My garden railroad

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  1. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    It's a beautiful day and we're entertaining, thought I'd post several photos of my garden railroad. Bear in mind I don't actually model anything for this, it's just Bachmann big hauler unmodified. But it is a nice way to spend time outdoors with my honey, who is into gardening big time. Hope you can enjoy them for what they are. This covered bridge is the only structure I've bought, and only because it was cheap!

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    An aerial view

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    There was going to be a grade crossing here.

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    Exiting the bridge.

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    My wife is an artist, and one of the things she paints are rocks, to look like bldgs. she does this on commission for people, some of her early attempts reside on the garden layout. Here is one she did for me, Gary's Cafe.

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    Exiting the tunnel.

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    Wow Gary. Nice layout and your Honey must have a nice green thumb. That garden is beautiful
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    Beautiful!

    Gary, my friend, you are a man of many talenrs!
    And evidently your wife is equally gifted!
    What a great little tour!
    Thanks for sharing!:)
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    That's really nice Gary, beautiful all way around. I for one would like to see more of your wifes rock buildings. :eek: :eek: ;)
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    Thanks for the compliments guys. My wife was glad to hear them too! I selected a couple rocks shes done for customers to post. This one includes a xmas tree in the living room window, just as the photo she was sent had. Generally, people send her photos of all four sides of a home and she recreates it.

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    This one is a church she did for someone who wanted to give it as a gift to a retiring pastor.

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    This last one was a freelanced water front home.

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    Hi Gary,
    Love the railroad in the garden, and those structures, -- WOW -- I love um.
    shamus
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    WOW, WOW & WOW

    Those rocks-errrr-buildings look fantastic. May I borrow your wife to help me with my layout? Those are something else. :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:
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    Hey Gary,
    The garden RR looks great! I like how it fits right in among the flowers. You should check out www.mylargescale.com that is where I have been hanging out WAY TOO MUCH lately:D trying to get modeling ideas.
    If you do check out MLS, be sure to go to the figures forum and look at the "nice surprise to come home to" thread. There is a girl figure my wife made posted there.
    Steve
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    Thank you Shamus, Jmarksbury and Steve. Steve, isn't it nice to be able to share a hobby with the wife? Thats a nice figure shes made, well endowed! Thanks for the link, I had been in that forum awhile back and had forgotten about it. I had hoped to become more involved with the outdoor project but have been put off by the electrical pickup of rail powered trains. Granted, I am only using a 3 amp MRC power pack, but with nearly level track and a Bachmann Big hauler I need to clean the rail every time I want to run. That's not so bad with a 5x20 oval, but my original idea of adding a larger loop in the front yard and connecting the two with a pair of wyes is on a very long hold. If performance had been better I hoped to run my Digitrax Chief output to a selector switch, and use it for either HO or O (output voltage settings) disconnecting the appropriate layout. Then I could use IR throttles to run outside. It would involve running a 10 gauge wire from my basement out a wall into the garden area, work I don't wish to do seeing as the track won't stay clean. Battery power is my option, but they would last for about four hours, I'd either have to have several locos charged and ready to swap, or have batteries easily replacable, I just lost my ambition and decided to spend my allotment of time on the HO. If I win the lottery....
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    Great, I can almost smell the flowers. Love the rocks!!!:D
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    Thanks Chris!