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Garden Railways December 2018

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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35 years on

This issue of Garden Railways completes our 35th year of publication. When Barb and I started the magazine in 1984, we had no idea where the path might lead. Thirty-five years on, we’ve found out. Instead of editorializing about the wonders of garden railroading, the success of the magazine, etc., I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about something more important—you, the people in our lives. In life’s journey, nothing is more important than those whom we encounter along the way, be they family, friends, or even casual acquaintances. It’s people who influence and guide us, sometimes even changing the course of our lives. So it has been for us. In the past three-and-a-half decades we have met countless garden railroaders from all over the US and abroad and, as…

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lgb 50th anniversary event

ON SEPTEMBER 2, MÄRKLIN, INC., The North American Subsidiary of Gebr. Märklin & Cie. GmbH, celebrated the 50th anniversary of LGB with a special event for LGB Club members and enthusiasts at the Orange Empire Railway Museum (OERM) in Perris, California. Approximately 175 people attended the event. There were docent-led tours of the museum, trolley rides, and a train that left on the hour, taking passengers into town and back. LGB’s new products were on display. A digital presentation helped LGB modelers learn about running trains digitally on their railroads, and a collection of historic LGB memorabilia was on display. Among the attendees of the event were members of Ward Kimball’s (an animator for Disney) family.…

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notes & news

PRODUCTS Engines & rolling stock LGB (Märklin) is offering several items for the Christmas market. A Christmas Train Starter Set (#L72305, shown) includes a Christmas design, old-time steam locomotive with Bühler motor, working headlight, and built-in smoke unit; two passenger cars; 12 sections of curved track; power supply and controller; and a Santa figure. Price: $419.99. The 2018 Christmas Car (#L72351) is a passenger car with an extensively imprinted Christmas theme and opening doors. Price: $159.99. A “Stainz” locomotive in a Christmas paint scheme (#L20215) has a lighted Christmas tree on the front buffer beam that can be turned on and off with the mode-of-operation switch. The locomotive has a Bühler motor. Price: $329.99. The Christmas Rail Truck (#L24681) is a model of a rail truck currently used in some places on…

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letters

Hard-shell scenery I read the article by Jim Kottkamp (“How to make outdoor hard-shell scenery,” GR, August, 2018). I think he might have the answer to a problem I have been struggling with for the past 10 years. I live in the Rockies, about 40 miles from the area that he is modeling. My train yard is in the basement and I take my train out through a window into the backyard. The yard slopes away from the house about five degrees. By the time the train reaches the farthest point from the house, it is elevated on wooden trestles, two-feet high. The railroad has about 400' of track and is destined to grow to about 1,000 feet. Our summers have a few 100-degree days and several 90-degree days. Winters get from…

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video 101

Scouting locations: exploring the site for your video Location scouting is a vital part of filmmaking. A movie-production company sends an advance team to review scenery, camera angles, lighting, weather, and more. We are one-person studios but need to include location scouting, too, including scouting the rolling stock, the trains and their stories, structures, and environment; time and lighting conditions; camera locations; necessary equipment; and necessary permissions. I scouted Joyce Brahms and Bill Lavender’s railway the day before their first open house. Story. The trains recreate Joyce’s cherished memory of those she rode to school as a child. She showed me a picture of an SP SD-9 in Black Widow livery, pulling a string of green coaches and a red caboose. In the backyard, there it was. Environment. Computer-expert Bill handles construction, control,…

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weathering basics: part 3

In the past two installments of this series I’ve discussed many of the weathering techniques I use in my own modeling. In this part, I’ll talk about the creative process and what goes into deciding which techniques to use where. I’ll do this while weathering a steam locomotive, so you can see how the process unfolds. Whether you are doing a steam locomotive, a diesel, or a freight car, this process is similar. Let’s examine the forces that are in play when it comes to weathering this locomotive. When we look at a photo of a typical prototype steam engine, it’s anything but the “basic black” it was when it left the builder (photo 1). Browns, grays, tans, rust…they add subtle hues to the locomotive. This is not random; each color…

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