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[Garden Railroad]

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 4 July 2019 with 1 Comment

Hi folks,

as shown in my new video a few days ago, I finished the mainline on my garden railroad. Shay #7 got the honor to deliver the last section of track, including the “golden rail joiner” to close the loop in the upper garden.

I spend a lot of thoughts for the final route, but finally I discarded any plan which routes the track behind the garden shed. Weeds would overgrow the tracks very quick and there’s only bad access to this section. So I decided to cross the lawn in front of the garden shed. This reduced the track length of the loop by approx. 10 meters, but one can simple add another lap before returning to the rail station.

For the moment, this simple track layout gives me plenty of possibilities for real logging railroad operations. Never the less, I also have ideas to add another siding or spur track to place a logging camp, which will provide some more operation, especially for freight cars. And I still have some tracks left ;-)

[garden railroad + CFF] Romanian logging trains

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 1 July 2019 with 3 Comments

Hello,

a few days ago, I finished my garden railroad nearly by accident. I took me some while to find the final track plan, but once chosen, the tracks were laid within two days. I look forward to post a more detailed blog article soon.

Anyhow, here’s a new movie from my railroad, not only showing the new sections of track but also possible operations as point-to-point logging railroad.
Actually, this video is available in German only.

Gerd

[Garden Railroad] More progress done…

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 18 June 2019 (Comments Closed)

Hello garden railroaders, it’S time to share some hews from my garden railroad. First of all, I operated some trains with my 3-truck Shays. Since I finished the new log cars, I can run two full trains. Last time, I extended the tracks on the left of the garden and now the rails have reached […]

[Garden Railroad] Unexpected track extension

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 6 June 2019 with 5 Comments

Hello logging and garden railroaders, this week, I’m a bit late with the update, but I’ve some news on the garden railroad tracks for you. I spend a lot of thoughts about some kind of a continuous run in the upper garden to have the possibility of “long distance” runs. I took the level and […]

“Veggie Corner” and garden shed

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 28 May 2019 with 1 Comment

Well, this might not be related to “logging railroads”, but it’s an important step into further extensions of the garden railroad. My wife asked for a raised bed for veggies and we also wanted a garden shed for tools and stuff in the back of the upper garden. The raised bed is homemade from stock […]

[Garden Railroad] Grass is growing at Ronja Springs

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 9 April 2019 with 1 Comment

Hello folks, since I missed to post an update last week, here’s the latest progress on my garden Railroad. Last year, I did some experiments with some cheap artificial grass on my layout which was not the beet one. This year, I found a new material with nice grasses which looked much more promising. So […]

[Garden Railroad] Completing the wye

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 with 1 Comment

Since the wye at formerly “Strawberry Hill” turned out as some runaround and shunting station for logging railroad operations, I made use of good weather and finished the tail track. First I set some lawn edge stones along the fence foundation. From a friend, I got two concrete window lintel and used them as base […]

Early spring is here

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 19 February 2019 (Comments Closed)

Hello logging railroaders, after my drift into the Colorado narrow gauge world during the last weeks, it’s time to return to my favorite logging railroads. The good weather outside motivated also to take the “Louise Valley Lumber Co.” out into the garden to do some operation. While I was shunting trains in Ronja Springs, I […]

New radio control for my garden railroad arrived

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 30 October 2018 with 2 Comments

Hello my friends, last week, we were on y short vacation trip through Germany, so there was no time for my logging railroads. BUT, there are some news anyway, since I got a parcel from UK yesterday, containing my first Deltang components. Deltang offers several items and modules to create Radio-Controlls for several model related […]

News from Ronja Springs

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 23 October 2018 with 1 Comment

Hello, today I’ve some news from Ronja Springs. The Woods Furniture building got the company name added to the roof as well as a stone basement to raise the structure to the height of the boxcars. The letters were cnc-milled from styrene, the girders milled from PVC-foam-board. I used some T-profiles as well. All parts […]