Bay Area Garden Railway Society

It takes a model village

06/27/2011 11:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
Getting ready for the National Model Railroad Association Convention, I’d like to take a moment to thank all of you who have helped with the BAGRS’ Roving Garden Railroad. So many BAGRS members have come long distances to pitch in, and the fruits of your labor are growing in the mobile garden that we usually call “the trailer”.  The regulars, such as Terry Hurley and Edward Van Pelt, keep plugging away when no one else shows up, so their commitment along with the necessary random helpers has produced an incredibly unique project that BAGRS can be proud of.

Even though the geodesic scenery wasn’t finished and painted at the annual meeting, this outreach project attracted a new helper, Seth Abrahams, who was more fascinated with the way the trailer sides close up then in the garden aspect. He has welded detailed bridges and structural gizmos, so that setting-up/closing-down time is shortened and safer. Wait 'til you see his ingenious stanchions, which we discovered (see photo) are much needed around children. My sister saw that it could use mock-mountainside skirts to hide the trailer hitch, so she’s sewing them as I write. “Build it and they will come” seems to be working for us. But, we need you, too, even if one time, because it may be your addition that attracts the next hobbyist.

July 5 and 6 Terry and I will take the outreach trailer to Sacramento to participate in the NMRA Convention to attract new members into our club and into the hobby. Frank Lucas is our only relief, so far. You can help (and go the show). We also need a new/used market-type canopy -- have you got one you’re not using? Please call me, Nancy, at 925-408-9402 or email to climb aboard.

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