Chronicling the development of my Cambrian and Narrow Gauge 4mm scale model railway

A horticultural disaster


Well maybe more of a civil engineering disaster. I’m now in the midst of construction of the viaduct for the mountain railway to go at the back of the baseboard. I’ve been putting off putting pictures of it up because I don’t want to spoil the surprise of how it will look. 

It is made out of a Metcalfe viaduct kit but heavily modified. Having made a jig and built the front face arches I needed to make the inner arches which hold the card forming the inside of the arch together. However, after I’d constructed them as boxes I realised that wouldn’t work as the deck of the bridge would go straight through the middle of each box. So after a night of putting the boxes together, I’ve now spent tonight taking them apart again. 

I then assembled them in a jig and glued them together only to find they didn’t match the front fascia so they’ve come apart again. 

Finally, having decided to line them up with the front fascia and stick them together with some scotch magic tape, I was able to glue them to the bridge deck which will hold everything together. If you’re wondering why the deck stops short on the final arch, that’s because the arch ends in a cliff face. 

The trials and tribulations are best summed up in this sign seen at a local garden. 


Author: Chris H

Having now officially reached middle age, I am a rolling stock engineer and have worked in many different locations including a 7 year spell in Sydney, Australia, where I arrived with a suitcase and left with a wife and a son. I am now based back in my home county of Yorkshire where I juggle full time work, being a Dad to two rascally mini-mes, and trying to fit in railway modelling, assisting the GWR 1014 County of Glamorgan project, and visits to the top left hand corner of Wales. In addition to my heavily railway themed life, I am interested in rugby, cricket, reading crime novels, falconry, and medieval re-enactments.

2 thoughts on “A horticultural disaster

  1. Most folk think horticulture is a doddle… would you construct a building without consulting a professional architect first? When I see them, horticultural disasters provide equal measures of humour and frustration, all of which easy to avoid. All of which I fall foul of when constructing railway models… šŸ˜‰ Looking forward to seeing your final results, and curiously, the local garden too..

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