - Early London Underground
Greetings,

Back in 2012, I think, you kindly provided me with some lengths of G3 track for me to use for display a collection of 1/24th 'scale' models. Some of these were electric locomotives and stock, so I also obtained some suitable conductor rail. Enclosed are pictures to illustrate the modification to the track. Conductor Rail insulators, positive outer and negative centre, are individually turned from hardwood dowel, with a steel centre to which the conductor rail is soldered. Pictures show the track and also two of the 1/24th locomotives.

Best wishes, Charles Horsey, CEng. North-West London

The prototype conductor rail setup is as close as I can get to Metropolitan Railway format, which itself is fairly close to the London Underground setup we are familiar with today. I've relied on looking up corporate information, mostly, just to check on details - I work for the Underground at the moment. I have, of course, used the G3 track as it comes, and I know the chair details are different, but that's acceptable in the grand scheme of things.

The prototype locomotives are examples of the two early generations of Metropolitan Railway electric locomotives, a fleet of ten of each style built in the mid-1900s. These locos were the predecessors of the very well-known Metro-Vick Bo-Bo type that lasted in service until 1961, and the fleet of these was part new build and some partly based on re-used parts and material from a few of the earlier locos. The models were not built by me but purchased through a chain of previous owners, are electric, pickup from centre rail, return by all wheels, roughly 12-24v.

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Hi All,

Have sent you a few happy snappies of the layout. Have managed to re turf the Hill, and make up a rough girder bridge. In the process of sighting the signals but have a few more to make. Still tuns to do so I better get on with it.

Tim
Di is currently taking orders for fencing. It's what you do with all those coffee stirring sticks. What a good idea!! Cliff

And a nice touch with the signals

Yes you can get Gauge 3 in a small garden. A shot of the basic track layout.
Tim busy again, this time a lovely 4F for Gauge 3, cracking job! I want one! Especially as it is an S&D engine!
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Simon Castens will be bridging the gap!
I sprayed the upperworks of the bridge this morning, just need another can of Rover "Tempest Grey" to really finish it all off! Best Wishes, Simon
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Cliff,

Last week David Morgan-Kirby came down and helped me lay the track on my layout. Attached is a picture of the first train (we didn't attempt live steam until a little later). There are a few bits and pieces left to finish off (extra pins, frogs to fill in) but since it snowed again last night I'm taking a break. As we laid the track out we change the design slightly, and as a result I need a 'top up' order of parts. Perhaps you could send me a quote for another 10' radius left hand point and more of the long fishplates. I think that's all I need right now. The track all went together nicely and looks great. My only feedback on your instructions would be that in my case pre-curving the rails made things more difficult on the corners, not easier because I overestimated the amount of curvature required. It's hard to estimate 12 or 16 feet radius sitting by a fire with a glass of beer on a winter evening. I ended up dismantling the curved sections, straightening the rails, and reassembling them. Perhaps it's only worthwhile with a radius of 10ft or less....Regards Mike Wells, Beverly, MA

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From Australia, Keith's track with his homemade pointwork.
Photos of the completed yard track work with servos, all working. It is really good to run over the switches and slips with total and full wheel support the whole way through. I do not really need the check rails at all, but I like their looks! Keith
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From the West of England
My garden railway is making progress at last and I am very pleased with your s/s track. Alan
Hello Cliff

It has taken 15 months to build a garden railway! What a lot of frustration and heart ache but now I intend to enjoy it. We have taken great care in laying the track, using transition curves, getting the geometry correct and so far trains run very smoothly.

Best Regards, Alan

Hello Cliff,

Attached are the promised photographs of my layout using your track.

It is usable now and would congratulate you on how well it performs.

I regret that most of the stock shown is not my own but I do have some good friends!

I look forward to receiving your buffers to complete the track work.

Regards

Alan


Hello Cliff, 6 Buffer Stops delivered this morning in good condition. Regards Alan
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Ken Wilks has had his track built by Tim Breeze, with electric 2 rail and stainless steel Fine track.

More work on Ken Wilks layout. Tim Breeze and Bruce Crisp lend a hand with track ballasting.

encl pics for your enjoyment.?? Regards,Ken

Very good Ken, keep the boys working!
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And if you haven't got the planning permission sorted, then you could build a temporary track like Dennis from Chelmsford, Essex.
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From Australia, Peter's track was one of the first outside the UK to have the new G1 "Fine" track.

