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Russell Shilling

Construction Update 2020

Four years of work in the garden on weekends, mornings and evenings. 2017 I had spent a LOT of time beating back both ivy and wild iris from the yard. Both are very invasive and occupied hundreds of square feet of our garden. So in 2017 I had a plan to build a garden railroad […]

Hand-laying Track

Straight Stringers I rip cheap cedar fence boards into ¾” wide pieces, getting four per board. The height of my stringers will be ¾”, so I use the clean-cut sides as the top-bottom. I glue two of these together and cut 1-inch blocks to act as spacers between the straight stringers. (Any stringer scraps can […]

2019 Construction Progress

Rio Grande Southern Matterhorn Section During the past year, I have begun the construction of my garden railway. After we had cleaned up after snowpocolypse, that is. I decided to start at the top of the yard, because the bottom section is waiting on a retaining wall project. The topography of my land means that […]

Arduino Multi-function Shield

I recently got exposed to Arduino programming and hardware design at the 2019 National Garden Railway Convention in Portland, OR. Geoff Bunza (Blog: https://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/blog/geoff-bunza YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKzeYLMEPxWGilqZTNuG0JA) held an Introduction to Arduino in Model Railroading clinic. As the Clinic Chairman, I offered to help during the presentations in any way I could. Because I’ve been programming […]