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    • September 18, 2019 6:38 AM EDT
    • Hmm .. I wonder how long before we see it in the mag.... Keep us up to date .. This should be a nice project to watch and learn ..

    • September 18, 2019 12:25 AM EDT
    • I will admit that, until now, I have shown no ability to keep plants alive (I once killed a cactus by underwatering it, for example). Given that the Durango & Jasper is meant to be a garden railroad, this clearly needs to change.

       

      Starting from such a stunning position of ignorance, I've decided to take advantage of a lucky coincidence and hire Nancy Norris, the gardening editor for Garden Railway magazine, to plan, install, and teach me about these living things that I will be nurturing.  She lives not far from me.

       

      Nancy came by a couple of weeks ago for an initial chat:

       

       

      We chatted about my vague plans and she seemed to like the general flow. She had lots of good ideas and we modified my initial thinking. Here's a track plan with some colors to mark the different zones as I loosely described them to her:

       

       

      In the forest area we have, of course, trees. The peninsula in the center is a log loading area and we chatted a bit about making that have some different colors and perhaps some bonsai-like plants. The desert area will have succulents and cacti of various kinds. The transition will attempt to make a smooth segue from forest to desert. We also spoke about adding some more drama in some of the rock formations.

       

      Nancy will be here in a couple of days to take the next step of selecting specific plants and getting more detailed about what to do. The last time she was here we ended up buying a few hundred pounds of rocks, some that are a bit of a contrasting color to the existing granite, to build some interest near the right end of the transition area (we were talking about something we called a "rock fall" in that area).

       

      I plan to document here the various decisions and the progress as we go along.

       

      Cool!

       

    • September 5, 2019 3:48 PM EDT
    • I get it now (I was confused too), make a fold up sector plate... does a double duty

       

      have the moving part fold up...

       

      Greg

    • September 5, 2019 11:13 AM EDT
    • Rick,

       

      the thought was that something like this sector plate was added to his stub end yard, on a fold up section, he could then drive trains strait into the shed, then fold up when he needed to close the doors.

       

      AL P.

    • September 5, 2019 10:33 AM EDT
    • I don't understand. (there is lots I don't understand, but that's another subject)  Please explain.

    • September 4, 2019 10:25 AM EDT
    • Sorry it has taken so long but my though would be to combine the sector plate in this picture with hinged section in second picture

      this flip up section,

      note that the hinges were raised to rail height for a smooth transition on the track

       

      Al P.

       

    • July 28, 2019 5:49 PM EDT
    • Richard,

      consider adding a one legged turntable / kind of a mini fiddle yard. this would be one loco length of you longest loco, and can pivot between the three tracks. I have one on one end of my railroad and it works great, it allows you to pull a train in and drop your train, then run around it on an escape track. I  will try to get you a picture tomorrow to show you mine. it doesn't take up much space, and could possibly be configured to fold up.

    • July 28, 2019 5:03 PM EDT
    • Greg, the shed is 8x12 overall.  When we purchased it at the HD it didn't look that big in the parking lot...when they built the thing in our backyard my wife and I were surprised at the size.  We've since gotten used to it and think it is going to work really well.  It's tall enough to stand up comfortably.  I'm going to build a 20" deep shelf along the entire length of the left side wall above where the track is laying on the floor.  Planning to lay about 3 strips of track and a couple of switches for staging the trains. The next thing (hopefully before I go back to work as a teacher) is to add a bridge the outside that will connect to the railroad.

      It's supposed to get to 107 today and I've got the little AC unit on...cool as can be in the shed!

      Richard

    • July 28, 2019 4:37 PM EDT
    • Nice, what is the overall dimensions of the shed? It looks tall in the pictures too.

