Category Archives: Trains

Running the Mallet

Here’s my LGB 2085D Mallet pulling a rake of HSB coaches. Near the end of the video, you can clearly see the pulsed smoke until timing the smoke puffs to the sound card chuffs. Pretty cool

Of course, you’ll have to ignore the moon-like landscape in the background, as I’m all out of gardening funds for the moment πŸ™‚

Bought a rake of coaches

Although I have some nice Piko and LGB stuff, my budget just can’t handle new (or even relatively lightly used) LGB rolling stock. However, I really wanted a set of passenger Cars to pull behind my LGB 2085D Mallet. A bit of searching showed me that the Newqida coaches, although not of LGB quality, could be painted and otherwise modified to give a good representation of Harz coaches appropriate to pull with my 0-6-6-0. Continue reading Bought a rake of coaches

Kids train

Here are some cars that I gave the girls to paint. These are Hartland Locomotive Works gondolas from their “make and take” min collection. The caboose belongs to the boy–who I didn’t trust with paint.

Slow progress

Things have been moving along very slowly–both because of our summer vacation and waiting for some parts to arrive. At this point, I’ve received my DCC command station, power connectors, and track joiners, so I’m working my way around the main line getting track joined and power distribution done. Nothing fancy, and not much to see, so no photos for now.

Inaugural Run

Here’s the first run of a full train all the way around the mainline loop down on the weed block in the raised bed. That’s the Piko BR-80 as before, but this time with the box car and gondola from the freight set. You can see that there’s still a long way to go, but I think this is the final form of the mainline loop.

Laying track

OK, I haven’t actually leveled the entire layout area–which you’re supposed to go before starting. But I couldn’t wait πŸ™‚

So here’s my start on track laying: the station siding and rail yard area, plus the first turn on the house end of the layout. I hope to get the full oval laid out this week–but who knows with the crazy Kansas weather?


Garden Started

I’m pretty excited to have started on the “garden” part of our garden railroad. Once I get this all sorted, I’ll be able to lay track :o)

First step: outline the terrace (at 20 x 70 feet, it’s not really a “raised bed” in any real sense) These are landscape timbers I got at Menards. Eventually the “wall” will be three timbers high.


Doesn’t look like muchΒ πŸ™‚

Continue reading Garden Started

Layout Plan

Here’s my current track plan.

The green is industrial, the red are railroad service buildings, and the blue is the “town”

The layout is planned to be about 20′ x 60′