"Part 1- Pond construction"
During the planning and design stage of Barna Railway it was decided that the railway should have four key features, these were a station, a tunnel, a pond and a bridge. Of these the pond would be the most difficult to construct.
Having two young children it was quickly decided that a large deep pond was not a good idea. The pond would be more of a "water feature" with shallow water for safety and maybe a small waterfall. The plans were drawn up and we waited for the Summer to come.......!
The photographs below show the pond liner and tank in there final position, and the final arrangement of rocks and stones. The large rocks were built up to form a rising wall around the edge and two matching paving slabs were use to build steps for the waterfall. It took a long time to get the large rocks to fit together, when I was happy, they were cement into position and the excess liner was cut away.
The pond liner was covered with
a selection of round cobble stones. There are three different size
stones used here, the larger cobbles were placed around the edge,
gradually getting smaller towards the centre. The front edge was
finished off with 8 paving slabs which formed a simi-circle and once
again the liner excess was trimmed away. A chemical treatment was
added to the water to keep it clear.
With the addition of some nice rockery plants the water feature was finished on the 6th of August, it took a lot longer to build than I expected but this was due to having the wettest June and July ever.
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THE BUILDING OF BARNA RAILWAY
"Part 2- Bridge construction"
With the water feature finished it was time to start building the bridge. I had a lot of aluminium channel and tubing in the shed so I decided to use this for its construction. The design is based on a truss type bridge, with four uprights and tubular cross bracing. The two photographs show the bridge under construction in the shed. The second photograph shows the bridge nearly completed.
The bridge is 1140mm long and 350mm wide and took 14m of channel, 9m of tubing and 2.5m of angle to build. The bridge was undercoated with a red oxide primer, then finished with two coats of grey enamel.
The final photographs show the finished bridge in operation during the day, and at night, fully illuminated by nine blue LED spot lamps.
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