Building the Santa Fe in the back yard

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Steve B

Firefighter
I am posting this to show you the progress of my friend John Rockey's garden railroad in Glen Ellyn Illinois. John is a big Santa Fe fan and has started to build his garden empire in G scale. The work was started last year but ground to a halt when winter took hold and froze the ground, this year John and his wife Lorrie and there friends built the retaining wall which was back filled with tons and ton's of earth 60 cubic yards in total, the pond and stream were installed followed by 17 ton's of rocks to complete the scene,

This is the track plan
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This is the team installing the pond liner
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This is the stream being installed
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this is the conduit for the water and future electrics
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This is a high level shot taken by John, can you see his shadow at the top of the tower:eek:
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This is how things look now, ready for the Santa Fe track gang i recon
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You can see more shots of the work in progress on John's web site @
http://www.railroad-crossing.com/index.html

I think i can say that this is going to be one awsome awsome garden railroad,:D :) :D
 
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grande man

Bonafied Grande Nut
Hey Steve, I moved this here to the G scale forum. While it was certainly fine where you originally posted it, I wanted it to be on the front page for a long while for anyone interested in garden railroading.

Please keep us posted as John's construction continues. :cool:
 

RexHea

RAIL BENDER
WOW, Steve! That looks like it will be so much fun it makes me hurt. (Let's see now, if I can get my neighbor interested in MR then maybe with the two lots together we could.........):D
 

grande man

Bonafied Grande Nut
RexHea said:
(Let's see now, if I can get my neighbor interested in MR then maybe with the two lots together we could.........):D

...interchange cars with a "neighboring" railroad! :D
 

Steve B

Firefighter
Just to keep you up to date, John's started to lay the track, he say's it was easy laying HO scale track on cork than laying G scale in the garden
 

Lady_Railfan

House Mother, Cheerleader
Yep. I learned early on that knee pads are a must for garden railroaders. ;) That's going to be a super layout!
 

Steve B

Firefighter
UPDATE: Oct 18th 06

Here are some more pictures of john's progress so far, it's looking awesome. The tunnel portal is just a temporary one

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