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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 […]

Garden RGS Construction – Part 2

Survey and Layout Now that I have gotten closer to civilizing the yard, I started to lay out the garden railroad. I started by putting in stakes every 20 feet to correspond with my plan. Using ground marking paint, I painted lines between those stakes. Here, the yard is more under control, and I have […]