Welcome to my home page here on MyLargeScale.com!  Some of my photos & slideshow galleries were down for a couple of months while I underwent a massive Web Host switch (switched to 1&1.com), but now I'm back for good! Here you'll find information about my (future) outdoor garden railway, the Bullfrog Las Vegas RR (scaled out to approximately 1/24th).   Click on the links below to view online slideshow galleries to follow along with my work.

In the summer of 2010, we were forced to short-sale our previous home that was featured in many of the photo slideshows below; but, we scored a great deal on an older single-story home situated on a gorgeous quarter-acre lot! I can hardly wait to start building the garden railway of my dreams! I've got a ton of remodel projects to complete first, but I hope to get started in 2011 on the garden railway.

For a comprehensive history of the Bullfrog-Las Vegas Railroad (and its corporate parent, the Transvaal-American Mining Company, Inc.), please click here.


Some of my favorite online movies:

OUTDOOR GARDEN RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS
The old garden railway being constructed has been demolished, as we sold the home it was in and have since moved to another home. The new home sits on a quarter-acre lot, so the new garden railway will be much more well-thought-out. Construction is tentatively planned for 2011.
         

HOBBY WORKSHOP ROOM CONSTRUCTION & FABRICATION
We've since moved, and this hobby workshop room has been completely dismantled and brought with us...it won't be reassembled, but used as storage in an unused bedroom.

SIDE YARD WALKWAY
Something I've wanted to build for many years was a walkway based on the real mining railroad rail & ties (sleepers) I've had stockpiled. The rail is a mixture of 10-pound and 12-pound rail. I started by stripping off all the decorative landscape rock, rerouting & reburying all irrigation drip hoses, and digging out a shallow trench for the ties and underground pressure-treated 2x4 stringers. Also, I've sifted out all the native rocks from the dirt I dug out of the shallow trenches, and will dispose of the rocks later. The ties (sleepers) are placed on 18-inch centers, which gives me 12-inches between the ties and allows for 12-inch square pavers to be placed in between to complete the walkway. Now, it is a snap to wheel my lawnmower & other lawn implements from the front yard to the back and vice-versa, and I can showcase the rails & ties.

To finish the final portion, the walkway will have to make a 90-degree turn to the right to end at my driveway, which is also the entrance to my garages where all my lawn & yard implements are stored. The walkway consists of 12-lb rail, as I had originally considered making the final portion near the garage end to consist of 25-lb rail. Most of the 25-lb rail is bent and twisted severely, so it would have involved a LOT of serious work to rehab these rails to prepare them for use on the walkway. I priced real railbenders, and had a severe case of "Sticker Shock!" The least-expensive rail bender I could find that was suitable for 12-pound and 25-pound rail started at $3,000.00!!! And that's in US Dollars!! BUT, I did find a fantastic website with instructions on how to build my own rail bender, which is right down my alley: One Yard, Three Foot. I've found a 50-ton compact hydraulic jack to use for the rail bender at Harbor Freight Tools (just a few miles away!), but due to the price of plate steel I've decided to delay constructing a rail bender and instead obtained more 12-lb rail to complete the walkway (see the June 2008 slideshow below) and I used a section of 10-pound rail for the sharp curves near my garage, since 10-lb rail is very easily bent/curved. I've reinforced my bench-mounted vise in order to make some short bends, aided by notches cut into the rail webbing and plenty of heat from my cutting torch.

Meanwhile, please enjoy the slideshows below for construction progress of my Side Yard Walkway:

May 2008

June 2008
     
 

GARAGE WORKSHOP CONSTRUCTION & FABRICATION
This is also long gone, as most of this was dismantled and the garage returned to its car-parking form. Our new garage is packed full of household items as a storage unit!
 

LOCOMOTIVES & ROLLING STOCK
Coming soon!
         

FULL-SIZE REFERENCE PHOTOS
I've got quite a few photos (both print & digital) that are just sitting around, so I decided to post as many as possible for the benefit of others. It will take me some time to get the print photos scanned & formatted, but I will post them when I can. Just click on the photos or links below and you will be able to browse photo pages with many more images than are shown here.

Plymouth Diesel-Mechanical Locomotive
3-Foot Gauge
(Hamakua Sugar Company)
Laupahoehoe Train Museum
Big Island of Hawai'i

Replica Standard-Gauge Long Wooden Caboose (Hilo Railroad-Hawaii Consolidated Railway)
Laupahoehoe Train Museum:
Big Island of Hawai'i

3-Foot Gauge Explosives Boxcar
(Hamakua Sugar Company)
Laupahoehoe Train Museum:
Big Island of Hawai'i

3-Foot Gauge 0-6-0 Saddle Tank Switching Locomotive
Lahaina, Kaanapali & Pacific RR:
Maui, Hawaii

3-Foot Gauge 2-4-0 Locomotive "Anaka"
Lahaina, Kaanapali & Pacific RR:
Maui, Hawaii


3-Foot Gauge 4-6-0 Locomotive undergoing restoration
Lahaina, Kaanapali & Pacific RR:
Maui, Hawaii

3-Foot Gauge Diesel Locomotive
Lahaina, Kaanapali & Pacific RR:
Maui, Hawaii

3-Foot Gauge 4-8-2 Locomotive No.482
Durango & Silverton RR:
Durango, Colorado

3-Foot Gauge Silver Vista Excursion Car
Durango & Silverton RR:
Durango, Colorado

Standard-Gauge 4-6-0 Locomotive No.40
Nevada Northern Rwy:
Ely, Nevada


Standard-Gauge 2-8-0 Locomotive No.81
Nevada Northern Rwy:
Ely, Nevada

Standard-Gauge 2-8-0 Locomotive No.93
Nevada Northern Rwy:
Ely, Nevada

Standard-Gauge Wrecking Crane
Nevada Northern Rwy:
Ely, Nevada

Standard-Gauge ALCO RS-3 Diesel Locomotive
Nevada Northern Rwy:
Ely, Nevada

Standard-Gauge Steam-Powered Snow Blower
Nevada Northern Rwy:
Ely, Nevada


Standard-Gauge Snow Plow/Spreader
Nevada Northern Rwy:
Ely, Nevada

Standard-Gauge Jordan Spreader
Nevada Northern Rwy:
Ely, Nevada

Standard-Gauge Speeder
Nevada Northern Rwy:
Ely, Nevada

Workshops & Equipment Storage
Nevada Northern Rwy:
Ely, Nevada

Standard-Gauge Metal Ore Cars & Details
Nevada Northern Rwy:
Ely, Nevada