Garden tramway

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Garden tramway

by Melbournesparks » October 17th, 2015, 8:39 pm

Recently I've been building a tramway in my garden. It is 45mm gauge and approximately 1:24 scale, with working overhead wires and trolley poles. Here's some photos and videos:

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The toastrack tram at the depot. Here it is in the process of having its cabs rebuilt.

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Some overhead wiring. The wire is single strand copper from old mains electrical cable I found in a bin.

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I built this stubby green tram when I was in high school. It is sort of like a very short X class.

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The tostrack tram after painting in the MMTB chocolate and cream colour scheme.

Here is some videos too:

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Re: Garden tramway

by The Met » October 18th, 2015, 2:20 pm

That looks absolutely stunning! It looks extremely realistic and has some very nice classic tram features. I can see a lot of hard work and effort went into designing that and it's always fantastic to see projects like this.
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Re: Garden tramway

by Melbournesparks » October 28th, 2015, 12:16 am

The Met wrote:That looks absolutely stunning! It looks extremely realistic and has some very nice classic tram features. I can see a lot of hard work and effort went into designing that and it's always fantastic to see projects like this.


Thanks it has been a lot of fun. The overhead has been working surprisingly well, it didn't get damaged in the big storm the other day.
Here's some more updates:

Steam tram motor under construction:

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It was felt that the line needed some non electric motive power for all the (anticipated to be frequent) times the overhead is out of commission.


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Nice night for a run.

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