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Garden Railways

Garden Railways

Spring 2020

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
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4 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
getting to know you

SURPRISE! Welcome to my first edition of Garden Railways as editor. “Where’s Kent Johnson?”, you might well ask. He’s now running Model Rail-roader Video Plus and working on some digital initiatives we have in the works here at Kalmbach Media. You’d also be justified in asking, “So who are you, exactly?" Well, I’ve been at Kalmbach Media for going on a quarter-century in various positions with sister brands Trains and Model Rail-roader. However, it was really during my stint as editor of our hobby store trade publication Model Retailer that I came into frequent contact with large-scale and outdoor railroading. Ever since then, I’ve thought it would be fun to own and run trains bigger than the O scale I typically model in. It certainly would also be easier on my eyes and…

1 min.
garden railways

Editor Hal Miller Managing Editor Jeff Reich Production Editor Rene Schweitzer Group Technical Editor Cody Grivno Copy Editor Steve Otte Assistant Design Director Lisa M. Schroeder Graphic Designer Kelly Katlaps Production Specialist Jodi Jeranek Horticultural Editor Nancy Norris Contributing Editor Kevin Strong Trains.com Executive Producer A. David Popp Producer Kent Johnson Kalmbach Media Co. Chief Executive Officer Dan Hickey Sr. Vice President, Finance Christine Metcalf Sr. Vice President, Consumer Marketing Nicole McGuire Vice President, Content Stephen C. George Vice President, Operations Brian J. Schmidt Vice President, Human Resources Sarah A. Horner Sr. Director, Advertising Sales and Events David T. Sherman Advertising Sales Director Scott Redmond Circulation Director Liz Runyon Director of Design and Production Michael Soliday Managing Design Director Lisa A. Bergman New Business Manager Cathy Daniels Retention Manager Kathy Steele Single Copy Specialist Kim Redmond Advertising Sales Representative Michael Wieloch E-mail: mwieloch@gardenrailways.com Editorial inquiries Hal Miller, Editor 262-796-8776 Fax: 262-796-1142 E-mail: hmiller@kalmbach.com or Rene Schweitzer 262-796-8776 Fax: 262-796-1142 E-mail: rschweitzer@gardenrailways.com…

5 min.
news

Engines & rolling stock Accucraft, 3260 Central Ave, Union City CA 94587, has announced Talyllyn Railway’s locomotive No. 1 Talyllyn in 1:29 scale. The live-steam 0-4-0ST engine will be butane fired and available in 32mm and 45mm versions. Each version is available in three different colors: TR Green, red, and black. The engine is expected to be delivered in early 2020. Price: $1,700. Accucraft has also announced a Denver & Rio Grande Western Class C-18 2-8-0 in both live steam and electric versions in 1:20.3 scale (drawings shown above). Each version will be available in three paint schemes: Moffat, Flying Rio Grande, and undecorated. Price: $2,495 (electric) and $2,595 (live steam). The engine is expected to be available in mid 2020. Website: accucraft.com The Train Department, 26 Coral Dr., Hazlet NJ 07730,…

2 min.
the giraffe camera car stretches its neck

AFTER SEEING A GARDEN RAILWAYS ARTICLE (“Focused on camera cars,” Summer 2019) about some of the video capture vehicles we created to make movies for visitors at Children’s Museum in California, a friend called me and said I might be interested in an idea he had. He had a piece of rolling stock he thought I should consider for making train video. It’s an LGB searchlight maintenance-of-way vehicle with an elevated platform that can hold a small action camera. This platform, with some minor modifications, has been used by other filmmakers, and they have been happy with it. I was intrigued and asked him if I’d seen any of the movies that used this camera car. “Possibly.” Then silence. On that curious note, I bought the platform car from him and began making a short story…

4 min.
letters

DIY WORKSHOP FROM SCRAP I liked the article about Ray Grosser’s big railroad (“Super-size Soo Line,” Winter 2019). Ray mentioned not having any machine-shop tools. You can purchase a series of books about making your own workshop from scrap materials from David. J. Gingery Publishing called “Build Your Own Metal Working Shop From Scrap.” I have the entire series (seven books, gingerybookstore.com) and can say it was both easy and fascinating to build my shop from discarded materials. Most people were happy to let me haul their unwanted items away. Many readers could benefit from making their own shop to build what they want. Thank you for such a wonderful magazine. – Kasten Olsen, tiggr@email.arizona.edu GASSING UP! I found Steve Sweeney’s article (“5-step Steamer Start-Up,” Fall 2019 issue) interesting and thought provoking, but I would challenge…

5 min.
track wiring basics

TRADITIONAL ELECTRIC track power remains the dominant means of delivering power to our locomotives. According to GR reader surveys, 60% of respondents said they use track power to run their trains. I’ll be honest; I haven’t run power through my rails in 35 years. Don’t fret, though, because I’ve talked to other modelers so I can share what works and what doesn’t. I’ll use what I’ve learned to get power to my friend Mike’s new railroad in Denver. Choose your wire Wire has two descriptive components. “Gauge” refers to the physical size of the wire. The lower the number of the gauge, the larger the wire. The larger the wire, the more current the wire can handle, and the less internal resistance over long distances. Inside our locomotives, wires are generally small,…