Garden Railroading
at the Bear Bones & Broke Railroad

This is our pride and joy, an LGB model of the Uintah 51 locomotive.
The model is two feet long and hauls a string of cars carring
Gilsonite ore from Uintah County, Utah, to the Rio Grande Western
Railway in Colorado, just as it did in the early 20th century.

Below is a photo of its sister locomotive, Uintah 50, courtesy of
Bill Pratt's Uintah Railway web site. You should visit if you'd like to
learn a lot more about the two unique Uintah locomotives
built by Baldwin in the 1920s.

Construction photos of the BB&B Railroad.

Summer 2000 Diggin the drainage trenches
November 25, 2000 Installing Lake Nathan
November 26, 2000 Rough track layout
June 2001 The fence is installed
July 7, 2000 The Ransom Yard arrives
July 7, 2000 The Ransom Yard is completed
July 14, 2000 Track grades are installed
More July 14, 2000 Track grades are installed
July 21, 2001 Tunnels are installed
July 24, 2001 Trains are moved to Ransom Yard
December 9, 2001 The beginning of building installation
December 24, 2001 The first trains run
March 3, 2002 The umbrella is up
More March 3, 2002 Some closeups of the maintenance crew at work
Even More March 3, 2002 The Heim Fountain, a gift from clients Walter and Bette Heim
December 16, 2002 The Pacific Electric "Red Car" line is installed
April 2004 A few more recent photos, including Herb Hill
June 2004 Herb Hill is thriving

The BB&B Railroad features a 90-degree crossing where spectacular and expensive
collissions could occur. We designed an automated collision avoidance circuit.
When a collision is emminent, the locomotive that arrives at the crossing first
temporarily cuts power to the other locomotive. Power is restored when the last
car of the first train passes the crossing. Want to see how it works? Take a look

Take a look at Dan Hoag's Iron Eagle Railroad in Phoenix.

Our Favorite Railroad Links

We are members of the Arizona Big Train Operators, and members of the
Maricopa Live Steamers, operators of the Adobe and Western Railroad.

Looking for custom-built wood G-scale buildings?
Take a look at
K's Catalog of 1930s and 1940s buildings.
Built in Arizona to last in Arizona. The prices are surprisingly low.
Here's the Coaling Station we purchased from K's.

Here's K's Boat Dock which will be installed on Lake Nathan.