If you have half an hour I have two vids of an astoundingly beautiful G scale garden railroad located on Vancouver Island. A Canadian couple gave me a heads up. They told me that when visiting relatives they had been taken to this great garden railroad. Two years ago it was selected by the Victoria Conservatory of Music for a fund raising event as one of 10 outstanding gardens in the area. 600 donors came to see it during one weekend and loved it.
This vid is a cab ride on the Layout. It takes you on a trip over 1,500 feet of a specially landscaped Garden. the layout is called Gartenbahn, Fuehrerstandsmitfahrt.
This vid takes you around the same route in the opposite direction. The views are quite different.
It’s probably the best “true” garden railroad I have ever seen.
Before you read any further have a look at this blog from a while ago about Minatur Wunderland – the worlds larges HO layout. Now have a look at this blog about the automated road system you saw in first two vids,
A recent visitor told me that the The City Edge Layout Model Railroad created and built by Vic Smith also has automated vehicular traffic. The layout is located near Lambert International Airport in Bridgeton, Mo, a suburb of St. Louis. Featuring street running and Kato’s Amtrak night running scenes along with Broadway’s Union Pacific AC6000’s transporting Athearn and Intermountain double stack units across the city’s elevated rail structure by Micro Engineering. Along with a nostalgic trip of Broadway Limited Santa Fe’s War Bonnet F7’s pulling a set of lighted California Zephyr cars while a trio of NW2 switcher engines carefully perform some street running down Market Street. This layout runs a variety of trains and rolling stock from many different eras for a wide range of entertainment for layout visitors. This 10 minute vid shows you the layout:
Ever been to Sigourney? I have never been there and ruefully admit that I have never heard of it. I did apologise to a couple from Sigourney who came to visit our layout for my ignorance. They told me of this O scale layout and I have found a video of it – see below.
What little I know is this:
The main layout measures approximately 50 by 90 feet. The layout features MTH DCS and Lionel Legacy systems and an extensive amount of animated scenes. All the scenes were built by Lyle Dumont. While this vid covers but a small portion of the layout it does cover quite a bit of it. The layout is capable of running over a dozen trains at the same time.
Sorry, I can’t get the link to work – please cut and paste to see.
For O scalers I think a visit to this layout would be a treat.
The Golden State Model Railroad Museum is an operating model railroad exhibit located in Point Richmond, California, within the boundary of the Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline park. It is located in the Brickyard Cove area and features dozens of realistic city and country scenes, with trains from different eras running on several layouts in different scales. Previously based in Oakland, the East Bay Model Engineers Society, which builds and operates the layouts in the Museum, was founded in 1933 and is one of the oldest continually operating model railroad clubs in the country.Construction of the museum began in 1986.
The Museum operates models ranging from the steam engines and classic passenger trains to today’s modern diesel behemoths and Amtrak passenger trains. The 10,000 square foot exhibit includes O scale, HO scale and N scale models, replicating many California railroading locations. Track layouts include historic scenes such as the Oakland Mole, Oakland 16th Street stations ca. 1955, Martinez’ John Muir trestle, Tehachapi Loop, Niles Canyon, and Donner Pass.
Recently club member Ben Sochacki paid a visit. Ben being Ben even managed to wangle his way into the members only area! Here’s Ben’s pics from his visit. Click on any pic to see the gallery and the pics full size.
Point Richmond Model Railroads #1
Point Richmond Model Railroads #2
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Point Richmond Model Railroads #7
Point Richmond Model Railroads # 5
Here’s the best vid I could find of the layouts. The vid has some great Moz music at the beginning.
Never in a million years would I have i known about this great layout had not been for Dr. Gregory Brucker and his charming wife visiting our layout (The Mendocino Coast model Railroad and Navigation Co.) here in Fort Bragg, CA. My experience is that when model railroad fans meet they swap “stories” of their “best” layouts. Dr. Bucker said that he and his wife were regular visitors to this layout with their grandchildren.
The layout is called “Jingle Rails”. It’s “a G-scale model train wonderland containing nine working model trains that wind through a stunning miniature landscape. The exhibit features miniature versions of local treasures of downtown Indianapolis, including the Eiteljorg Museum, Monument Circle, Union Station and Lucas Oil Stadium. The trains then head through the national parks of the American West, passing legendary sites, including grand railway lodges, Northwest Coast Native villages, and wonders both natural and human-made—Mt. Rushmore, Grand Canyon, Yosemite Falls, Old Faithful, the Las Vegas Strip, Hoover Dam, Historic Route 66, Hilbert Circle Threatre and the Indiana State Fair.”
