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10 New Forest Way is a fictional ride-on garden railway in the New Forest. There are a surprising number of ride-on garden railways in Britain, although how many of them are in the new forest, I do not know.
This line is basically a mixture of:
One garden railway was featured in the magazine 'steam railway' (or similar) it focuses on a man who owns two standard gauge 0-4-0 steam engines and a break van to give rides up and down his garden. Unfortunately this is all I can say as I have since lost the magazine.
The other, although 7 1/4 gauge, runs a similar principal and this is where the track plan originates. It runs from a station next to a pond then round one side of the house to a short head shunt at the other end of the garden.
I have chosen to mix the two lines using the track plan form the 7 1/4 with standard gauge track and the rolling stock of this line.
The engine fits in the head shunt with a motorised pump trolley behind it, and with a bit of luck you can rotate between the use of these two vehicles. The main point of the layout is to start a conversation on the subject and to keep me occupied during that half term during which it was built.
Planned on the first Saturday.
Wood cut to size by the end of Sunday.
Screwed together and spray painted white on Monday.
Tuesday to Thursday saw the structures put in and the road made (using plaster of Paris) and the back scene printed and stuck on.
Friday and the second Saturday saw the completion of the scenics and ballasting and;
Sunday was spent doing track cleaning.
There is no real significance to the two ladies on the little station vehicle apart from them using it as a bench, presumably to chat whilst keeping a vague eye on the 3 children and 2 rogue sheep. Having a couple of hidden sheep on a layout always keeps younger exhibition visitors busy. Again the people all make you think what they are doing in an attempt to keep interest in a very simple layout.