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  • Finally...........The Shack lives again!

    Anyone of you that has been keeping up with me knows the conundrum I have been in for the last six months. For those of you who don't, a little history. I have been working at getting my Shack to a point to where I could comfortably set up a small HO scale layout. It is located in a 10' X 12' "shack...
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  • A Reawakening .... Of Sorts.

    Today while sitting in the recliner I had an epiphany of sorts. I had went to the local library to kill some time and came across a book by Linn Westcott titled "Model Railroading with John Allen".         Now for some of you, immediately thoughts and visions of his Gorre ...
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  • A New Beginning...

    Anyone who has been following my progress on my "shack" knows that my layout has been a long time in coming. With not having any room that I and the CEO (better known as my wife) could agree on I got the idea of taking my 10'X12' "shack" and turning it into my first small layout. As I began the...
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  • The Shack........one year later

    This month marks a year ago when I started in earnest to turn a 10' X 12' "shack" into my layout. Since I didn't have any room in the house to do one..........ok, a room in the house that the wife would relinquish.........I decided to take one of the two buildings in the back yard and make it my ded...
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  • Foam or not to foam......that is the question/.

    Before you begin to wonder, this blog is not about Cujo foaming at the mouth nor is it some twisted form of MacBeth. It is the age old question of whether as you begin your layout, should you layer it in foam or leave it bare. I have read views from all sides. From those that talk about it's ability...
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  • OK, so maybe eyeballing it was not the best thing....

    Okay, if you are an intermediate or a pro, you can move on. There's nothing here to see. LOL If you are a newbie, boy have I got some info that may save you some trouble don the line.Though I don't have the layout wired yet I was able to run a small consist on the outer and inner loops by using my p...
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  • Trial and error.....

    I am getting close to the end of my first kit bash and I must say that it has been an adventure. Being that it was a kit and being familiar with building model cars in the past I thought that this would be fairly straightforward. Boy, was I wrong. The thing about model railroading, at least for...
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  • Not only about trains....

    When I first got into this hobby I knew that I was going to be testing some skills that I had and learning others that I didn't. As I looked at my friend's layout the first time and looking at the scenery and listening to the locomotives and the various other sounds, I realized there was a lot more ...
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  • Hurry up and ...... wait.....

    When I first started into this hobby I was gung ho to get started. Of course, since it was to be in a shack that I had been using as a small workshop, there was going to be more work than just to build the framing. Not only was I going to be framing the layout but I was going to be putting in sheetr...
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  • Land Of Confusion

    I am sure that there are a number of you that probably had Phil Collin's song Land Of Confusion come to mind when you read the title of my blog. Well, essentually, that is where I am at in this moment in time. Not sure about others, but when I even considered doing a layout a plan immediately came t...
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