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The Tortoise and Lizard Bash Garden Railroad

By | February 13, 2014

Visit a well-developed, 1950s diesel line

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A model train running on a bridge in a garden railroad

The Tortoise & Lizard Bash Garden Railroad at a glance

Name: Tortoise & Lizard Bash Railroad
Size of railway: 52′ x ~20′ plus a 10′ x 15′ “L”
Scale: Trains, 1:29; structures, 1:24
Gauge: Nº 1 (45 mm)
Era: September 1957
Theme: Fantasy, town and country mainline, and switching
Age: 15 years
Motive power: Primarily diesel
Length of the mainline: 210′
Maximum gradient: 2.5%
Minimum radius: 4′
Type of track: Sectional Aristo-Craft with some LGB, all with European ties. LGB 4-foot radius with some Aristo-Craft 5-foot radius turnouts
Structures: Approximately five dozen plastic, wooden, and cement-coated
structures, from scratch and various manufacturers.
Control system: Three Aristo-Craft Train Engineers/Mean Wells through sophisticated block control.
YouTube videos:
Watch the railroad run itself:
Water features:

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