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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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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
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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,…

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garden railways

Editor Kent Johnson Production Editor Rene Schweitzer Group Technical Editor Cody Grivno Art Director LuAnn Williams Belter Graphic Designer Kelly Katlaps Production Specialist Jodi Jeranek Horticultural Editor Nancy Norris Contributing Editor Kevin Strong 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 Art and Production Manager Michael Soliday 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 Kent Johnson, Editor 262-796-8776 Fax: 262-796-1142 E-mail: kjohnson@gardenrailways.com or Rene Schweitzer 262-796-8776 Fax: 262-796-1142 E-mail: rschweitzer@gardenrailways.com…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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