View attachment 58698 View attachment 58699 View attachment 58700 View attachment 58701 View attachment 58702 View attachment 58703 View attachment 58704 View attachment 58705 Afternoon all, I've just begun the outdoor G scale version of of my CBAM&J Railroad. This road already exists as an HO layout in the middle bedroom of my house where it has been slowly progressing the last 3 or 4 years. The G scale version came about as a result of a couple of things. My dad has been building and operating his Grannyville RR for the last 15 years or so. I've enjoyed working on it and operating the variety of equipment he uses. Railroading is only a part of what we model. We do a lot of R/C planes, helis, cars, boats and even a couple of tanks. In short, we enjoy things that go. The Grannyville taught us that outdoor track power was too maintainence intensive and he has gone to all radio control and battery power. A good friend of his passed about a year and a half ago and his wife gave nearly all of his railroad stuff to my dad. It took 5 pickup loads, a Suburban crammed full and my mom's car to move it all. I took over a Christmas train project that Bill had been setting up as part of a gingerbread village in a large local hotel and conference center. I decided then that I needed my own outdoor setup. I was planning to start next spring but I think my Dad wanted to build something new but didn't want to expand the Grannyville any further. It's already quite large. He helped me load all the track he'd inherited and several cars and a 2-4-0 Bachman loco. The track wasn't new but everything else seems to be. There's quite a bit more. A contracter was called and the next day he'd completed a 16x20 foot concrete block box complete with a stucco finish. I'd considered doing it my self for about a minute and am glad I didn't try it. This crew completed in 8 hours what would have taken me weeks and they did a much better job. I've spent considerable time putting about 40 tons of dirt in it and getting it level enough for track. I'm waiting on a rain storm to help the dirt settle a bit and that will be here in an hour or so. The plan is to run two spurs to locations in the yard mostly using trestles along with at least one passing track, a yard and two towns. It will be some time in the making I hope but the first circle should be operational in November. The nice part is I finally figured out what to do with a large part of my back yard which has been mostly cleared but unused the last decade or so. I'll post photos and commentary as I go, all input is welcome. Rick H.