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#37527 July 16th, 2005 at 08:14 AM
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The building superintendent gave me a dirt pile just for getting it out of his way. It's wheelbarrow and shovel time.

Lumber, plastic, beaded foam and track.
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There will be a stream.
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I covered the plastic stream with river pebbles.
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#37528 July 16th, 2005 at 08:15 AM
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A little cutie brings her daddy to play with trains now and then.
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Disaster strikes. I dropped a bucket of dirt on the stream and the water was running out, right onto...
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...the power supplies eek

After reparing the stream, I got the rest of that wheelbarrow load in place.
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I've done 3 more loads today.

#37529 July 16th, 2005 at 08:19 AM
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Since this is inside and lighting is limited, I'll need plants for deep shade, and likely a few "grow lights." Since the trains are 1:29, I'll probably want mostly low growing plants.

I have a packet of seeds for "Shady Place" flowers. Let's see, it contains:

Balsam Camellia
Coleus Rainbo
Pansy Swiss Giant

The package says they grow 8 to 30 inches, so I'll try to use these for backdrop.

What do you think?

#37530 July 24th, 2005 at 09:00 AM
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Got some more soil in place before the 100 degree heat hit. Here a freight crosses an open field:

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#37531 July 24th, 2005 at 08:42 PM
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That train Setup is AWESOMES!! Want are you going to plant in that field? Anything? I wonder if you can even grow grass there?? What is that steamer, a 4-6-4. I think a few bonsai tree's would be awesome around there also, But I have no idea if they can grow in your particular conditions.

Good Luck!!

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#37532 July 25th, 2005 at 05:46 AM
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That loco is a 2-8-8-2 Mallet: Heavy freight engine built during WW1 to help get freight over the Appalachin's to ship to Europe.

Being indoors, it's "deep shade." I expect I'll need some grow lights. Right now it's 103 outside and about 93 inside.

I'm not sure what to do with that expanse yet. Since it's a train shop ( http://www.gardentrack.com ) the layout is for displaying products. Maybe a town of prebuilt houses. I'm looking at some low growing groundcovers for deep shade.

#37533 July 25th, 2005 at 11:04 AM
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Awsome set-up. It's going to look great when its done.

I think you will need some grow lights, if you have it in the depths of a building.

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Hi Torby,

The "shade" plants that you listed are plants for outdoor shade which is at least ten times brighter than your indoor light.

Indoors in low light, even low light supplemented by fluorescent light (incandescent light won't help), your options are quite limited and probably will not have "the look" that you would like because they are all tropical in origin.

You could try Chinese evergreen , Pothos, ZZ plant, peace lily, and Dracaena marginata.

Good luck. Your trains look great!

#37535 July 27th, 2005 at 10:12 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions.

I'm clueless in the dark. confused

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I'm clueless in the dark.

I suspect your husband knows otherwise!

#37537 July 28th, 2005 at 04:47 AM
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Um... I was the husband. "Torby" is masculine lala

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Whoops! I am totally red-faced. My apologies, Torby.

I suspect your wife knows otherwise! LOL!

#37539 July 28th, 2005 at 06:48 AM
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Hi Torby I am a fellow train enthusist. I think I love them as much as flowers. I just though I would let ya know that you can make great evergreen trees out of old fake christmas tree branches. Ya just cut them and shape them. They really look good if you give them the time they need for shapeing and such.

#37540 August 4th, 2005 at 03:28 AM
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I haven't posted for a while. Busy with a garden railroad convention last week and trying to stay in business this week...

I had a big ol' wreck!

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Karrie, I've seen lots of cool ways to make fake trees. For pine trees, you carve down a stick to make the trunk, cut rings out of a furnace filter (new one), stick them on the stick, rough up and paint to taste.

Will, don't worry about it. I get called "mam'" on the phone all the time. Some people think I'm a lady named "Ruby Thomas." Duh

Now if I could find a way to make a living... Interested in putting a train in your garden?

#37541 August 12th, 2005 at 01:04 AM
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An Experiment:

Since the impatients are doing so well in the window box,

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and I keep the overhead door open during the day, at least in the summetime, and I had some scraggly looking sets left over, I put some in the layout:

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#37542 August 19th, 2005 at 04:03 AM
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Wow Coleus are tiny seeds!

#37543 August 19th, 2005 at 05:15 AM
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A Layout Tour

A freight pauses at the water tank.
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While a young bather scrambles to escape attention shocked
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A signal bridge protects Malfunction Junction where the Asylum Valley N&D joins the Pennsylvania.
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The freight pulls past Coleus Hill.
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The express crosses Coleus Creek.
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#37544 August 19th, 2005 at 05:20 AM
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The army just has to wait for the express mad
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Billy enjoys the cool breeze up on the coaling tower while he watches trains. Hope his mother doesn't find out where he is sca

The Asylum Valley Local crosses the bridge over the Asylum River.
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And past a cairn.
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#37545 August 19th, 2005 at 07:21 AM
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That is such an neat thing you have going
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Love the pictures...enjoyed them ALOT!!
So'd the kids.. they thought it was real!! thumbup

#37546 August 19th, 2005 at 10:16 AM
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OOOOOOOOOH! I LOVE IT! Where are you Torby? I'm in S. IL, and I wanna come and play! Is that O gague? I love the water tower - I hope you can get stuff growing - that's an awesome idea, and I don't know why I never thought of it back in my trainset building days. Man I wish I had space!

#37547 August 19th, 2005 at 10:47 PM
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This is G gauge. About 1 1/2 times the size of O. There's always enough space for a railroad! Check out http://gold.mylargescale.com/torby/

I'm in central Illinois. Look at a map, between Peoria and Springfield, the go west. You'll find Macomb.

The boys much enjoyed visiting the shop:

Ethan liked the Army train.
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Though Caleb was more interested in something else.
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I think, since I keep the overhead door open whenever it's nice, that shade plants should do ok.
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#37548 August 22nd, 2005 at 11:25 PM
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Something's coming up! I wonder if it's what I planted :rolleyes:

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Hmm. I didn't plant these sca

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#37549 August 22nd, 2005 at 11:32 PM
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Looks like grass and mushrooms...

#37550 August 23rd, 2005 at 01:39 AM
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LOVE That! Now you need Thomas and Gordon!

#37551 August 23rd, 2005 at 08:44 AM
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Strangely, Thomas and crew aren't commonly available in G gauge. One manufacturer makes a few every few years.

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