easy is it to get started?
A. All you need is very basic DIY and gardening knowledge.
Friends and neighbours are always keen to help! We sell starter
sets which comprise of a loco, two coaches (or two wagons) a circle
of track, transformer and accessories from only £310 (incl VAT @17.5%).
Q. Can the railway stay outside?
A. Yes, the track is completely weatherproof and the engines
and rolling stock are shower-proof. We recommend that the engines
and rolling stock are taken inside at night or when they are unattended,
for security reasons.
Q. What makes the railway work?
A. If you run electrical it runs on 22 volts, analogue
or digital (MTS). You can also run live steam locomotives.
Q. What do I lay my track on?
A. You can lay your track straight onto the lawn, which
usually is not very flat! You can put it onto wood, concrete, bricks,
paving slabs, railway sleepers, gravel
anything which provides
a solid track bed.
Q. Can I buy extra track?
A. Extra track is available from various manufacturers
in different lengths and radii along with points, crossovers, reversing
Q. Are buildings available?
A. Yes, you can buy buildings such as stations,
signal boxes, goods sheds, houses, shops, churches etc. These can
be left outside all year round.
Q. How do I know what extra track, engines, rolling stock
and accessories there is to buy?
A. Catalogues are available from various manufacturers
i.e. LGB, Aristocraft, Bachmann, Accucraft, Pola, Piko
Q. What will the trains and rolling stock do?
A. The loco in the LGB starter set has smoke, sound and
lights. Different engines do different things including announcements,
brake sounds etc. Some coaches are fitted with lights, others can
have lighting kits added.
Q. Is it easy to maintain?
A. Very little maintenance is required apart from keeping
the track clean to ensure good electrical contacts. This can be
done by hand, by attaching a track cleaner to the base of a truck
or by using a track cleaning loco. Light oiling of the moving parts
of the locos is recommended along with periodic greasing.
See what can be done with LGB stock or Piko stock.