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Gauge One, 2 rail electric garden and scenic railways, by Pat Honey.
CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION.
DENBURY - RIP

Due to changing circumstances - this layout has been dismantled as of October 2012.
Everything is up for sale and anyone interested in any of the loco's / stock / signals / etc please ring; 01782 516887 or e mail: pgh87@talktalk.net

Although now no more it can be seen running on U TUBE: ENJOY.

NEW
I Have set up U TUBE videos of the "DENBURY" garden railway.
GWR Gauge 1 electric garden railway
GWR gauge one garden railway Part 2.mp4
if you cannot get Pt 2 from Google Videos or U TUBE then COPY and Paste this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtQPZ3MZld4
GWR gauge one garden railway Part 3.
Just type: "Pats Railway" into Google
OR copy and paste this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_czxhyspmCU
ADD to your Favourites and please send on to any other Railway nutters you may know.

This railway is 12 to 15 volt 2 rail electric: Gauge 1 (10mm to the foot scale).
I have built it on my own in 7 years - it gives me hours of pleasure !.
RAS sound systems were successfully installed inside on DENBURY station and also on the 2 outside garden circuits which add another dimension to the layouts.

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As at 10.10.10. GALLERY: Station / Garden Section / Sidings - UPDATED.
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This web site has been created to show that Gauge One can be as interesting and as scenic as any smaller Gauge layout.

In 1994 - 1995 the late Doug Moorcroft from Taunton, built a portable Gauge 1, (10 mm scale) scenic electric 2 rail exhibition layout, "The Norton light railway" which was eventually portrayed in an article in the August 1995 edition of the Railway Modeller.

In my opinion this was a defining moment with regard to Gauge 1 and to quote the opening paragraph of that article written by Doug: -
''The construction of this layout came from a desire to show to the 'world' that a practical Gauge 1 exhibition layout, utilizing approximately the same floor space as a branch line terminus in either "0" or "00" often of 20 to 30 feet in length, could be interesting to operate and entertaining to the public".

To me, as with many others who had wished to progress up from Gauge "0" (7 mm) I was inspired and also felt that as I grew older it would be beneficial for me personally to change up from 7mm, as this would require less quantity of railway and at the same time would also give me an entirely new challenge.

The smaller overall layout would be easier to cope with than the huge 7mm garden railway I had at Black Park plus the added bonus of impression of scale that Gauge 1 gives, as Doug had clearly demonstrated with his "Norton light railway".

To handle a Gauge 1 item of stock and better still to build in that scale would, I felt, give me much satisfaction with the plus factor that because of its size I could, in my declining years still be able to see it!

The general perception at that time however of Gauge "1" (10 mm) was that it was only for steam enthusiasts - a gauge for engineers, requiring quite an extensive workshop and that anything is available, built to order but requiring a second mortgage of the house to pay for it! - the "Norton light railway " completely dispelled that myth.

As a result of knowing Doug from our 15 years of service together on the Committee of the Gauge "0" Guild which had led to our extensive contacts with many traders and likeminded modellers over the years when we were very active Guild Officers, plus the public response to seeing his new layout at exhibitions there came about the need to find the means of servicing this new found Gauge 1 electric scenic interest, thus in 1996 the formation of the Gauge One Development Society came about. (Renamed in February 2000 to The Gauge One Electric Group) and in 2001 merged with the Association of Larger Scale Railway Modellers Limited.

When I retired in 1999 I needed a long term project and after giving this much thought - and in an endeavour to encourage modellers, as against engineers, to contemplate the possibilities of being able to progress in this scale - I have built DENBURY, a GWR 1900 to 1920 period diorama scenic layout, using 2 rail electric propulsion in 10mm scale and after consultation and investigation and weighing up the pro's and con's have ruled out the use of Fine Scale for wheels but have settled for the BRMSB (GIS) wheel standards - as adopted by most Gauge 1 Traders in the UK.
(Full explanation of this and details in Chapter 2).

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THE LAYOUT.

After much research I built a pair of working locomotive chassis using the same suppliers and techniques as I had done when running my extensive Gauge "0" layout which was as near to a screwdriver assembly job as it could be, with no requirement to machine, use a lathe etc but the end product besides being easy to assemble and looking the part, also works well. (see Chapter 4).

I submitted the two chassis; one for an 0-4-2T and the other for a 2-6-2T plus a write up on my experiences of sourcing necessary suppliers and the methods of construction etc to the Railway Modeller and this was printed, with photographs in the July 1996 edition.

As an aid to encourage Modellers to consider changing to this Scale I have listed all the Trade element with whom I dealt when building DENBURY and as I write now in 2003 I find that more and more products are becoming available to the prospective scenic and electric modeller.

In 1999 I retired from full time employment and finally found myself in a position to further my ambitions and build a 2 rail electric, permanent, not portable, Gauge 1 terminus layout in an annex - at the time of writing, in 2003, this has been done and DENBURY Station has been built and the line extended to a 3 track fiddle yard in the garden - eventually progress has been made via the rest of the garden to a 4 track passing loop system in the garage, giving me the best of both worlds, a scenic diorama indoor part which can be operated on in bad weather and the option of the outdoor section when weather permits.

I am aware that most modellers who may be interested in such a project themselves may already, like myself, have some experience in either 4 mm or 7 mm layouts but in Gauge 1, I am breaking new ground, in spite of having built and run one of the largest 7mm garden layouts in the past at Black Park, Slough and I have found this larger scale layout is a long challenging learning curve all over again.

As I progressed I had to find solutions to new problems, I considered I was ideally placed in that I could, via the internet, cover the story of the whole layout from its inception to conclusion sharing my experiences as I go along.

It was intended that the layout would be a fully scenic where practicable and would be GWR based, spanning the period from 1900 to about 1925 - this giving me the option of running either an early twenties railway with nice open cab locomotives and 4 and 6 wheeled stock as well as Clerestory coaches which I have always liked.
After moving to my new home my first need was for a small workshop, to equip same with all the necessary tools to meet my needs, work out my stock requirements for such a railway, decide whether I would build most things myself or contract some of the work out, then to plan a program for progressing the whole aspect of the layout and by using the Trade adverts endeavour to source all my requirements.

To this end I attended the 1999 Gauge "0" Guild Telford show and the 1999 National Model Railway exhibition at the NEC to stock up on the tools etc and to talk to traders and ascertain the strength of Trade support for the serious electric and scenic modeller in Gauge 1.

I was most encouraged by the response and degree of Trade support available which will become apparent as I progress through the different stages of the project.

To simplify matters for the reader, over a period of time I will undertake separate articles on this project, amply photographed, specific to my personal experiences regarding:

Chapter 2:- The planning.
Chapter 3:- The workshop.
Chapter 4:- The locomotives.
Chapter 5:- The passenger stock.
Chapter 6:- The goods stock.
Chapter 7:- Baseboards and track.
Chapter 8:- Line side items.
Chapter 9:- Operation and conclusions.
Chapter 10:- Etched Brass Kits.

The GALLERY matches the above text files plus a large one of Misc pics and now:
NEW one of surplus "items for sale"
For any enquiries related to this or the web then e mail: pgh87@talktalk.net
Pat Honey.
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