• Working the lead tracks.

    Posted November 9, 2011 by John Warren

    This is a discription of working for a class 1 railroad in the 50s through the 80s. in this istance its the Western Pacific RR. The Shop is a 18 stall roundhouse builtin the 1920s with four stalls added for the new diesels of which were EMD FTs. Western Pacific was one of the first roads to dieseliz...

  • Maintenance schedule

    Posted November 9, 2011 by John Warren

    This might be an interesting concept of adding operational features to your modeling, of how a shop works. The time period being around the 50s to the 80s, and most of the following maintance schedule has changed since then, due to technology.   Maintance of locomotives at Western Pacafic was...

  • Life in the shop

    Posted November 9, 2011 by John Warren

    Working for the Railroad horseplay is frowned on if not tolerated at all, but boys will be boys. At quitting time at the Roundhouse everyone strolls to the magic line that no one crosses untill the end of shift horn blows. Two guys, both machinist always ran to thier cars. but first a bit of backgro...

  • The Model Railway Show - Episode 0025

    Posted October 31, 2011 by Trevor Marshall

    In Episode 0025 of The Model Railway Show, we speak with Tom Barbalet about the Model Rail Radio podcast. We also talk with Joe Fugate from Model Railroad Hobbyist. It's our one-year anniversary show, and we've opened The Model Railway Swag Shop to celebrate, with T-shirts, mugs, beer glasses, and ...

  • Mud Creek Beltline Railroad

    Posted October 17, 2011 by Mark Kelley

      Work continues on the MCBX... I have trestle bents that are made, and have began installing them one by one into the layout's lower level across the stream bed.   Has anyone had experience with pouring the Woodland Scenics Realistic Water?  I know I have to pour it after I get my t...

  • The Model Railway Show - Episode 0024

    Posted October 14, 2011 by Trevor Marshall

    In Episode 0024 of The Model Railway Show, we speak with Tim Warris about Fast Tracks, the company he founded to help modelers build better trackwork. We also talk with John Johnston of The Canadian Association of Railway Modellers about the future of this national organization. The Model Railway S...

  • The Model Railway Show - Episode 0023

    Posted September 30, 2011 by Trevor Marshall

    In Episode 0023 of The Model Railway Show, we speak with Bernard Kempinski about modeling a railroad set in the American Civil War. We also talk with Paul Scoles about his Pelican Bay Railway and Navigation Company, set in Northern California in 1895. The Model Railway Show is the fast-paced, thoug...

  • The Model Railway Show - Episode 0022

    Posted September 14, 2011 by Trevor Marshall

    In Episode 0022 of The Model Railway Show, we speak with Andy Sperandeo about retiring from Model Railroder magazine. We also talk with Allen Keller about his decision to wind down his Great Model Railroads layout video business. The Model Railway Show is the fast-paced, thought-provoking podcast. ...

  • Track Plan #1

    Posted September 11, 2011 by Matt Forcum

    Well gang, I've been doing a lot of playing around with track designs recently.  I've been looking for a design that really fulfills all my needs.  I came up with the following design to take everything I wanted in a layout and pack it into as small a space as possible.  Ultimately I ...

  • my roads

    Posted September 6, 2011 by bobby gervais

    if you look at my layout and you see my road you would probly say bobby how do you make thoughs road and the lines and parking lot lines well ill tell you. First go to lowes and or home depot and get your self a roll of roofing tar paper and a cheap paint brucsh then you go to walmart in the arts an...