PRESTON Lytham Ribblesdale Garden Railway - an overview Garstang Fleetwood (crossing the 'non-existant' River Wyre bridge!) Our version of the BLACKPOOL Tram Blackpool (complete with tram) Broughton (for Ribblesdale Nurseries) The Farm
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The layout replicates the Preston - St. Annes - Blackpool - Fleetwood - Garstang tracks  of yesteryear. It includes the direct line to Blackpool South, the line to Blackpool North  and the direct line to Fleetwood. To make the circuit - a link between Blackpool South  and Blackpool North has been created along with the installation of a bridge across the  
Wyre between Fleetwood and Knott End.   The layout is designed to be initiated by  customers (large and small!) to the Garden  Plant Centre. We have two trains - a steam  locomotive (with very realistic sound) with  two passenger carriages and diesel freight  with two loaded wagons which  automatically go round the four circuits,  stopping at the intermediate stations and  then stand in the loop in the West Coast  Main Line at 'Broughton for Ribblesdale  Nurseries' awaiting the 'Go' command from  another customer. The diesel is now  running having been to Germany for  repair!  There are 6 stations with covered  
illuminated waiting rooms at Preston, Lytham, Blackpool, Fleetwood, Garstang and  Broughton. The location of intermediate stations are marked with station signs.    Landscaping includes the Lancaster Canal, River Wyre, a large Greenhouse at  Broughton (Ribblesdale Nurseries!) and a Windmill at Lytham . The Farm comes  complete with cows, sheep, pigs, horse, tractor & fork-lift truck (and a Welsh  Dragon!).  The Tower at Blackpool even has its red light on the top!. 
Ribblesdale's G-Gauge Garden Railway  The train is NOT running due to ‘Leaves on the line’!
Outdoor Model Railway with Beacon Fell in the background
As you would expect we have a ‘Blackpool’ Tram which runs  along the front from Squires Gate to Fleetwood - again  controlled by the customer! For the technically minded: G-Gauge is based on 45mm track (00 gauge is 16.5mm!) with a scale of about 20 to 1. A 6 ft.  person is about 3 and a half inches tall. The trains are  digitally (LGB MTS) controlled whereas the tram is analogue. 
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