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    • April 20, 2021 3:37 AM EDT
    • ....and....Piko does not produce much, or anything in 1:29 scale for the North American market.

         Most of their NA product line, if not all, is 1:32, or perhaps 1:22.5.   Most are made from old MDC molds....at least the majority of them resemble that line from the past.

           Obviously; very little research went into this publication, other than a whole lot of "Perdy pictures".....The article by Matt's son is worth a read....thank you Matt, for pointing it out...

           Fred Mills

    • April 20, 2021 3:36 AM EDT
    • ....and....Piko does not produce much, or anything in 1:29 scale for the North American market.

         Most of their NA product line, if not all, is 1:32, or perhaps 1:22.5.   Most are made from old MDC molds....at least the majority of them resemble that line from the past.

           Obviously; very little research went into this publication, other than a whole lot of "Perdy pictures".....The article by Matt's son is worth a read....thank you Matt, for pointing it out...

           Fred Mills

    • April 19, 2021 10:19 PM EDT
    • In the Introduction to Garden Railways http://gardentrainsannual.com/introduction-to-garden-railways/

      it says

       1:29 is a legacy scale used on the former Aristo-Craft line. Some of this tooling is now owned and produced by Bachmann TrainsPiko is currently offering some of its North American-style equipment in this scale as well.

      No mention of USA trains or AML.  I guess they didn't pay to advertise. 

    • April 19, 2021 2:55 PM EDT
    • Matt Hutson said:

       Turns out there's an article in the first issue by my son as well, with several pics taken on my railroad.

      http://gardentrainsannual.com/

      Hey, cool!

      Oh, it is published by the same outfit who have RMC now.

      And right here in Missouri!

    • April 19, 2021 2:40 PM EDT
    • Maybe a bit pricey, but it has 114 pages in its first issue. Seem like it would've taken two or three of the late issues of Garden Railways to come up to that many pages! Turns out there's an article in the first issue by my son as well, with several pics taken on my railroad.

      http://gardentrainsannual.com/

       

      Cheers,
      Matt

    • April 19, 2021 1:49 PM EDT
    • Ordered my back in February.  I never found a publication date.  Nice to know that they are finally mailing.  I bought it for the same reasons that Pete mentioned.

    • April 19, 2021 1:45 PM EDT
    • I thought it was a bit pricey but I bought one anyway to encourage them.

    • April 18, 2021 3:48 PM EDT
    • Ok, Seems I've got quite a lot of money in my Large Scale train magazine budget for some reason.  I've placed the order.

    • April 18, 2021 2:37 PM EDT
    • Kevin Strong could be enough to pull me into a subscription

    • April 18, 2021 10:27 AM EDT
    • Hi all,

      Yesterday I received the debut issue of Garden Trains Annual and it's very good. In particular, Kevin Strong has a good article about the changes in the hobby over the years and his optimism for the years ahead. Nice work!

       

      Cheers,
      Matt

    • April 19, 2021 9:51 PM EDT
    • Great start, Rick.  Looking forward to watching your progress as always.

    • April 18, 2021 2:06 PM EDT
    • Looks great Rick.  The regular (KD) lumber will last outdoors a surprisingly long time so long as it can air dry and doesn't contact the ground. I think you're easily good for 10, if not 20!

       

      @John et all: I don't have much trouble working on the ground as long as I use knee pads, but moving or getting up, that's a problem!  My indoor and a little less than 1/3 of my outdoor are elevated. I turn left to go into the front yard on the ground. I could turn right and go out on benches into the back yard, and even purchased track to do that maybe 4 years ago, but it never happened.  At this point, with my kids and grand kids on the other side of the country, new construction is probably not a good use of time and money!

    • April 18, 2021 10:57 AM EDT
    • John,

      I know what your saying, hence my decision years ago to go this way.

      I have been spending the last couple days doing the same thing you are only I can do it standing up

    • April 18, 2021 10:19 AM EDT
    • Rick, if I had been smarter back in the day, I would have built my layout up on outdoor bench work as well!

      I've been spending the last three days putting track back together, re-aligning, ballasting, etc.

      It's getting to be too much work at my age!

    • April 16, 2021 8:01 PM EDT
    • So cool. Following avidly.

    • April 16, 2021 7:29 PM EDT
    • Thanks for the comments guys.

       

      "Cardboard can be such a handy thing.

      Size of that sawmill complex is such that with a lead track and/or fiddle yard it could be a switching layout in and of itself."

      Forrest, that is exactly my intention.  As you will see in the following pictures I have a good lead track.

       

       

       

      About the time I started construction the cost of lumber, even here on the west coast, had sky rocketed.  An 8 foot 2x4 pressure treated jumped from 6 bucks to over 10 and common KD studs went from 2 plus to over 5 bucks, ouch.  Hence my decision to use PT for the legs in ground contact and KD  2x4 stock for everything else.  Another plus besides price the KD  2x are straight and stay that way not much twist and warp. The KD lumber may not last as long in the weather as the Pressure treated but having used the odd piece in a pinch on the old RR and the stuff lasted 10 years with little ill effect I just decided to chance it. Besides at 75 if this lasts 10 years, well that will probably be fine

       

      Some over views of the Mill diorama construction.

      Here is a view from the East side, the lead track is on the far left.  The depressed area in the center is the log pond entering off the bay. The logs will be dumped in the bay and log boom pens will keep them contained for entry into the log pond area.

       

      A view from the South where the lead comes in from the main line. On the table are rolls of 1/2 inch Hardware Cloth wire used to support the weed block and gravel fill.

       

      Viewed from the North West you can see the push out for the turn table.  The tree in the middle, well we have been nursing that little tree along for a couple years and Mom said it stays.  So I figured why not, will look good and give some shade to the area as iot grows.

      More later.

      Rick

    • April 16, 2021 2:44 PM EDT
    • Rick Marty said:

       

      (that’s cardboard assisted design)

       

      Cardboard can be such a handy thing.

      Size of that sawmill complex is such that with a lead track and/or fiddle yard it could be a switching layout in and of itself.

    • April 16, 2021 10:25 AM EDT
    • Bump it up to 7/8's scale Rick, and I'll come by and pick it up when its done.

    • April 15, 2021 7:50 PM EDT
    • Looks good Rick.I'll look forward to progress