Railroad in the garden - How to get your garden moving

Railroad in the garden - How to get your garden moving

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A train in the garden is always a real eye-catcher! Find out here how you can easily integrate a railway into your garden.

Spice up your garden

Bring movement to the big picture

A railway is particularly popular with small and sometimes very big boys. Especially since it can be integrated perfectly into almost any landscape and at the same time brings movement into the overall picture. If you also want to spice up your garden with a train, then simply follow our step-by-step instructions.


Step 1:
The construction of a garden railway in the mostly usual G gauge always starts with careful planning. For the first time, there is the fundamental question of whether the new railway will adapt to the existing garden or vice versa? After clarifying this question, the drawing of the track plan is started. Based on the previously selected model type, the retailer's size specifications for the rails that can be used can be incorporated directly into the plan drawing.

Tip: At the beginning of this hobby, only level routes should be planned, which can later be supplemented at any time with the construction of navigable bridges and seascapes, etc. If you want to build a garden railroad tunnel, then you should postpone it to a later date.

Furthermore, an associated electrical connection in the immediate vicinity should also be taken into account when planning, as should the accessibility of all track rails by the owner as problem-free as possible.

Start of building

Step 2:
It is advisable to start building a garden railway with a starter set, which can usually be expanded at any time - there are enough providers for this. The track rails should be attached to a previously worked, stable surface. For this, the top layer of earth is first removed with a small garden shovel for the later course of the rail. Then the track is filled with sand and leveled well - possibly even use a small garden roller for this.

Step 3:
Now the rail bed is laid (using the plug-in principle or screw principle), for which special plastic sheets are ideal as a base because they keep weeds steadfastly away. For some models, however, the finest grit can be used as subsurface support, which has been underlaid with a fleece (so you do not have to constantly remove the weeds from the garden track).

Step 4:
After laying the rails on the paved surface, the side attachment is stabilized with a little coarser grit or pebbles. This process is important in order to prevent the rail guide from slipping as much as possible in heavy rain showers - especially with a slightly sloping route. Filling the rail bed with colored pebbles is nice to look at.

Of course, there are also other ways of laying railway tracks in the garden (e.g. using paving stones, etc.), which of course must be adapted to the local conditions. Some models can even be easily spread on lawn and easily removed from there in the winter months. Other garden railways, however, can still be left outdoors even in icy frost (take into account the manufacturer's article descriptions).


Step 5:
The planting of the garden railway should be selected so that it does not affect the operation of the railway. Heavy plant growth of individual plants should therefore be cut back regularly. And the weeds in the rail area or in a landscaped landscape should always be removed meticulously. For which the use of environmentally compatible sprays is recommended, which are sprayed directly onto the weeds and can be removed very easily after a certain exposure time. The selected plants along the route should also be optically adapted to the respective track size.