Getting Started in Garden Railroading: Build the railroad of your dreams...in your own backyard!

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Krause Publications, Feb 28, 2011 - Crafts & Hobbies - 160 pages
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Getting Started in Garden Railroading Here's your invitation to get started in a great hobby that's fun for the entire family. Large Scale trains are big, rugged, durable, and colorful - designed for safe and reliable operations both indoors and outdoors. When you combine model railroading with the real-life environment of a vibrant, growing garden, you'll discover a whole new world of creative opportunities, challenges, and enjoyment to fill your all-important leisure hours. This book provides all the step-by-step guidance needed to get started in this fascinating pastime. Among other things, you'll find: Details of procedures for planning, constructing, powering, landscaping, operating, and maintaining a complete garden railroad. More than 200 full-color photos of products construction techniques, and inspiring examples of what can actually be achieved in garden railroading. The most comprehensive listings of manufactures, suppliers, clubs, publications, print and video references, and Internet Web site addresses ever published in a model railroading handbook. Answers to the most frequently asked questions about what it takes to get started in this diverse and affordable hobby. Tips and techniques provide by experienced garden railroaders from around the world. Garden railroading: A great hobby for all seasons, and for all the right reasons!
 

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Contents

Introduction
6
Frequently Asked Questions FAQs about garden railroading
12
All About Garden Railroad Scales and Gauges
17
Creating a Theme For Your Garden Railroad
24
Large Scale Locomotives
30
Large Scale Rolling Stock
42
Track and Turnouts For Garden Railroads
51
Power and Control Systems For Large Scale Trains
63
Garden Layout Construction Techniques
88
Landscaping and Accessories For Garden Railroads
112
Maintenance Tips For Garden Railroaders
126
Steam In Your Garden
131
Appendix A
138
Appendix B
147
Appendix C
152
Appendix D
157

Garden Layout Planning and Site Preparation
72

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