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    • 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 20, 2020 7:29 PM EDT
    • Forrest Scott Wood said:

      Oh, that's serious stuff! Glad you are here to participate in this madness, umm, I mean, wonderful hobby, with us!

      Serious enough to force me to retire my previous hobbies, but thankfully we live in an age of very advanced neurosurgical knowledge and techniques, so it is not near as serious as it wounder have been 20 or 30 years ago, and so I am able to enjoy new hobbies like this one.  ☺

    • May 20, 2020 1:20 AM EDT
    • 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 19, 2020 11:47 PM EDT
    • Oh, that's serious stuff! Glad you are here to participate in this madness, umm, I mean, wonderful hobby, with us!

    • May 19, 2020 9:36 AM EDT
    • Forrest Scott Wood said:

      That works!

      Having for several years until they retired and moved out of state sometimes helped a friend with their garden railway which was part ground level and part elevated above yard's slope, I can say from experience that railroads above the ground get easier to reach every year.

      Indeed, ground level looks grand, and right, but it is difficult to beat a railroad which gets easier to reach every year.

      Thanks, Forrest.  Indeed, the height does help!  After having broken my neck somewhat seriously about 6 years ago, I quickly found that a ground level set up would NOT work for me, no matter how much more realistic it would be.

    • May 19, 2020 9:34 AM EDT
    • tac Foley said:

      ...and why, zackly, is this least exciting G scale layout etc.?  Fulfilling ANY size dream is a no small thing, trust me on this one.

      Hi Tac,

      The first non-public garden railway I ever saw was Fred Mill's.  Others have all either been on-line or in magazines.  With those as a frame of reference, mine appears to be the least exciting railway I have ever seen...

      Having said that, I am happy to have it,!

      Paul

    • May 18, 2020 5:02 PM EDT
    • That works!

      Having for several years until they retired and moved out of state sometimes helped a friend with their garden railway which was part ground level and part elevated above yard's slope, I can say from experience that railroads above the ground get easier to reach every year.

      Indeed, ground level looks grand, and right, but it is difficult to beat a railroad which gets easier to reach every year.

    • May 18, 2020 3:42 PM EDT
    • ...and why, zackly, is this least exciting G scale layout etc.?  Fulfilling ANY size dream is a no small thing, trust me on this one.

    • May 18, 2020 2:22 PM EDT
    •     Hey! At least it isn't ON THE GROUND!

       

    • May 18, 2020 1:44 PM EDT
    • 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 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).

    • May 15, 2020 10:52 AM EDT
    • Cool layout!  I love the setting and figures.  

      Paul

    • May 15, 2020 9:09 AM EDT
    • Video Embedding

      This topic has to be re-mastered every time the site owner makes an upgrade to the software. For this incarnation the procedure is...

      1. Grab the embed code from the YouTube video (directly on the video) right click in OPERA (copy embed code); right click in FireFox (Copy embed code); right click in Chrome (get embed code);right click in IE (get embed code).
      2. In the reply window click on "insert/edit video" button in the top row (looks like a movie frame), and select "Embed".

      3. Paste the embed code (copied from YouTube) in the box and click "OK".

      That's what we all found works now. Some day down the road we will have to find a new way for new software, but for now this works. Have fun!

       

      Photo inserting

      1. Start by uploading your photos to a server. You have storage space in the Freight Shed on this web site.
      2. After they are uploaded, click on the file you want to open.
      3. Once it is opened, RIGHT click on the picture and select copy image location. DO NOT use the url in the address bar of your browser.
      4. Next click on the insert photo button in your post and paste the image location in the source line.
      5. Look at the dimensions. You will see them if you click on the first box (height). Make it 800 then click on the second box and it will automatically be correctly scaled.
      6. Then hit OK and your photo will be in your post.