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Re: Garden railroads

Hi Melody,

I didn't mean to speak in absolutes, of course of which there are few.  Just
to keep the sub-roadbed from moving in great huge amounts.  In some of the
garden railway books there are details on how to incorporate expansion
joints into your trackwork.  They really work, and since I am a lazy
gardener and railroad magnate, I really appreciate them.  Rich in Z-5
----- Original Message -----
From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2003 3:29 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Garden railroads

> Rich: How does one keep ground from shifting and moving in Iowa winters
> and spring thaws?? Are we talking about moving not at all or as little
> as possible?
> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
> --Albert Einstein
>  --- On Tue 10/14, Richard T. Apking < richa@midlands.net > wrote:
> From: Richard T. Apking [mailto: richa@midlands.net]
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 20:49:08 -0700
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Garden railroads
> Hi Donna,<br><br>At first I went totally insane and poured reinforced
> concrete in trenches.<br>I eventually caught common sense and started
> using a crushed stone product<br>called half and less, meaning that the
> stone was crushed to 1/2" diameter<br>and less. Worked pretty well, some
> of it has been in place for 5 years.<br><br>I imagine his gravels would
> work, the main thing is that the roadbed not<br>shift or move from frost
> and freezing. Rich in Z-5<br>----- Original Message -----<br>From:
> "Donna " <justme@prairieinet.net><br>To: <gardenchat@hort.net><br>Sent:
> Monday, October 13, 2003 6:56 PM<br>Subject: RE: [CHAT] Garden
> railroads<br><br><br>> What did you use Rich?<br>><br>> DH has mounds of
> stuff!.... like this kinda gravel, then that kinda<br>> gravel, then
> crushed rock, then chicken grit.... now talking about using<br>> rain
> gutters:(<br>><br>> Donna<br>><br>> > Hi again Melody,<br>> ><br>> > I
> neglected the last part of your letter.<br>> ><br>> > My biggest mistake
> was being in too much of a hurry, and not planning<br>> for<br>> >
> expansion of the railroad.<br>> ><br>> > I should have planned a little
> longer, it would have saved two<br>> teardowns<br>> > that should have
> been expansions. If I did anything correctly, it was<br>> > that<br>> >
> I built my sub roadbed almost as well as the Romans built their
> roads.<br>> > Rich<br>> > in Z-5<br>><br>>
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