With the advent of shareware, and free online software packages offered by major providers such as Google, and Yahoo designing a layout has never been easier.
As an Architecture graduate from Portland State University I have had my fair share of designing and building models, now be it that they were not railroads, they were models. I have had a lot of experience and exposure to a multitude of different CAD applications. From the expensive and hard to use AutoDesk AutoCAD to the free
Just because we are on the final leg of our trip and headed home over territory that has already been covered does not mean we stop railfanning.
Leaving Mojave we headed up over Tehachapi and made a stop at Woodford. Caught a railgrinder working up the pass and a UP freight heading north.
Moving on, we decided to go all the way down to Caliente but as we stopped the car, we heard horns at Bealville. Dang, we just missed it. Oh well.
In Bakersfield we caught
too much to do, not enough time to do it.
Finally have a weekend to do absolutely nothing.
I'm sort of in a holding pattern with the layout now.. work is very slow, and switches are expensive. So financially, I think I should wait a little bit. Really wish I had bought all of the $7 switches I saw at the shop when visiting my folks. Atlas Custom Lines.. $7. Grr.
Ah well, what can I do? Nothing.
Decided to dust off my old Arnold turntable.
Updated March 7th, 2009 at 12:43 PM by Todd
Photo Contest??? <-follow the link
Updated March 9th, 2009 at 06:48 PM by Mr. Train
Our first stop in the morning was the Yuma Valley RR. Found a 44ton unit with three passenger cars. A sign stated there were no train rides and I've heard this train is no longer running.
A short distance away we found our 5th and final SP steamer on display, #2521. Another beauty! It appears she was recently moved from another location that according to my list was nearby.
We had scoped out the location of these the previous night so it was real easy to find.
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Now basic scenery is finished, only the scrap yard needs some basic.
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Lorenzo has been waiting all month to go to the Thomas show.
This weekend Thomas & Friends - A Circus Comes to Town was the hot ticket that left my little foamer utterly speechless. He was totally captivated by the colorful engines, bright lights and fast paced music.
Updated April 10th, 2009 at 05:45 AM by gregamer
Our plans for this day involved little in the way of railfanning. Just a few stops.
We first headed south from Benson about 7 miles to Kartchner Caverns and an underground tour. I had been to several caverns in the past but Jeff really hadn't so I wanted to check this one out.
The cave was unusually warm compared to the others I had been in but they explained this during the tour. I only had two complaints. 1. No cameras allowed. This about got me not to go. 2. During
Day three in Arizona was to be our most heavily scheduled railfanning plan of the trip.
The previous night in our motel room, we programmed Maggie (the GPS unit) full of all our destinations in preparation for this day. She definately has proved herself to us now.
We started out with a small 0-4-0T at the Arizona Mining Museum in an absolute downpour.
After this we headed down to Phoenix's UP yard and was able to shoot part of the stored loco line there.
Day one really doesn't count since Jeff and I picked up the rental late in the afternoon in Sacramento and just beat feet for Mojave and a room. Thought we saw one train on Tehachapi on the way over but wasn't able to confirm.
I believe we got there about 11:30pm and got a helluva room at the Motel 6 in Mojave. Just across the street from the grade crossing. We actually asked for a room facing the tracks and got it with some strange looks though. The trains were sooo loud they were
Click on above Photo to see more of this coal train. I am in town on work and had some free time. I had seen some coal trains on this line earlier so I thought free time humm
The controversy continues with this Auburn Journal story by Gus Thomson:
Media Life:Clipper Gap canít shake monstrous image
By Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
Gus Thomson/Auburn Journal
This figure in the rock cut along the railroad tracks in Clipper Gap does bear a striking resemblance to a prehistoric life-form, perhaps a dinosaur. But at least one expert says itís a
Where is Mr Train this week? Contest is open so stop on over and join the fun. :shade:
History on track?
Friday, February 13, 2009
By Jerry Budrick
Abandoned Amador Central Railroad depots sit fenced and vandalized at both ends of the 12 miles of track between Martell and Ione, pictured, where Old #10 awaits its fate.Photo by: Jerry Budrick
In this report...
Halland Bungalow - A race to finishTPDC - Where the wires come fromTrack Plan Change -Ebay Find - Tortoise terminalsHalland Bungalow - A race to finish
Halland Bungalow gets a paint job.
I started some finish work for the Halland Bungalow.
Updated April 10th, 2009 at 05:44 AM by gregamer