Planning your garden railway's infrastructure

Adding and considering drainage options
French drain with landscape fabri
French drain with landscape fabric pulled back to show gravel center.
Don Parker
Building a large-scale railroad outdoors requires varying amounts of earth shaping. Unless you are laying a pre-formed roadbed on a flat lawn, there's going to be some digging and/or hauling of soil, at the bare minimum. The way you approach this may be as varied as there are individual ideas of what a garden railroad should be. However, if you are looking for overall realism, you will want to shape the earth to fashion a miniature world where your track and structures become a part of the landscape.

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