Posted in Small Layout Design Ideas TRAIN ORDERS

New Friends

As I have stated before, I used to be a lone wolf and kept my modeling to myself. Over the past year I have met a…

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Posted in Layout Spotlight

A Trip to Trainfest

2015 marked the first time I had ever been to Trainfest in Milwaukee Wisconsin. I took the family and we had a very good time…

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Layout Spotlight – Str Solano

As part of the Rail-Marine theme this month, we present here the model of the Steamer Solano which was present at the 2014 NMRA NCR Division…

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Posted in TRAIN ORDERS

Sometimes Life Gets in the Way

I must apologize for not getting articles out as often as I would like. My goal is for getting something out at least once a…

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A closer look at the apron and switch lead shows the seperation from the rest of yard. A connection to the other yard was available much farther down the switch lead.
Posted in Modular Layouts

Free-mo Car Float Module Design

Since I did the first article, Free-mo Module Concepts – Rail-Marine back in August 2013, I have been toying with plans for a Free-mo module…

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No 6 Shaft Rock House
Posted in Prototype Railroads Small Layout Design Ideas

Small Layout Ideas – Quincy and Torch Lake Railroad

I recently acquired a copy of the new book, Rock Down, Coal Up – The Story of the Quincy and Torch Lake Railroad by Chuck…

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Old critter abandoned on one of the old industrial sidings.
Posted in Prototype Railroads Small Layout Design Ideas

Small Layout Ideas – The Palmyra and Jacksonburgh Railroad

The area of Michigan that I live in has a colorful history when it comes to railroads. Every major eastern carrier at one time crossed…

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The payoff! Running smoother than silk with batteries and wireless control.
Posted in Train Control

Battery and Wireless Control for HO Scale

In the prior article, Deadrail for Free-mo, I gave a short preview of a battery locomotive setup that I would test at the upcoming Free-mo event at the…

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Low Cost/Low Effort DCC for the Small Layout

If there is a chance that I am going to run more than one locomotive at a time on a layout, I will use Digital…

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Battery locomotive components from left to right: Battery, Low Battery Alarm, DRS1 reciever
Posted in Train Control

Deadrail for Free-mo

Did a quick video of the new setup of an HO scale Deadrail System. Deadrail is when there is no power to the rails and the…

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