Many people choose to dig trenches and cast a cement or concrete foundation for the trackbed, to prevent the track from shifting through the winter, but we wanted to try another solution which doesn’t require that much heavy work. We also wanted the railroad slightly elevated off the ground, for easier handling of the trains and layout maintenance, and decided to build a framework using treated wood.
The track planning was done on a computer, and the finished plan was transferred to the garden with the help of some spray paint, a tape measure and a grid of X and Y coordinates originating at the corner of the house. Next, 600 mm post anchors were distributed evenly and driven into the ground:
After all the anchors were done, we made posts from 48 by 48 mm battens. To ensure that the entire framework came out at the same height, we used a couple of extra anchors and leveled them to the desired height, then all the posts were measured and cut based on this height:
The height above ground varies from around 30 cm in front of the terrace, via approx. 60 cm through the turnback curve by the large spruce, to just over 90 cm at the bottom of the slope in the second turnback curve. The entire layout measures approx. 10 by 3.5 meters: