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Absolutely wonderful, Pete. For the humor alone, I strongly encourage everyone to visit your website and the set of photos documenting the construction of the railroad. I felt a sense of kinship the moment I read, "Using the 'extensive knowledge' I gained from building and maintaining my first, unmitigated failure of a garden railway . . . "
 

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That is neat, quite an eclectic collection of locos-you build them all? What wheels did you use for the front trucks on the rail truck? I have a 1/18 plastic kit I may get to this winter to make a rail truck. Like the way your RR blends in so nice with the garden. Good water features also. I like a lush garden railroad. Our expansion area is almost totally grown in to match the older area.
 

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Thanks very very much, all. I believe there's room for everyone in the hobby, and it's nice to know that includes layouts like mine.

Jerry - I built or bashed all the locos and rolling stock. The railtruck is a work in progress in need of more detailing. It usually takes me years to "finish" a loco. The front wheels are LGB plastic spoked.
 

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Pete, Absolutely fantastic, and inspiring as always! You really need to write your railroad up for Garden Railways. Is the water feature now permanent, or still just using rainwater? I noticed what looks like a rather tall waterfall on the far left of the panoramic shot, but couldn't see it in enough detail to tell what was feeding the stream. Keep the photos coming--they inspire me to get out and work on mine.

Later,

K
 

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Thanks again, guys.

Yes, EBT, the stream definitely runs when it rains, but I can also run it from the rain barrel, and with a little help from city water if necessary. Mostly, it's dry.

The tall waterfall you mention would be water cascading out of the overflow tube (lower valve turned off) which produces the nicest sound, as it turns out.


Here's a diagram I did a while back.



 

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Pete

Always enjoy looking at your railway. When I fiorst stubmled upon your site you were just building it and what a transformation after it all grew in. It would be nice to have a list of plants you used since you are in a colder climate it would witk well for most of us up north. Some of the small shrubs are real sweet.

Keep the photos coming....
 

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Thank you. This winter I plan to create a section on my web site just for plants. Over the years, I have kept (and photographed) all the little plastic inserts that come with plants and intend to match them with photos and descriptions. It's true, I guess, that I have learned a bit about perrenials (the hard way).





 
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Oh yeah now I remember the photos from 7/8s scale board I was on.
Still looking good Ole Chap. They ran me off from there cause I was G Gauge! Funny ain't it.
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