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Garden railroad, take 2

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Monday, November 2, 2020 12:24 PM

Paul,

You just need a couple sets of these PLAYMOBIL alpine cows

 

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Monday, November 2, 2020 2:54 PM

York1

Thanks for the pictures!  Great scenes.

 

Thanks, John! I have a mental picture of what I'm trying to portray, starting to visualize...

But mostly just a pleasant setting to run trains! Most importantly!

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Monday, November 2, 2020 3:00 PM

PVT Kanaka

Paul,

You just need a couple sets of these PLAYMOBIL alpine cows

 

Eric 

 

Those Alpine cows are for real! I saw them grazing and walking the hillsides in Switzerland with the large bell hanging on their neckpieces. Such a beautiful country! We may go back when we retire.

Besides, I've got a " bucket list" of trains to ride!

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 5:18 PM
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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 6:13 PM
Works just as well in "Colorado Mode." I noticed the consist behind the little diesel...Trying to influence someone's purchasing decision with that one?
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Posted by Postwar Paul on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 9:04 PM

Hi Eric!

 Not necessarily trying to influence anything, but I think John's question was how does the LGB passenger car look behind the Durango engine, so here it is! I have a lot of Colorado stuff from many years of Narrow Gauge fascination! 

I like having a " dual purpose" layout that can accommodate all my favorite trains; they are all welcome here! It works for me!

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Posted by Greg Elmassian on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 10:21 AM

Bill if you ever change from Pinterest, let us know.

If you are not a member, then looking at ANY picture there gets you bombarded with popups to sign up, and you cannot view anything "expanded".

Would have liked to see your pictures.

Greg

Visit my site: http://www.elmassian.com - lots of tips on locos, rolling stock and more.

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 11:53 PM

Postwar Paul

....Not necessarily trying to influence anything, but I think John's question was how does the LGB passenger car look behind the Durango engine, so here it is...

All meant in good fun!  I deliberately staged a train with some of his equipment to inform his choice as well.

 

As for a dual purpose layout, I couldn't agree more.  We didn't star that way; we evolved into that.  Most of our rolling stock is from the 1980-s, when my brother and I collected this and that for no reason beyond "we don't have that yet."  Today, that potlatch of equipment gets naturally set out in a Euro-day / US Day / Hawaii Day.  Funny, I don't enforce this beyond "Little People on the Railroad Day," when we go "all in" Wild West.  The crew came to this based on an undefined sense of aesthetic.  

 

We actually chose names for our two nominal towns based in part at least to convey diffent settings:  Bad den Huenden / Dog Wallow / Haluku'ili'o and Gruenberg / Green Hill / Pu'uoma'ao.  I don't think anyone hues to this beyond me, but it helps me set the mood, anyway.

 

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, November 8, 2020 6:29 PM

Here is my "Swiss-Colorado" after one year of construction. Still more details to add, but I'm happy with the progress up to now. I am not able to post photos directly since my last iPad software upgrade, but the link below goes to my share.

Paulhttps://myrailroadasoneyeartoday.shutterfly.com/#%3aemid%3dsite_sitecreated%26cid%3dSHARE3SXXXX

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Sunday, November 8, 2020 9:53 PM
More great shots! Thanks! - Eric
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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, November 15, 2020 10:02 PM
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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Sunday, November 15, 2020 11:48 PM
Paul, the rack railway is amazing and adds a fun and dramatic vertical element to the Swiss-Colorado. I know early on you were wondering how to make the supports look like mountains, but there is a certain charm to the rack railway "as is." - Eric
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Posted by Postwar Paul on Monday, November 16, 2020 10:03 PM

Eric,

I always wanted to try the rack railway concept, and when this engine turned up, I just had to buy it! My space is much smaller with this current garden railroad, but I can run 3 trains! Plenty of " eye candy".

I have gotten used to the supports as they are, and just enjoying running my trains!

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 2:19 PM
Paul, I tried to post this yesterday, but have you considered hanging flower boxes with alpine blooms and falling plants to evoke an alpine feeling? Google / Bing / Yahoo Mittenwald or Garmisch or any other Bavarian town. This is quite common in their window boxes. - Eric
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Posted by Postwar Paul on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 6:17 PM

Eric, you have heard of a " green thumb"?

