An Intro Y'all

SophieB Dec 30, 2016

  1. SophieB

    SophieB TrainBoard Member

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    I made an entry in the general new members thread, but since my interest in mostly in garden trains I thought I'd do something here too. My husband and I had a train room with N, HO & O scale trains and a small large scale train garden outside at a campground for several years. Last spring we bought a house with a huge front yard and started our own layout. Last summer was spent getting the track down and water features in. We used sectional brass .332 track free floating on #78 gravel in a 12" wide by 6" deep trench. The outer track uses 16' curves, another is all 8' and a somewhat meandering inner loop has 5' curves.

    We don't really "model" anything specific and our trains reflect that. Our odd assortment runs from an Aristo Mikado to a Bachmann three-truck Shay to an eight unit German ICE train, plus a couple draisines, H-L-W Macks, a trolley and LGB 0-4-0's. My own personal taste runs more towards whimsy than reality. My last project was a modified, flamed out Bachmann ten-wheeler with a Pacific tender pulling a string of flatcars loaded up with NASCAR cars (I AM a southern girl ;)) Right now I have a hamster-in-a-wheel powered loco sitting in my craft room, it still needs some tinkering but looks really wild running around the track. My husband's passenger train is a pretty standard consist of Jackson Sharp type cars with people in them. I have open excursion cars populated with the girls from the Lalaloopsy School for Wayward Women.

    We belong to the local large scale train club and we do three or four shows a year with them plus the club's annual holiday show that runs for a week and a half and takes up an entire gymnasium. We also do a couple shows every year that involve individual layouts at a garden center/nursery. I'm really surprised to see so few women participating on train boards. Our club is mostly couples and our current president is a woman.
     
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  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome to TrainBoard!
     
  3. in2tech

    in2tech TrainBoard Member

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    Welcome SophieB, and hello from a fellow southerner. Please extend a invitation to your club members and the president to join the forums too. Along with the garden railroad do ya'll ( been waiting to use ya'll for some time), still have the other scale railroads? I am an N-Scale person myself. Can we see some photo's of your garden railroad, weather permitting? If not now, maybe in the Spring?

    And by the way a generic soft drink is a Coke not a Soda :) In the South anyway!
     
  4. SophieB

    SophieB TrainBoard Member

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    in2tech: We do have the rest of the trains and we are getting ready to start setting up a small (8' x 8') layout inside. It'll be a multi-scale display with N, HO & On30. The house we bought is 100+ years old and hadn't been occupied for two years so there was a lot of fixin' up to do and getting the track down for our garden train was the priority. The 3-rail O Scale will eventually be a suspended track.

    <laugh> Weather right now is most certainly NOT permitting

    Sophie

     
  5. in2tech

    in2tech TrainBoard Member

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    Yeah, snowed here a few days ago. If you wanna call it snow, although it did cover the yards and houses and of course if it spit's snow here the city stop's, kind of like rain in California :) We hardly ever get real snow like the North, which I am not complaining. Look forward to photo's in the future, of outside and inside layouts.
     

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