Col Drewitt
"Trains for the Garden"
ABN 99 633 824 681
 
Phone /Fax 03 97379827

Mobile 0419 504 432
Getting started with Garden Trains.

Our nursery is situated in the Dandenong's east of Melbourne. We sell bulbs, trains and  gardening books.

We have been selling garden trains  for over 27 years and  have considerable experience in setting up a layout in the garden.

We are aware of many of the pitfalls that allow us to give sound advice based on our personal experiences.

Garden Trains are very popular in overseas gardens. They are easy to run, affordable and offer a great deal of entertainment.

The weather proof track  can be permanently laid in the garden. It consists of code 332 brass rail set on ultra violet safe plastic sleepers with a gauge of 45mm between the rails. We own the tooling for the sleepers that comes with the label 'Trains for the garden.com', which we also market as AusRail. To enhance the realism the rail can be laid on a bed of quarter-minus screenings.

In the top brands locomotives, carriages and wagons are made of automotive quality plastics which enables them to be used outdoors and to withstand weathering. (However it is not advisable to leave locomotives  or rolling stock permanently out in the weather).

The locomotives run from a 240 volt power control which should be set up indoors in either the garage or a shed with power available. The power supply from the controller is between 17-24 volts similar to that used to set up low voltage garden lighting.

The most economical way of delivering the power to the track from the under cover controller, is by the using  5 or 7 core trailer wire, (also available from our nursery).


Garden trains are certainly fun for the whole family. Your garden becomes the scenery with natural rocks, rockery plants and miniature bulbs enhancing a rather nostalgic extension to the garden.


Certainly a great way to get Dad and the boys interested in  the garden, and a way of bringing the family together with a common interest!


The idea of a train running through a garden landscaped with living miniature plants, natural rock features, and real water is very appealing.

LGB or Piko starter sets are the most popular way to enter the hobby.  And most of the Starter sets  that are available contain everything necessary to get started. They represent good value for money compared to purchasing the items separately.

Most sets contain a locomotive, several coaches or wagons, a circle or oval of track and a Power supply and Control Box. Depending on your budget some of the sets  also include extra features  such as smoke units and realistic sound in the locomotives.


From time to time we hold "Train days" at our nursery where you can enjoy our outdoor train display and garden If you would like to recieve notifications concerning these days please send us your email address.

To view photos of our  Garden train display, click here.  


Please do not hesitate to call or email us, should you have any questions.
 
We supply garden train products from track to elaborate locomotives and rolling stock. Our range of stock  may be viewed on our 'products page' or in person at our shop .

Our train shop carries a reasonable stock and is open most Saturdays or by appointment during the week.  Ring us on 03 97379827 or email us at admin@trainsforthegarden.com for an appointment.


Mail order is welcome and we accept 'direct credit' to our account, credit cards and cash.


Kind Regards Col Drewitt