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Re: Garden railroads

Hi again Melody,

I neglected the last part of your letter.

My biggest mistake was being in too much of a hurry, and not planning for
expansion of the railroad.

I should have planned a little longer, it would have saved two teardowns
that should have been expansions.  If I did anything correctly, it was that
I built my sub roadbed almost as well as the Romans built their roads.  Rich
in Z-5
----- 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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