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What section of your RR did you spend the most time on ?


What was the hardest to complete.


How long did it take?


Are they one in the same?
 

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Hauling dirt! I purchased loads of topsoil at the local sand & gravel company. They dumped it into my pickup. Each load was 1800 to 2300 lbs. I then hauled it home, shoveled it into my wheelbarrow by hand, rolled it into the backyard through the gate, and dumped it on the layout. It did this for 18 months, mostly on weekends. It took a little over 50 tons (50 pickup loads) to get that part of the job done .... in between loads of dirt, I needed 25 tons of rock ... same wheelbarrow.

It wasn't hard to do, it was just plain hard work. I don't think I could or would do it that way again.
 

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The hardest thing for me is to get started laying track. I flop back and forth between my garage moment and putting track on the ground. I have been purchasing narrow guage, but then I get distracted with the 1:29/1:32 stuff. Of course that leads me to late steam-early diesel. It is like my head will explode....but it is fun regardless.
 

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Posted By Del Tapparo on 02/15/2009 7:08 PM
Hauling dirt! I purchased loads of topsoil at the local sand & gravel company. They dumped it into my pickup. Each load was 1800 to 2300 lbs. I then hauled it home, shoveled it into my wheelbarrow by hand, rolled it into the backyard through the gate, and dumped it on the layout. It did this for 18 months, mostly on weekends. It took a little over 50 tons (50 pickup loads) to get that part of the job done .... in between loads of dirt, I needed 25 tons of rock ... same wheelbarrow.

It wasn't hard to do, it was just plain hard work. I don't think I could or would do it that way again.


That's what Mexicans are here for. I called Manuel........or was it Jose. I just watched. They did a good job and smiled all the time they were doing it.
 

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The first layout was on a 12 inch deep bed of tamped crusihed and tamped lime stone above the ground by about 3 to 6 inches. The hardest part for me was getting down on my hands an knees and working- very bad back and now knees and hip now. Thanks Mom! Hense the the main lines of the new layout will be a foot off the ground so I can turn a a 5 gallon bucket over and sit while I work. Everything else will be built on pressure treated 2 x4's so I can build 8 to 12 foot sections and put them in place.
 

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Finding a place to put it :D
 

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Acquiring the real estate from my better half.....
 

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Posted By John J on 02/15/2009 2:35 PM
What section of your RR did you spend the most time on ?

I guess the south end


What was the hardest to complete.
getting JJ cars to run on it.


How long did it take?
Two visits from him.


Are they one in the same?

JJ is , special....
 

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Posted By NTCGRR on 02/16/2009 2:42 PM

Posted By John J on 02/15/2009 2:35 PM
What section of your RR did you spend the most time on ?

I guess the south end


What was the hardest to complete.
getting JJ cars to run on it.


How long did it take?
Two visits from him.


Are they one in the same?

JJ is , special....

Which way is south?
 

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John--

What section of your RR did you spend the most time on ?

The water feature (2 streams converging into a pond) and placement of the long bridge across it. I started on this part of the layout last year about this time and it's still not done.
I just got to a point where I realized I didn't like the look of what I had done and had planned and did not have a ******** clue on what to do to fix it!!



What was the hardest to complete.

the water feature since it's still not done..... no visions... no design ephiphany.... no change...




How long did it take?

it is still in limbo..... guess I'm just gonna rip out therock I've already placed and go back with smaller pieces...maybe that'll work




Are they one in the same?

yeah.....unfortunately


mark
 

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What section of your RR did you spend the most time on ?

Well so far planning is definitely the most time...LOL!

What was the hardest to complete.

Complete? I've not even strated yet....


How long did it take?

Well I started buying trains and a few prooject things back in 1992 or so.

A few years later I moved into what I thought would be a permanent home and started to draw up plans and and even had storage yards started in the basement of that house. A divorce ceased all plans and building there and things have been in a state of flux until two years ago when we moved into what should now be a permanent residence for a while. Awaiting some construction projects to be started and finished and then wil start anew on planning my empire.


Are they one in the same?

Yeah sort of....
 

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The hardes thing for me (i'm pretty handicapped in the knees, and back) so laying on my belly and crawling around a 80x40 twice, moving ballast around, and leveling each section of track. Real time consuming too!! Just finished the inner loop of my two loop track 3 weeks ago just in time to have it buried under about 6inches of snow. Done with that now just want some nice days to run. To finish my inventory, i'm looking for a Aristo dash 9 heritage 2, and somewhere down the line a k-27, and then I believe i'm done. Of course there will always be something that will come down the road that I just have to have, so I'll sell something to get something else! It's the way of the trainworld isn't it. The Regal
 

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JJ,
I spent countless months in planning and SIX Months in building my 12 foot trestle and 3 different bridges out of Old Growth Redwood.




Got it alll up and running for the 2006 National Garden Railway Convention.
Russ Miller 
 

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Strangely enough, it was the grade going up to the cross-over! I had a helluva time getting it right and it required some rock work as in chisleing out a lower bridge point to get the grade down to a reasonable degree!
 

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The most time that I spent on my railroad, was the construction on the trestle system. Plenty of ripping of material. Gluing and nailing of the bent sections. Followed by the assemlby on the layout.
 

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With bad ankles, bad knees and a bad back, getting down to secure the track together and then getting back up by far was the hardest part. Even though I put my track together in the house in sections, I still had to install those little screws and track clamps where the sections joined up. While my temporary layout around the pool is laying flat on the pool deck, my garden railroad will be at least 30 inches above ground level and maybe even higher. For those young railroaders planning a ground level railroad, once the ackes and pains start and they will, you'll wish you had built an elevated layout.

Randy
 
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