• Pains in the petootie

    Posted February 11, 2012 by Toni Ryan

      The problems with the 2 different thicknesses if plywood for the shelf base didn't rear it's head until I decided that the 4" thick shelf was too high when sitting on the shelf brackets.  I wanted to keep the fascia on the front to hide wires and switch machines and serve as a valance fo...

  • Foam or not to foam......that is the question/.

    Posted February 10, 2012 by Rick Phipps

    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...

  • Vancouver Yard in N

    Posted February 6, 2012 by Toni Ryan

    I have been toying with setting up a new layout for the past few years, and have finally made a few decisions about the direction I want to go.  I am using the "Beer Line" track plan from Model Railroader magazine, translated to N scale, and configured as an around the room shelf layout, rather...

  • The Model Railway Show - Episode 0031

    Posted January 31, 2012 by Trevor Marshall

    In Episode 0031 of The Model Railway Show, we speak with Keith Wills, the Collector Consist columnist for Railroad Model Craftsman magazine. We also talk to Christopher Howard from Railflyer Model Prototypes. The Model Railway Show is the fast-paced, thought-provoking podcast. For more information ...

  • Atearn Locomotive Tune Up made easy

    Posted January 27, 2012 by Larry Doub

    This is how I do it, and if you have done any Athearn work it only takes a little while at the bench to do this, My Last one was finished "start to run" around 30 minutes, and a few drinks of Hot Coffee of course, LOL This is what I do with all of mine, 1- I use a pair of clip end jumpers...

  • lifting up

    Posted January 23, 2012 by bobby gervais

    well if you guys and gals have seen my pics and my videos you have seen how my oil tank and the cricit pannel is on the other side of my layout and every time the oil guy come i would have to unsplice the wire under the ''brige'' and unscrew a few screws well i came up with making a lift up brige th...

  • S.D. Edawards Power Plant

    Posted January 21, 2012 by wes lofton

    Well tonight I will be starting my first model. It is a Walthers Cornerstone.   I hope everything goes well will post pictures as I go.

  • Detroit Eastern Interchange Roster

    Posted January 20, 2012 by Mark DuVall

    Hello all,    I have started a quest.  Over the years, 35 short ones at that, I have been around railroads.  To railfanning them, modeling them, selling them and now even working for one.  I originally started in N Scale but moved over to HO after about two years working in...

  • Moving on up

    Posted January 18, 2012 by Ed Sumner

    It was actually somewhat warm here in East TN last night, so I decided to work out in the garage while I could and finished the ground-goo portion of the layout completely. The brown paint that covered the portions of the layout not already covered in ground goo was starting to look cruddy. It's OK ...

  • Trying to come back

    Posted January 15, 2012 by Roger Broederdorf

    I am not looking for sympathy , I think it is more like I need to write this to help myself to try to get back to a normal life. Model railroading was something I did with my wife. She encouraged me to get back into it about 5 years ago. Her and I were building a portable layout we could run session...