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After 3 formal Operating session so far on the layout, I decided to add an extension to Delores Yard to house the servicing facilities. This should relieve some of the congestion in the Yard area with storing locos between runs and any off loading. Since there was a 16' long vacant wall just around ...
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This article will show how I plan to add plants to the raised road bed. This is the main reason I built the layout the way I did. Plants seem to bring the whole thing to life. There are 2 ways I do this. In the areas that sit close to the ground, like this part, I just cut a slit in the screen, add ...
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I thought I start another log here to make it a bit easier to follow. Part 7 had me working on repairs to the TT pit. I used those "For Rent" signs they sell at Lowes. They bend around the curves easy and Goop works fastening them in place. The veneer goes on top of that. With the veneer attached...
With most of the track work finally done, it was time to move on to all the little things I've been avoiding. First thing I wanted to do was replace the pipe trestle that connected Mancos and Hesperus. While I was at it, I also wanted to broaden the curves on both ends.  And have someth...
April 30, 2016: We're getting down to the nitty-gritty here, folks. The last stop on the Rail Road. Porter will be a mining town with a ore tipple and Manufacturing plant and have a "wye" that can be used from either here or Delores. What we finally arrived at for Porter: It will eventually b...
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12/06/2015: It would have been a shame to let this gorgeous day go to waste. Yesterday I spent some time with a string level to I see where this next module would have to be. Since the ground here is a tad bit higher then where Delores is, I could start with using patio blocks. The stick on...
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With most of the layout finished except for a few odds and ends, it's on to the next town which is Hesperus. This will be situated on the back side of the row of trees and the downgrade portion heading back toward Delores. It's approx. 4'x 16', but may end up slightly larger since it incorporat...
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Mancos: June 10, 2015 This is the next town on the Rio Grande Southern after Delores. Yesterday morning I bought some more material to Continue on to the next module, more capblocks 2x4's and PVC board. Spent the morning getting these down and together.  Then got the screen down and sta...
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April 13, 2015 This morning I dismantled most of the track work and road bed in Delores. All that's left there now are some Aristo switches and some 332 track which I'll probably re-use in the shed as storage tracks. Trying to straighten out that PVC board can be a real pain after it's used on curv...
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I've had an idea for a raised layout for quite a few years now, but it hasn't been serious until about the last five years or so. This last winter has convinced me to go ahead with this idea. But first let me include a little history here. I've had a garden railroad for the past 28 years, since 1988...