Hello All, My previous garden railroad (thread titled "my dabbling in G scale") ended up being a little short lived due to some geographical issues with the track. A plan to add a rock garden to the front yard was proposed a while back and we decided to go with it. This is the new version of the garden railroad, much bigger than before! overview of the layout, looking down the long side with the front end loader parked next to the layout with a load of ballast. The small yard on the south end. North end curve with the spur in the middle, Someday I plan on filling in this corner with flagstone to make a rock mountain. The trackage is a mixture of mostly LGB track was a few pieces of aristocraft. Right now I'm using track power DC, however I plan on adding battery and R/C control to the trains. The ballast I used is extremely acidic, and it likes to wreak havoc on the pickup capability of engines. The layout is planned to be based on the C&S around 1900, just after the merger and before the CB&Q takeover. I only have one piece of equipment not for that era, a bachmann railtruck.