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Re: Garden railroads

Really enjoying the garden railroad discussion.  Such a project is on my
list for my "next life".  I could do the planning and plants but am totally
unmechanical and would need major help with that part.  On the other hand,
here on top of the hill, there is hardly any soil to plant anything normal,
maybe a railroad is what I need!
--Barb Tandy, California
----- Original Message -----
From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, October 13, 2003 2:50 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Garden railroads

> Rich: Thanks for the gold! Have a hobby store nearby that does indeed
> carry the garden trains we want and/or order from LGB (?) if that is who
> we want to go with...are there other major manufacturers of G-scale
> trains that are widely available (and therefore likely to be for sale in
> smaller town Iowa areas?) At this point, we are still very much in the
> planning stage and we plan on staying in this phase for a good long
> time, hoping that good planning will later make for easier installation,
> running, and maintenance. Just out of curiosity, what would you (and
> Donna) say were your biggest mistakes starting out??
> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
> --Albert Einstein
>  --- On Sat 10/11, Richard T. Apking < richa@midlands.net > wrote:
> From: Richard T. Apking [mailto: richa@midlands.net]
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2003 21:20:06 -0700
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Garden railroads
> Hi Melody,<br><br>I have a garden railway, and I wish I had someone like
> me to give me some<br>advice when I started.<br><br>1. Find a hobby
> store near you that handles the gauge (size) of trains you<br>want to
> run. This place should be your greatest friend.<br>2. Ask the hobby
> store people if there is a garden railway club in your<br>vicinity.
> Hopefully there will be, these folks will be a great asset.<br>3. Go to
> a book/magazine store and purchase a copy of Garden
> Railroad<br>magazine. It is a treasure-trove of material.<br>4. Ask
> questions, listen and record the answers. I guarantee the money
> and<br>grief you save will build your railway many times over.<br>5. Let
> me know how you make out. If you have questions, I'll help in any<br>way
> I can. Rich in Z-5<br>----- Original Message -----<br>From: "Melody"
> <mhobertm@excite.com><br>To: <gardenchat@hort.net><br>Sent: Friday,
> October 10, 2003 3:48 AM<br>Subject: [CHAT] Garden
> railroads<br><br><br>> Does anyone on this list have a garden railroad?
> We are looking to rip<br>> out a huge garden area infested with mints
> and start completely over<br>> from scratch...my husband is very keen on
> the idea of a garden railroad,<br>> something neither of us has any
> experience with, so could use any and<br>> all help available. I would
> like to start planning for this now, as we<br>> are going to get started
> on this in the early spring and I'd like to<br>> avoid as many mistakes
> as possible. Thanks in advance!<br>><br>><br>> Melody, IA (Z
> 5/4)<br>><br>> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the
> mysterious."<br>> --Albert Einstein<br>><br>>
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