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Garden Railways February 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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3 min.
maker faires

Denver’s first full-size Maker Faire was held last October. Maker Faires have been held for years all over the country and around the world. Jeff Young, in his February 2017 column, discussed the Maker Faire in which he and his group participated. Here I will echo some his points and perhaps make some additional ones. The maker movement “officially” started with the advent of Make magazine in February of 2005. Its premise was simple: go out and make something. The magazine sought to coalesce all of the disparate creative spirits out there—woodworkers, blacksmiths, doll makers, electronics tinkerers, clockmakers, technology hackers, steampunk enthusiasts, and, of course, model railroaders. It spawned lots of creative offsprings, including countless “maker spaces” around the US and the world (many associated with public libraries), in which tools…

4 min.
notes & news

PRODUCTS Engines & rolling stock LGB (Märklin) is offering a digital version of the DEV Spreewald steam locomotive (#L24742) in a limited edition to celebrate the prototype's 100th anniversary. The model is presented as it currently exists on the museum railroad from Bruchhausen–Vilsen to Asendorf. The paint scheme and lettering are prototypical for Era VI. The engine is equipped with a Bühler motor mounted in ball bearings and has traction tires. It has a built-in mfx/DCC decoder with sound and light functions, as well as a smoke unit. Sounds also work in analog operation. Price: $874.99. Website: www.lgb.com Steven L. Bittinger & Associates has announced a Piko two-bay hopper car in Western Maryland Railway livery. Cars will be available in four different road numbers and will have plastic wheels and standard European couplers.…

4 min.
letters

Raised railways I got involved in large scale in 2002, when I was a spry 70-year-old. Fifteen years later, I can appreciate the raised-railway concept. At that time, building a raised railway would have required bringing in a lot of fill dirt and the existing trees. I recently found a solution to the access problem at the local nursery, a device pictured above. It allows me to kneel on the padded shelf and work on ground-level track and structures. When I have to get up, the handles assist me in getting back on my feet. When turned over, the unit provides a temporary seat. The price is in the $50 range. —Joe Heumphreus, k6dxw@verizon.net Enhancing your roofs Sometimes in the model press, we are told the roofs of model structures are significant because we…

2 min.
video 101

Trains at twilight Many garden railways are lighted for evening viewing. Bob Guinan installed several light sources along his railway, including inside buildings and balloons, overhead, and along the viewing pathways. Our club looks forward to Trains at Twilight on Bob’s Deer Valley Railroad, which has become an annual event. Making a video of trains at twilight was a challenge with a nice payoff. Camera settings. A DSLR camera can be adjusted to shoot video with a wide aperture, high ISO, slower shutter speed, and slower frame rate. We used low-light camera settings for still pictures and, when possible, placed the camera on a solid object for steadiness. My DSLR is too large for onboard video. However, our GoPro 5 video camera captured nice video with automatic settings. iPhone video and stills…

6 min.
garden railway basics

Couplers: part 1 What makes a train a train? If a train is defined as a locomotive pulling one or more cars, then the answer to that question might be the coupler that connects the cars to the locomotive. Without reliable couplers, we don’t have reliablyrunning trains. This time I’m going to discuss couplers and ways to make them work reliably. There are many kinds of couplers used by large-scale modelers (photo 1). Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, and some types will work reliably in areas where others do not. Knowing what works best where is key to keeping your trains together on the tracks. Let’s start with the oldest style of large scale coupler, the hook and loop (photo 2). This was the type introduced by LGB when they first…

5 min.
greening your railway

Light up your line with silvery shrubs L et the luster of silver foliage shine on your railway day and night. Leaves in shades of gray grow waxy coatings or whitish hairs that reflect light onto nearby trains and buildings. Modeling 1:1 nature, stream embankments produce clumps of trees with white undersides of leaves (willow, poplar, Russian olive). Dusty, dry roadsides may attract low, gray pioneer plants (sage, wormwood, grasses). In the desert, succulents blend silver/gray into greenish-blue/silver (chalk sticks, ghost plant, cacti). Frothy fine foliage Two fuzzy-leaved groups, helichrysum (curry) and artemisia (wormwood), contain dozens of white-to-gray species for our railway gardens. In photo 1, the Emersons model tree clumps using Icicles helichyrsum and Seafoam artemisia. Trailing over rocky embankments, another helichrysum, licorice plant (H. petiolare, Zones 9-11), brightens the way with…