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  1. Let's lay some roadbed

    I’ve been sitting on my stash of Homabed for almost a month and I’ve finally decided it’s time to start laying it in. The installation will use 2 or 3 layers of Homabed depending on where it is being installed. The north section is 3/4″ thick (3 layers Homabed), a transition is made from 3/4″ to 1/2″ along the west side and the south and east side are all 1/2″ thick. I’m stacking 45° beveled Homabed on top of non-beveled Homabed with a few sheets of of plain Homabed thrown ...
  2. NWP Train in Petaluma.

    I shot this short video of a Northwestern Pacific train crossing Corona Road near where I work. The NWP has been unloading flatcars of concrete ties for the track rebuilding that's been going on. Despite the SP paint, NWP GP9 #1922 is former BNSF #1628, former BN #1922 and then former Northern Pacific #337. Quite a history!
  3. Media Life: ‘Ghost train’ due to materialize on historic bridge

    Gus Thomson/Media Life

    AUBURN CA - Things are going to get eerily historic soon on the Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge.
    Plans are to use some temporary railroad tracks to position a 30,000-pound, oil-fired steam engine on the span over the American River in the canyon near Auburn – something that hasn’t been seen since the early part of the last century.
    But this particular steam engine isn’t just any old steam engine. It’s the last surviving locomotive from the days ...
  4. Two plans

    Plan #1: 4x12

    The layout will probably be a solo operation, but I'm kinda leary of the less-than 24" aisles. Each section is a 2'x3' rectangle, and I attempted to put a 2.5" track section at each gap.
    Attachment 47890
    Plan #2: Around the room with duckunder

    I'm only 28, so the duckunder isn't that daunting to me right now, and I can raise the layout enough to get a decent height for it. With plan #1, I figured I would have to keep the ...
  5. Little Kanawha River Railroad

    by , September 18th, 2012 at 05:01 PM (Carolina, Chicopee & Central Illinois Railway)
    “The Little Kanawha Railroad Company was organized on the 29th day of April 1896, by S.L. Gould, Edward McCreary, William Bentley, W.A. McCosh and J. Henry Fischer, business men of Parkersburg, for the purpose of constructing and operating a railroad, to commence at or near Parkersburg and run up the Little Kanawha River by the most practicable route to a point at or near Burnsville in Braxton County.

    “The Little Kanawha Railroad was organized and originally projected from Parkersburg ...
  6. Wal-Mart and ME. Or why are their employees attending counseling?

    by , September 16th, 2012 at 09:24 PM (Switchman's Blog 98.5% Train Related)

    For the last nine months I still haven’t been able to work on my trains. I’ve built the benchwork and I’ve created so many track plans. But every time I decide to build one, I see another I like better and start redesigning my layout.

    I’ve bought tons of train stuff. But it’s just sitting in boxes and I’ve not run any trains or built any kits. I'm getting so danged darned depressed. And over the last few months I've been getting a little bored and feed up.
  7. New venue and new plans

    So, long story short, my girlfriend offered up the 15'x7.5' spare bedroom on the second floor of her apartment for a railroad room for me/art studio for her space after her roommate stopped being able to afford rent and moved out.

    So I figured out my list of givens and druthers


    There is a three foot walkway at one end of the room from the door to the closet that I have to keep clear, so effectively I have 12'x7.5' to work with. Kari can set up her ...
  8. Worlds Greatest Modelers Home Town N with Todays News or is it Yesterdays news Today

    by , September 10th, 2012 at 03:06 PM (Switchman's Blog 98.5% Train Related)
    Todays News or is it Yesterdays news Today. Anyway here are the headlines from the "Worlds Greatest Modelers" home town newspaper, The Jot 'Em Down Daily News. It is a uniquely good thinking paper and brings the news quickly with clear understandable headlines.

    The Jot 'Em Down Daily News is located in the town of Muck City in Tattlersville County, Alabama. The meaning of the towns name is "Hog Gathering Place." The town was on the Sawokli (meaning Johnny Raccoon) ...
  9. A few Old Related Train Jokes

    by , September 10th, 2012 at 02:55 PM (Switchman's Blog 98.5% Train Related)
    Lawyer and a Farmer

    A lawyer gets on a train to go to London. He sits next to a poor farmer. To pass the time the lawyer decides to play a game with the guy.

    "I will ask you a question and if you get it wrong, you have to pay me £1 pound. Then you ask me a question, and if I get it wrong, you get £10. You ask me a question first."

    The farmer thinks for a while. "I know", he says, "what has three legs, takes 10 hours to climb up a
  10. Castleberry, AL Passenger Train Collision, May, 3, 1936

    by , September 10th, 2012 at 02:50 PM (Switchman's Blog 98.5% Train Related)
    Train stories
    Copyright 08-07-2012 by RFL

    Todays News or is it Yesterday’s news Today. Anyway here are some stories from the "
    WorldsGreatest Modelers" home town newspaper, The Jot 'EmDown Daily News. It is a uniquely good thinking paper and brings the news quickly with clear understandable headlines.

    Castleberry, AL Passenger Train Collision, May, 3, 1936

    W. J. Quinn, newspaperman ...
  11. The Boilling Alabama Train Wreck of 1896

    by , September 10th, 2012 at 02:39 PM (Switchman's Blog 98.5% Train Related)
    Today’s News or is it Yesterday’s news today. Anyway the "Worlds Greatest Modeler's" home town newspaper, The Jot 'Em Down Daily News, Brings you the first in a series of original Alabama Train wreck stories.

    The Boilling Train Wreck Of 1896

    Copyright 06-21-2012 by RFL

    The Rome and Decatur Railroad ran a daily passenger round trip from Birmingham to Montgomery. It assigned train number 310 to the Birmingham to Montgomery leg and train number 110 ...
  12. Part 2 of 2 WGM's Train Ride to Burnt Corn, Alabama on a 4-4-0 American

    by , September 10th, 2012 at 02:29 PM (Switchman's Blog 98.5% Train Related)
    As the Direct debit membership and professional development stock and credit administrator as well as the official Bin Man for the, "World’greatest Modeler" here is a tale of the WGM’s wife's, Aunt HenriettaTutwiler.

    Part 2 of 2

    The Ghost of My Aunt Henrietta Tutwiler
    Copyright 06-02-2012by RFL

    My name is Agnes Grace Magnuson. And once a month, I would ride the old Tuscumbia Railway, from Burnt Corn Alabama to Muck City,Alabama. My Aunt, ...
  13. I'm calling out to you..... (The story of a locomotive finding a new home)

    No really. I was bidding on a uber detailed Walthers bulkhead car on ebay and decided to skip the show when at the very last minute someone decided to outbid me. So on a whim I wandered over to the local show. I figured why not since it's most likely going to be my last one for a long time up here. Nothing. I couldn't find anything that was reasonably priced. So I wandered over in the direction of a building that has one of the usual sellers I visit. I was about to purchase an Athearn Genesis Burlington ...
  14. The Industrial Lead - Nighttime Operations 9-3-2012

    Nighttime Operations 9-3-2012

    Originally Posted on The Industrial Lead
  15. Workbench Complete

    Quote Originally Posted by gpa View Post
    No it's not just an inverse of my previous post Benchwork Complete. This post is about the workbench I've built under my new layout. I'm pretty proud of this one.

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