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  1. Lady_Railfan

    The Feds are after us....

    After 33 years of having the mailman deliver our mail to the box by our front door, we now have to install a mailbox at the curb. Almost everyone else on the block moved here after we did and had to install a curbside box when they moved in. But the USPS finally nailed us. :rolleyes: So I'm...
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    Storage for G-Scale Accessories

    I keep my buildings and accessories sheltered because The Husband's plant hobby and its demand for frequent watering and fertilizer aren't entirely friendly to my layout. The "furniture" has lived inside the house between runs until yesterday when we bought a plastic storage cabinet to shelter...
  3. Lady_Railfan

    The "Not My Job" Award

    And the winner is......
  4. Lady_Railfan

    Quote for 11/28

    You can only be young once. But you can always be immature. Dave Barry, US columnist & humorist (1947 - )
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    Gone Fanning, 1:1 Style

    We're off to The Great Northwest tomorrow to check out the big guys at GorgeRail. Have fun, and behave yourselves while I'm gone. We'll be home the 24th. See you then!
  6. Lady_Railfan

    Santa Came Early

    Last weekend we visited the GWAATS (formerly GATS) at the Del Mar Fairgrounds north of San Diego. "Kid in a candy shop" described me pretty well. Of course my main interest was in the G-Scale layouts and vendors, but there were booths featuring books, apparel, and everything in trains from Z to...
  7. Lady_Railfan

    The Ultimate Garden Railway

    For those of you who don't visit frequently, here's a thread you don't want to miss:
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    Holy cats! I almost missed it! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Guys!!!
  9. Lady_Railfan

    4 Busy Days and a Victory

    I can't show much progress on the Garden RR FAQ, but I haven't been entirely idle this week. The Husband raises ferns, cycads, and other tropical plants. About 20 years ago we threw together a "temporary" frame to support shade cloth. The frame was about to collapse and take with it all the...
  10. Lady_Railfan

    FAQ: G Scale and Garden Railways

    This post will be updated frequently to contain the latest FAQ information. The FAQ draft will "stick" to the top of the G Scale and Garden Railways topic and will be organized and updated as questions are received and answered. Please click G-Scale Questions? Ask Them Here to post...
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    G-Scale Questions? Ask Them Here

    Do you have questions about G-Scale and Garden Railroading? What would you like to know? We're putting together a Garden Railroad FAQ, and invite your input. Here's a sample of some questions we'll discuss: What IS G Scale? Why are there so many different sizes within G Scale? What...
  12. Lady_Railfan

    Hotel Progress (Too early for WPF.....)

    Here's what I have to show for my week so far. The portico is almost finished --- just need to add some trim and a brace to make it fit snug to the building. The next step will be to add the roof. I still have to do a little touchup, but I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. Except...
  13. Lady_Railfan

    Cutting Roof Angles

    I'm using 1/4" ply for my hotel porch roof. In the past, I've done peaked roofs using the "by guess and by golly" method (sanding the edges at an angle 'til the two pieces meet), and it hasn't always worked very well. Is there a precise way to calculate and cut the angle for the peak where two...
  14. Lady_Railfan

    Don't You Guys Dare Laugh!

    A Wal-Mart store that sells husbands has just opened nearby, where a woman may go to choose a husband from among many men. Among the instructions at the entrance, is a description of how the store operates. There are only 6 floors. The instructions state that the attributes of the men...
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    Paint or Assemble First?

    I'm going to add some crown molding to the window frames on my renovated hotel. I've already applied basecoat to one outside wall of the top half of the building. (I'm testing on one wall before I proceed.) The final color will be brown. I'll use 1/2" wide x 3/16" thick extension of the...
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    What Scale Is This, Anyway?

    My rant for today: Larry's thread about 1:87 items now available at WalMart reminded me of how frustrating it can be to find items for my layout in places other than large scale model railroad vendors. I like to look for decorations and accessories at places like crafts stores, toy...
  17. Lady_Railfan

    Proud to be Blonde

    Football FINALLY makes sense.......... A guy took his blonde girlfriend to her first football game. They had great seats right behind their team's bench. After the game, he asked her how she liked the experience. "Oh, I really liked it," she replied, "especially the tight pants and all the...
  18. Lady_Railfan

    Starting Small

    I've started my first scratchbuilt project --- the promised outhouse. (I believe in starting small.) It will look like the sketch below (I hope). I had an old redwood trellis that we didn't need anymore. We had stained it, but it was pretty beat up, so I attacked the 1/2-inch by 1/8-thick...
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    Lead Me Not Into Temptation...

    ... And deliver me from Yard Sales. :D I found this stuff down the street this afternoon. Most of it is pretty beat up, but mostly intact. The dollhouse needs the most work, but will go up on "the hill" and become the Hotel. Fencing will keep the grandkids from running onto the tracks...
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    Finally, A Place of My Own

    I'm too late for the "Workbench" photo contest, but I finally have a place (other than the dining-room table) where I can build stuff for my layout. This old steel desk is a remnant from the drapery business I closed 20 years ago. We couldn't give the desk away, let alone sell it, so it's been... is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.