Bay Area Garden Railway Society

BAGRS Open House Block Party, October 17, 2010

10/30/2010 1:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
Even in the rain, the trains ran! Because this is a garden railway, we've made every effort to place structures where soil & plants could not live. On the tongue over the battery box a hinged plywood platform, called the town square, holds two steel buildings built and donated by Eaglewings Ironcraft. They are open to the wind and view when we travel. On the left is an Eaglewings theater, still in need of signage on the marquee. Bill's battery-powered truck runs great and now BAGRS owns a battery-powered train with sound for one of the loops (thanks to Terry's donation from the BAGRS swap meet). This toy train will show viewers that it doesn't have to be expensive to be fun.

On the right Grandpa's fancy house by Terry Hurley snuggles up to the mountainside with the newly painted boxcar to its left. The columned house is only a few inches deep to allow trees behind it and shrubs in the front yard. Eventually the trees on the mountain will grow another foot or so and obscure the viewers on the other side. We still need to ballast the track. We have glue but no ballast material, as yet -- we need a donation for it.

Please help (even one time is fine) as there is still much to do before the next set-up at the annual meeting in February. We need carpenters to build bridges for the lower loop and we'll start covering the plywood with lightweight resin scenery, like Bragdon's geodesic rockwork. This is your chance to get some experience working with craftsmen or helping others in a team effort. The public sure appreciates all your work. Some people walk all around the trailer and study all the details. We meet Wednesdays -- call Nancy at 925-408-9402. The next work party is Wed. Nov. 3, 9AM - noon with lunch at noonish.

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