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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Porter Fireless on display in Conn.

Was down in Westbrook, CT this weekend and spotted this restored Porter Fireless - the last steam locomotive that saw real work in Connecticut. I wrote up a small article on this locomotive that includes video of a similar locomotive in action.

More info

Monday, May 23, 2011

Dolly Varden Mines Layout

Friday, May 20, 2011

Article: H. K. Porter

Getting excited about a future Bachmann Porter with DCC and sound, I decided to write an article about H.K. Porter.

Link to H. K. Porter article

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Coming soon! Bachmann Porter with Sound and DCC

I have a couple of the non-DCC Bachmann Porters. The latest catalog from Micro-Mark is advertising upcoming Bachmann Porters with DCC and SOUND! That should be sweet as long as the prices are not out of the stratosphere. Right now the Porters are a very cheap way to get into On30 if you don't mind installing your own (and buying) decoders or running them on non-DCC layouts.

Meanwhile here is the real deal.

Using Free Plans for Model Railroad Structures

In this article I describe how to use free plans to scratch build model railroad buildings. More

Monday, May 16, 2011

Article: Just for Fun - World's Smallest Trains

The title of world's smallest working train layout as far as I know goes to a creation by David K. Smith. He created a super, nearly microscopic tiny layout, The "White River and Northern Model Railroad". It was designed for a toy store window on his layout. More...

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Mine Office

Testing out my new camera, a Panasonic Lumix G2 using the kit 14 - 42 mm lens on macro setting.

Interior shot of my mine office using the a Panasonic Lumix G2.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2K - Micro Four Thirds Camera

Move over Fujifilm FinePix Z5 point and shoot. I just received my new camera, a Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2K - Micro Four Thirds Camera. Now I have to figure it out and try to take some model pictures.

My review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2K - Micro Four Thirds Camera

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Ultimate Backyard Railroads

Taken at Kaj Pindal's place in Oakville Ontario Canada. He has a 15" gauge electric tram system in his yard. Kaj just recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of the "PET" Pindal Electric Tramway.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

1939 Stores

Love this picture. Reference for the future town area of my railroad.

Muskrat Ramble Railroad - Bayou Fish & Greens

Here's an awe inspiring layout called the Muskrat Ramble Railroad. Its an On30 scale exhibition railroad shown at the Narrow Gauge Convention in Sydney, Australia and has been featured in at least two issues of Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette and surely in other publications.

The layout is set in the Louisiana Swamps 1925. This building was based on a Walker Evans photograph.

More pictures of the Muskrat Ramble Railroad here.

Friday, May 06, 2011

My On18 Battery Storage Loco

Built on the top of a Kato N-gauge 11-103 motorized unit, I'm building this loco basically around this Grandt Line "Porter Engineer" metal casting. I want him to appear to be at the controls. I've seen too many models where the driver seems ill fitted to the model or after the fact the modeler tries to find a figure that fits. This time the engineer will have a custom cab build around him!

Some of the detail parts I'm getting off a Tichy Train Group HO scale COALING TOWER LIFT MECHANISM (Part Number: 8008).

It has lots of neat parts that can represent controls.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

More On18 mining layouts

Fred Miller's Guano Mine or "Layout in a Plastic Tote" is awesome. It kind of like what I was planning for my mine operation minus the bat guano.

Here is the whole story: link

On18 "Slug" loco

Jeff Law's Owen Firty Timber Co using this On18 gas-mechanical, built to move logs on the company's triple-switchback. Named 'The Slug' (because it spends it's days slugging up-and-down the steep switchback), it has a Kato 11-103 power-truck, and a Digitrax DZ143 decoder. The purpose-built log-trailer rides on a re-gauged Kadee HOn3 truck.

Some other On18 builds using the Kato 11-103

On18 Mining Micro Layout - Testing the Kato 11-103

Update on the On18 (O scale running on N scale track) mining micro layout that I'll be adding to my On30 layout. Testing the power truck.

This is my first time working with N scale and the first time building a micro layout. I want to keep things nice and simple. The Kato 11-103 power truck is very light weight so I didn't want to attempt any grades.

The plan is to build the Kato 11-103 into a battery storage loco for the mine area. The loco will travel in and out of the mine. The mining area will be visible on two sides with a mountain ridge dividing it in two sections.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

On30 Mining Office

Here is the "final" result of my mining office showing the weathering from the salt process. I say "final" because I can think of a few more details to add (like a bucket for under the water pump). The office has a full interior. I didn't have room for a wood stove. Maybe I'll give it a little electric heat unit. The mining area is going to include some power generation. Plus I'll need to light the interior so all of my interior goodies show.

I build the "stone" foundation using cork tiles. I wrote about the process here.

I'm in the search for a better digital camera!