I turn 50 this year, which means a big family celebration. 30+ people will be here in my home town, and what better to do than have a picnic and train rides in the backyard. I proposed the idea to my dad and he bit in. He has been working on his own backyard railroad for 15 years, and now that he is 83 it does not seem he’ll reach all of dreams. We both agree it would be better to have the track at my house: It’s a flatter yard and has a greater potential for sharing Ride on Railroading due to my neighbor hood, friends, and my 12 year old son (not that he likes trains). So dad an I agreed we should try to get the Woodlark Central running in time for the party in August. Seems aggressive, but obtainable.
Dad and I agreed to split up the work. He would focus on making track panels and I’d focus on grading. Then we’d target to join forces in May for the final installation…Dad started on track work last month so I felt it was time to start on grading. To get started, ordered 4 cubic yards of Chipped Limestone with Dust. The goal being to install the sub-roadbed of about 3″ deep. Today was to be the first day of grading, and I must admit I had no idea what to do. I’m sort of feeling this out. How many times does one put a railroad in the backyard?
Anyway, I got started today and there’s no turning back now. Two of my best model railroading buddies pitched in for 4+ hours too put down 50′ of ballast. Take a look at the photos below to see what happened.
I can’t believe I’m actually doing this….Having two friends join in made it easy work. Actually, they kept doing the hard manual labor moving loads of ballast and dragging parking stops across the yard to form retaining walls. It’s great to have good friends….I look forward to paying them back and to having them run steam with me!