Of the vids I found I like these two the best:
This one is very short =
This one is longer.
Thanks Dr. Bucker and your lovely wife. If I am ever in Indianapolis in the dead of winter you’ll know where to find me!!!!!!
Club Member Joe DuVivier sent me this e-mail and three photos:
“Tom Knapp and I are working on perspective distorted buildings for my Caspar project. You have to look at the second photo full screen as it is a magnificent panorama. The sense of depth of the scene is unmatched in model railroading. Tom was one of the contributors to this continuing effort. This layout is one of my must-sees when I go to England in 2022 for the National Model Railroad Association annual convention.
An interesting story about this layout, told by one of the group who created it: at a train show in Great Britain an old man was overheard talking to a boy about this display layout, Copenhagen Fields. The old man said he recognized the place. During Word War II he, then a German bomber pilot, had flown over this place and dropped his bomb load.”
Here are the photos – PLEASE click on them to see them at their best – the originals are VERY large and take a bit to load – have patience – it’s worth it.
Copenhagen Fields Layout
Copenhagen Fields Layout
Copenhagen Fields Layout
Tom Knapp wrote this note to Joe:
“The three photos of the Copenhagen Fields layout below were taken at a weekend show in the UK. The last photo shows the back side of the building I built which has the very ornate brick façade on the street side. Tim Watson built the “demolished” building which fills in the odd space on Randall Road.
Note the very hazy effect of the backdrop. It is realistic without taking your eyes off the buildings. And the background structures have less and less detail and the scale decreases the further away from the front, until the ones at the back are basically just massing models.”
Here’s a short vid of the layout:
The grey patches surrounding the rail lines are allotments. Allotments are small amounts of land rented by locals from the Council to grow veg and flowers.
When I got the “heads up” on this layout from club member Ben Sochacki my immediate thought was, “‘allo, allo” there’s something familiar about this name/layout. Sure nuff I have blogged it before thasnks to a heads up from Chuck Whitlock. I commend you to look at that blog before you plow on with this one.
A bit about the Sundance Central before I get to the vid that Ben recommended.
The Sundance was formed in January 2004 with the goal to create a more detailed and uniformly scened, large-scale traveling layout. This 1:20.3 scale modular model railroad consisting of forty modules for a layout size of 45 feet by 45 feet. The railroad consists of 400 feet of hand laid code 250 aluminum rails that are hand spiked with individual tie plates onto wood ties with a total of 16 turn-outs. The modular was built by a group of seven model train enthusiasts. This diverse group is made up of people who have a passion of early narrow gauge steam locomotives to modern day standard gauge diesels. The purpose for forming this modular group was to provide the public a realistic look at model railroading in a large-scale format. The modules are highly detailed from the scratch built supporting structures and buildings down to the surrounding scenery. The trains and rolling stock that run on these modules are highly detailed and weathered.
This one came onto the radar courtesy of club member Ben Sochacki. Here’s the e-mail that set me in motion:
“This vid has a car in it similar to one we [our model railroad club] just acquired which I’ve never seen the likes of. Looks like a truck that runs the rails. See if you can spot it.”
The vid is beautifully filmed. It’s quite long – 18 mins. So if you want to see the “truck that runs on rails” go to the 9 mins 20 secs spot. The truck that runs on rails is a Galloping Goose.
Galloping Goose is the popular name given to a series of seven railcars (officially designated as “motors” by the railroad), built in the 1930s by the Rio Grande Southern Railroad (RGS) and operated until the end of service on the line in the early 1950s. Originally running steam locomotives on narrow gauge railways, the perpetually struggling RGS developed the first of the “geese” as a way to stave off bankruptcy and keep its contract to run mail into towns in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. There was not enough passenger or cargo income to justify continuing the expensive steam train service at then-current levels, but it was believed that a downsized railway would return to profitability. The steam trains would transport heavy cargo and peak passenger loads, but motors would handle lighter loads. Motors were not only less expensive to operate, but were also significantly lighter, thus reducing impact on the rails and roadbeds. This cost saving meant that the first Goose was paid off and making a profit within three weeks of going into service. RGS built more Geese, and operated them until the company abandoned their right-of-way in 1952.
The club’s Goose is currently being modified so that it runs on battery power rather than being powered by electricity through the rails.