Bob and Judy Slusser
Indiana Large Scale Railroaders
I began my outdoors garden railroad the spring of 2008 after reading about garden railroads the prior winter. The railroad was designed to be a temporary installation as I thought I would be moving by fall 2009 and the property is a rented apartment. I'm still at this location, but will probably be moving the fall of 2010. I'm a construction superintendent with a permanent home in Florida and move from place to place, as I'm assigned projects to complete.
I purchased a starter set from Bachmann for $169.00, picked an HO scale layout, 4×8, from Model Railroader's plans and modified it, 18×32. The mainline run of 136 feet, folded dogbone. All is removable with no modification to the landscape when we leave, a few spots of grass seed will be required to repair the yard.
Power is track power, DCC with QSI sound installed in the locomotive, rolling stock is; three passenger cars, one caboose and nine assorted freight cars. Plans for 2010 are for the addition of some switches, buildings and maybe a water feature.
Below are pictures of my garden railroad (most of my 2009 pictures were lost thanks to a hard drive crash).
Excellent, Bob. It is particularly interesting to see the process involved with this unique "removable" railroad. David