to the home of the the
Naromiyocknowhusunkatankshunk Garden Railway (NGR). The NGR was
so named after the brook
which runs through our property and supplies water to our water
garden pond. The NGR
does not depict any specific rail line as it was created to enhance
the garden pond. The idea for building the Garden Railway came
as a result of a trip to Atlanta, Georgia for a family wedding.
While in Atlanta, I visited the Atlanta
and found a most intriguing exhibit. The display we happened upon,
Locomotion in the Garden,was
an exhibit that was unbelievable and obviously, most inspiring.
Once seeing it, I knew what was missing from my water garden.
Unfortunately, the Atlanta exhibit ended in October 2005, but
you can still see the great works of the designer, Paul Busse,
by visiting his website, Applied Imagination. Upon returning
home, planning and construction of the G Scale railway began!
The bridge which crosses the Naromi pond is a custom made 6.5
foot Howe Truss fabricated from cedar wood and brass hardware.
The plans for
this bridge were available on-line and were very accurate and
A new filter enclosure was
needed for the pond so a small Bobber Caboose was built to replaced
the old structure. It currently houses the necessary filters and
electrical required by the pond.
The railway was built in two
sections. The first section of railway was laid out in our established
water garden area. Most of the railway in this section is elevated
using a "Flexible Roadway"system. This system allows the track to be securely
elevated and also permits most debris to fall through the rail
ties. At this point in time, I am quite pleased with this elevation
technique. The railway was integrated around the mature plantings
and other immovable objects like trees and boulders. Over the
past few years the railway has expanded to new sections. A small
retaining wall had to be constructed in order for all of the
areas of the railway to be level. The Village of Aspenville and
Aspenville Depot were added, more than doubling the size of the
original layout. The railway is currently laid out with separate
passenger and freight routes. Aspenville Depot is located on
the freight line while the Village of Aspenville is situated
along the passenger route. A new development, named "Willoughby", was started this winter with
a completion date of early Summer 2007. (The town was named
after one of the episodes of the very popular Twilight Zone television
show of the 1960's.) Large and small boulders were added
to create "Rock Canyon" where the railway snakes through
on its way to the Aspenville Station. The NGR is currently comprised
of numerous Engines and Rolling Stock, which can be viewed below.
Since the railway is operated all year-round, a wedge snowplow
clears the tracks of any snow with the help of either the GE
45 Ton Center Cab diesel or the NW-2 Sante Fe diesel. A covered
bridge serves as a "maintenance depot /
garage"for an engine whenever the railway
is not in service. A New Haven diesel, freight cars and caboose
have also been added to the line.
The Naromi Garden Railway made
her maiden run in June 2005. Being an on-going work of art, change
and expansion to the railway and garden are always being considered.
Future plans include building
trestle bents for all raised portions of the track, which actually
started during the summer of 2007, preparing
the layout for DCC operations,
the inclusion of more structures throughout the entire railway
system and some new annual and perenial flower gardens.
Located on the Willoughby
and Aspenville border.
One of the G Scale
engine and tender, passenger cars, and other rolling stock, are
replicas of the famous ET&WNC Railroad. At this time the entire layout spans over 200 lineal