Middleton Garden Railway

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HISTORY IN PICTURES Sept 03 - Dec 05

1999-2002


 
September 03

After completing the tunnel and shed at the end of the garden all other jobs seem quite trivial.

It soon came apparent that we had too much stock and if running one train you always ended blocking one of the loops. Not wanting to take over the whole garden we opted for a hidden siding.

Sept 03

The other end of the siding. The line goes through a shed and a coal bunker. The ivy on the shed completely hides the shed in this picture.

September 03

After toying with the idea of a footbridge we finally made a start towards the end of the year. Clarks birth in October slowed down progress a little.

The station area.

We removed the crossover from this area as it was not very useful. If a train was in the station it completely blocked any chance of crossing tracks.

In front of the shed

The new location of the crossover helps when it comes to putting stock away. More often than not you have to transfer stock over to slot it all in at night.

   
February 05

Most of the work from this point is maintenance or finishings etc. Here the completed crazy paving looks like it has been down for years.

What really surprises us is that the concrete the track is embedded in has no cracks in it at all. We really expected it to crack up, sink or even the rails to rust and break concrete off.

April 05

The bridge is still incomplete but the cutting has been tidied using timber to hold it back. We put in slats so hopefully plants will eventually grow through.

May 05

Taken on one of our open days. This highlights how quickly the paving tones down.

May 05

One of the joys of an open day is it often provides a dead line for a project. For this one it ws the challenge of getting the footbridge complete.

May 05

The summer time growth hides most of the railway at the top end. Compare this to the picture taken in April 01 and you will notice a few changes.

May 05

Having studied a few garden walls in the area my dad and Andrena extended the retaining wall up tot he station end. The choice of engineering bricks allows for a bit of wire brushing where the mortar smudges. The overall effect is stunning.

December 05

The bench and picket fencing really set the station area out. The start of the future lighting can also be seen.

December 05

Work pals in the station area. This shot shows the new railings and signals in front of the tunnel. The signals are operated by a track circuit system so the signal is held red while a train is in the tunnel.

December 05

In winter time the maroon footbridge is revealed by the dying undergrowth and adds a bit of warmth to the subtle winter shades of the garden.

Well it looks pretty.

   

1999-2002