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    • March 13, 2019 7:04 PM EDT
    • No, never did, just use track power.

    • March 12, 2019 11:46 AM EDT
    •   That challenger is a nice locomotive . I had to sell mine on E Bay a couple of years ago and I miss it . I did notice the front driving wheels sort of went for the ride as they had no weight holding them tight to the rails. I did add some stick on weights to it trying to get some wheel traction . Don't know if it made a difference. I still have a couple of the dash-8 locomotives and have many miles on them . I run track power and the DCS system is alot of fun to use.

    • March 12, 2019 11:43 AM EDT
    • Nick, since the above post is 6 years old I'd suggest you send a PM to Jerry as he may not be on site while your question is on the active page, thus would miss it.

      Click on his avatar ...

    • March 12, 2019 11:21 AM EDT
    • Jerry, did you ever get copy of that article ? I am looking to build a battery car with TIU myself 



    • March 12, 2019 11:20 AM EDT
    • Jerry Barnes said:


        Can you send me a copy of that article? I don't have that back issue.



    • February 12, 2019 7:40 PM EST
    • He also makes some of the best looking foam log loads.

    • February 12, 2019 6:35 PM EST
    • Dan Hilyer said:

      Ty is a member here, he just goes by Landrel. He has a build log of his indoor layout located HERE



    • February 12, 2019 10:51 AM EST
    • Pete

      How about a link to this rail car? I don't see it on Ty's webpage and can't find it on eBay.

    • February 12, 2019 10:35 AM EST
    • Ty is a member here, he just goes by Landrel. He has a build log of his indoor layout located HERE

    • February 12, 2019 10:12 AM EST
    • Okay, off to go look up the website.

    • February 12, 2019 9:37 AM EST
    • I bumped in to this website via eBay.  Ty seems to make a lot of resin parts, and has branched out in to backwoods wagons and this car.

    • February 10, 2019 5:26 PM EST
    • David Maynard said:

      Times are a changing. How many newspapers have stopped coming out in print versions, or have folded altogether?


      I think you summed it all up right there, David.    As for myself, I'm just thankful that the magazine is still around at all.  I read the current issue and enjoyed it.    For me it's remains another source of garden railways information, photographs and advertisements for me to hopefully ponder over  for another 40 years.   And hopefully it's cover will attract and entice some new potential large scale train enthusiasts into the hobby.    I'm still old school and like to sit down in a comfy chair with an actual magazine in my hands to look at.  And I can even roll it up, stuff it my pocket, and take it to the beach and while others are reading Gone With The Wind or Fifty Shades Of Grey, or whatever, I can be doing my train thing.   I still subscribe and plan to continue to subscribe as long as I enjoy looking at the garden railway content printed on it's pages.   Mark Betlem


    • February 10, 2019 1:34 PM EST
    • Times are a changing. How many newspapers have stopped coming out in print versions, or have folded altogether? One paper I know of, went from a daily paper to 4 issues a week. Hobby shops, heck complete shopping malls, are closing down. The internet has changed the landscape of information gathering and communication so much in the past couple of decades. I hate seeing some of these changes, but with almost instant communication at our fingertips, the change is inevitable. That is why we, members of sites like this one, need to be welcoming and encouraging to any and all newcomers. We may be the newcomers first, and maybe at first their only, source of information.

    • February 10, 2019 1:07 PM EST
    • One solution for finding a use for all those old magazines, that few even think of is:

           Leave a bundle of them in the waiting rooms of all the offices you visit...The vet's, your eye doctor, your many medical doctors; the barber shop; the auto repair centre; the local mall where you shop, if it has seating areas; the emergency waiting area at your local hospital; your local senior's homes; and any where you see people sitting and waiting.  Don't forget the Dentist's office too...along with your lawyers...and undertakers...!!!

          By leaving them in these places, it solves the problem most of us have in "Waiting rooms"...boredom with the crap magazines usually offered.

      It also promotes our hobby at the same time, and plants the seed for possible new people to enter our hobby.  

          All these offices will eventually recycle them for you, or people will walk off with them...

        It will also give YOU something to read, or reread, while you do your might even find an article you had forgotten...!!

        Fred Mills

    • February 10, 2019 12:46 PM EST
    • Well I for one have yet to see the new edition, the last one on my digital subscription, Klambake hasn't come up with an answer yet, and they want me to renew? good luck.


      Al P.

    • February 10, 2019 10:53 AM EST
    • Bruce hit the nail on the head!  After my almost 40 years in large scale, there is nothing in Garden Railways that I haven't seen or read about. In my later years as a scratch builder / basher, even less.

      I was digging in my storage room the other day and found all my Garden Railways, (dating from almost the first issue), Outdoor Railroader, Timber Times, Finescaler, and Narrow Gauge Gazettes.

      Next on my agenda is how to dispose of them. When one of our club members passed away several years ago, we took boxes and boxes and boxes of the above, plus Model Railroader and a few others to a local show and sold hardly none.

      So I took a truckload to the recycler. 












    • February 9, 2019 12:38 PM EST
    • Exactly Bruce, the audience is just as wide, but the market smaller, you need lots of different articles to keep people happy. That costs more money to produce.

      Add to that the lack of new stuff, and less advertising and it's an impossible task.

      Now heap on "free" magazines, forums, and the 3 month delay for any news and it's death for magazines.



    • February 9, 2019 11:56 AM EST
    • If people are so unhappy with the magazine what would you like to see?  Its hard when you have to cater to such a wide audience.

      There's the rub, indeed.   EVERY one of us wants something different so it's hard to make everyone happy- or even any one...

      I think back to last century when I got started with model railroading and I got both Model Railroader and Railroad Model Craftsman on a monthly basis.   At that time, those were basically the only communications available to learn what everybody was up to; it didn't really matter that they only came out once a month - there  was always so much to absorb especially since I was just starting.   Now, we can absorb information on an hourly basis and get real time feedback for any comments we make online.   We can easily share our pictures (well, some of us still struggle with picture posting


      Once you've been in the hobby for awhile, everything starts to look the same and there's no need to read the 108th article about how to get started.   Sure, still handy for the newcomer, but the old timers probably get bored.   Plus, it's just tough for magazines that have at least 3 months before an article can be published.   Very hard to please anyone in this day and age, especially since people want instant gratification.