The usual apologies if this has already been said and done before, but I'm going to embark upon getting a garden railway in the garden (obviously!), and any hints and tips would be most appreciated.
Firstly, I'm just getting into the design of the railway. I have some idea of the things I want to do with the railway - firstly starting it off in the garage, then going down the side path to the back garden. I plan to do it in about three or four stages, so I guess this will take me 3-4 years to complete (at least!)
I've measured up the garden, and I've put the measurements into Visio. What I need to do now is to be able to plot the relevant pieces on the diagram so I can get a good idea of the number of track I would need, and therefore the cost. Is there any easy way of doing this? Is there, for example, some software which will help you design your railway? If I have to stay with Visio, how can I work out what the various bends I need will be (like the radius, arc length and all that?) How do I know what is suitable for a particular train?
Secondly, I'm going down the route of an LGB railway, although I've seen Bachman and others - any hints on tips as to what would be best? I know this is such an open ended question, but I'm an absolute beginner, and I've not bought anything yet!!
Thanks in advance for any hints and tips you can give me.