Two Layout Designs Win Model Rail Radio Design Contest

I learned yesterday that two of the five winners in the Model Rail Radio Shelf Layout Contest 2013 were mine! This is the first time I actually designed a layout to enter a contest. Never thought I would win, I was just having fun doing the designs. Of the three layouts, I entered two made…

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Convert a Computer Power Supply

I have been using strip LEDs for my layouts since they became affordable. Although most people think of LEDs as low power consumers, try stringing a few hundred together. My Mound City 1862 layout uses two LED strips of about 6.5 feet each and they are high density (120  LEDs/M). One strip…

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Working with Foam Core – Part II

In my prior post, Working with Foam Core, we looked at the On30 Bakersville layout I had started two years ago. Since pulling off the shelf again I have begun working towards completion (albeit very slowly and in between other projects). In this update I add the sides and the backboard to the…

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Passenger Car

Brewery Tramway

Back in the article Small Layout Inspirations we took a short look at the Guinness Brewery Tramway. That article mentioned that the brewery had a spiral tunnel (helix) connecting the lower and upper portions of the complex. This became the inspiration for the Brewery Tramway layout presented here. The Guinness Brewery was…

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