Hi, A lot of the models I make are for use on garden railways. About 8 years ago my wife who rules our garden said that the garden needed to be made easier to maintain! As I contribute little other than help move things around I could not but agree. She also suggested that we might like to lay a garden railway! She had already designed what she wanted done and it was found that with little modification a garden railway could indeed be fitted in. Contractors were consulted and given the design and early in April 2010 work was started. The work that should have taken about a week to do took three! The weather was appalling! Thankfully we were very happy with the soggy results. The original garden. Surveying for the railway. One of the contractors at work. The finished results. Being of a sensible height so fairly close to the ground working on the garden railway shouldn’t have been a problem, but in recent years working close to the ground has been a problem, so it was decided to lay the track onto boards that could be worked on while standing. Then when complete the boards could be laid onto a prepared surface in the garden. The design of the track was to be a dumbbell shape. The track going around a raised flower bed at the top of the garden then with the help of two bridges cross a path and then run along the side of a wall to a removable circle of track just outside the house. The track which would be at ground level at the top of the garden would about 60cm (2’) off the ground at the house. The track that was to be laid was Tenmille brass bullhead rail held in plastic chairs on wooden sleepers. This track looks very good but is labour intensive to lay. By choice I would have used Peco SM 32 track but the track was a swap for an electric locomotive that I rarely used. So, with 90 yards of new track and 4 points thoughts were given to the designing and making the track bed. It was decided to use sections of 20 mm (3/4” ish) exterior plywood for the baseboards. After sealing the boards roofing mineral felt would be glued to their tops for the track to be laid on, their undersides would be painted and their edges protected with a plastic strip. At this point our son came into the act as he has access to CNC equipment; for my birthday he gave me the 8 baseboards needed to go on the raised flower bed along with the plastic plates that would connect them. So, the first six boards were assembled and placed on the raised bed. The gift. With glue applied. The covering. Held down with weights while glue set. A finished board. The first six boards in place. I will continue the Saga of the garden railway build in further posts. Regards Tony.