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  1. New Layout: Blue Mountain Northern

    So my interest in working on my previous layout has all but been snuffed out. The layout previously mentioned in my Blog was designed when I was living in an efficiency apartment. Exhibit A-

    The main constraint was that it had to be portable, since building it on a bench would soak up a lot of valuable living space, which my wife would have not been happy with. I had determined I wanted the following: ...
  2. N scale "What's on your workbench?"

    A few of my compleated projects. Still working on my Amtrak Cascade. Photo's soon

    Quote Originally Posted by catfan View Post
    Wow Tom...great work there. GN Dome.jpgMilw 195.jpgMilw 2053.jpgMilw.jpg

    My workbench? Right now I have 22 loco's waiting for decoder installs. 15 or so different shells in detailing mode.

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  3. Ballast and Switches

    by , December 13th, 2011 at 03:14 PM (Carolina, Chicopee & Central Illinois Railway)
    I haven't updated my blog for a good while, so it is time for another update!

    The entire yard has been ballasted with old ballast I had on hand that had been in storage for years. The yard tracks are ballasted with Woodland Scenics Dark Fine Ballast, the Main track and the runaround ballasted with Medium Gray Fine Ballast. I used a 1/3 Water, 1/3 Rubbing Alcohol, 1/3 Matte Medium mixture for gluing ballast down. This worked very well for me. I intentionally let some of the painted ...
  4. Espee Of My Heart.

    The problem with swap meets and train shows this close to christmas, well mostly November and December, is crowds. This increases theft. Theft increases the local county mounties (We use Wheaton's Police department, not county mounties, but that sounded good). That also increases the problems people allowing their children to run a muck and shove and push and knock you out of the way. Frustrating. Well not as frustrating as as dealers jacking up their prices. What some of them don't understand is ...
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  5. How to tell if people actually look at your layout...

    Quote Originally Posted by upguy View Post
    I've noticed that most people who visit my layout miss the details unless you either point them out or give them a reason to look more closely. I have several "look for" lists which I hand out to help the visitors zoom in on the items that they would otherwise miss. It keeps the kids from just running around chasing the trains and often makes it more interesting for spouses and the model railroader's friends who often aren't captivated by just the trains themselves. Some of the items are
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  6. Modeling by the Prototype, or How Fate Progressed a Layout.

    Greetings fellow Train Buffs, Railroad Lovers and Foamers! Well it sure has been a while since your author has sat down and committed himself to the keyboard and keep my loyal followers (all two of you) as to the goings on in my world. It goes without saying, it has been busy since my last update. Since Galesburg, I have visited home once again, had Angela, Shelby and Jared spend their vacation with ...

    Updated January 8th, 2012 at 02:01 PM by Jim Wiggin

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  7. Chessie GP40.....Wait What?!

    Yeah, yeah. I have a Chessie GP40, Athearn Blue Box. Grab Irons Installed and Painted and the air tanks and front footboards cut off. Why? I'm detailing it. It's going to be a pool power unit on my layout. It's a dummy unit. The plan will be to either buy a PPW rebuilt kit and hardwire a DCC/Sound system in, or put the shell on a current Athearn chassis. Well I decided to take a side step from the usual projects (still looking for the right Maroon paint, more on that later), and pick up an uber ...
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  8. This time I visit depots

    I've created a page with some of my recent years depot photos, taken in Washington, Idaho and Montana. BN, GN, MILW, NP, UP: Click on "Assorted Depots"

  9. Caboose Project List & TOFC Update

    I finally finished the TOFC. Sort of. I assembled the TT-2 hitches from Details West, but I haven't painted it yet. Apparently I forgot to buy orange paint. I grabbed yellow by mistake. Well right now I primed the parts in an auto primer gray. The same stuff I use on my car when I do some custom air brushing. I had just enough left on an old container of the stuff, so I used it up. No camera yet. I really am kicking myself over not knowing where things are lately. But I shall return the yellow paint ...
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  10. Milwaukee Road memories

    I have uploaded some views of depots to my web site:

    Look in the "Assorted Depots" section.

    These were all taken in the past few years, in western Montana and Washington. Much has changed. Views are now partly obscured by trees, brush, other buildings and refuse. But at least they survive. Some poignant memories stirred after all the years now gone by.
  11. Checking in

    by , November 27th, 2011 at 09:13 PM (Mr. Train's Trainboard collection)
    Yes I am still alive and well. Just checked in at the Pass exchange form and added a post about getting a card from downunder.

    Updated November 27th, 2011 at 09:25 PM by Mr. Train (add link)

    Maybe you didn't see this
  12. Chicago & North Western, out west

    Well, as I was on the US east coast last time and did the C&NW there, thought I'd do some C&NW back west of the Mississippi River. This time it's Chicago & North Western Railway stations in the Dakotas.

  13. Keeping Busy With Minor Projects

    While I wait for the second set of TT-2 hitches to show up, I decided to spare myself a trip to the hobby shop. I hijacked my Kadee #5's off my Athearn R-T-R NP Reefer. I will replace those with a fresh set soon enough. I clipped the trip pins off as close to the coupler as possible and installed them on my Atlas TOFC. What a difference it makes. The Kadees are scaled correctly against Atlas' crappy 2 part plastic, massive head...coupler....thing.

    Why cut the trip pins off? I do not ...
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  14. A Trip To San Francisco...

    My son and I took a trip down to San Francisco today. We had two plans for the day; to go to the International Auto Show and then off to Japantown (my kids and I love Japanese culture). The auto show was great, saw a lot of cool cars that I can't afford and some that I might be able to someday. Then, we drove over to Japantown so check it out since we'd never been there. We came across this fabulous bookstore called Kinokuniya. We were in heaven! Since I have an interest in Japanese trains, I looked ...
  15. Short Trip for Shortlines

    And a short and quick blog...

    With my buddy Jeff in town for the week from Colorado, there were a few shortline locos we wanted to hunt down.

    First up we drove by the Sacramento Valley at McClellan Park and noticed the ex Rarus GP9s were gone. Later research would turn up that they left earlier this month to LTEX.

    A quick stop in Davis found us two Cal Northern gensets.

    Our first main goal was the NWP units at Schellville. Upon arrival we found ...
    Tags: cct, nwp, rprc
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