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Re: trains in the garden


        Interesting so many on the list are interested in trains.  I have a
lionel layout (7' x 14') and thinking about a new house to have more space
for a larger effort.  This is the fourth one I've done; every few years I
take it all apart and start over.  I really enjoy doing mountains with
tunnels, river valleys with bridges, and lots of industrial areas with
operating accessories (coal loaders, cranes, etc.)

        I have long been impressed that the process of designing and
building a model layout is very similar to designing a landscape.  I start
with an overall plan and sketch, but make lots of changes as I go along.

       A garden railroad would be fun, but doesn't make a lot of sense in
Northeast Ohio.  I have one friend, a machinist, who has built an enormous
live steam layout with his father, who is a retired florist and gardener.
The kids, and even adults can ride it, and really enjoy it, but the
maintenance is a huge task.



----- Original Message -----
From: "Donna" <justme@prairieinet.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, December 28, 2002 8:31 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] trains in the garden


> Eva,
> You really need to go see it. I am familiar with Paul Busse's work and
> he is awesome at it. He also did the exhibit at the Chgo Botanical
> Gardens as well as many homes that I toured last summer in Cincinnati
> area. I love his buildings, as they are made out of leaves and garden
> stuff. When I talked with him, claims he just pours polyurethane over
> them till they puddle and they will last for years.... gotta try it.
> Wonderful knowledgeable man who is happy to tell you how he does it
> all.... If you do go, check out what appears to be drift wood.... they
> are actually rotten railroad ties.. it is his signature on the design.
>
> Donna
>
> >
> > The New York Botanical Garden has a Holiday Garden & Train Show going
> on
> > until 1/5/03.  It looks cool!  They have recreated numerous NY
> > places/landmarks using plant material & have trains running through.
> I
> > hope
> > to see it in the next few days.
> >
> > http://www.nybg.org/events/holidaytrain2002.html
> >
> > Eva
> > Long Island, NY
> > Zone 6/7
>
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