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     I've enjoyed trains and modeling since I was a boy. Having a house built, and new landscaping, provided an opportunity to build an outdoor layout. Construction on my "G" scale railroad started in July 1996. I elevated the railroad to 18" for ease of work and visibility, using concrete blocks for walls.

Construction


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Present

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     Because our backyard is bordered by open desert, my railroad has occasional wildlife visitors. Our milkman disappeared and his cast-iron milk-truck was dragged through Mule Ear and overturned by our back wall, evidently by a kidnapper who was unable to lift the truck. The main suspect is a packrat.

     A mound of dirt that appeared overnight near the Indian village yielded a half-eaten rabbit, probably buried by a coyote. I removed the carcass and refilled the hole with dirt, only to find it dug up again the next morning! Other wildlife visiting our railroad have included a doe and her fawn eating petunias, a bobcat and snakes drinking from our pond, and birds building nests in the tunnel.

Some Cool Train Websites

Aristocraft Trains
Bachmann Trains
Garden Railroad Magazine
Large Scale Online
LGB Trains
Garden Texture Miniatures
Tucson Garden Railroad Society
Watts Train Shop

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