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Garden Railways May 2019

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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
Frequency:
Back issues only
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in this issue

2 min.
steam in the garden

MY GUESS IS that you’re already asking, “Don’t you mean steam in the garden?” To which I would reply, “Steam (live-steam or otherwise) in the garden is STEAM in the garden!” Confused? Well, before I let this digress into an Abbott and Costello comedy routine, please allow me to explain. Past surveys suggested most GR readers matriculated from a formal classroom setting many years ago. As such, some may not be aware STEAM is an increasingly popular educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math disciplines to guide students in their formative years. Hmmm… Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics. Would you know any garden railroaders who rely on any (or all) of those focuses to find success and enjoyment in the hobby? If not, I’ll…

6 min.
news

Engines & rolling stock LGB (Marklin), has announced several new items. First, the firm has released a 2019 brochure of new items. This 44-page catalog includes locomotives, rolling stock, detail items, electronics, and more. See your local hobby retailer or download a PDF from lgb.com. The company has also announced several new Coca-Cola licensed products, including a diesel locomotive (L27631, shown), boxcar (L40672), tank car (L40810), and caboose (L40757). Delivery is expected during the third quarter of the year. Lastly, LGB has announced an exclusive club car for members of the North American LGB Club, available by the end of 2019. Club members can purchase a tank car decorated for Sinclair gas stations (Era V, shown). Price: $224.99. Visit lgb.com for more information. Accucraft, 3260 Central Ave, Union City CA 94587 has…

4 min.
letters

FULL OF WORTHY ARTICLES After receiving notice of a change in editor and reducing the number of issues for Garden Railways, I was afraid the publication might not be as good anymore. Well, my fears are gone after reading the Spring 2019 issue. It was packed full of articles worthy of reading with all the graphics and pictures for a garden railroader to enjoy. I will be looking forward to all the future issues. –Mike Martin, mmartingarden1@gmail.com MORE TRAIN SET REVIEWS Congratulations! I’ve been a longtime reader of your articles, going back to when you joined Classic Toy Trains. I look forward to where you are taking this magazine. When I first ventured into large scale modeling, it would have been beneficial to see more product reviews of train sets and other basic information about getting…

7 min.
take control of track power

THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS to power our locomotives—battery power, track power, and even live-steam or gas-powered engines. But track power remains an important method of powering trains in this hobby, because it’s economical and the components are easily accessible. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned hobbyist, you’ll want to learn about track power. At some point, you will encounter a track-powered railroad, perhaps at a train show or club open house. You may also want the flexibility of running other folks’ trains on your line. Track power is an easy way to accomplish that. Many hobbyists are generally familiar with track power and have may have set up a starter set. But if you haven’t purchased or even used a train controller before, don’t worry—I’m here to help. With a little…

5 min.
kid-friendly garden railroading

WE ALL KNOW THAT GARDEN RAILROADING is a magical hobby, one that we enjoy sharing with other adult enthusiasts. But have you considered inviting a child to share in the fascination? Kids of any age (and adults too) aren’t given to stand by and idly observe a garden railway. Rather, most would prefer to participate in the vast number of the activities required to keep a railway operating. If you think of the garden railway as a safe place for a child to explore, it then becomes the art medium, the canvas, the clay, the circuit board, and the weather instruments for limitless learning. Even in its simplest form, a railway can be a particularly useful space to acquire and apply wisdom, learn new lessons, and gain invaluable experiences. With that in…

1 min.
four more kid-friendly ideas

1 Large scale to full scale Since age six, not much has kept Trevor Park away from trains, and he plans to keep it that way. While away at college, Trevor (3rd from right) volunteers at the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad on weekends. 2 Build something together Many kids and adults have built a version of this live-steamer (modeling a logging locomotive) from downloadable drawings on Michael Martin’s website. Find them at panyo.com/project/index.htm 3 Share your enthusiasm Squirrel Mountain Railway in Eric Maschwitz’s front yard shows the neighborhood a compelling slice of life, and now his neighbor across the street has started planning his family’s large-scale garden railway. Eric’s son Ryden gets a lesson on how to run the Plymouth, flanked by dymondia hills. 4 Build a railway for kids Dinosaurs naturally look good here at Cretaceous…