• 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...

  • Foam or not to foam......that is the question/.

    Posted February 10, 2012 by Rick Phipps

    Before you begin to wonder, this blog is not about Cujo foaming at the mouth nor is it some twisted form of MacBeth. It is the age old question of whether as you begin your layout, should you layer it in foam or leave it bare. I have read views from all sides. From those that talk about it's ability...

  • Vancouver Yard in N

    Posted February 6, 2012 by Toni Ryan

    I have been toying with setting up a new layout for the past few years, and have finally made a few decisions about the direction I want to go.  I am using the "Beer Line" track plan from Model Railroader magazine, translated to N scale, and configured as an around the room shelf layout, rather...