It's amazing how much quicker it is to demolish a garden railway than build it - what you see here represents a morning's work with two friends and a mini digger, another day's work saw the tunnel taken down and trackbed substantially cleared.
What we have here is the mortal remains of my 7 1/4 inch gauge garden railway. Regular readers who followed the build diary will know that much of the equipment came from the beautiful, if short-lived Oldown Railway, Joe Nemeth's masterpiece down in Gloucestershire. When it was taken up we had the track, turntable and locomotives, subsequently acquiring more stock and equipment from the Sanday Railway.
Whilst somewhat overgrown and mossy, most of the equipment here is not as bad as it looks. The rail did two seasons at Oldown and has had occasional use with a pair of Tinkerbells for a few years here. Sleepers on the track panels are mostly ok, there are a large quantity - about 1000 I think - in good condition loose on pallets, they were originally pressure treated.
24 loose 6 metre lengths of 6lb/yard steel rail
16 track panels, 6 metres long, same rail
Bucket full of PNP track clips and screws
Turntable beam and ring
Two turnout - one needs new sleepers, the other is missing most of its sleepers. Rail is good in both, they are JWN creations, beautifully made
Ex-Sanday Railway bogie coach. Vacuum braked with PNP components, shabby but restorable. Needs a floor, woodwork pretty sound throughout
Whilst it's always a bit sad taking up a railway (I was there at the end of Oldown as well), in this case major new earthworks were in progress even before the last piece of track was taken up and carted down the line on a wagon. Perchance it is not dead but sleepeth...
I'm sure I don't have to point out that this is collection only ("the sooner the better", Mrs P has asked me to mention).