• The Shack........one year later

    Posted March 19, 2012 by Rick Phipps

    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...

  • The Model Railway Show - Episode 0034

    Posted March 14, 2012 by Trevor Marshall

    In Episode 0034 of The Model Railway Show, we speak with Clare Gilbert on the 20th anniversary of his company, Sylvan Scale Models. We also talk to Otto Vondrak about a new book honoring the life of Hal Carstens. The Model Railway Show is the fast-paced, thought-provoking podcast. For more informat...

  • SLR #2062

    Posted March 7, 2012 by Nscaler Gen

    Here's a couple of new pics of this weathering project, with an updated high resolution slideshow  available courtesy of Flickr:   http://www.flickr.com/photos/61768275@N04/sets/72157628674886997/show/    

  • Buildings Photos

    Posted March 5, 2012 by tom gunning

    Hey out there would like to know if anyone is from Jacksonville,Florida? If so I need some photos for some buildings I'd like to build for my layout. Can I get any HELP!!!!!!!!Please let me know ok. Thanks, Tom G.

  • The Model Railway Show - Episode 0033

    Posted February 29, 2012 by Trevor Marshall

    In Episode 0033 of The Model Railway Show, we speak with Lance Mindheim about operating a modern era switching layout. We also talk to Don Goodman-Wilson, a North American enthusiast who models Japanese prototypes. The Model Railway Show is the fast-paced, thought-provoking podcast. For more inform...

  • Designer's block

    Posted February 26, 2012 by Harold One Feather

    I keep trying to design a prototypical layout using track planning software but keep running into the wall called designer's block. In the first design below, I used Walthers code 83 curved turnouts #8 and #7 1/2. I'm thinking that I don't need the outer #8 and still keep a parallel track needed fo...

  • 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...