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Old 09-14-2015, 10:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It was a little more than a year ago I said I was about to lay track. Well many more design changes later I finally started laying track and it's coming along pretty fast (pay no attention to the crab grass, it grows fast around here). My layout changed rather quickly once my wife saw Richard Nelson's "North Ohio Central Garden Railroad" in April's issue of Garden Railways Mag. (she had to have the gazebo).

It took a while to cut some trees down, level the land (somewhat), run wire to a new sub panel in the shed and oh yeah get a gazebo.

I'm hoping I can keep this pace up and have it running pretty well before the first snow flakes. I hope those last two words didn't offend anyone.

So here it is...so far
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If it looks like I'm doing something stupid please let me know.

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Looks like a good start.
My only suggestion would be to use a weed block or even a layer of newspaper to line your trench. The ballast will migrate into the soil. Train vibrations and weather are the propulsion.
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Weed block lets water pass through, needed where I live in New England.
In dry areas like Phoenix, newspapers would work.
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Looks like a great start. Keep posting photos.

Did you really have to use the "S" word at the end

From MN ya betcha
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Old 09-17-2015, 08:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank You guys. I did use weed blocker to line the trench walls and floor. I hope I didn't make a mistake by choosing to use blue stone dust for the roadbed and ballast. I've read a lot that this material tends to wash away pretty fast but i couldn't resist since the scale looked better than 3/8" crushed stone. I guess I will learn from my mistakes.

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Looks great. I like how you're using what appears to be native rock from your property, is that correct? My perimeter is like that, using the rock dug up during excavation / clearing.

Keep up the good work!
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Looks great. I like how you're using what appears to be native rock from your property, is that correct? My perimeter is like that, using the rock dug up during excavation / clearing.

Keep up the good work!
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Thanks Cliff. Yup those are native rocks. The more I try to level my property the more I find. I guess if life gives you rocks, make a wall.
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Thanks Cliff. Yup those are native rocks. The more I try to level my property the more I find. I guess if life gives you rocks, make a wall.
Makes me think of Frost's "good fences make good neighbors" line When I lived in New Hampshire, my grandfather swore that the rocks were the most reliable crop.

Anyway, congratulations on a good start!
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