       

      Greg

    • July 28, 2019 3:50 PM EDT
    • Thought I'd share a few pictures of my summer project converting a Tuff Shed into a train workshop/storage facility.  Insulated the walls and added some electricity and lighting, as well as a window type AC unit.  All my locomotives and rolling stock will be housed here.  My next phase this week is to build the 20" deep staging area for the train to go out the pet door onto the railroad.  It will be nice to free up our dining room table of all train related projects...

      Richard

    • July 9, 2019 7:17 AM EDT
    • Jon Radder said:

       Only problem I know how screwy building on top of living trees can get.

      Just call Burl ...   

       

    • July 9, 2019 12:11 AM EDT
    • From the more bad ideas department...

       

      I think when Ric was here a few years back we talked about descending to the back yard ground level with a switch back.  The stone guys are doing such a nice job on the walk and wall that It can be my next focal point. Thinking of enlisting the grand kids to get a switch back  logging operation started on a low table covering up the Maple roots. Only problem I know how screwy building on top of living trees can get.

       

      Stone work coming together quickly...

    • July 5, 2019 8:52 PM EDT
    • This morning, C.V.S.Ry. M-10 took a work train out as far as Coal Dump curve to assist with the removal of track and supports from there to West Escap`e. I took a few quick cell phone grabs of M-10 on the curve. Most of the new plantings are doing great. Before it was time for beans, the track crew had all of the wood roadbed and piers removed.

       

      This was my first section of outdoor railroad to be built. I learned a lot along the way and there is a bunch of things I did on this section that I won't repeat.  3 of the 5 piers were cut from pressure treated wood and they are still in great shape. Two were common white pine and they didn't do so well.  I also used small steel brads to attach the track because I had a bunch of blue ones that blended in nicely. They also hold a little too well.

       

      Here's M-10 with it's train on Coal Dump Curve...

       

       

       

      The track connecting the pvc roadbed to the wood roadbed was lifted first....

       

      After that , then the wood section was separated at the curve. The long straight was lifted roadbed and all. The curve had some rot issues so it came up in two pieces (with out the post-up blocks).  Here is a reference shot taken just before the train ran / disassembly began.

       

      It's all gone now...

    • July 5, 2019 8:34 PM EDT
    • Jon Radder said:
      Sean McGillicuddy said:

      I like Johns idea, Foam viaduct .. we know you have played with foam @ work ...

      You probably will not believe it, but 17 or so years ago when this section was built; that was the plan.

      I don't believe it

       

       

       

    • July 5, 2019 8:13 PM EDT
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      I like Johns idea, Foam viaduct .. we know you have played with foam @ work ...

      You probably will not believe it, but 17 or so years ago when this section was built; that was the plan.  I cut a few pink insulation foam arches, but my shortsightedness only saw the existing piers and they were too far apart for a pleasing arch shape. Now, with almost 10 years of fabrication experience, I have the ability to see solutions to that problem.  There is no time to build it now; but as a future project there is a good chance.

       

      EDIT to add that my inspiration road, the EBT, has a concrete arch viaduct that is simple to model.  They also have a very cool, spindly steel open box girder span. All of these could be utilized on this section.

    • July 5, 2019 4:38 PM EDT
    • That's using your noodle!

    • July 5, 2019 12:34 PM EDT
    • waterfall bridge

      Many years ago when getting ready for a club meet my track in front of the water fall was supported by a 1 x 6 and not wanting to have it look like po I added a piece of Styrofoam sprayed with lacquer based spray paint causing it to wrinkle up and then cut stone shapes in it with a soldering iron, got a lot of good comments that day.   

    • July 5, 2019 12:34 PM EDT
    • waterfall bridge

      Many years ago when getting ready for a club meet my track in front of the water fall was supported by a 1 x 6 and not wanting to have it look like po I added a piece of Styrofoam sprayed with lacquer based spray paint causing it to wrinkle up and then cut stone shapes in it with a soldering iron, go a lot of good comments that day.   

    • July 5, 2019 7:55 AM EDT
    • I like Johns idea, Foam viaduct .. we know you have played with foam @ work ...