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Title: Have you recently built your first Garden Railway?
Post by: Yardmaster on July 13, 2010, 04:54:05 PM
Have you recently built your first Garden Railroad? If so Bachmann would like to interview you. Let us know if you would like to talk to us about your experience.


Title: Re: Have you recently built your first Garden Railway?
Post by: rye on July 13, 2010, 06:08:27 PM
i am  in, rye  merye1@aol.com


Title: Re: Have you recently built your first Garden Railway?
Post by: Udo on July 13, 2010, 09:46:56 PM
Hello Mr. Lynch,
In the moment I only have some "temporary" layout due to often changing the location of work.
So, if you are interested in my experience with your locos (K27, 2-6-6-2, Davenport, 4-4-0 American, Industrial Mogul), contact me via my private E-mail
"udohoffmann@ymail.com"

Udo


Title: Re: Have you recently built your first Garden Railway?
Post by: Alex Butner on July 13, 2010, 10:12:12 PM
I, too have a temporary layout, but you can contact me and ask me about my experience with big haulers trains and I can be asked about my experience with Bachmann On30 sets.


Title: Re: Have you recently built your first Garden Railway?
Post by: David on July 13, 2010, 10:41:14 PM
Jack,

I've just built my first garden railroad and am in the process of getting it ready for my first club open house. I run all Bachmann Spectrum locomotives and a mix of Bachmann, AMS, and Hartford Products rolling stock. I'd be happy to talk to you about my experiences.

Regards


Title: Re: Have you recently built your first Garden Railway?
Post by: Doneldon on July 14, 2010, 12:12:48 AM
I'm more building than built and it's indoors rather than in the garden but I'd be happy to help any way I can. 

doneldon@comcast.net


Title: Re: Have you recently built your first Garden Railway?
Post by: Dave on July 14, 2010, 03:14:30 AM
I have been building mine for the past 3 years and still have a little more track to lay and some bridges to build on the inside track. Am running Bachmann Loco's and Rolling Stock and some scratch built Logging Equipment, Its not a huge Railway but I have built it up approx 2ft to 2ft 6in to make it easier for the future Live Steam Dream. If you need photos I can E'mail them, not sure how to put pics on the Forum. Am using 1:24th as it fits in with our 3ft6in gauge here in New Zealand.
     
                                Cheers

                                     Dave
                                       Waikino
                                          New Zealand


Title: Re: Have you recently built your first Garden Railway?
Post by: VirginiaCentral on July 14, 2010, 11:28:48 AM
Hi Jack, I wouldn't say that my garden RR is 'recently built' but it is an on-going operation and I would be glad to talk to Bachmann about my experiences.  I have plenty of projects that keep me busy making improvements and changes to my layout.  I believe my RR is a good example of what can be built in a relatively small space as it has to share my backyard with my tool shed, my wife's vegetable and flower gardens, my hot tub, and my patio! The good news for me is that I don't have very much grass to cut back there!

Jerry Kay, Portsmouth, Va.
Home of the Virginia Railway Museum featuring N&W class M2 locomotive #1134 and (of course) my Big Sandy & Cumberland Gardern Railroad
eph52 "at" verizon "dot" net


Title: Re: Have you recently built your first Garden Railway?
Post by: naptowneng on July 14, 2010, 10:10:51 PM
Yes, and OK


Title: Re: Have you recently built your first Garden Railway?
Post by: RBMN #425 Fan on July 15, 2010, 09:09:30 AM
Mine's nearly done (i've been working on it for 5-6 years :o)
i have a big hauler, lgb 2-4-0, lionel thomas(i hope i get a bachmann one soon ::)) and my newest an ART Eggliner :)
 Railroad name: the North Pole and Southern  :) ;) :D ;D


Title: Re: Have you recently built your first Garden Railway?
Post by: Ron Grau on July 16, 2010, 03:08:01 PM
Hello Jack Lynch,

My wife & I completed our first garden railroad about 6 months ago.
We are willing to volunteer for your interview.

Our railroad is about 25 feet x 25 feet around part of our back yard.
We have converted our yard to a rock and cactus garden.
We have named our railroad the "Cactus Gulch".
The theme is a western narrow gauge railroad "loosely" modeling the
Carson & Colorado and Southern Pacific narrow gauge.
The time period is early 1900's.
At present, we only have one locomotive, the Bachmann outside frame 2-8-0,
about 12 freight cars, and roughly 6 structures.  But we are growing!

Ron Grau


Title: Re: Have you recently built your first Garden Railway?
Post by: Yardmaster on July 17, 2010, 10:43:01 AM
Thanks everybody. We're looking over the replies we've received and will be contacting some of you soon.


