History of the WLCR 

The Waltham & Lincolnshire Coast Railway is a live steam and battery powered 45mm gauge garden railway, built to roughly 15mm /16mm scale.

The WLCR is a freelance imaginary 3 foot gauge railway built for transporting slate, iron ore and minerals to the coast as well as some fish and general goods traffic. It is loosely based on railways like the Isle of Man Railway, the Southwold Railway and the original Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, as well as the narrow gauge railways of North Wales.

Construction started in 2001 and the railway was further extended in 2011. The 'Light Railway Order' was granted on the understanding that we retained the main part of the garden as lawn for our children to play, so the route follows the border around the grass.

I had always fancied building a garden railway from an early age.  In the late 1990's I helped build an American themed railroad in my brother's garden, which included some rather large bridges (see Bridges page).

In 2011 I had the chance to extend the garden, which meant that the WLCR could be doubled in size.  It now has a continuous run of about 50 yards with 3 passing places and a few sidings. 

Work continues to add new buildings, walls and line side items as my children get older. Up until 2011 I only dared add features that could stand a direct hit with a football or hula hoop.

The track is drilled and screwed onto a level concrete base and is made up with Tenmille brass rail, Brandbright white metal chairs and home made mahogany sleepers pre drilled and soaked in creosote.  I made all the points myself using basic hand tools, a cheap grinding wheel, a blow lamp and electrical solder.  Most of the sleepers were cut from scrap bits and pieces.  Ballast is a mixture of dry cement powder, grey alpine stone chippings and black sand applied dry then carefully sprayed with water.

Above - concrete blocks were used to raise the level of the straight section and steam up area, and to create a level trackbed.

 

Above and below:  2001 - hardboard shuttering was used to form the curved concrete trackbed.  This half of the trackbed and the path were demolished in 2011 when the garden and railway were extended.

Below:  the garden and railway were expanded in spring 2011 using the same method as 10 years earlier.