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This is the official convention video from the 19th National Garden Railway Convention (NGRC), which was professionally produced by one our members. We still play it regularly at modular club setups, and many people have asked about it. Since we don’t any more DVD copies of it, we’ve posted it on YouTube for all to enjoy.
My family and I went to the 2015 National Garden Railway Convention (NGRC) in Denver this year, and made it to all 50 open railroads (#1 to #52, but two were cancelled) from Tuesday through Saturday! With very limited hours most days (8am-1pm) it was a grueling schedule to make it all of them, with 5 to 10 minutes at most layouts. And considering how far away one of them was on Saturday I don’t think many people drove out there (Estes Park), but Theresa loves checklists so she was pushing us to go go go!
This layout is a double mainline, each of which is over 500 feet. There are two passing sidings, a spur, and a three rail yard off the main line. In addition there is a Y shaped point-to-point with automatic control and an independent loop on the other side of the driveway. Overall there is about 1,300 feet of track. The rolling stock is Santa Fe and represents the era during the transition from steam to diesel. There are many Eagle Wings Ironcraft buildings and bridges. Control is by Air Wire with a combination of battery and track power.
The Filbert RailRoad Network (FRN) started in 2005 after a trip to the then SVGRS Webmaster’s (Richard Friedman) home layout. He and Jim Spano told me that Aristo Craft was having a track sale. After a survey of the back yard an order was placed.
The layout has grown as most do since then. Now with about 500 feet of track, two removable bridges, lots of trestles and turnouts.
I am all battery power so there is a wye to turn the trains as well as a double crossover.
My G scale railroading all started with one GP-9 Western Pacific locomotive. I purchased it so I could operate on a friend’s backyard RR. From there, he convinced me that I needed a layout in my own backyard too. The RR has been in existence for about 13-plus years with one major expansion, which doubled it in length and added the water feature. It is all track-powered.
The Denver and Pacific Falls Railway began in 2001, though I’d been model railroading in N-scale since the 1960’s. It’s loosely based on a mid-west to west route set in no specific time. This way I can run most anything I want to from steam engines to motor cars to diesels. It’s all standard gauge. Here are some pictures and projects.
Our garden railway still doesn’t have a name, but we’re continue to work hard on it. We started in May 2010, and we were [barely] ready for our first open house for a SVGRS membership meeting in August 2012.
The Denver & Pacific Falls Railroad is located “way out west” somewhere and somewhen. It’s all free-lanced, so I can run what I want when I want. When I want to run “real” railroad equipment, we just lease it (for $1year)!
The main RR contains about 125 feet of main line, a very long passing siding and a small outdoor yard at the south end. There’s also a spur going into the train shed, workshop and storage area of about forty feet, and another yard inside the shed to store yet more cars.