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Vic & Sue Thies

This garden railway is named the  "Too Much Fun Railroad" and that is a quite apt moniker. There is an over-abundance of fun things happening on this large railroad everywhere you look. The entire backyard at the Thies residence is devoted to trains with 1100 feet of track placed at six different levels, and dozens of bridges crossing major streams that are fed from two large waterfalls. Two ponds collect the water and offer refuge for koi and water plants. The Too Much Fun RR also features a cog railway with a helix at both ends, multiple point-to-point lines as well several loops of track that allow long consists to be run. There is a suspended railway system over the patio with a branch line that goes through the back wall of the house into the family room. Most impressively, all of this work was completed in less than three years, and there are plans for a Bryce Canyon scene on the upper level of the layout. This will involve additional custom concrete work. Another feature of the Too Much Fun RR is the extensive LED lighting (over 10,000 lights) that provide a totally different appearance to the layout during evening operations.



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