• World's Greatest Hobby on Tour, Portland, OR

    Posted February 25, 2012 by Toni Ryan

       Went to the train show today and I have to say I like it being in the convention center this time!  Nice and bright and comfy.  I didn't find any Thrall all-door boxcars in N, nor did I get my set of old timey passenger cars to go behind my 4-6-0, and I struck out on scoring 4...

  • The Model Railway Show - Episode 0032

    Posted February 14, 2012 by Trevor Marshall

    In Episode 0032 of The Model Railway Show, we speak with Gerry Leone about becoming an MMR and why he decided to share the experience online. We also talk to Gavin Sowry, a New Zealander who has launched a global tribute to the late Carl Arendt, including how other micro-layout enthusiasts can take ...

  • BASIC stamp kit at Radio Shack

    Posted February 12, 2012 by Toni Ryan

      I was in my local Radio Shack picking up some AA batteries today and noticed they had a Parralax BASIC stamp kit for $99.  I think I will have to go back and get one.  I want to use it with a couple of photo diodes to start/stop a timer function at a set distance along the track and...

  • 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.