Free-mo Endings

Before you ask, I am not giving up Free-mo! This month we are going to take a look at designs for Free-mo ends. These will be very small, short modules that will be the end of the line instead of just a drop-off where the last module ends. Lately, I…

Continue Reading...
Room layout drawn is SketchUp

PESHEKEE RIVER RAILROAD II – Learning from mistakes

Sometimes you just have to learn the hard way. My original Peshekee River Railroad design located  the layout in my basement workshop. Now I do wood working so this was not a good idea. I had thought that by creating a shelf layout that enclosed the layout and prevented dust…

Continue Reading...

BUILDING A FREE-MO MODULE – Part II #modelrailroad #fremo

This month we will take a look at building the legs for our Free-mo module. As I stated in prior articles (FREE-MO MODULE DESIGN and BUILDING A FREE-MO MODULE – PART I) I like everything All Inclusive and make the setup go as smooth as possible. I do not mind taking a…

Continue Reading...

Turnout Control with Servos

With the building of my new Free-mo module set “The Boat Yard“, I have had to change some of my usual “go to” items. I have always used Tortoise turnout motors in the past. These have been great performers that took little time to set up and they had built it…

Continue Reading...

Building a Free-mo Module – Part I

In my last article, we looked at a Free-mo Module Design that was light weight, strong and easy to setup among other things. This month we take a look at actually assembling the module and some of the finer points involved. The overall module length is 49.5 inches. That may seem like…

Continue Reading...

The 4×8 Layout – A Right of Passage for the Model Railroad Rookie

I have been a model railroader for many years. My first layout was the classic 4×8 sheet of plywood. It was placed on top of an old pool table that was no longer used. I built several track arrangements on the surface and learned a lot about what works and…

Continue Reading...

2014 Small Layout Design Meet

The Small Layout Design Meet has concluded and was fun for all. We had several new attendees and several new layouts. Most major scales were represented along with one very small one. The web site (https://sites.google.com/site/smalllayoutdesignmeet/) has been updated with pictures of many of the layouts and other subjects presented….

Continue Reading...

Small Layout Ideas – The Flong Railway

Here is another look at an interesting prototype railway to model. As with the last article, I hope this will inspire another small layout design. Feedback on this and any article is always welcome! The Flong Railway is a little known narrow gauge line that traverses the island of San…

Continue Reading...
The freight house area in Tecumseh may have looked like this busy western town during harvest season.

Traffic Sources – Freight Houses and Team Tracks

Everyone wants more traffic on their railroad and we like to have reasons to put them there. I found through research on the period I was modeling, an abundance of new traffic I had never given proper thought to. My revolution came while researching a possible future layout based on my…

Continue Reading...

Train Show Small Layouts

It is that time of year when train shows abound. Whenever I go to a train show or event, I am always on the hunt for small layouts. This months episode looks at a few that I found recently. Most shows in the U.S. are more flea market than train…

Continue Reading...