These pages covers the historical information about the development of the line. You can see where we started with a garden railway and look at the different phases of development.
Future Plans and Changes - Moving to Phase 8
The Teddy Bear Line will be changing as 2020 progresses.
At the end of 2018 a new pond was installed. Few changes were actually made in 2019 other than completing the diversion of the line over the old deck. The pond area was tidied and a new deck built. (see the Phase 7 page) Work on Phase 8 eventually commenced at the start of June 2020.
Track Plan of phase 8
The lockdown due to Covid-19 presented an opportunity to get into the garden. However, with other tasks to do around the house first, work did not commence until the first week of June.
The old deck was removed and the base for the outside track is being laid first so that the bears can be on the move as quickly as possible.
The pictures show the first few days of work. This page will be updated as progress is made.
Plans for Phase 8
Preliminary plans for Phase 8 include:-
Remove old deck
Re-model the bridge for the new pond
Reroute the railway (route under consideration)
Relocate the village
Add some new buildings
…and, eventually, a waterfall
13th June 2020
The first part of the changes are done. A temporary “bridge” is in place” so that two tracks can be used.
This can be removed easily when required so that the next part of the build can connect to the line.
4th July 2020
The Lawn edge has been cut back and edging strip put in place.
Some landscaping has started - to raise the level of the “village”.
Buildings are being cleaned and re-painted
The temporary linking bridge is still in place.
17th July 2020
Construction on the loop round the village area is complete. The old bridge has been modified to fit and is in need of some paint.
“Village planning” is under way along with the appropriate landscaping.
2nd August 2020
Construction is complete. The layout is ready for the track to be laid.
The bridge has been painted and the temporary link removed.
Landscaping of the village area is in progress.
8th August 2020
The track has been laid and tested with several locomotives.
The end of this phase will be when landscaping is complete and the buildings set out in their new places.
23rd August 2020
Landscaping of the hill was in progress ready for the church to go on the top.
By the end of September, some board was cut and roofing felt attached to make bases for the buildings.
Fake grass is being installed around the new village square and buildings.
By the end of October The village square and church had new lights and other scenery installed as well as grass matting around it.
The Pub was removed for some maintenance and renovation.
At the start of November Some more grass was installed around the church hill. Renovation of the pub was completed and progress was made on the village.
A War Memorial was installed in the Village Square in time for Remembrance.