Switching Challenge Room Dimensions
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Layout Design Journal 2016 Switching Operation Challenge

If you have a passion for fiddling with track and switching, this might be the thing for you. The Model Railroad Layout Design SIG (LDSIG) is…

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Prototype 30″ Gauge Railways – Kauai Plantation Railroads #modelrailroad #narrowgauge

Many people model narrow gauge in On30 and HOn30. Most of these are stand-ins for 36″ or 24″ gauge railways. I thought it would be…

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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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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…

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The Hemlock Central – A 30 inch Prototype

The Hemlock Central (legal name was Harbor Springs Railway) was a 2 ft. 6 in (30 inch) narrow gauge railway which consisted of 13 miles…

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Chelsea Milling Company Home of Jiffy Mix

Looking for a prototype industry straddling a main line, try Chelsea Milling Company. Located in Chelsea Michigan, the company produces Jiffy brand mixes since the…

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Modeling The Celestial Railroad

Last month we took at the narrow gauge Jupiter and Lake Worth Railway aka the Celestial Railroad. This month we will look at modeling the…

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Jupiter and Lake Worth
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Small Layout Ideas – Prototypically Whimsical

In model railroading, many times we have layout owners who have “fun” with their names, locations and purposes for their layout. You cannot be in…

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No 6 Shaft Rock House
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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.
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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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