Building a Bridge and a New Engine for Mr. DAPs’ Railway

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

Goodbye Tree Over the Train

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

The First Attempt at a Garden Railway – Part 3

Mr. DAPs Garden Railway – First Attempt – Santa Fe 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 First Attempt at a Garden Railway – Part 2

Mr. DAPs' Railway - The First Attempt

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

The First Attempt at a Garden Railway – Part 1

Choosing the Train and Track at Milepost 38 Toy Trains

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

It All Started with a Train

Horse and Buggy in Hazleton, Iowa

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