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Garden Railways November 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.

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Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
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2 min.
weather or not…i’ll be ready!

I HAD PLANS. Big plans. Just ask Cody and Rene, and they’ll tell you that 2019 was supposed to be the year I’d make significant progress toward improving the plight of my railroad. Whether or not I wanted to believe it, Wisconsin weather really managed to make a mockery of my plans! Home turf for me is in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5a. It’s also the same region that hosts Green Bay’s Lambeau Field, the NFL gridiron aptly known as The Frozen Tundra. Around these parts, no one is surprised when a polar vortex sweeps down for a week of subzero lows (−30°F) or a blizzard blasts us with 2' of snowfall just in time to foil the budding trees. But come springtime, things are supposed to change. They did. Trees,…

5 min.
news

Engines & rolling stock PIKO America, 4610 Alvarado Canyon Rd., Ste. 5, San Diego CA 92120, released a General Electric 25-ton industrial starter set (#38151, shown). The set includes a General Electric 25-ton diesel switcher with directional light-emitting-diode headlights, two ore cars, circle of track, power supply, and more. Price: $349.99. The firm also has a North Pole Hauler remote-control starter set (#38152). It includes a General Electric diesel switcher with directional light-emitting-diode headlights, two ore cars, transformer, RC-operated direct current controller, pocket remote, and a circle of track. Price: $374.99. PIKO America also sells a double-sheathed center-cupola caboose in Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (#38896, $89.99, shown) and Merry Christmas (#38897, $119.99) designs. Lastly, PIKO America has three new versions of their GE 25-ton diesels (#38503, #38504, #38505). They are…

2 min.
video 101 along the line

AS I WALKED UP the driveway toward Mick Spilsbury’s Black Canyon Railroad, I could begin to hear the multitude of sounds stemming from the site. At first, I could distinguish the sounds of cows and sheep coming from the vicinity of four stock cars. But then I listened a bit more deliberately, and heard 10 different animal sounds playing. Further along the railroad, there was a dancehall with piano music and raucous laughter. Mick encouraged me to listen longer. A fight broke out; there were shouts of men, screams of women, and the sounds of chairs and tables splintering to bits. And then, the calm returned and the music resumed. “Now keep listening, there’s one more,” Mick whispered. It was the sound of a patron who had indulged a bit too…

4 min.
letters

POND PROBLEMS For years, we’ve contemplated how to route electrical power to our pond (“Waterscape Your Railroad,” Fall 2019 issue). When you say “no extension cords,” do you mean none from the pump’s plug to the outlet or that the pump needs to be hard wired to the outlet? I am assuming the outlet itself should be a professional job if not already installed, or could this be a DIY project? We keep guppies and water hyacinth, but a pump would open up what we could keep as we are in the tropics. With our liner leaking, it may be a good time to tackle this project, if we could just work out the power issue. If I could have added one thing to your article, it would’ve been mosquito control. Either add…

6 min.
surveying your backyard

SOME FOLKS ARE LUCKY enough to custom build a house and plan for a railroad as part of the construction. Most of us, though, move into a dwelling with an established backyard. Since backyards come in all shapes and sizes, your track plan will need to fit the confines of the available space. But there’s more to planning a railroad than considering square footage. Before you start building your railroad, you’ll want to survey the grade of your yard. You may assume your yard is flat, but even small changes in elevation can be significant when scaled down. If you have a steeply sloping back yard, surveying it first will give you a better idea of how much fill you may need to bring in, or what design changes you’ll need…

3 min.
weave a dry wash within your railway

DRY STREAMS CAN MAKE A SPLASH! There’s no water, yet it flows. Running a ribbon of river rock unites your scenery and gives bridges purpose. The premise is simple. We mirror a watercourse, carve a curving “V” into the landscape, then dress it up. Here, I’ll share examples of how 12 railroad gardeners cut swaths of dry creeks for paths, winter flood swales, and natural open spaces. ADD ACCESS AND ATTENTION POINTS When Jack Verducci hosts an operating session on his Crystal Springs Railroad, parallel river beds help operators find footholds among the dwarf Alberta spruce (Picea glauca ‘Conica’, Zones 4-8) and low Elfin thyme (Thymus serpyllum ‘Elfin’, photo 1). On Dart and Dottye Rinefort’s detailed OS&FRR, a fence keeps the parade from falling into a drainage ditch, which trickles (seasonally) under a…