G-Scale - Donner's Pass to Tehachapi
Morning Glow Garden Railroad
Purpose of MGRR Web Site:
To share with the Garden Railroad Community another solution in the design and construction of a G-Scale Train layout integrated into a Southern California garden environment.
The Design / Methods / and Solutions incorporated into this site are not held out by the author as THE WAY, as there are numerous other equal and or better solutions to perform the same outcomes. Many design and construction methods available to use today are directly related to the site location with respect to weather / critter access / designer objectives / technology applications and budgets.
The theme is based on a 1960 to current, Diesel Locomotive era, primarily of Southern Pacific and its subsequent related road names within California. All track is Stainless Steel and all motive power is LI battery. No track power incorporated. Locomotives have two LI batteries installed, with an A or B switch, to facilitate up to a minimum of 6 hours of run time without re-charging.
The Owner / Designer and Operator is an Architect, recently retired from a 45 year practice, and has purposely designed the Garden Railroad theme to exclude buildings and any familiarity thereto. The design theme has concentrated on remote mountainous regions of high timber incorporating an aroma of pine scented fresh air.
The project physically commenced in the Summer of 2011 and was substantially complete in the Summer of 2013.
The author / designer has concentrated primarily to date on the Railroad exterior infrastructure with just minimal train implementation. The next phase is a roll out of approx. 15 locomotives and 80 freight and passenger cars. Additional tabs will be added to this web site in the future to have both static and movie pictures of train runs.
This site was conceived through the numerous hours of probing the Internet, a lifelong history of several HO and N scale layouts, talking to other Train Buffs and attendance at the Ontario Train Show in June of each year.
Specific credit in offering many tips / do's and do not's / and the acquisition of physical components used in the site go to the following vendors:
Track / Turnouts / Pneumatic Switch Activation System
SUNSET VALLEY RAILROAD
21616 23rd St Ct E
Lake Tapps, WA 98391
Tel (+1) 253-862-6748
Decoders / Engine Control Electronics
P.O. Box 835772 ·
Richardson, TX 75083-5772
Phone: 972.238.9966 · Fax: 972.516.9527
Rolling stock and locomotive electronics:
REINDEER PASS RAILROAD
3665 NW 98th Avenue
Polk City, IA 50226
515-984-6946 or Orders Only 800-266-4337
P.O. Box 1156
503-632-3555 between the hours of 8am to 5pm Pacific time
H&R Trains, Inc.
6901 US Highway 19 N
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Z-Stuff for Trains
420 Mills Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Track Sweeper Car
Martin Track Sweeper Car
Locomotives and majority of Rolling Stock
662 Cross St
Malden, MA 02148
Phoenix Sound Systems
3514 West Liberty Road
Ann Arbor MI 48103-9013
Track Side Active Lighted Crossing Gates
South Bend Signal Company
2303 Creek Rd.
Niles, MI 49120
And Many, Many others!