All the Model Rail Layouts

While showing layouts as part of free-mo, I am often asked about my home layout. My response is often “which one?” At any given time I have at least four layouts in process (six right now). These layouts are always at various stages of completion and represent several scales, gauges…

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Boat Yard Update – August 2018

Back in October 2015, I presented my new Free-mo module project, The Boat Yard. When I wrote the article I had hoped to have the module set complete enough to show at the 2016 National Train Show. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the show as planned and had to…

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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…

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Small Layout Meet 2017

The 2017 Small Layout Meet was a success once again. It seems each year it grows a little more. This years venue moved to the new home of the Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, INC. The meet was held in conjunction with the facilities Family Fun Day which meant that many…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Free-mo Module Design

It never fails on the Free-mo Yahoo Group. Once, every couple of months, someone asks about best way to construct a module. Most times when the question is asked it either starts with or converts to a debate on Foam vs Plywood. I use both materials and feel that proper use…

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The Boat Yard

This week I started a new Free-mo module set called the Boat Yard. The design was a few years in the making. I was inspired by the Norfolk Southern (ex Norfolk & Western, ex Wabash) carfloat operation across the Detroit River between Detroit and Windsor Ontario. A Brief History It…

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Layout Spotlight – Great Lakes HOn30 Modular Group

Each year the Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad holds Railfan Weekend. This year I was able to attend and be part of the SE Michigan Free-mo layout display. The Railfan Weekend includes train shop tours, historical rail interpretations, tuneful train whistle blows throughout the weekend, and a special photo run. One layout which i…

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