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    • May 31, 2020 11:17 PM EDT
    • Trying again...

    • May 31, 2020 10:26 PM EDT
    • Still struggling to add photos correctly...

       

       

    • May 31, 2020 10:20 PM EDT
    • This might add something to it, as soon as I get the scene out of the kitchen and integrated into the layout!

       

       

    • May 25, 2020 9:29 AM EDT
    • Looks like some battery operated radio controlled river boats could be added.

    • May 24, 2020 1:58 PM EDT
    • Funny, guys!  Didn't mean to hijack Paul's thread with this shot, but this photo came after we installed French drain (visible lower right) AND a series of gutters to direct water away from the backyard in 2012!  Prior to that, water backed into the house.  Subsequent tropical storms and hurricanes have left significant puddles and a nice stream running down the fence, but nothing like the simulation of a Pacific island railroad like this!     Then again, maybe a swim-up RR with koi circling about might be fun.  You could hook up the auto-inflator on your SCUBA kit's buoyancy control device to power air-operated turnouts!

       

      Bottom line Paul, lots of options to elevate to suit your climate and your goals!

       

      Eric

    • May 24, 2020 12:19 PM EDT
    • I've never seen the entire back yard done as a Koi Pond. That your idea of showing your railroads true location in the middle of the Pacific Eric ?

       

    • May 24, 2020 10:06 AM EDT
    • Eric Mueller said:

      I am a big fan of elevating the railroad!  It is easier AND it limits my spending.  A rainstorm in 2018 made me glad my railroad is above level, too, for climatological reasons:

      Your railroad may be in the most exciting phase, as you are still free change your mind to set the foundation for what will come! Enjoy the process of crafting your vision of a railroad!

       

      Eric

      holy drainage problems!!! eric you may need a little drain work in the future! I have heard Hawaii gets some rain occaisionaly so that may be a future issue

       

       

    • May 24, 2020 3:25 AM EDT
    •  Thats one way to iron out a  problem!  

    • May 23, 2020 4:19 PM EDT
    • John Passaro said:

         The English people are resourceful. Here's one way of getting your layout above ground, compliments of our LSC brother in South Hampton:

       

       

       John, That is resourceful indeed!   I had at one point thought about trying to get my hands on some used cable pan to lay the track on, but really, this shows that with an open mind there may be other options more close at hand!

       

    • May 23, 2020 2:01 PM EDT
    • It is a good bet that that one little zip tie securing each of the units together offers far more security and stability than its tiny size might suggest.

    • May 23, 2020 10:22 AM EDT
    •    The English people are resourceful. Here's one way of getting your layout above ground, compliments of our LSC brother in South Hampton:

       

       

       

    • May 21, 2020 9:06 AM EDT
    • Why, Eric, you have your layout in the middle of your pool!

      Eric Mueller said:

      I am a big fan of elevating the railroad!  It is easier AND it limits my spending.  A rainstorm in 2018 made me glad my railroad is above level, too, for climatological reasons:

      Your railroad may be in the most exciting phase, as you are still free change your mind to set the foundation for what will come! Enjoy the process of crafting your vision of a railroad!

       

      Eric

       

       

    • May 21, 2020 9:05 AM EDT
    • Elevating is easier to work with as you get older (or have back issues as you mentioned earlier).  6' curves!  The bigger equipment that's available to you now!  You could still do a filled in box.  Pay a couple high school defensive and offensive linemen to move it, shouldn't cost more than a couple hundred for 2-3 guys in an afternoon. ;)

      Paulmac said:

      The World's Least Exciting G Scale Layout has now been expanded!  

      6' diameter curves with 10' straightaways. 

      Honestly, it is exciting.  I dreamed about this all winter while running trains in the basement.

      Here it is in all its glory...

       

       

       

       

    • May 21, 2020 2:20 AM EDT
    • "Snow" is why I settled here!  I'd shoveled enough of it... We actually considered raising things as you are doing, also for cost reasons.  After trolling this site and others, there are a number of layouts that are exquisite examples of detailed realism in terms of modeling and operations using the method you are pursuing.  Between termites, hurricanes, toddlers, and other destructive forces and CINCHOUSE's desire to have a garden (and to make it harder to expand the railroad, I think!), we settled on the raised bed.

    • May 20, 2020 7:35 PM EDT
    • Eric Mueller said:

      I am a big fan of elevating the railroad!  It is easier AND it limits my spending.  A rainstorm in 2018 made me glad my railroad is above level, too, for climatological reasons:

      Your railroad may be in the most exciting phase, as you are still free change your mind to set the foundation for what will come! Enjoy the process of crafting your vision of a railroad!

       

      Eric

       Oh, man, Eric, that is some serious rain!  That amount of precipitation is not unheard of here, but it comes in the gentle form of snow, which can be inconvenient, but you don't worry about it washing your stuff away or flooding your house.

      I love your layout!  At one point I was strongly leaning towards a raised bed, but the problem was I would'very needed to hire someone to transport the fill from the driveway to the yard, which would have raised the price a bit too steeply.  Having said that, it does make for a nice kind of realism, which I know I would have preferred.

       

    • May 27, 2020 11:09 AM EDT
    • Looks good Bill. Their son looked like he was working hard to get some good video.

    • May 27, 2020 10:10 AM EDT
    • Our Quarantine crew (family who we mutually agreed to socially exist with) came over this weekend.  Their son is into N Scale (I'm fully to blame), but he loves my G Scale layout, too.  

    • May 21, 2020 6:43 PM EDT
    • I'm a part of some G Scale facebook groups and put today's motive power selection up to them.  The Lionel Large Scale GP won out.

    • May 21, 2020 9:00 AM EDT
    • Well, we weren't washed out after all the rain the past few days.  The squirrels chewed up the wooden railroad crossing sign posts I had acquired down in Union, so I'll be replacing the posts with styrene and re-installing them later.  Here's a video from yesterday, a dinner excursion train stopped by the depot, but there were no action clips of it (for obvious reasons).