Tips for creating miniature landscapes for model railroads.
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Themed gardens can be quite fun to design, build and maintain. Not only do they provide a unique challenge in staying true to the theme as the garden matures, but they also create an interesting discussion point whenever you have visitors to the garden. One such theme garden is the railroad garden of Jack Hahn in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
So why create a railroad garden? "I got a Lionel set when I was six years old, and that's how it started," says Jack. "I have been fascinated by trains ever since then. I grew up on the main line of the Chesapeake and Ohio in central Ohio and loved to see the trains go by."
Elements of a railroad garden
Who says the entire garden has to conform to scale? Create a land of giant reptiles or garden gnomes. No matter how absurd, each little area can tell its own story. As long as you use your imagination, your fun will never run out of steam.
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