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    • April 24, 2018 9:05 PM EDT
    • Dennis Rayon said:

      Great Looking water feature, lots of hard work


      Agreed !


      Nice work so far !!

    • April 23, 2018 7:49 PM EDT
    • Looking Good!

    • April 23, 2018 5:41 PM EDT
    • Great Looking water feature, lots of hard work


    • April 23, 2018 9:31 AM EDT
    • Little by little....

    • April 22, 2018 6:53 PM EDT
    • Realized I better lay down some mainline track before the waterfall build so I know where to place the infrastructure of support...also did a little track clearance testing.  Tallulah Ridge can be a daunting area for trains as it emerges from behind the waterfall.


    • April 21, 2018 4:46 PM EDT
    • Well, here we are in the middle to end of April and the water feature is really beginning take shape.  Crews worked tirelessly the leading up to Easter and have been nipping away a little each week following.  Plans are in place to order a bridge to go over the creek.  The waterfall seen in the pictures is only temporary.  The official waterfall which will start off the top of the tunnel to the left will begin tomorrow.  Sub structure is the first plan of attack.  Soon the mainline reconstruction will begin...




    • April 17, 2018 4:28 PM EDT
    • Mine grow well in some spots, and struggle in others. They are not a fan of the clay that passes for soil around here.

    • April 17, 2018 11:31 AM EDT
    • All my "stepables," take a serious beating, here in the North Woods winter.  By June, however, they are all back.

    • April 16, 2018 8:40 PM EDT
    • Nice to see this thread come back to life. This winter was really tough on all my plantings. Most of the Creeping Jenny - or Moneywart if you prefer, has lost the runners above the soil. I need to wait and see if the roots survived and put up new runners. The Sedums aren't looking good either, but it's early and it has been a cold spring. I'll need to check back in May when things usually are in full growth mode here.

    • April 15, 2018 11:29 PM EDT
    • Took me a while to get "Some-kind" sedum to bite.  I had to wait for  enough grit and dust, apparently, for the things to get going.  Now you should "sedum" spread!  We'll be experimenting with different kinds going forward.  At the price, I don't mind experimenting with these things.


      Oh, do snails and slugs eat sedum.  They have finally found my garden, and we have gone to war.




    • April 15, 2018 8:42 PM EDT
    • Getting tired of mulch and looking at adding sedum's for year round ground coverage

    • March 1, 2018 7:31 AM EST
    • I have creeping Jenny in the shade and it has to be cur back fiercely about 3 times a year.  Given half a chance it would take over totally.  I know keep in a bed that is completely isolated from other plants .  It makes a nice looking field but will being into engine shed and track bed very fast.

      Glyphosate weed killer on the track bed deals with the latter problem! 

    • February 28, 2018 5:45 PM EST
    • If you use LGB track, they had little tie bars the lock the sections together.  But I also screw down my track on my raised line.  On my old ground level line it was semi floated.  I had some long landscape nails thru the ties into the dirt to help keep it in place.  I love those planter boxes and path lights.  Exactly what I am thinking on my new raised line planned for this year so I can run gauge 1 live steam that needs larger curves than my little LGB railway.   Mike the Aspie

    • February 12, 2018 9:57 AM EST
    • Okie dokie.........

    • February 12, 2018 9:46 AM EST
    • Just put your Spring Fling on my calendar for April 28 / 29.  Looking forward to it.  I'll private message for your address before hand.


    • February 11, 2018 11:47 PM EST
    • Ive had some success using zip ties to hold track together, in those spots where I try to join stainless and brass/aluminum.  I just have to remember to give the zip ties a squirt of black paint from a rattle can.  They dont like sunshine, at all.

    • February 11, 2018 8:19 PM EST
    • Yeah, I had REAL trouble with rail separation at the joiners with floating track too:

    • February 10, 2018 4:55 PM EST
    • That's why I like those darn tiny screws in Aristo. I torque 'em in and while it can move some, they don't come apart.

    • February 10, 2018 1:42 PM EST
    • My only problem with floating track is where I've connected Aristo stainless to brass or aluminum, and used Hillman's.  My first run each spring has to be slow, so I can find the track separations.  Electrolysis does not seem to be a factor.

    • February 9, 2018 8:42 PM EST
    • John Caughey said:

      Graeme, Don't bother tying your track down. Let it float as a whole, it won't go anywhere, if the ends are secure to each other. My temperatures vary by 80degrees F. The rails grow and shrink with the seasons. Being free to float on at least 1/2" of ballast, works best here, no kinks. I have seen lateral movements up to an inch total where two long tangents forced a curve to bulge. Trains handled it as if it was planned!

      Thanks for the tip John, another one for the memory bank and its filling up fast.