Well, I have " the thumb of death"....

killed many a fine plant. This time, I'll stick with rocks...

Paul

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Monday, February 1, 2021 5:45 PM

https://powerandcontrol2021.shutterfly.com/#%3aemid%3dsite_sitecreated%26cid%3dSHARE3SXXXX

I purchased the LGB 10345 circuit, and now the cog line is hands free operation ! Easy to set up, I highly recommend. At 11 volts, the cog train leaves the lower terminus and takes 3 minutes to reach the top end, where it comes to an abrupt stop 2 inches from the end !After 4 minutes, it heads back down to the lower terminus. This cycle repeats over and over.

Cool Beans !

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Posted by York1 on Monday, February 1, 2021 5:55 PM

That's pretty amazing, Paul.  I would be worried about my clumsy fingers on controls and watching my cars go crashing off the end.   That makes your setup so much fun to run without worrying about ruining cars.

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Monday, February 1, 2021 6:09 PM
That's awesome! Between that and your dead rail, the cog railway should be as safe as any garden railroad can be!
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Posted by Postwar Paul on Monday, February 1, 2021 10:17 PM

York1

That's pretty amazing, Paul.  I would be worried about my clumsy fingers on controls and watching my cars go crashing off the end.   That makes your setup so much fun to run without worrying about ruining cars.

 

John, it's just nice to turn it on, and let it run! I can enjoy it without having to run over and shut it off. Should be easy when people are able to come over once again.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Monday, February 1, 2021 10:19 PM

PVT Kanaka
That's awesome! Between that and your dead rail, the cog railway should be as safe as any garden railroad can be!
 

Eric, it's a great system,and safe! It could be useful in many other applications. I am really enjoying my little railroad!

Paul

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, April 24, 2021 2:27 PM

Added some passenger cars. Sporting a vintage Rhatische Bahn vibe... These cars are 26 inches long, have interior lighting, and ball bearing metal wheels. Sa-weet!!

The equipment is huge, and I'm running out of space to store it all. I can probably do one more loco realisticly. Dream engine would be LGB "Rhatia", or "krokodil". We'll see....

Need to get back to work on the layout.

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Posted by BLT_BY_LIONEL on Saturday, April 24, 2021 7:27 PM

Great looking cars, Paul.  And that backdrop really looks amazing.  Well done Yes

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, April 25, 2021 9:28 AM

Thanks, John! I like 'em, they fit my theme. Slowly adding equipment, and now need to start working on the railroad again.

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Monday, April 26, 2021 2:21 AM
Paul, Looks wonderful! I happen to like the little steeple cab. I found out the OR&L considered electrifying part of its line. I may "accidentally" purchase one of those little things! Eric
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Posted by Postwar Paul on Monday, April 26, 2021 7:18 PM

Hi Eric!

 That little steeplecab is a nice counterpoint to my MOB engine, which is designated Ge4/4 111. It's huge and very heavy. The steeplecab is just right for the innermost loop, which is all R1. Smooth runner, great for light duties!

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 2:57 AM

Paul,

For aesthetic reasons, we usually run either a Hawaii / US theme or a European theme.  I've never mandated it; it just happened.  If that little steeple cab came along locally at the right price...

 

I did get a bit of overtime over the last several months and gave in to the temptations of "Evil Bay" to flesh out my Euro-roster.  After spending so much time and effort  and cash getting our LGB 2071D rebuilt, I just felt "Gustav" needed the right trainset.  At the risk of hijacking your thread a bit:

Video:  Gustav Pulls the Zillertalbahn Through the Hawaiian Alps

And, in case the video fails:

I now return you to your own thread!

 

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 7:20 AM

Eric, that's a great looking train! And the last car is making me thirsty....I always wanted one of those.

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 11:03 PM
Thanks. The last car took some patience to find at a price I was willing to pay! If I've learned nothing else from "Evil Bay," it is that patience pays!
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Posted by Postwar Paul on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 7:23 PM

I like to shop in person. Hoping the train shows open up again.I have so much already, I'll be very selective about what else I add.

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Thursday, April 29, 2021 1:24 AM
I've no option to shop in person, unfortunately. Of the two hobby shops, only one has train stuff, and the "G" offerings are clearly old stock. When I travel, I make it a point to load out!

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