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Diesel locomotives in the garden

By | August 28, 2023

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two red cabooses being pushed by a green switcher

It’s springtime in 1948 and two freshly painted cabooses are being moved out of the Reading Shops at Erie Avenue. An Alco S4 slowly pushes, while the boss inspects the work as they pass. These Bachmann, eight-wheel cabooses were repainted, then decaled with actual Reading caboose numbers and markings. The “cabeese” run on Bob Whipple’s West Berlin Garden Railroad in West Berlin, New Jersey. Bob Whipple photo

two red cabooses being pushed by a green switcher
night scene in a model locomotive yard in garden railway

The K&S locomotive yard is a quiet place at this late hour, as a single engineer prepares to move his charge to the ready line. By sunup tomorrow he’ll be in Laramie. The track and rolling stock are from LGB. This 1:22.5-scale scene is a part of the railroad belonging to Gene and Sharon Heflin in Springfield, Illinois. John Evans photo

night scene in a model locomotive yard in garden railway
green and white diesel locomotive near grain elevator on garden railway

Over in Grande Prairie, a Winter Valley GP9 is switching the United Grain Growers elevator on David Winter’s railroad while a father and young girl round up the perfect pumpkin for Mom. The WV paint scheme was applied to their first diesel many years ago and has stood the test of time. David Winter photo

green and white diesel locomotive near grain elevator on garden railway
red, white, and blue diesel engine on trestle with faded orange diesel below on track

On the upper loop of Bill Cheplick’s railroad, the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton engine in 1776 Bicentennial colors is heading toward McClouth Steel plant in Trenton, Michigan. The U-25B diesel is going back to the Flat Rock, Michigan, train yard while the RS3 heads to Ford’s stamping plant in Woodhaven, Michigan. The Bicentennial locomotive is a USA Trains SD40-2, the U-25B diesel is Aristo-Craft, and the DT&I RS3 with the starburst logo and Grand Trunk colors is also from Aristo-Craft. All engines and rolling stock were custom airbrushed and weathered by Bill. Bill Cheplick photo

red, white, and blue diesel engine on trestle with faded orange diesel below on track
model yellow diesel engine heading toward camera on curve

It’s a cold, sunny winter morning on Dominique Ney’s Alaska Railroad. The line’s GP 38-2 No. 2002 hauls a heavy coal train near Denali Park Station. The photo was taken with a handheld Nokia camera set on automatic, in the morning sun. Dominique Ney photo

model yellow diesel engine heading toward camera on curve
vintage looking photo of model tram locomotive

Tram locomotive No. 286 waits to leave Cockshutt Mortimer with a goods train bound for the canal interchange at Gooey, on Mel Turbutt’s Wetton Gooey Light Railway, which is set on the border between England and Wales. The railway linking Gooey station and the canal runs right through the middle of the town, hence the use of tram engines. Mel Turbutt photo

vintage looking photo of model tram locomotive
black model diesel with long train on curve and a snowy scene on garden railway

A pair of USA Trains Black Widow SD70macs (custom painted by Goldcoast Station) are pulling a Daylight passenger train down “Little Tehachapi” Loop on Steve Hughes’ outdoor railroad. The photo was taken after an unusual snow in the Spokane, Washington area. Steve Hughes photo

black model diesel with long train on curve and a snowy scene on garden railway
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