Over the years I've answered all kinds of questions for people. In fact, most of the articles on the Family Garden Trains website came about because several folks asked the same questions.
By now, we have added so much information that we can answer the vast majority of reader inquiries simply by referring to a specific part of a Family Garden Trains™ article. But we do focus on beginning and intermediate readers, so there are some things we can't cover in the depth a more advanced reader may need. In addition, it's nice to get several folks' point of view on some issues.
I will warn you, that a few "experts" have a "my way or the highway" approach to the hobby. But the best cure for that is to be exposed to many sources, so I've put together a list of the best, most useful, and "safest" sources of information I could find.
I believe that the quality of the articles and the overall fairness of GR's editorial content will continue as long as Marc is at the helm.
If you are new to this hobby, realize that the cost of subscribing is less than you'll
pay for one wide-radius turnout, and will do you far more good in the long run.
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Holiday Garden Railroads Video - Peter Wine, garden railroader and photographer, has worked on several of the nation's best-known display railroads (under the direction of master builder Paul Busse). Pete has captured live-action video of several of those display layouts as they were decorated for Christmas, including display railroads at the Smithsonian and the New York Botanical Garden. It should give you lots of ideas, even if you're not doing a Christmas display at the moment.
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Note: this is not an Amazon link, but it works.
Our article on Finding a Garden Railroad Club contains information that should help you find likeminded folks in your area.
As you check out the resources listed above, you'll find additional resources and links to check out. Some will be more useful than others, but the fact is there are a lot of very helpful people out there if you know which questions to ask and you're capable of forming your own opinions in spite of "expert" advice.
If you come across anything that really raises eyebrows or need a "second opinion," please contact us.
Best of luck,
Paul D. Race
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