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Posted by Doc Hoy on Thursday, December 16, 2021 7:50 AM

I have been very interested in G scale railroading for as many as 30 years. I set up a pike every Christmas but do almost nothing with garden railroading apart from that. I am a retired Naval Warrant Officer (Electronic field) and retired University professor (Electrical engineering and management). Moved to FL three years ago and set up a Christmas pike at one end of the pool each year. I am looking forward to receiving some tips as the time goes by.

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Posted by emdmike on Thursday, December 23, 2021 7:27 PM

Welcome to the group, not the most active garden railway forum on the net unfortunatly.  Mylargescale and Gscalecentral(mostly UK but a good read none the less) are much more active.  Me and a couple others here post from time to time,  I run live steam and electric ones that I converted to onboard battery power on a large raised outdoor loop in my back yard.  I can highly recommend looking at battery RC control from the very beginning,  it does away with any need for rail clamps at the joints, cleaning track beyond removing leaves and sticks.  Just set the engines on and go.  Crest Revolution, Airwire are two well known and supported RC systems for onboard battery power.  Or go live steam with an engine from Roundhouse Engineering or Accucraft.  Live steam is what got me into garden railroading.  Mike

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Posted by York1 on Thursday, December 23, 2021 7:35 PM

Doc Hoy,

Welcome to the forum.

I'm not real active on the garden railroad side, but I love reading about others' railroads.

We always like seeing pictures of your progress, even if it seems slow or deals with problems.

Welcome

York1 John       

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Posted by Swiss-Colorado-Lines on Friday, December 24, 2021 9:32 AM

Welcome!

feel free to ask any questions you may have. You will also learn as you go, when you start building.

Paul

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Friday, December 24, 2021 12:53 PM

Aloha e komo mai!  

 

Welcome to the forum and the hobby!  If you can find it, you may want to check out my long-running and just-retired thread "Progress on the Triple O."  It'll step you through my relatively recent road from concept to railroad.  It also contains some great advice from the inestimable and, unfortunately, late Tom Trigg.

 

Forum member "Chochowilly" is from your next of the woods, and there is an active garden RR community in Florida.  You may also want to scope out Large Scale Central, which is pretty active and has a number of Floridians.

 

Haze grey...and, never mind, you're retired!

 

Eric

 

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Posted by Doc Hoy on Sunday, December 26, 2021 8:54 AM

Thanks for the wink back, PVT K.

In point of fact I lived in Wahiawa, HI for four years while on active duty.

 

I will check out the links.

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Monday, December 27, 2021 8:03 PM

Wahiawa...terminus of the old OR&L pineapple branch and still just as dusty today!  Efforts to bring the town into the 21st century have thus far not succeeded...

 

Eric

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Posted by Doc Hoy on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 12:41 PM

Our site was right in the middle of the Dole fields at Helemano. I think it is A rmy housing now.

 

Trying to figure out adding photos to the post.

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 1:51 AM

Doc,

Yes, that's all Army Housing.  

 

As for photos, I use "OneDrive," use the function that lets you create a link for embedding in other sites, hit the "photo" icon page here, and paste in that link.  

 

Eric

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