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    • June 6, 2019 9:09 PM EDT
      • Santa Ana, CA
         
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      Come See My Garden Railroad June 23, 2019 in Orange County, CA

      Tortoise and Lizard Bash Garden Railroad (T&LBRR)

      Sunday, June 23, 2019

      1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

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      Santa Ana, CA 92705

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      Todd and Linda Brody are pleased to invite you, your family, and your guests to the 2019 running of the T&LB Garden Railroad. This marks our 22nd year of operations. The railroad was the winner of the Garden Railways Magazine 2013 competition for garden railways and has been featured in numerous publications and videos. The landscape covers about 1,200 square feet with about 600 feet of track and six bridges, including a 14-foot long trestle. Using simple track power, the railroad can run itself fully automated with up to seven trains that slow and/or wait for each other as necessary to avoid collisions at crossing points. Additionally, the railroad incorporates a high degree of automation and special effects into the multitude of vignettes that adorn the landscape.


      The layout is built around two volcanic areas that spew into various lakes through waterfalls. The volcanoes also result in geothermal activity and the Chameleon Caverns hot springs area lets the towns’ folk “take the waters” for both health and recreational activities. All vegetation, including topiary works and bonsai trees, is real and the miniature garden is completely to scale. The entire layout is detailed with dozens of structures, over 300 people and animals, cars, motorcycles, etc. all at a scale of ½ inch per foot. If you ever considered a garden railroad, this is the one to bring your wife/significant other to see!


      There are always new things to see on the T&LB as well as old favorites to enjoy, much of which includes “tongue in cheek” humor. This year the town received new track-work through the wye to smooth these operations. Recent additions include a new bridge leading to the aerial tram, replacing the old covered bridge that has fallen into disrepair. The new bridge provides a shortcut to the overlook allowing for new vegetation where the old path ran. “Willie the Wonder Horse” just joined us and has been demonstrating his acrobatic/balancing ability to power a rail car “treadmill-style.” Also, fairly recent are the fueling platform along Lizard Lane, the meteor strike just off Feather Mountain, the outdoor amphitheater at Gila Bend, and the Ernest and Julio Gallows. This latter structure allows/encourages the public to “take the law into their own hands” as they actively try to hang the outlaw by throwing balls at a target. Don’t forget to bring your camera!


      Todd & Linda Brody


      The following link will take you to our web site showing the railroad and its history.


      http://tortoiseandlizardbash.com


      This included video shows the railroad in operation.


       
       
    • June 7, 2019 1:25 PM EDT
      • Dayton, OH
         
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      Sounds like the place to be Todd.  Enjoyed your video - wow all track powered - gives me inspiration!!!!

    • June 9, 2019 4:23 PM EDT
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      Todd and Linda - Beautiful!  Some day when I'm on vacation to my original home state of California (born in LA and graduated Sacramento State University in 1968), I'd like to stop by to see your garden railroad.  You're also welcome to visit my new garden railroad here in the Washington DC Metro Area which is currently under construction.  I have a posting on this forum with photos.  The outer loop mainline track was just completed today with lots more to do including designing a railyard.  You can see a short video of the first test run of the outer loop using an LGB Rail Truck with a DCC Soundtraxx Tsunami2 sound decoder installed. 

      Best,

      Tom White

      McLean VA 

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      Tom White

      LGB Railfan - LocomotivesPro

      https://www.olddominionrailways.com/

       

    • June 9, 2019 6:19 PM EDT
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      Thanks.

       

      Probably won't get to the DC area in the rest of my lifetime.

       

      Enjoy.

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