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Garden Railways

Garden Railways

Fall 2020

TAKE YOUR MODEL TRAINS OUTDOORS! GARDEN RAILWAYS MAGAZINE WILL HELP YOU MAKE YOUR BACKYARD COME ALIVE. EVERY ISSUE IS PACKED WITH TIPS ON DESIGNING AND LANDSCAPING YOUR RAILWAY, REVIEWS OF LOCOMOTIVES AND OTHER NEW PRODUCTS – EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN OUTDOOR RAILWAY.

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País:
United States
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
Periodicidad:
Back issues only
US$ 7,99

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8 min.
40 years of the woodland railway

Forty years ago, Jim Strong, my father, laid the first rails on what would eventually become Woodland Railway. A lot has changed during those years – the hobby has evolved, I’ve grown up and built a railroad of my own, and my dad has since passed away. This isn’t the story of a railway’s ending. In fact, it’s a bit of a new beginning. The railway continues to operate courtesy of my mom, Ruth, a group of friends, and me acting as organizer and supplier from 1,800 miles away. But I’m getting ahead of myself. The beginning In 1980, my dad set up a short section of track in the woods behind our house. I was 9 years old at the time. Upon seeing how the trains looked running between the trees, he…

2 min.
piko america powered re-railer

When working with largescale rolling stock and locomotives, some of which are longer than a shovel, weigh more than a bowling ball, and have more wheels than a semi, you might want a little help getting them properly situated on the rails. That’s precisely what the PIKO America no. 35282 Powered Re-railer does. Open the box and you might be tempted to dismiss the contents as two sections of thin (?") plastic, each measuring 16" long. Closer inspection reveals the top side of one section includes two 12" metal plates (slot-and-tab installation) extending two-thirds its length. Probe a bit further to find an end cap, Phillips-head screw, and a four-step instruction sheet illustrating the tool’s true utility. IN OPERATION. The re-railer can be used in two configurations. By attaching the end cap…

7 min.
engineer a compact industrial switcher

My Westside Transfer Company is a 1:12 scale, 3-foot gauge, industrial prototype short line designed to haul real loads, primarily firewood. I’ve been a modelmaker for decades, and one of the attractions of this scale-gauge combination is there’s nothing available commercially. That means I get to build everything. My first article (October 2018) was about the construction of archbar trucks and three skeleton log cars, the WTC’s first pieces of rolling stock. Obviously, those cars weren’t going to haul themselves around the railroad, so they needed a strong locomotive. Here’s what I came up with. Forming a plan Whenever I start a new project, I first collect prototype images for inspiration. I’ve amassed a good narrow-gauge library over the years and also search online for images. I knew I wanted a 4-wheeled locomotive, like a…

4 min.
tunneling through tough times

LIKE A GRADE-SCHOOL REPORT, “What I did on my spring 2020 vacation,” this story is about optimism in the face of confusion and lack of resources. We had just started a new little garden railway loop in front of our house, but hidden from the street. Having built a gallery along the walkway, we next needed a tunnel along the house, but not touching it. With no big culvert tube or concrete blocks, I chose to simply call it “tunnel art.” 1. The author designed her rear-of-the-railway tunnel for viewing from a glider on the front door stoop. Redwood stakes (stained for age) frame the inside and line the outside. Under the eaves, a shade-loving asparagus fern (Asparagus densiflorus ‘Sprengeri’, Zones 9-11) cascades from above in a box of stone and…

3 min.
building interest in large scale

What’s the easiest way to get going in outdoor railroading? Why, with a starter set, of course. And what’s the easiest way to get someone young interested in the hobby? Also with an entry level package, but it has to be the right one. LGB may have just cracked the code with its Construction Site Train. It contains a durable, brightly colored locomotive and cars you’ll love, and that you won’t be afraid to let your kids play with. It’s also a set that can grow. This review includes the Construction Site Add-on Set, which enhances the play value of the original package. There’s a separate-sale crane car and track packages available to expand a budding railroad. BUILDING A RAILROAD. The Construction Site Set (no. 70503) contains a narrow-gauge steam locomotive, a dump car,…

6 min.
news

Engines & rolling stock Accucraft, 33260 Central Ave., Union City, CA 94587, announces a 1:19 scale Quarry Hunslet (32mm gauge only). This live-steam engine will be available in four paint schemes: red, black, Penrhyn Lined black, and blue. Price: $1,600. Website: accucraft.com Egghaulers has released boxcars to accompany Aristo-Craft and Bachmann Eggliners. The boxcars shown are the Special 1840 (left) and the Lady Bug, but they’re available in other colors. The 3-D printed units are priced at $39.95, less wheels and coupler. Kadee and USA Trains couplers as well as USA Trains plastic wheels are available for an additional cost. See them at egghaulers.com. LGB (Märklin), P.O. Box 2649, Lake Ozark, MO 65049, has announced two F7A units (20581, 20583) and an unpowered B unit (20582) in the Santa Fe war-bonnet paint scheme.…