In Austrailia, the concept of a Garden Railway has been around for more than 35 years. The concept seems simple at first. Lay down a small track around a garden in a backyard and have a train run around the track. In recent years, however, this has grown from a small local hobby into a massive hobbyist industry. The cost of grand, impressive trains can be high, but even if they aren't spending that much, people still turn their gardens into gorgeous, lush landscapes for trains to ride around in. One of the most common types of trains to be used now for gardens are Live Steam Locomotive. Here are some facts about what goes into and how to create an extraordinary garden railway.
Live Steam Powered Models Bring Trains to Life
Live steam is exactly as the name implies. Steam, under pressure, is created by heating water in a boiler. This steam pressure then turns the various parts of the train engine, which in turn move the train on the tracks. Live steam is normally used to name trains that are replicas, scale models or toys, rather than the giant massive transport trains for freight and passengers. For Live Steam Australia, this has blossomed into a massive hobby, complete with train shows, events and many online videos where enthusiasts showcase their masterpieces. Many live steam models use coal, oil or electricity to power their engines and as such, may require adult handling if a child takes interest in the hobby.
Hand-painted, Detailed Models of Exceptional Quality
Part of what makes the hobby so enticing is the fact that most of the trains themselves are hand assembled, hand painted and sold with lifelike detail. Live Steam Australia projects offer a larger variety of designs, including the British Britannia, the BR 41 Germany, and the Russian Decapod. These are just a few of the recreations businesses sell to the train hobbyist. Along with the different models are different gauges. Gauge 1 is usually fit for gas ceramic or coal burners and is great for elevated or ground level scenic work. Gauge 3, for comparison, is larger and can have radio controlled models and provides realistic noise and sound.
Take Trains to the Next Level with Gauge 5 and Higher
The Gauge 5 and higher train engines are powerful enough to run on huge tracks and actually pull full grown adults with them. Their large engines and powerful systems enable a person to construct a scaled-down train track in their backyard and ride around as a passenger on their very own live steam trains. Even watching the activity through an online video makes it look amazingly fun. There's no wonder a huge market has sprung up for these trains in the last 15 years. Everything about trains makes the hobby appealing, accessible and engaging, whether you are a part-time dabbler or a full-time connoisseur.
If the science and technology of trains intrigues you, consider a garden railway as your ticket.