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Welcome to the Family Garden Trains Discussion Forums

 
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This is a place for beginning and intermediate garden railroaders to hang out, ask questions, share successes and photos, and so on. Our manual signup requirement tends to filter out nasty people, so feel free to sign up and take part.

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Because the automatic signup allows too many spammers into the system, we are requiring an automated signup.

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No unread posts See My Railroad

Upload photos and links to videos of your own railroad.

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Intro to Garden Railroading

 
No unread posts What is Garden Railroading?

"Garden Railroading" generally means running trains between 48:1 (O scale) and 12:1 outside in landscaped settings. This section discusses links to introductory articles, etc.

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Garden Railroad Planning

 
No unread posts Building a Garden Railroad on a Budget

Discussions about financial planning for garden railroads

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No unread posts Planning for Watchability

How do you hold the interest of visitors who AREN'T rivet counters?

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No unread posts Planning for Reliability

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Fri May 16, 2014 10:32 am

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No unread posts Planning for Operations

So you want to operate like a real railroad? You'll need industries, turnouts, and scenarios. How do you do it?

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Fri Aug 07, 2015 8:18 pm

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No unread posts Track Choices

Brass? Steel? Aluminum? Plastic? .332? .250? What works for you?

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Garden Railroad Construction

 
No unread posts Intro to Garden Railroad Construction

How do you decide what kind of railroad is best for you?

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No unread posts Raised 2x6" roadbed

For decades, raised pressure-treated 2x6s were the "gold standard" for garden railroad construction in non-desert climates. What are your experiences?

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No unread posts Quicky or Temporary Railroads

Sometimes you want something running in the short term, and you don't really need a 5-year installation. What do you need?

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No unread posts Trench ("Ground-Level") Railroads

If you want a ground-level railroad, you have to start out below ground. What is your experience?

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Fri May 16, 2014 11:17 am

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No unread posts HDPE "Plastic Lumber" Roadbed

Architect Bill Logan designed a ladder framework you can make with plastic lumber (or composite lumber in some cases). It allows a lot more flexibility than 2x6 construction. What is your experience?

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No unread posts Flextrack?

If you come from HO, where flextrack really is flexible, you might have the wrong idea about Garden Railroad "flex-track." But big, elaborate curves seem to demand this approach, and the railbenders and other tools that go with it. What's your experience?

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Electrical and Lighting

 
No unread posts Electrical and Lighting for Garden Railroads

12-volt lighting, 18- 24-volt track power, battery power? What is the best combination for your needs? Tips, decision tables and more.

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No unread posts Track Power Tips

If you use track power, how do you get the right kind of electricity everywhere it needs to be?

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No unread posts Battery Power Tips

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No unread posts Trains to use

Questions about train brands, etc. Be nice.

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No unread posts Structures

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No unread posts Maintenance

Topics about repair and maintenance of garden railroad equipment go here.

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No unread posts Landscaping

Landscaping issues will be discussed here.

Subforum: Water Features

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No unread posts Indoor Large Scale railroads

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No unread posts Miscellaneous Questions

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No unread posts Other Resources

Here's a place to list links to and discuss other useful garden railroad information.

Subforum: Free Graphics

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No unread posts ShoeString Railroading

Using inexpensive trains in a garden setting.

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