Bay Area Garden Railway Society

Maiden voyage at Just Trains event

10/30/2010 11:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

We towed the trailer to Just Trains in Concord on October 3 for the first test of the mobile garden railway. Trains ran non-stop on the two finished railroad lines for over 6 hours. The upper loop runs through a tunnel at the rear and onto a curved steel bridge in the front. The lower point-to-point line runs into the tunnel under the layout and onto the tailgate. Most all of the landscaping was completed the day before, after a daily, week-long work marathon by a devoted crew. Here’s what we had to do.

The water feature, lined with pond liner material, began as a stream on top of the mountain, then flowed through half a drain pipe, which was screwed to the frame then mortared with Thinset, thin flagstone and pebbles. The pondless waterfall fell into a 10-gallon Rubbermaid tub with a hole cut in the cover for the water to splash and drain. Thin flagstones rest on the tub cover for appearance and easy access to the DC bilge pump in the tub. The water feature and mountain structure both traveled well with no cracks in the mortared rock waterfall.

The left lower loop has been graded with a beautiful set of retaining walls, bridge and hand-laid track by Daniel Smith. We'll be working on the rest of this loop next week.

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