Cary’s been in touch again.
His updates are always a delight. It’s quite a project.
If you want to see his last post, it’s here.
“Hello Al and All!
I’m having a blast playing in the dirt with my toy trains. My G Scale Garden Railroad is finally at a point where I work a little and play a little. This project has been very much trial and error.
I found this spring that some of my buildings are not holding up and I still have a huge tree limb over my town that will eventually come down one of these days.
However I added to my rolling stock over the winter months, purchased an Alco Rock Island Loco that runs great on my grades and built a track cleaning car that is saving me labor and prep time. It actually works better than I expected!
My track has been outdoors now for 3 years. I soldered jumper wires across the joints and have had no problems with electrical continuity. Maintaining track continuity and track cleaning were two really big questions I had going into this, this summer things are coming together.
Most of my layout is on a 3.5% grade. This has presented challenges but my trains slow a bit going uphill and pick up a little speed coming down, just like the real thing.
The speed fluctuations add a bit of realism but also means that I need strong locos to pull those hills. I’m having good luck with diesels…. they are heavy with two trucks and two motors. The steam locos that I have seem under powered, need frequent cleaning and have those pesky idler wheels.
Next steps are to add a few roads, crossings and plant life. The layout is still very much bare from the digging and construction, I plan to populate the area with plants from the wooded area behind my house. I can't wait to see it all fill in!
I was playing today, the sun was shining and decided to take some video. It contains a few details on the track cleaning car but also progress on my layout to date.
Stay Safe Everyone and Happy Modeling!
Cary in Kentucky”
I so appreciate what you continue to do for this hobby and your passion. Thank you.
I inherited my Dad’s N scale 8×4 layout he started building in his late 70s. Since 2002 I have had it tipped up on its side and stored…. only last month did my son and I right it, cut out the birds nest of mixed wiring, mars connectors and clips (bless my pragmatic dad!) that had been really compromised stored in a daily-used playroom by my kids!
Anyhow, we have re wired the 10 blocks, and 12 switches up to the point of building the control panel. I need experienced chaps to chime in and help design the schematic that makes sense for this layout. If this is something you can put out there, I will send you a nice drawing of the layout.
Let me know and thanks again all the way from the west coast of Canada!
“I enjoy all the creativity you share with us.
I have set up my original (old) Lionel trains and as I added to the board I decided to scale down some photos of my grandchildren in sports, cut them out with a jigsaw, and work them into the landscape.
I have attached several pictures of my grandaughters who are on the Pittsford NY crew and put them in a canal and on a bulletin board.
Mt grandson plays baseball for Stamford CT and he is on a billboard, but also I made a ballfield and screen and used his image in several positions.
The kids all like this and look forward to see where they will be!
A huge thanks to Cary – I do enjoy his updates.
Thanks also to Richard. There are many, many posts on this blog reminiscing about the happy hours spent playing with trains with parents or grandparents.
Fingers crossed in 50 years time it will be no different.
And who can help Bruce? Please leave a comment below if you can.
That’s all for today folks.
Don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to stop dreaming, and start doing.