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It was the height of railroad travel. Even today on business trains, deals are closed. Back then it was about 2 companies securing a deal. Today it's about the railroads securing deals with merchants to do business with them. Either way, details make or break our layouts and trains. So what does one do when modeling that 70's era of passenger service where the trains didn't have fully loaded cars?
Yes you are right. I'm talking about my project Burlington Northern Empire Builder/Morning
I've tried to measure the difference between railfans and modellers in the main markets (USA, UK, Germany, Japan) in terms of their dependence on nostalgia. All I have are anecdotal evidence, observations of books and models, so if this appraisal is inaccurate, don't take too much offense.
I don't know much about the rise of railfanning in Germany, though I know they made toy trains early. I know even less about Japan.
In the US and UK, it looks like railfanning and modelling
Here's a video of a main-line ride with my 'Aerotrain', recorded last year.
I painted the top and underside of the valance Polar White. Then installed the triangle brackets that provide the permanent support for the valance. Next fascia and lights.
I got a little worried about whether 1/8″ hardboard would make the 8″ radius curve around the northeast corner of the valance.
At quite an early age, I learned the "fact" that N&W was the last major US railroad to eliminate steam, in 1960. Eventually, I read the other common claim, that the first major US railroad to eliminate steam was Southern in 1953. (The real first and last may have been NYSW in 1945 and C&S in 1962, as I would learn after many more years, but more on that...) Naturally, I was surprised to learn of earlier last runs. I believe the first statement I read that showed what I'd first
More benchwork today. I started with a tricky section that would be the sub-roadbed where the main layout enters the closet. I spent a lot of time cutting
A couple extra hours of work allowed me to do a little touch up and finish out the valance frame. I had to recut both valance l-girder ledger boards.
Updated April 18th, 2012 at 05:07 PM by gregamer
A nice day and generous parents led me to a construction marathon this afternoon. I spent a total of 8 straight hours cutting, trimming, fixing, gluing,
I'm not a physically active modeller, so this won't be a place for modelling updates or railfan reports. Here you'll find the musings, rants and discoveries that might not be of enough general interest for the forum.
Things to expect:
What interests me about railways anyway?
And why is that such an obstacle to modelling?
My strong aesthetic sense, how it defines how I see railways and modelling.
Things I've discovered about railways
Thanks to two great apps Im now taking The Industrial Lead mobile. Now I can easily browse my website an upload photos from my iPhone.
On the front-end Ive added a WordPress plugin called WPTouch. WPTouch detects mobile browsers and displays a mobile friendly application like page. The plugin also adds an easy toggle button to turn the mobile theme on and off.
The second app is an iTunes app called WordPress. The app also acts as a mobile browser to display