Using terraces in your garden railway

Grading methods help ease of maintenance
Osaka & Orient Express
1. Ten rustic, stone steps, mortared over cement blocks, allow Jim and Jackie Ditmer access up into their Osaka & Orient Express. Steppable, stainless-steel track needed to be imbedded in three of the steps, allowing each train to traverse back and forth. Note the original hilly grade, top right, mulched with pebbles to avoid runoff. Pockets of soil support maples, cedar, and juniper to depict a mountainous Japanese village.
Nancy Norris
Whether you're building on a hillside or on the flatlands, terracing your railway may scale down some problems while increasing interest. If you're starting with either a boring, flat yard or an unstable slope that's fit only for goats, we'll look at some grading methods that allow better access to trains, ease of maintenance, conservation of natural resources, and a creative way to get your miniature world closer to eye level.

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