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Garden Railways October 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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getting over the summer

Another summer has ended. How has your garden railway survived the season? Perhaps this is a good time to take stock of the situation and implement some remedial action. Repairing the damage that the summer has caused, with its extreme heat, torrential downpours, and long days of exposure to the sun’s unrelenting UV rays, is a necessary annual part of maintaining your railway. Rails expand and contract with the day/night temperature cycles. When they contract in the evening, debris often collects in the small resulting gaps, preventing rails from coming completely together again when they expand the next day. Over the period of a summer, gaps of a quarter inch or more can form at many places along the line. As long as the rail joiners are still in place, most…

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notes & news

PRODUCTS Engines & rolling stock Mamod Ltd, Unit 1A, Summit Crescent Industrial Estate, Smethwick, West Midlands B66 1BT, United Kingdom, has released a model of a small diesel-electric locomotive in 16mm scale called Brunel. The engine, battery powered by eight AA rechargeable batteries (not included), has adjustable gauge (0 or 1) and is driven by a 12V DC motor. A charging jack is included. The locomotive is available in green or black. Price: £325. Mamod also announced that they will be producing their Telford 0-4-0T live-steam locomotive in gauge 1 for the North American market. Price: £452. Website: www.mamod.co.uk LGB (Märklin) has released new equipment painted and lettered for the Napa Valley Wine Train. Included are an EMD F7 A-unit (#L20580) with two powered trucks, traction tires, and a built-in mfx/DCC decoder with…

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letters

Ball bearings for axles Kevin Strong’s “Basics” (GR, June 2018) is a great article on the use of ball bearings on car axles. I just added them to all my cars. They now roll great. I would like to forward a caution, though, about adding ball bearings to your trucks and axles. It is important to make sure that the bearing does not contact the wheel when on the axle. This problem only occurs on straight axles that do not have a shouldered end. If the bearing contact occurs on both wheels, you will have a direct short and the bearing will heat up and melt the plastic bearing holder. This happened to me and it took me a while to figure out what was going on. —Owen Miller Weathering ore cars One of…

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video 101

Vignettes and transitions A “vignette” is a small portrait whose edges fade into the background without a definite border, or a brief episode. Vignette is my word for a video scene from a story that is unfinished or only partially told. Al Tillman’s railway was undergoing a major renovation on the day we visited but it had several great vistas for viewing slow-moving trains. On the top level we ran Kristine McNary’s super-detailed articulated locomotive, hauling a train of two finescale passenger cars. Later we pulled the coaches with Al’s geared locomotive. Below this we tested a string of classic Santa Fe diesels, ready for delivery to a customer, to which Kristine had added a top notch sound system. We filmed vignettes of slow moving trains and we listened to the sounds…

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weathering basics: part 2

When modelers hear the term “weathering powders,” they often think of pastel chalks. These have long been the mainstay of model weathering. For me, weathering powders cover a wide variety of dry particulate materials that can be applied to our models (photo 1). These include chalks, specialized weathering powders, dry-powder paints, and even real dust of various types (coal dust, sawdust, dirt, etc.). I’ve even used eye shadow in the past, but finding suitable shades without any “shimmer” has become increasingly difficult. Anyone who’s ever blown the dust off of an old book knows that the largest obstacle to weathering with powders is a lack of permanence. Part of that has to do with the surface to which you’re applying the powders. In the small scales, this is addressed by first…

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viaduct construction—a balancing act

When building a viaduct over land or water, it’s good to have choices in your empire. This story recognizes the uniqueness of each bridging circumstance. Bridge the track from one hill to the next or carry your railway down a long slope. You can link your garden railway to the history of age-old structures. Add curving arches to your yard for a more organic centerpiece. The rules of construction must match the “sense of place.” Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) had an eye for proportion and a head for math. He also had a hand in creating bridge formulas and a helicopter design hundreds of years before they were “accepted” by modern engineers. His self-supporting, portable arch bridge (photo 2) was used in battles to get soldiers over obstacles like water, then…

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