Large Scale Central

Restoring the Rust Garden

Some of the LSC old timers (or maybe it goes back to MLS) might remember my Rust Garden. Built in 2008 it has seen sporadic maibntenance and a few additions of rusty gold, but in 10 years time most of the rock borders and some of the artifacts had sunk into the dirt. The weather here Friday and Saturday was just fantastic for working outside, so a plan was hatched to completely rebuild it.

Digging through old pictures this is what I can find from the original project post back in the day…

And if you REALLY go back, this is the area before any improvements were made. Just the mainline exists in the background…

Interesting how good the neighbors house looked back then. It looks like crap now, all the landscaping yanked out and just weeds now. The stairs are gone replaced by a poorly installed patch in the fence

And now we go forward back to present day - these pictures taken this morning. Some things remain the same, some relics added and old ones placed differently…

Some close-up relic detail. See how many small and unusual items you can spot…

From the back side…

On the far side of the walkway is Rust Garden II. I finally got around to placing one of the line shaft pulleys that I rescued a few years back. I still have one without patina waiting on Dave Taylor to respond to my emails of 3 years ago

Across the tracks is Rust Garden III. I just planted those Aborvitaes yesterday. The borders around them are some kind of a stamp for cutting cardboard shapes, the bottom edge is a blade…

I’m pretty happy with the results except these pictures need trains. No time this morning to get them out. Maybe soon!

That is a great way to display your “Right of Way Treasures” that the wife won’t allow in the house.

cool, Jon! I have a couple of relics also I would like to place and this is a great idea. Thanks for showing it

Where is the crossing bell ? Wait don’t tell me “you are gonna make it functional” ??

" Rooster " said:

Where is the crossing bell ? Wait don’t tell me “you are gonna make it functional” ??

I knew you would ask. Functional, probably not, but I have considered it. I have a set of lights and a plan to mount them and the bell on a Schedule 40 pipe painted Aluminum, unless I can find a real mast free or very cheap. In the mean time, it is on display near my fire bowl on my recently reclaimed back patio.

Neat idea. Looks like some neat NG tie plates and spikes - I really like this as a spot to show off your collection.

The track work looks good. What kind of track is that?

Cool, nice display and you are growing rust…(https://www.largescalecentral.com/externals/tinymce/plugins/emoticons/img/smiley-wink.gif)

John Caughey said:

Cool, nice display and you are growing rust…(https://www.largescalecentral.com/externals/tinymce/plugins/emoticons/img/smiley-wink.gif)

Michael Kirrene said:

The track work looks good. What kind of track is that?

Thank you Michael. It is Aristo 332 Stainless with American ties. I paint all but the tops and the ties then bury the ties in stone dust. It was freshly ballasted when the pictures (old and new) were taken.

Bruce Chandler said:

Neat idea. Looks like some neat NG tie plates and spikes - I really like this as a spot to show off your collection.

Thanks Bruce. Actually those are mostly standard gauge plates picked from a former right-of-way of the New Haven & Hartford. In this photo the second one on the left is significantly smaller and might be narrow gauge…

I can’t remember the source but it might have been found somewhere on the EBT, but they didn’t use tie plates in most places so if it is EBT it might be rare and extremely valuable. Any offers?