• Ramblings from the conductor chair

    Posted December 16, 2011 by Scott Olson

    In an effort to do a better job staying awake tonight I purchased a mtn dew and a 5 hr energy at WalMart. I should preface this with the fact that I have not had any caffine in well over a month, needless to say I am developing a good case of the shakes. If I misspell some words or completely leav...

  • BNSF in miniature

    Posted December 16, 2011 by Scott Olson

    Wondering to myself if I am trying for too much in my initial layout scribbles. Trying to keep it simple while including plenty of interchange possibilities that western Illinois and eastern Iowa provide. we have plenty of industry in this area to include on the BN side while having run through on...

  • The Jacobs Creek Branch of the M&WV

    Posted December 10, 2011 by Ed Sumner

    Well, I'm not one to sit about. I reviewed the Turtle Creek RR article in an old MR and I liked the little extension (now a part of the Virginian project layout BTW). I promptly went to Lowes and found 1" extruded blue foam in 2 x 8 sheets. I bought 3 for proper thickness and depth, stacked them on ...

  • OK, so maybe eyeballing it was not the best thing....

    Posted December 7, 2011 by Rick Phipps

    Okay, if you are an intermediate or a pro, you can move on. There's nothing here to see. LOL If you are a newbie, boy have I got some info that may save you some trouble don the line.Though I don't have the layout wired yet I was able to run a small consist on the outer and inner loops by using my p...

  • Trainlife, its not so life like

    Posted December 5, 2011 by Brian Arnold

    I just want to get a blog in.  I'm not trying to start crap, or point out a flaw, but rather get my thoughts across.  I didn't want to do it over the live feed, so i remembered this blog section.   So I have been a member on here for several months now.  When I first signed up,...

  • The Model Railway Show - Episode 0027

    Posted November 30, 2011 by Trevor Marshall

    In episode 0027 of The Model Railway Show, we speak with Paul Dolkos about photographing layouts for Model Railroader magazine. We also talk with UP modeler Mike Brock about designing a layout worthy of the Big Boy. The Model Railway Show is the fast-paced, thought-provoking podcast. For more infor...

  • Proto-freelancing

    Posted November 28, 2011 by Rick Fourroux

    I'm going to graduate from college this summer (2012). Once I've graduated and move on to the next phase of my life I'll be starting my model railroad empire. With that knowledge comes excitement and terror...........however, the latter not so much anymore. Let me explain.   Ever since I...

  • Keeping the CEO happy ?

    Posted November 21, 2011 by John Warren

    I have enjoyed many hobbys over the years, fishing, raceing modified migets, model airplanes and of course model railroading. All of which has  lead to dissagrements with my better half concerning many issues    As with any of argument but it boils down to a few basic topi...

  • The Model Railway Show - Episode 0026

    Posted November 14, 2011 by Trevor Marshall

    In episode 0026 of The Model Railway Show, we speak with Alex Hristov about TT Nut and the state of TT scale today. We also talk with Chris Lane, editor of the HOn3 Annual. The Model Railway Show is the fast-paced, thought-provoking podcast. For more information, including how to listen at no cost ...

  • MCBX

    Posted November 13, 2011 by Mark Kelley

      Today has been a day of great progress on the MCBX, The Interchange track extension trestle is actually taking shape now. I hope to have it decked by the end of the day tomorrow. Then later in the week I can lay the track out onto the trestle deck, and finish it with ballast. I hope it looks ...