Your rail continues to perform brilliantly. I have about 240 yards of fine-scale track down and am pressing ahead with both super-elevation and ballasting. I've enclosed a quite nice picture - I hope you approve of my efforts to complement your product!!
Best wishes, Peter Noonan

Peter's now added Gauge 3 track to his Garden.
An atmospheric shot or two are attached, which I hope you enjoy. It's a magnificent Autumn down here at the moment. The loco is my Kingscale Britannia which after some teething troubles is now well sorted and proving to be a fantastic machine.

Kind regards, Peter Noonan

Nothing like the size and presence of Gauge 3!
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Beautiful sweeping curves and pointwork, from Peter Armstrong's layout. Using Standard Scale brass track (the finescale was not quite available then, sorry Peter).
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These 3 pictures are from Steve Cook again, now pressing forward in the Garden with a simple 'Out & Back' from the storage shed. This is using the new Finescale track with Stainless Steel rail.

I’ve enclosed a photo to show current progress, been going two weeks now and starting the track assembly tonight. It’s certainly not going to set the world on fire, being nothing more than a single line, end to end run of about 50 foot in total. The line will be extended further to the left of where it stops in the photo, I just have to move the shed first as the line will run into that.

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Guido from Italy, wanted to match some existing timber track he bought some years ago.

hi cliff, yez, I thought I told you... pic of construction pls find enclosed. Nearly all (!) the parts needed some work... so it was really no out-of-the-box building! But the point is working and looking good, and testing with hand-drawn loco and wagons was successful. Thanks for interesting and regards, guido

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From James in Denmark

Hello Cliff, As requested, some photo´s of my oncoming garden rail track. I have read quite a few books on Garden Rails, but it is still a bigger job than I expected, but I know you will think it worth while, I do!
Regards, James Symons

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Paul Moore has done a nice lining job on this 'Black 5', give him a ring for more information - 01670 590404
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From Germany, Dietrich loves to radio control live steam.

In conclusion I can say that I am very impressed with the performance of the new RC certainly in this loco. I also operated the RC with the keyfob and this works fine given a little practice. I have yet to try the 2nd receiver which goes into the SNCF 232U 1 the 4 cylinder compound engine. I will be away from home for one week so this will have to wait until I get back.

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John Moroney has been busy with the ballast!!!

As you see it is a big railway when it comes to ballasting. This is part of Wellsworth Lakes Railway in Rowlands Castle which used battened wooden track. The longitudinal battens do maintain a level as the sleepers are not individual entities but all baseboards can move with the change in weather and temperature. Scale ballast with the special bonding agent gives the track greater solidity and in fact shares some of the characteristics of full scale ballast. I am delighted with the result as it helps to convert a test track into a scale model garden railway. The model village adds to that effect. John

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At last the track bed and basic circuit has been installed. If you recall
I've used your gauge-widened track throughout, and I'm delighted to say that
the inaugural run proved no tight spots, even for a 4-6-0 despite a minimum
radius of 2.5 metres. The lost-wax brass fishplates were very effective in
ensuring smooth joins especially where necessary on the curves, and would
recommend them to anyone.

I was determined that the track bed wouldn't dominate our garden, and am
pleased that the end result is quite integrated into the flower beds, and of
course will be even more so when the plants have grown.

I hope you enjoy this shot of the inaugural run.

As pleased as ever with the rail and track.

Now for the sidings, passing loop, and steam-up bay........

Best regards and thanks for a smashing product.

Robin Mosedale
(South Cerney)

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I have been a model engineer for over forty years and have a house full of 5" gauge steam loco's, various scale traction engines, i.e. engines, and stationary steam engines. About eighteen months ago I decided to start modelling in Gauge1 as I have run out of space and what you see in the pic are the first examples. I get the buzz from the making process rather than ' playing ' with what I make, and have a well equipped workshop with CNC and manual machines, however I am planning on making a demonstration line hence the track.

Regards
Mike

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I thought you would be interested in my progress and what has been occupying me for the last couple of years, John Boyson (New Zealand).
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You recently replied to an e-mail I sent with the information I needed, in your reply you requested a photo. I have attached a photo - the track is very small but it does allow me to run my locos without having to travel to a gauge1 associate.

In spite of its small size I am delighted with it, the locos run very well on your track, and with the super elevation even when a loco has accidentally been given too much throttle it has gone round the curves without any problem - much to my relief.

Guy Senha

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Latest article of rolling stock to come of the bench attached. It is a New
South Wales Govt Railways parcel van, which I now have a few extras to build
in the new year for clients.

All the best

Tim


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