December 2012


Garden Railways has been the leading magazine devoted to the hobby of outdoor, large-scale model railroading for the past 30 years. Each issue brings you step-by-step modeling projects, fascinating photo tours of garden railroads, unbiased product reviews, new product announcements, tips from the experts, and much more!

Plus, subscribers get exclusive online access to the Railroad Gardening Library, product reviews, project plans, bonus articles, and more. Whether you’re new to the hobby or a seasoned veteran, this magazine is for you!

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Make a weather resistant retaining wall
By David Kalata

A tile product makes installation quick and easy

pg. 36
The Yucca Gulch Railroad
By Ted Staub
A run down, three-foot-gauge logging line
pg. 40
Staff corner: Jeff Young
By Jeff Young

Modeling the Eaton Hall Railway in 1:12 scale

pg. 46
By William Canelos

Make your own low cost, lithium-ion battery packs

pg. 48
Scratchbuilding wooden hoppers in 1:20.3 scale
By Bruce Chandler
A detailed description of the construction of these finescale models: Part 1
pg. 56
Smoothing out your analog point-to-point railroad
By Jeff Norgate
This simple circuit and an inexpensive reversing unit will provide more realistic operation
pg. 62
Build a rustic structure
By Ray Dunakin

Styrene construction is easier than you think: Part 1

pg. 66
Readers' gallery
Garden-railway views from around the world

pg. 72
Large-scale holiday displays
By Rene Schweitzer
Online extra: Download a free copy of this year's holiday events
From the Editor
Notes & news
Tips & tricks
Painting block, stove pipes for buildings, and more
Garden railway basics
Automation in the garden: Part 3—reverse loops
Greening your railway
By Nancy Norris
pg. 26
Plant portraits
By Nancy Norris
pg. 31
By Don Parker
pg. 76
Online station
By Vance Bass
pg. 81
Product reviews
If I'd only known
Rain, snow, and ice are always 1:1 scale
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