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SOUTHPORT MODEL ENGINEERING CLUB

• Proposal for a garden railway


THE WHY ●

It will add another dimension to the club's running facilities

It will provide another garden railway line

It may attract more people to the hobby

It may encourage more visitors

It's an interesting challenge


THE WHAT ●

A 32mm running line in a garden setting A 45m single-track circle with sidings & passing loops

Built on 16in high grass embankment

Landscaped with plants and buildings

Built with boards of recycled plastic


THE WHERE • In the central area, between the sidings and the

Gauge 1 track • Allows large-radius curves • Visible and accessible • Maintain Gauge 1 access and circulation areas • Gives options for further development


THE HOW ●

Built in phases, to stagger costs and build times Minimum build to start with, get something running to show it works and demonstrate benefits New members will contribute to finance and labour (other contributions welcome!) A garden railway is never finished....


PHASES ●

1) Build trackbed and embankment, lay track circle and one steam-up siding Then run trains for a period, to demonstrate operation & generate interest 2) Add some landscaping 3) Build second siding & two passing loops (trackbed, embankment and track) 4) Add buildings, platforms & more landscaping


FILCRIS PROS AND CONS • Quick, easy build • No mess or heavy lifting • Strong, rot proof structure • Easy to modify • More expensive than other methods • Remote supplier


COST ESTIMATES

Phase 1 – initial trackbed and track £1630

Phase 2 - initial landscaping £0-200

Phase 3 – remaining trackbed & track £830

Phase 4 – further landscaping £0-300

£1630 to get trains running


FUNDING - 1 • Phase 1 split between six new members and club • Club allocates first year’s subs to project

(6 x £37) • New members each contribute extra £100 • Club contributes £830 • Landscaping and extensions as funds permit


FUNDING - 2

New members have a financial interest in completing the railway Club gets initial railway at half of cost Railway becomes a club asset, maintained and developed by club as resources allow All encouraged to use/admire/work on it


TIMETABLE ●

Depends on manpower input! With minimum manpower, complete trackbed by Easter 2014

Lay initial track April/May 2014

Operate during the summer

Landscaping August onwards

Consider loops, etc. late 2014/early 2015


THAT’S ALL FOLKS

• What do you think of it so far?

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