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…