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 Posted: Sat May 9th, 2015 03:36 pm
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Life is a funny thing...

Yesterday I gave notice at work after years of being away from home on a constant basis (life of a truck driver). Decided it was time for a change in order to sleep in my own bed every night and spend time with the wife unit. Begin the process of looking for a new job come Monday...

Anyways, with that decion made I decided that maybe it was a good time to make a change to the previous garden railroad I had started a few years ago and simply had very little time to play with. It was intended to be a simple point-to-point layout. Nothing fancy, a place to run a simple four wheel, batter powered/RC critter pulling a few cars from one end of the line to the other. Repeat and rinse as desired. Time at home being in short supply I only managed to hand lay about 75 feet of track over the past few years. Never really operated the critter on it to any extent worthy of mention. Don't even have a single freight car to pull behind it. Did I mention that I was rarely home?

Now that I will be home daily I decided to pull up all the track yesterday afternoon. A drastic change to say the least. Of course, prior to putting on the gloves and yanking up the track I gave some thought to the design and location of the new railroad.

Aside from a handful of battery powered type lokies, I have two small Accucraft live steamers... a Ruby and an Ida. I've had them for years and have yet to every fire them up. They are nothing more at the moment than dust collectors on my bookshelf.

With this in mind, I gave the backyard a glance and immediately settled on my plan for the new Backyard & Southern RR (B.S. RR - 1:13.7 scale two-footer)... a peanut shaped loop of about 100 feet for continuous running with the steam up location right next to my existing patio.



The patio is about 8 inches lower than the steam up location/passing siding laid out with paint. Where Maggie is sitting in the photo below there is a slight rise of about 8 inches. From there the yard flattens out.

I'll add another run of blocks on top of the existing blocks then back fill this loop area in the foreground of the photo for a completely level layout.



So that's the story on the new layout. Simple to start with for continuous running of the live steamers and if I feel the desire to expand later I can install a spur or two as I have a half acre yard to play with.



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 Posted: Sat May 9th, 2015 10:05 pm
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Make sure you ALWAYS put the dot between the B and S. World if full of people with sick minds.... Jose (one of them).



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 Posted: Sun May 10th, 2015 01:03 am
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pipopak wrote:
Make sure you ALWAYS put the dot between the B and S. World if full of people with sick minds.... Jose (one of them).


As am I. The initials weren't an accident. :)



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 Posted: Sun May 10th, 2015 05:35 am
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Brother!!!



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 Posted: Sun May 10th, 2015 09:15 pm
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Worked on adding a short retaining wall yesterday along the loop closest to the driveway using chunks of concrete I had busted out from another yard project. Definitely not as eye catching as natural stone but it'll suffice. Added fill to the entire area bringing it up just short of the top of the concrete blocks I had added.




As I began to add fill it occurred to me that I needed a bridge of some sort on this layout so I cut in a ravine to justify the need for a bridge.



Next up is to begin laying track. But I suppose tomorrow will be spent looking for a job. Gotta sorta prioritize on this I guess. :)



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 Posted: Sun May 10th, 2015 10:54 pm
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Dwayne, looks good and a lot of back breaking work.

BUT, if you want to save that tree that you filled around, you need to remove the dirt around the trunk.   That much dirt will suffocate and kill the tree.
The roots need to breathe so at least a foot or more away from the trunk, all the way around.  That may not be enough as sometimes covering up the root system like that can kill it.
But, if you incorporate the ring around the tree into your ravine, it will look just fine.



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 Posted: Sun May 10th, 2015 11:53 pm
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One thing I've learned is that the silver maples in my area are hard to kill. They are like weeds and ex-wives. Hell, it's hard to kill anything in Oklahoma. I realize folks mean well but I've yet to kill one of these buggers by adding a bit of dirt above their roots. And if it dies, I've got a million seedlings to replace it with.



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I noticed your 0-4-0T going around already... Jose.



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 Posted: Mon May 11th, 2015 01:57 am
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pipopak wrote:
I noticed your 0-4-0T going around already... Jose.


One of two. Hope on the left, Maggie on the right. Both rescue dogs. Sisters from different mothers.

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