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A small yard garden railway

By Shane Wedekamm | May 30, 2022

This photo gallery of a compact line includes some fantastic night shots

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Night scene of model city, view from the street

Small yard garden railway: My wife wanted a big flower garden, and she had bought me a Bachmann Big Haulers Christmas train. How could she not have seen this coming?

We live in a mobile home park in West Virginia and have a very small yard, but that didn’t stop us from building a railway. The layout started as an 8-by-12-foot space in the front yard in 2004.  Every few months, we added something new. Everything is scratchbuilt from recycled materials, except for one house purchased from Colorado Model Structures and modified. The manhole covers in the streets are Dremel disks laid into wet concrete. I built my first bridge in 2006 and construction has kept me busy.

Founded: March 12, 2004 (our anniversary date)

City Name: Runamuck, W.Va

Location: Parkersburg, W.Va.

Trains: USA Trains, Bachmann, Aristo-Craft

Owners: Clara and Shane Wedekamm

Silver bridge with conifer tree on garden railway
Photo by Clara and Shane Wedekamm
Silver bridge with conifer tree on garden railway
Side of a house with railway next to it
Photo by Clara and Shane Wedekamm
Side of a house with railway next to it
Night scene of model city
Photo by Clara and Shane Wedekamm
Night scene of model city
Night scene of model city, view from the street
 
Night scene of model city, view from the street
Model figure leans over a model car’s engine

Photo by Clara and Shane Wedekamm

Model figure leans over a model car’s engine
Model structure with two model cars in front of it, and two people walking nearby
Photo by Clara and Shane Wedekamm
Model structure with two model cars in front of it, and two people walking nearby
Arial view of a model city street scene
Photo by Clara and Shane Wedekamm
Arial view of a model city street scene
Model diesel locomotive pulls up to a model station with figures
Photo by Clara and Shane Wedekamm
Model diesel locomotive pulls up to a model station with figures
Model train caboose with yellow structure on a garden railway
Photo by Clara and Shane Wedekamm
Model train caboose with yellow structure on a garden railway
Backed-off view of model city with street and structures
Photo by Clara and Shane Wedekamm
Backed-off view of model city with street and structures
Night shot of a lit model structure with car in front of it
Photo by Clara and Shane Wedekamm
Night shot of a lit model structure with car in front of it
Night shot of a model car under a culvert
 
Night shot of a model car under a culvert

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