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    • March 3, 2021 12:30 AM EST
      • Lake Forest, California
         
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      My new garden layout

      Thought I’d post about a new garden layout I’ll be building soon at my house in Lake Forest, California.  It will be a raised bed garden and I’ll have some track through it.  

      Here are some rough test photos showing how the track will run.  I can’t move the white storage box as that is actually where our cat litter box is.  Connects to the house via a doggy door.  The bricks kind of outline where I’m putting pressure treated wood for the raised beds.

        

      Layout pic 1

      Layout 2

       

      I am limited to LGB R2 for curves.  Partly due to size constraints, and partly due to track I already had.  But it will be fine for my old LGB mogul.  This will be a fun project that my one year old son MacArthur will get to help with and enjoy in the future.

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    • March 3, 2021 6:26 AM EST
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      Looks like a good project Matt. Been a while since we've heard from you. Congrats on your son, but now Rooster will have an Amtrak buddy to spur him on.

    • March 3, 2021 7:29 AM EST
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      I would have been tempted to make the in and out siding longer by going past the curve in  order to have a longer train there.  Trainli has R3 (3 foot radius) switches available.  Great for the moguls.

       

    • March 3, 2021 11:11 AM EST
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      Yep Dan the siding will be longer.  I just ran out of the old Christmas tree layout track 

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    • March 3, 2021 11:44 AM EST
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      Is a trainli R3 basically if LGB made an R2 switch? 

       

      I can't find the size of their R3 (footprint) so I can see if they will replace my R1 switches and what filler pieces I may need.

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    • March 4, 2021 5:10 PM EST
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      Matthew Doti said:

      Is a trainli R3 basically if LGB made an R2 switch?

      I can't find the size of their R3 (footprint) so I can see if they will replace my R1 switches and what filler pieces I may need.

      Yes. TrainLi use the digit to designate radius, so an R3 is 3' radius, and R7 is 7' radius, etc.

      https://www.trainli.com/brass-track-rail-p-21

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    • March 4, 2021 11:48 PM EST
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      Matt,

       

      Congrats on the new layout and the new "crewman!"  You'll have lots of fun together building this!

       

      Eric

    • March 5, 2021 7:41 AM EST
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      LGB R2 is 5 foot diameter but they did not make a switch for this.  The 3 way wye does have the LGB r1 (4 foot diameter) and R2 (5 foot diameter) switches.

      Trainli R3 is 6 foot diameter and I have seen Aristo SD-45's go through this tight curve.

       

    • March 5, 2021 10:38 AM EST
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      Looks like a great start, Matt.

      So when I click on "Photos of my Train Layout", whose outdoor layout is that?

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    • March 5, 2021 11:41 AM EST
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      Looks great Matt, look forward to seeing it finished. How high are you going to raise it in a planter? Any amount is better than ground level in my experience :)

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    • March 6, 2021 5:41 PM EST
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      I think we'll likely go a little over a foot raised.  A lot depends on how many board I'll use and the cost of them.

       

      And I don't think I posted a pic of the little guy yet, so here he is:

       

      MacArthur

       

      This post was edited by Matthew Doti at March 6, 2021 7:03 PM EST
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    • March 6, 2021 6:04 PM EST
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      He's a cute little guy!

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    • March 6, 2021 10:14 PM EST
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      Looks like you might be able to expand along the one (brick) wall and maybe around the corner.  Raised bed is a good idea, though lumber at the moment is insanely expensive.

       

      That said...

       

      Most of the switches on my indoor layout are Train-li R3 (a bit over 5 foot diameter).  Still have a few R1's for tight spots.

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