Garden Railways - A Lego Layout in the Garden? Is She Nuts?
Posted 28 November 2012 - 02:08 AM
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Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:39 AM
Yes actually that is my plan. I was going to setup a board in my sunny courtyard with Lego, Enlighten, Banbao and Sluban track on it all dated and documented properly and then take photos at regular intervals. Weekly photos might be too close an interval, but on the other hand I don't want to make it too infrequent either so that it's impossible to tell which track type is doing better relative to the rest. What do you think, - weekly, fortnightly?
Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:42 AM
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Posted 29 November 2012 - 10:01 AM
I don't think it actually matters, as long as you keep the interval the same. However, you should keep track of the weather conditions as well (was the interval mostly cloudy, sunny, rainy, ...?)
This should be interesting: keep us updated!
Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:43 PM
Posted 30 November 2012 - 02:07 AM
Posted 30 November 2012 - 02:16 PM
Had the plastic gone brittle at all? was the piece left laying on the surface or was it berried in the earth/under a plant pot type of situation
Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:33 PM
Also breaking weather report to test track in Va ... We have a HUGE snow storm every 4 years and smaller ones or no snow all winter between those times. so I will test 4 peices of track
Posted 29 March 2013 - 04:13 PM
Sorry I've been ill for most of the time since this thread was current and my garden railway experiments never went any further.
Posted 01 April 2013 - 06:07 PM
So..... With that said I am pretty headstrong on planning out a garden railroad of lego. The trains will not be left outside and the only pieces exposed to the elements will be the track. I began thinking that if I was able to protect the track for U/V light it will last longer! Hasanyone here had any experience or know of any spray on U/V plastic protectants? I found a lot of stuff to treat car headlights that have yellowed over time from exposure but am looking for feedback.
On a side note I plan to began testing of my own track and prolonged exposure to the sun, extremes and weather. I will start a new thread with monthly pics of the exposed track. I figure this will be a great start to this project for not just me but the many others dreaming of doing the same :-)
Posted 02 April 2013 - 06:10 AM
Posted 02 April 2013 - 08:56 AM
The site I'd picked out for my outdoor line doesn't get much direct sunlight at all. Possibly in the very late afternoon during Summer would be the peak sunlight time and then only for a short while. The site is also right beside my garage workshop so it would be fairly simple to run a branch track into the garage with storage sidings to make it easy to store rolling stock without too many problems.
Earlier on in this thread mention was made of 'Trex' which is a plastic and wood composite material which can be purchased in standard lumber sizes and this was what I'd made up my mind to use to create my baseboards for laying track on. It's weatherproof and it doesn't rot as well as being reasonably priced so it's ideal for the purpose really.
I should really setup that test board of sacrificial track that Zephyr mentioned. I was going to do it at the beginning of our Summer, only I got ill (again!) and it never got done. We're moving into late Autumn here at the moment, but I suppose it doesn't really matter when the test actually begins just so long as the results are regularly and systematically recorded.
Edited by Locomotive Annie, 02 April 2013 - 08:57 AM.
Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:10 AM
I'm not sure how much this will help unless the area is in deep shade. If I remember correctly UV and IR light both get reflected around in ways that are not as apparent and predictable as visible light.
The sacrificial track test is very worthwhile since at least you'll know how fast it will degrade if it does.
Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:12 AM
That's Ok Zephyr, it was a useful reminder as I'd forgotten about doing some UV track tests and I really should if I'm going ahead with a garden line at some stage.
I'd had a think too about whether or not it's a good idea to have removable track panels that could be brought inside for storage and I decided that with my balance issues and health problems it would be better to have the track permanently in place and use lightweight covers that can be laid over the track when it's not in use.
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