Categories: Main category, Locomotives, Railway, Rolling Stock, Structures
By Joe Fotschky on Oct 26, 2007 | In Structures
The Church is a kit by ScanKit. The kits are no longer produced. Kits are molded thinner then the walls in Piko and Pola plastic kits. I have a few kits made by ScanKit. Besides the Church I have a house, small business, yard tower, two warehouses, two station platforms, and three roundhouse sections. None of the boxes or directions have the scale of these structures. The box does have this information.
- Realistic detail
- Easy assembly
- Pre-formed plastic
- Great choice of models
- Suitable for LGB garden railways
- Sturdy construction
By Joe Fotschky on Oct 26, 2007 | In Rolling Stock
Here is an Aristo-Craft Caboose I relettered using decals made by Shawmut Car Shops. This caboose started life as an ECLSTS ‘Western Maryland’ show car. I chose this caboose because it was red and had the least bit of lettering to remove. I relettered this caboose so I could have a caboose to go along with the show cars and engines that were sold at the first SELSTS.
Most of the freight and passenger cars that run on the railroad are 1/29th scale and are produced by Aristo-Craft Trains. All the trains that run on the railroad have metal wheels. Metal wheels help keep the center of gravity low, help keep the track clean, and make a nice Clickity-Clack sound when they go over rail joints.
By Joe Fotschky on Oct 26, 2007 | In Locomotives
Aristo-Crafts Pacific in the Southern Railway paint scheme is one of my favorite engines. It was because of this engine that I have an outdoor railroad. At the 2007 South East Large Scale Train Show (SELSTS) in Perry Georgia I purchased a newer model of the same locomotive.
By Joe Fotschky on Oct 26, 2007 | In Main category
Two trains pass each other over Mystic Valley.
By Joe Fotschky on Oct 26, 2007 | In Railway
The Flat Top & Mystic Valley Railroad takes up about a 22 by 90 foot area in the back yard. The mainlines are two dog bone ovals one nested inside the other. The layout is mainly flat except for a valley and mountains that were built on the far right side of the layout. This allowed me to make a concrete bridge and a cedar wood trestle to span the valley. There are also two tunnels that are adorned with scratch built tunnel portals, one of concrete and one of cedar wood. The trains run on track power using the Aristo-Craft Train Engineer System.