Changes Coming to SmallMR.com

It is hard to believe this site has been going since 2012 and is entering it’s 7th year. This site was inspired by Carl Arendt who passed away in 2011. This site was not meant as a replacement for Carl’s website but as another voice of Small Layout Advocacy. Up…

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Small Layout Meet 2017

The Small Layout Meet is Back! June 10, 2017, 10AM – 4PM Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, INC 12505 C.R. 99 Findlay, OH 45840 Same people, about a third of a mile east of the original location. Jeff and Russ are coordinating the show. Click here to download the flyer for…

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If we did not make mistakes we would never learn anything

This months article on building legs includes a couple mistakes or where I did not follow the original design. We have to realize that making mistakes is part of the learning process. After the first setup with the Boat Yard in Flint Michigan (yes I missed the National Show with…

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2016 National Train Show Prep

Things are really busy around here. I committed to have the Boat Yard operational for the 2016 National Train Show  and things are getting tight. To date I have all module frames completed and more than half of the track completed. All the track that is completed was hand laid. That was…

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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 few new friends through free-mo and through this blog.  One new friend is Jim Isley. Jim contacted me a few months ago about one of…

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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 month but sometimes life just gets in the way! This past summer I had a rigorous work schedule with many visits, new product launches and being short…

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Get Involved – Presenting is a Lot of Fun

I enjoy modeling but since I stopped being a lone wolf, I have begun to enjoy the hobby more than ever before. Since joining the SE Michigan Free-mo group I have attended a number of shows. Each show is fun with new people and new friends at each event. Action…

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Lost in the Past

I can sit for hours looking at old photographs. Especially the ones from old large plate glass negatives. The depth and clarity of these old photos lets you go deep into the image and see things you would not notice when taken in as a whole. For an example, lets…

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Back in the NMRA

I joined the NMRA on a trial membership back in 2012. The experience was uneventful. Because of where I live, I was placed in a division which met in another state and was not close to my home or work. I never attended a meeting and too much my surprise, I…

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Another Magazine Lost

I recently had one of my articles (VREELAND RAIL) published in the print magazine, Model Trains International. It was especially nice since I did not submit the article; they found me and asked to re-print it. Unfortunately within a couple months of printing the article the magazine has shut down….

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