Title: Re: Have you recently built your first Garden Railway?
Post by: tlnibert on July 18, 2010, 02:29:02 PM
I'm rebuilding a large layout, I have two extra men helping me. I just came in from checking the tunnel with the new Bachmann caboose. The tunnel roof had to be raised a little.  I have 3 K-27, the finest engine I've yet to own. The layout went unused for many years and we're pretty much starting over.
Tom




Title: Re: Have you recently built your first Garden Railway?
Post by: RBMN #425 Fan on July 18, 2010, 09:38:59 PM
i'll let y'all know when work re-begins on mine. it's been a little too hot to work outside here in Northeastern PA. (80-100 oF) :) ;) :)


Title: Re: Have you recently built your first Garden Railway?
Post by: vic on July 24, 2010, 01:04:00 PM
Define "recent" ;D. I have built and dismantled 5 layouts (inddors and outdoors) since 2001, and  recently (last year) tore out my last incarnation of my indoor RR and rebuilt it as a mobile indoor layout. I am almost done with the latest version of my ever shrinking railroad, at 5'6" square its far from what most here would consider even conceivable in large scale, but with running 3 trains at once,  it works for me.


Title: Re: Have you recently built your first Garden Railway?
Post by: erichards on July 25, 2010, 01:46:17 PM
I started about one year ago. So far it is all Bachmann rolling stock. I have three outside frame connies, three annie ten wheelers, and one big hauler ten wheeler from the D&S starter set.

Here are some recent scenes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKj4vi4-1UI


Title: Re: Have you recently built your first Garden Railway?
Post by: gunrunner on July 31, 2010, 03:49:54 AM
i have a very unimaginative oval under my patio cover.
i will be very happy to discuss this at length.


Title: Re: Have you recently built your first Garden Railway?
Post by: Karl Reichenbach on August 02, 2010, 10:58:41 AM
Jack,
Sorry I did not reply sooner.  My garden railroad has been under construction since 2004, and is still a work in progress.

To date there is a little under 1000' of track.  I run only Bachmann engines and have at least 2 of all of the geared engines, along with a connie and several 4-6-0's.  All of my rolling stock is Bachmann.

My railroad is a narrow gauge logging and mining, and general freight short line set in the late 40's to early 50"s.

I would be happy to talk to Bachmann.

Karl


Title: Re: Have you recently built your first Garden Railway?
Post by: bhamm1 on September 02, 2010, 02:18:45 PM
I am building, with about 350' of track on the ground, in two loops, including a 30' bridge to do the overlap, a pond, bridges, and 7 Bachmann locomotives.  I am building in 20.3 mining and logging track, and making my own switches.  I am having fun.


Title: Re: Have you recently built your first Garden Railway?
Post by: Sleeping Bear on September 28, 2010, 12:33:05 AM
 Would be happy to talk ...but as of now, I am still collecting piece's and planing the overall design of the lay out. How ever, I do have a small oval of track, 5 loco's( only 2 Bachmann, so far), a costom Christamas set(my design, based around a NP&S Raindeer transport) , a train for the wife(goodies of sorts) that started with a Bachmann 4-6-0 Santa Fe and a Liberty Bell LTD set I got with the 2 extra cars(baggage,combine,pullman,obs.) Love the PRR and coal fired steam stuff. My HO stuff is heavy with Bachmann, as well as my N. But being a diehard LVRC guy, My pride and joy is my ART. RS-3 in my own paint. Bachmann REALLY needs to put out some ALCO Diesels, or ALCO's in general(RS-3 PLEASE) ;D But like I said ...ask away.  Gerry


Title: Re: Have you recently built your first Garden Railway?
Post by: bdelmo on October 04, 2010, 12:14:25 AM
I have recently (September 2010) completed my first garden railway after breaking down my indoor large scale layout several years ago.  It is an over and under single circle inside another larger circle with LGB sectional track on Railbed Systems metal roadbed all elevated in a space approximately 27' by 23' yard area.  I am almost finished with installing rail clamps on all track connections.  I have reasonable grades to run my two DCC engines and more railbed supports on order to brace an elevated siding.  It has 5' diameter curves, so I am limited to my large scale Bachmann Porters steam (round boiler now, square on order) and large scale Bachmann GE 45 ton diesel until I install DCC in my other smaller engines, including a large scale Bachmann Mining/Industrial Mogul 2-6-0 (help needed here). I also have a Bachmann Anniversary 4-6-0 that I am troubleshooting to get back running with DCC and sound added.

I also helped construct the garden railway at Longwood Gardens back in August, where I run my large scale Bachmann Spectrum Consolidation 2-8-0 and Bachmann Spectrum Mogul.