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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
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
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
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
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.
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