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03-09-2019 12:24 PM
[email protected] Do you have a train yet? Have you decided on a train? I have several from my father's private stock I'm looking to sell, very few have his drive train which is in high demand since he is unable to continue his business. Contact me at my email if interested
06-21-2017 10:34 PM
denray Welcome to the hobby, it is lots of fun
06-21-2017 08:03 PM
Huh? What? We lived over on the back side of PV until March when we bought a half acre with house, koi pond and about 30 trees including oak, maple, peach, apple, plum, and grape vines near Yarnell. Now we have space to set up a layout. I've never worked outdoors, or with g-scale, so this should be fun.
06-21-2017 09:03 AM
Stan Cedarleaf When I had the layout in Dewey, I used 3/8 minus decomposed Granite for my roadbed and let the track "float" in it. With the heat expansion of brass track, I found it the easiest to maintain. That was just my choice.

A "cloth" weed barrier was used under the entire layout area, covered with 3 inches of DG, then the track laid on that and more DG added under the track to form the roadbed. Other landscaping was added over the base of DG as well..

We moved from the Country Club in Dewey to a retirement community in PV a year and a half ago so all has been dismantled and sold..
06-20-2017 11:56 PM
Treeman The ladder method using PVC pipe driven into the ground, then screwing two PVC 1X to each side of the pipe seems to be very piratical and popular.
06-20-2017 01:59 PM
Pete Thornton Welcome. Looks like you've got a good skill set between you!

For track bed, many folk use 'crusher fines' or 'rock dust'. Same stuff used under flagstone paths. 4" well tamped down will provide a solid base. I found a 4" trenching shovel at Home Depot and used that to make the trench for the ballast.
Others use concrete, or run the track on blocks/bricks.

Finally, you may want to elevate it a little. A raised garden reduces back strain and cuts damage to the track from little feet. But that means a lot of walls and backfilling. Alternatively, a raised (3'-ish) wooden platform will make life easy though it is less like a 'garden' railway.

There are dozens of threads here on this topic. The easiest way to find them is to google " track bed" or something similar.
06-20-2017 11:21 AM
Huh? What? Actually, we just left Prescott Valley. We're down in the Yarnell area now.
06-20-2017 11:12 AM
Greg Elmassian You can tell by his user name... it's HOT...

06-20-2017 11:06 AM
Stan Cedarleaf Where in Central Arizona have you landed????
06-20-2017 08:23 AM
Huh? What? I'll take a look, thanks.
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