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  1. Mick, how strange, maybe I missed some earlier shots with grass down., or maybe it was the angle with all the different locos and stock. It looks very complete though.
  2. Nice video. Sort of surprised to see how good the run through station is looking. The whole layout is looking very nice.
  3. I've seen a lot of different scenic materials that are light weight. Of course the problem is that you are outside. Your best bet may be to get some latex and build molds yourself from rocks. I did it on a layout about 30 years ago and it was easy. As long as you make the castings thin they will look fine. Making rock castings and casting plaster is really fun too. You learn to blend them before they harden and no one can see where one casting ends and another begins. I used water putty which is a hard material, you may explore using that as plaster can be too soft. Another opti
  4. Mick, IMHO lumber is lumber. As long as it isn't warped or already decayed in any way, all you gotta do it seal it up and go. That is the most important thing I learned is that you have to protect the wood from the elements. Screws work best for fastening. I think some of the tried and true methods on here are worth following. And yes, I am still using scavenged materials, but now it's all for scratch building train cars.
  5. Why not? I haven't had a layout in some time, yet mine was made from wood salvaged from alleys. Same difference really.
  6. Good eye and yeah, I am worried about it. The old Tycos have super large bogies and I will cut some excess off of them.
  7. Progress on the 1st log car. I think I can easily make a whole slew of these.
  8. Sad not doing the garden railway. Yet, I am still squeezing in time prepping models to run on the HO/OO track. I did a lot of research on a really rare log car type. I've actually been unable to find anything but old photos, so any guess on the actual dimensions is pretty vague. so this may be the first model ever built of one. I did take an old photo and cut the people out and use them to measure. I decided 20' long was about right. Decided to use the kitchen tools to cut strip wood as the razor saw takes too long. I also bought some cheap water color paints at t
  9. My rule of thumb is about 90% of a garden railway should be made from found materials. Save your cash for track and trains.
  10. Been looking at all your photos. how do you create the bent frames on your curves. The framing looks very reliable on the out side layout.
  11. That is awesome. I really like how the loop at the end gives you a sort of fake double mainline on the rest.
  12. I think real model railroading has always been a handyman's hobby on a certain level as you can spend a fortune on all the extras like structures. I avoided tearing out all of my garden railway because I had hopes I could come back to it. It's been years now. I used experimental techniques on my layout as well. Some things are just fried now. The ply having been spray painted in some places did not seal well. I should have used brush on oil paint. Over all it has become a tragic sight. Yet I still have that passion for wanting another garden railway. Once you've run trains outside yo
  13. Just sneaking some time building a structure for my future 3 x 4 layout. The first stage is tedious. I am using my rail nipper to cut planks from free coffee stirrers. You know how I am, "If It's Free, It's For Me!" I also scavenged some free lumber for the proposed layout. I love free things. I needed a light ply I could easily cut as sub roadbed. I want to create something that is not flat except for track and structure bases. I found a roughly 2x4 piece that should be plenty. In other news, my garden railway is really beyond repair. Going to have to tear it al
  14. Is the reed switch designed to be off until a magnet passes near it, or is it designed to be on? Try taking a 9 volt battery and a simple light bulb and making a small circuit like so: battery > light bulb > reed switch > back to battery What happens when your apply the magnet? It should solve your problem for you.
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