Model Railroading

Welcome to the G Scale Division

The Garden railroad layout is contained in an area of 175 ft by 165 ft. It is currently occupying a bit over half of the area. There is an observation platform in the center of the area for future viewing when completed. All trains start in the southwest corner of the layout on the 20 ft long double rack staging trestle. It is 32 inches above ground for ease of placing equipment on the track. Leaving the trestle, the train enters the 40 ft diameter helix heading down around the town of Dusty Flats entering the staging yard at the West end of the layout. Passing through the yard, a choice of two main lines are available. At the present time, each mainline is about 600 ft with expansion in the future as materials are available. The outside mainline covers the perimeter of the current layout area and is the leveler of the two lines. The inside main travels aroung the scenic pond (20ft x 70 ft) several times with the use bridges and crosses over itself as it travels around and through the town of Dusty Flats. Along the entire southern border, four parallel tracks provide a viewing spot as trains pass one another going in both directions. Located midway on the southern side of the layout is a pedestrian bridge providing visitors access to walkways and viewing areas within the layout.

There is approximately 1600 ft of track. Curves on the mainline are a 10 foot minimum radius. Track is code 332 on plastic ties mostly from Aristo with some LGB. All turnouts are hand make #6 with the exception of some industrial sidings in Dusty Flats. The track plan started out with code 250 rail hand spiked on redwood ties for the helix as well as the staging trestle. All turnouts are manual throw except for two on the passing siding in Dusty Flats.

East of Dusty Flats is the sparsely populated town of Adobe City with the recent addition of a brewery on the edge of town. Russelville is a thriving town located in the southeast corner. Soon sidings will be installed to give businesses access to the rail lines.

All equipment is battery powered (eliminates having to clean the rails before operation) and controlled with radio equipped hand-held throttles. Metal wheels are required on all equipment due to the high Phoenix temperatures encountered during the summer months.