It is not a model train layout. There are almost no buildings, just
tracks winding through the garden.
Ali and her grandpa built
the Allied Logging and Lumber Yards railroad during the last several
Most Saturdays in the spring
and summer are spent at the local garden centers searching for
annuals. Pink ones are best.
likes planting flowers, picking bouquets for her grandma and playing with
grandpa likes raking pin needles, trimming the grass and playing with Ali.
yellow engines are girls. The blue ones are boys.
and Ken are exactly 1/29th scale.
Boppers are 1/22.5 scale
engine can be used to pull any combination of cars as long as there is a
gondola for kitty.
(ABOVE) Ali high
balls a center cab switcher. She uses a Digitrax wireless
throttle to blow the horn. The little switcher has a very loud
sound system. "Awsome, Grandpa" she exclaims.
Ali is adjusting some new plantings. Note that here the tracks
leave the bounds on the garden edging and sour above the yard.
This is a favorite spot for Ali and her friends to lay in the
grass and get a close up view of the passing trains.
The ALLY railroad wanders along the edge of our yard,
mostly hidden by the flowers, but suddenly snaking it's way out to the
edge of the lawn only to disappear again. The construction begins
with a small tiller. The tilled area is shaped and the track path is
leveled and packed. Porous weed stop material covers the entire area and
plastic edging material is installed. All power and water trunk lines
are attached to the edging then electrical feeders and drip lines are
run into the garden. An extra strip of non porous weed stop is applied
under the track. Ballast, decorative rocks, colored mulch and treated
wood retaining walls cover the entire garden before planting. The track
floats in the ballast just like the real thing, About once a year I fill
a small bucket and replenish the ballast and level any areas that may
have settled. Since there are no poured concrete areas or constructed
roadbed, the process goes quickly. Each year I add another section or
change an existing section. Changes are easy, involving only a hoe or
shovel to complete.
Alysa, her two uncles and her
grandpa helped out the local garden center and LGB dealer by building a
display for the annual train show.
Over a hundred live plants decorated the
was 12 feet by 15 feet and contained two levels, two bridges, a siding
and a crossing.
About a dozen teenybopper
dolls rode the trains and climbed over the layout.
We ran two 0-4-0 steam
engines, a track cleaning engine, an FA and a Mikado. The sound
system on the LGB Mikado attracted a lot of people to the display.
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