G Scale Arrives in Colwyn Bay

Living in North Wales is not a good place for garden railways (according to the G Scale Society membership list) as I seem to be the only person in the district with any interest in G-Scale. However this has not prevented me from building my own garden railway in a not very level garden. One of my problems is that I tend to rush into things, I am the type of person who builds a kit model and then reads the instructions afterwards. This was the same with my garden railway, not enough research resulting in some jobs having to be done twice. The first problem was to get the track from the storage area (my garage) to a reasonable level part of the garden some 40ft away. This resulted in a high level section of over 5ft above ground level in places. The bridges took some time to build but well worth the effort.

Included in the high level section is a suspension bridge built with concrete towers both 8ft high covering a double track span of 25feet suspended by strands of fencing wire. The whole weight of the wooden track bed and track is held by the suspension wires, it has not needed any repairs or adjustment since built some six years ago.

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    Al Prescott said,

    Hi Geoff,
    I live in Abergele with my small test track but my two friends who are members of the G scale society live in Prestatyn and have a large railway running between their two bungalows. We are members of Rhyl & dmrc and are currently building a layout 16 feet X 8 feet in our clubhouse at Dyserth. We are also building a 45 feet X 10 feet layout in a centre in Prestatyn. Check us out on our website
    http://www.penmorfa/rdmrc/ or just put in Rhyl MRC.
    Al Prescott

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    Dave Mills said,

    Do you know of the North West Wales 16mm Group? They are a group of people who model on 32mm and 45mm track. I think that one or two may be G scale modellers too. The new group organiser lives in Abergele. There are now quite a number of garden railways in North Wales..
    Best regards, Dave Mills

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