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    • March 20, 2019 9:00 AM EDT
      • Easton , Massachusetts
         
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      With this line, if you wanted to raise some of the back yard .. getting fill back there would be easier with some gondolas instead of wheel barrows that the rest of us would use..

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    • March 20, 2019 7:42 PM EDT
      • Burbank, CA
         
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      Sean McGillicuddy said:

      With this line, if you wanted to raise some of the back yard .. getting fill back there would be easier with some gondolas instead of wheel barrows that the rest of us would use..

       

      Sean,

      Raising the yard is not the issue. The minimum radius for these BIG ride-on trains is the problem. I'm trying to hold a minimum radius on the mainline  to 25-32 feet. Anything smaller just doesn't do these trains any "justice". I just did a quick and dirty drawing showing the addition of about 275 linear feet which DOES make a complete loop around the property. The whole layout would have about 425-450 feet of track including a couple of sidings. But if you look at the 25 ft. radius making the curve around the pool deck it is just too cramped. And amount 90% of this addition would have to be elevated. Elevated track in 1 inch scale is very common. But doing it in 1/8th or larger, then the structures for support become over-whelming in cost and design. Would be nice though :).

       

       

      Here's the drawing with the additional track.

      EDIT: Additional photos of yard to go with the drawing above. This photo is at the gate to the yard, looking west to the San Fenando Valley floor 600 feet below us and the Malibu Hills shrouded in clouds in the distance. Thois shows the palm and walkway stepping down to the pool deck. About a 3 foot drop in elevation. The trestle would have to be all along the planter to the right and make the turn over the lower patio and then all along the fence in the foreground. The trestle in the lower patio would be about 48 inches above the brick. Major trestle work!

       

      Second photo looking east back toward the gate and the driveway. Again showing the 3 foot drop to the pool deck and then the next drop into the lower patio of another 2 feet. Nothing is one level in this yard! Not made for railroading :). At least not in THIS scale. :)

       

       

      Looking north across the pool and deck. That wall behind the pool is over 9 feet high. My neighbors pool is in that location. we live on a steep slope in our area. And again, this would involve a trestle about 18-20 inches taller than the small wall at the end of the pool. Make a 25 ft. radius curve over the pool deck and have the track elevated here by about 36-38 inches above the deck and the back fence planter.

       

      This post was edited by Gary Armitstead at March 21, 2019 3:42 PM EDT
    • March 21, 2019 7:18 AM EDT
      • Easton , Massachusetts
         
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      Would be nice though :).

       Have the family help .. then they would have there own amusement park ride..

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    • March 21, 2019 12:16 PM EDT
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      Sean McGillicuddy said:

      Would be nice though :).

       Have the family help .. then they would have there own amusement park ride..

       

      When our two girls were very young (they are 41 and 38 now-son wasn't even born yet), we had the Little Tikes train and we bought lots of extra track. It went in a complete loop around the pool deck (shown in the drawings). About a hundred to hundred twenty feet. They called it the Disneyland ride. Great memories then AND hopefully great new memories now with this short line.

      This post was edited by Gary Armitstead at March 21, 2019 1:20 PM EDT
    • March 21, 2019 12:21 PM EDT
      • Easton , Massachusetts
         
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      So they should help (complete the loop) so there kids have a same/ better memory...

      Have a Build a grandpa trestle party ...

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    • April 15, 2019 8:31 PM EDT
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      Another big day today on the "little" short line....because the grandkids are coming up to run trains on Easter Sunday, I put some track together along with the new #5 turnout. Then unloaded both electrics onto the short track.

      They both worked flawlessly. So we are ready for some "train time" this weekend :).

      The final location of these two tracks will be farther up the driveway and the track on the right will eventually go down the walkway.

       

      This post was edited by Gary Armitstead at April 16, 2019 10:46 AM EDT
    • April 16, 2019 6:12 AM EDT
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      I guess you don't park your cars in the driveway anymore..........

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    • April 16, 2019 7:23 AM EDT
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      Ken

      A guy has got to have PRIORITIES!

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    • April 16, 2019 12:40 PM EDT
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      You're right, Joe. Sorry, lost my head.................

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    • April 16, 2019 1:05 PM EDT
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      That's why this is "portable" :). But also the CFO of our household is very "understanding" :).

    • April 16, 2019 3:59 PM EDT
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      Gary Armitstead said:

      That's why this is "portable" :). But also the CFO of our household is very "understanding" :).

      Bless them all!

       

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