This 9 minute video recorded May 2015, claims to show the first operating garden railway in the Meridian Manor Community in Apache Junction, Arizona.
* Part 1/3: 0:00 - 2:47 - shows the layout operating.
* Part 2/3: 2:47 - 5:05 - shows the trains as viewed down at “track level”.
* Part 3/3: 5:05 - 8:52 - discusses the back-and-forth “point-to-point” system in more detail. (MORE BELOW)
This layout may qualify as the least-landscaped railway in the Phoenix area -- and operated by the ABTO’s (Arizona Big Train Operators) least talented member -- that would be me :-). But we claim this to be the Meridian Manor community’s FIRST operating garden railway.
All but 3 of the buildings are from the late Bill Nagle’s old layout in Chandler AZ. The LGB 2-10-2 and the LGB Mallet steam locomotives are also from Bill’s layout. The Eagle Wings Ironcraft modules that I purchased 2nd hand from Dan Hoag, were assembled courtesy of ABTO member Jim Riddle.
The 2 engines operating on the “mainline” are being controlled by an NCE brand DCC system. The Mallet running point-to-point is being controlled by an old PH Hobbies automatic reversing unit.
This iMovie video was uploaded 5/30/2015, by JamesRobertIngram.com , for PhxRail.org, Track2.com, and MeridianManor.info .