|Written by Paul D. Race for Family Garden Trains(tm)|
Garden Railroad Planning ArticlesDesigning a garden railroad is more individual that almost any other creative enterprise. Most garden railroads include engineering, horticulture, history, landscaping, and pond culture, all combined in one or two people's imagination. There are far too many aspects of the hobby for one person to do them all well, so each garden railroad eventually reflects the core interests of the garden railroader(s).
That's one reason we can't put together just one chapter about planning your garden railroad. There are two other reasons:
There is also a difference between planning the "look and feel" of your railroad and planning the infrastructure. As an example, you may want it to look like your railroad is climbing steep mountains, but your railroad will run better if you achieve that effect by having the track fairly level while the mountains "rise and fall" around it. And no matter how clever your track plan is, your turnouts need to be in the right places, or you'll spend more time than you should putting your trains back on the track. In short, our goal is to help you plan a railroad that will give you maximum enjoyment in the long run.
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Best of luck, all,
Paul D. Race
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