2022 Open House

Nothing like a end goal to get your layout cleaned up and working. We hosted the cub scouts and the Atlanta Garden Railroad Club GGRS this past weekend. It was a great day and a great turnout. All week long before the open house the weather was great with no rainfall. All the family came…

Kalamazoo Toy Train Wheel Block Failures

Over time the wheel block gears on the G-Scale Kalamazoo Toy Train Steam Locomotives fail.  The issue is that there is a plastic gear attached to the drive shaft for the wheels.  Over time the plastic gear wears out. Kalamazoo Toy Trains went out of business a long time ago and only used locomotives are…

Bench Testing Locomotives

During the early years of the layout, I programed the DCC decoders during installation into the locomotives.  I then used my outdoor layout to program the trains after they have been modified.  This caused me to waste a lot of time and I would have sometimes have programming issues with the locomotives, had to have…

How Papa gets everything done !

One of the most asked questions when I tell and show people my garden railroad train layout in my back yard is how do I get everything done ?  I was able to make the layout initially while running Mr. Handyman and Behnke Inc.  I was flying back and forth between Michigan and Georgia.  In…

Solar / Tree Shade Cover

One of the biggest problem for an outdoor layout is the constant cleaning of debris off of the tracks.  When I envisioned the outdoor layout, I knew that I would be cleaning off leaves in the fall but I didn’t imagine having to clean the layout every 2 months through the year as pollen, seeds,…

Water and Electricity Don’t Mix

When I started this train project I researched how to effectively wire the layout and I used standard LGB track.  I planned the layout, wired up the layout, and after everything was in place I found that the layout electrically is not reliable. Sometimes planning and research is not enough.  Experience is critical, as well…

CES 2019 Highlights

CES (Consumer Electronic Show) 2019 in Las Vegas I was lucky enough to attend the show this year and below are my highights of the show. If I had to summarize the show down to 2 items, I would say 5G and Artificial Intellicence.  Everyone was weaving these 2 items into their products to improve…