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    • April 5, 2021 6:58 PM EDT


      I just love this pic

    • April 5, 2021 12:45 PM EDT
    • Looks awesome Jim! Nancy did a great job bringing it to life!

    • April 5, 2021 11:49 AM EDT
    • Spring has sprung on the Durango & Jasper and the plants are going crazy. There are a couple of trees that I think are cool (actually there are more but these are looking particularly cool right now).


      This first one is a corokia cotoneaster, also known as a "Little Prince" and is showing little yellow flowers right now:



      And this is a Japanese maple (sorry, I can't get more specific. there are several Japanese maples on the layout and they are wildly different from each other). Nancy and I agreed to try to do a form of classic bonsai pruning. The idea is to make it look windblown (toward the left in this photo). We started by pruning away branches that were going in the wrong direction and also pruning some of the lower branches to give it a more pronounced trunk. Later we'll use wire and weights to accentuate the shapes of the branches to emphasize the windswept look.



      Happy spring!


      [edited to fix a typo]

    • October 23, 2020 7:11 PM EDT
    • Here's a set of before (November 2019) and after (October 2020) pictures to give you a feel for how much has changed in the last year...


      Durango before:


      Durango after:


      And Jasper before:


      Jasper after:



    • October 19, 2020 8:17 PM EDT
    • Eric , that’s funny! The background of your RR is 100 % greener  than mine will ever be

    • October 19, 2020 7:28 PM EDT
    • Looking good, Pete!  Please don't shame me by getting your RR greener than mine! 

    • October 18, 2020 3:30 PM EDT
    • Jim Rowson said:

      Go, Pete, go!

      I think Jim meant GROW, Pete, GROW!


      Sure looks good!

    • October 18, 2020 1:07 PM EDT
    • Go, Pete, go!

    • October 18, 2020 12:31 PM EDT
    • Nice green Pete. I was looking for a desert motif, cacti and what have you, but green is good too.

    • October 18, 2020 11:17 AM EDT
    • The railroad is "greening" up nicely, Pete.  Its amazing how a few plants can make the railroad come to life.  My favorite part is the Babs memorial.  Nice touch.  Our four legged friends bring us great joy and provide fond memories.  Thanks for sharing.

    • October 18, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

    • October 18, 2020 11:01 AM EDT
    • Well after a couple of years a few starts and the most brutal summer it is time to plant some garden to liven up a little of the layout.

      Since this is going to be a dry wash for the foreseeable future I planted some  Assylium here to add a little to the bridge

      I really should write down and keep a record of what I plant. All the small plants at the base of the hills are new. The lantanas on the left side of the windmill flower are volunteer plants that came up on their own and have survived. The plants on the hill are about the only things I have been able to keep alive so far. Note the little brown clump of a plant above the flagstone, I got a huge flat of this low growing ground cover at Lowes a couple of weeks ago. It was on the clearance rack for $5.00 so I thought it would maybe some of them would live. Planted it and it seemed to almost instantly give up. They had no root system so and are not recommended for this zone anyway, but figured I would give it a go. Maybe they will pick back up.

      the plant on the right, we pulled 3 of them out when I built the layout, so I am confident this should grow and  thrive. You can barely read on the flagstone my chiseled memorial to Babs the best dog ever and the namesake of the railroad 

      The 4 plants closest to the camera are all the volunteer Lantanas that birds or rabbits planted for me. As you can see in the background I still have a lot of area to landscape and get finished. I am going to put all the buildings out, all the rolling stock and get some trains in the pictures to make it look like a railroad.

      Way over where the bag of soil is I planted a couple of the Asslyium, and there are some succulents we got as cuttings from our daughter that are barely hanging on, but still green. Once I get a good idea where buildings are going to stay , and a couple more built I will move on with more plants, and other structures.

      I know you midwest and east coast guys are shocked at this bare ground , where are all the plants and grass and greenery, but give me some time and I will have some, never going to be the lush  forests of plants and ground cover all y'all have, unless I can cover the whole yard


      Missed the picture of the tunnel and the plants on it. This is where most of the $5.00 ground cover went and as you can see they are not doing well. the other plants that went in at the same time look good , so I may go get some more of them. Need to add a sprinkler to the hill side to water these.

    • October 15, 2020 9:07 PM EDT
    • This is the address as it appears in Sam's Freight Shed...



      Only the part I colored in red makes the picture appear. If you cut and use the part I put in red (or click on it here) the picture will appear. So it is not that the Freight Shed won't handle jpeg, it's how it delivers the address. This fact is a failure of the Freight Shed module.


    • October 15, 2020 7:22 PM EDT
    • John the pic I posted above is Sams and is a jpeg.

    • October 15, 2020 11:06 AM EDT
    • Sam,

      I am not going to give advice on the pic, because I am not qualified, but a "jpeg" does not work for me.

      It has to be "jpg".

    • October 15, 2020 6:11 AM EDT
    • David this is a jpeg which shows up without problem.

      The original link is the problem in this case.

    • October 15, 2020 5:48 AM EDT
    • John Bouck said:

      Apparently Freight sheds do not support jpeg.

      The above was noticed on a different thread Sam.

    • October 14, 2020 11:33 PM EDT

    • October 14, 2020 10:20 PM EDT
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