Something that has always seemed like it would be a lot of fun is having a bridge on Mr. DAPs’ Railway. The exactly location and look for this bridge has been up for debate until recently it was settled by the project I’m about to share. What was known was that a bridge would be … Read more Building a Bridge and a New Engine for Mr. DAPs’ Railway
June means it is my birthday which in turn means… time to add something new to Mr. DAPs’ Railway. I had been anticipating this expansion for months (if not since first building the train a year ago) and had several ideas. None of these were 100% set in stone as I just wasn’t sure what exactly … Read more Mr. DAPs Railway Expansion and White Pass Addition
Spring has arrived and with it, flowers. The garden surrounding the railway continues to grow and hopefully soon will be flourishing. The main growth has come from the roses that are now starting to create some awesome natural tunnels for the train to steam through. In the future, there will be some wire arches to … Read more Mr. DAPs’ Railway – Spring Has Sprung!
One of the struggles with having a backyard train can be nature. The very thing which makes the whole backyard train thing so beautiful and intriguing can also be the most frustrating. Queue giant Jacaranda tree in my backyard. A beautiful tree, one of the tallest in the neighborhood, with the unique ability to drop … Read more Goodbye Tree Over the Train
My garden railway was starting to actually look like a railroad. It had a layout that was now embedded in lovely gravel and wound its way through my backyard. However, it was a little plain. I was given a book for my birthday that went into many different ideas for backyard trains. As I looked … Read more The First Attempt at a Garden Railway – Part 3
The time had come to actually start building a train in my garden. I had the train. I had the track. I had the power-pack. I had a general vision or plan mapped out on my iPad. I also had figured out where everything would be going into the backyard. Now it was time to … Read more The First Attempt at a Garden Railway – Part 2
A year or so ago I visited a friend’s house. It had been a few months between visits and imagine my amazement and wonder when I discovered that he had installed a train in his backyard. It was gorgeous. It wound its way around the entire yard, was embedded into the patio, and had a wireless … Read more The First Attempt at a Garden Railway – Part 1
As a kid, we moved around a lot. This led to some really interesting experiences for a growing boy but I’m going to narrow all of these down into just one story today. This is the story of where my love of trains originated (at least in my memory). Shortly after my sixth birthday, we … Read more It All Started with a Train