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    • April 21, 2020 9:30 AM EDT
    • Paulmac said:

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for posting this thread!  I have a small yard, and am planning to build a layout in a raised bed this year.  Your layout is an inspiration for me!!  I am also watching your videos on YouTube.

      Would you mind telling me the dimensions of your raised bed?  Also, what radius curves are you running?

      Thanks,

      Paul

      Since your in Nepean, you might want to get a hold of some of the guys in the Ottawa Valley Garden Railroad society. They'll be more than happy to help you out.

    • April 21, 2020 9:23 AM EDT
    • Paul Mac .... welcome to the madness .. leave your wallet @ home ..

      Rule of thumb  ; go with largest curve that will fit ...

    • April 17, 2020 12:10 AM EDT
    • Hi Bill,

      Thanks for posting this thread!  I have a small yard, and am planning to build a layout in a raised bed this year.  Your layout is an inspiration for me!!  I am also watching your videos on YouTube.

      Would you mind telling me the dimensions of your raised bed?  Also, what radius curves are you running?

      Thanks,

      Paul

    • April 11, 2020 7:11 PM EDT
    • This was the last good day of weather until after Easter, I felt it was a good time to run a short cheese/beer/meat reefer local and some coal to power the homes when the storms hit.  Sound was not on for the GP as I didn't want my better half to complain about the noise after a rough night's sleep.

       

    • April 8, 2020 2:07 PM EDT
    • Didn't get to run yesterday as we were fretting election stuff.  Today, took advantage of some morning sun and having to be down in the laundry area anyway.

       

    • April 4, 2020 1:09 PM EDT
    • Oh, look!  There is another choice on the ballot this spring!

       

    • March 25, 2020 8:49 PM EDT
    • The locals finally got around to taming the mud and muck in the area and put down some gravel roads, discovered a river-bed, and prepared the land for agriculture.  

    • March 24, 2020 11:47 PM EDT
    • Stores are running low in town, fortunately, the FLIP had some carloads on the way from the interchange yard.  

       

    • April 7, 2020 2:22 PM EDT
    • Bachmann Class B Climax Large Scale Logging Locomotive

    • April 4, 2020 7:00 PM EDT
    • Korm Kormsen said:

      nice!

      some green sawdust and some sand and your layout is perfect. (if you're not married)

       

      HEHEHE... yeah...that wouldn't go over will with my wife. :)

    • April 4, 2020 6:59 PM EDT
    • Tim said:

      It's a start!

       

      Huh?

    • April 4, 2020 6:59 PM EDT
    • Dave Meashey said:

      Hi Timmy;

       

      I had one of the Bachmann Heisler locomotives several years ago.  It is a beautiful locomotive, but mine was a wuss!  Behind the smokebox door there is a polarity switch (NMRA or Large Scale, I think).  I would set the switch for NMRA, couple the Heisler back to back to my stubby and homely Hartland Big John, and guess what?  The homely little "Big" John locomotive would pull the elegant Heisler, kicking and screaming, backwards anywhere the Big John wanted to go.  Sold the Heisler.  Still have the Hartland Big John.

       

      Cheers, David Meashey

       

      P.S.  Not my layout.  Owner now deceased and layout gone, but was fun to run on when it existed. 

       

      I have 3 Bachmann Heislers.  They are terrific locomotives.  Probably my favorite of my geared locomotives and they all pull like crazy!

    • April 3, 2020 8:38 PM EDT
    • Hi Timmy;

       

      I had one of the Bachmann Heisler locomotives several years ago.  It is a beautiful locomotive, but mine was a wuss!  Behind the smokebox door there is a polarity switch (NMRA or Large Scale, I think).  I would set the switch for NMRA, couple the Heisler back to back to my stubby and homely Hartland Big John, and guess what?  The homely little "Big" John locomotive would pull the elegant Heisler, kicking and screaming, backwards anywhere the Big John wanted to go.  Sold the Heisler.  Still have the Hartland Big John.

       

      Cheers, David Meashey

       

      P.S.  Not my layout.  Owner now deceased and layout gone, but was fun to run on when it existed. 

       

    • April 3, 2020 8:10 PM EDT
    • It's a start!

       

    • April 3, 2020 1:48 PM EDT
    • nice!

      some green sawdust and some sand and your layout is perfect. (if you're not married)

    • March 25, 2020 7:12 PM EDT
    • Andy Jane

       

      Great photos.  Excellent progress.

       

      I must admit thought I was hoping to see progress on the true upper level (the one upstairs around the rooms)  :)

       

      Take care and stay safe

      Stan

    • March 25, 2020 12:27 PM EDT
    • Joseph Lupinski said:

       

       

      Hey wait a minute where you get the Stryker ICV's????

       

       

      Joe, I don't remember..  Got it a long time ago.. Only have the one..

      Possibly picked it up at Toys-r-Us.. It's where I also got the tanks on the car to the left of it.