Outdoor "G" Railroad
A New Layout is in the Wind
The long awaited Outdoor “G” Scale Rail Road (Garden
Railroad) is in full swing. Three of the five planned loops
are running. One will be for battery only The others will be
electrically powered tracks so members can bring their trains
from home and run them. The front of the layout will have a
brick walkway with a rock retaining wall similar to the one the
7 ½ railroad team built. The layout will be elevated two feet or
more above the current ground level. We are also planning to
have a mountain, water fall, river, and several tunnels and
Before the summer session started we had brought in many
tons of dirt and rocks. The basic mound was, more or less shaped
and the rock retaining wall next to the fence was completed. Now
the detailing of all the features lay ahead of us.
In order to get enough space for the tracks on the
west side of the tree wells we he had to add some smaller
retaining walls. The upper level on the south side is very
congested and it took some time to figure out how to find space
to install a lake, a river, two tracks, and a road.
First, the pond was installed, dug out again and moved to its
present location. Next came a rough ditch representing the river that
will lead down to the waterfall in the canyon. At the same time a small
water line was installed that will feed water to the stamp mill on the
lower level on the south side. In order to connect to the upper and
lower levels with a road there is now a small mountain with a tunnel.
The site is now ready to be leveled and layout work for the tracks
can start. We will start with the upper level. There will be enough
left-over tracks from the over-head G-Scale to complete a loop with a 30
degree crossing. There are even enough track sections to complete the
second upper loop as well. Although there are a few pieces missing for
the long trestle bridge we can form those with the track bender. The
track will be laid on a temporarily support since the complete trestle
structure and the bends will not be ready for the open house in
|Before the final track sections go in place some trenches
needed to be dug to lay down conduit from the north end control
box to the south end plateau for additional track power and some
future 110V applications.
The outside G-scalers wish to thank the crew members from the 7½”
group for their continuing help every Saturday. Without their support we
would not have advanced as rapidly as we did.
|4/16/2016 the outdoor G-group were busy pouring concrete
roadway surfaces and track foundations, plus beginning the
leveling process on the track loops. Trestle bridge bent
placements are scheduled to begin after the last May Open House
when the Museum will close for the summer.
I was wondering how they were going to
stabilize this section.
is an Old School Cartoon about
Donald Duck -
Out of Scale
(Donald has got one impressive
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