Summer

July 18th, 2018

I’ve been lax in blog posts for awhile. Summer chores and heat have sapped my hobby energy. This hobby lull has also slowed my work with the Resin Car Works blog. I’m headed to the St Louis RPM this weekend and hope the event recharges my energy. There are a few things on file that I need to wrap up before sharing with you. We’ll see what comes up in the next few weeks.

I visit other blogs to keep my inspiration alive. Please visit the blogs listed in the right column on the main page. The work shared on Gene Deimling’s blog is just amazing.

I’ve been doodling ideas for the next layout project. The garage renovations have not progressed well but layout planning moves forward. I received the latest Layout Design Journal recently and found lots of enjoyment in the issue. This is the publication of the Layout Design Special Interest Group and well worth the membership. Check out their website for details. Issue #61 features three very nice manageable switching layouts with lots of ideas.

That’s it for this post. I’ll snap some photos in St. Louis and share them soon.

Early trackplans

June 2nd, 2018

It’s amazing how much stuff there is to sort through after moving. I’ve done this before and after each move and I still find forgotten treasure. While cleaning out a file cabinet I found some old trackplans. The plan above was drawn 43 years ago, when I was 14. Holy cow. Please, do not build this railroad. Those track switch angles are freehand.

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Westerfield train day sale

May 17th, 2018

Westerfield S-40-1 stock car kit #12522 was released in early 2017.

Westerfield Models is holding a National Train Day Sale through to midnight on Monday, May 21, 2018. There are a few purchase options and codes to save some hobby dollars when you stock up on a few kits. Westerfield honcho Andrew Dahm sent an announcement to his email newsletter list last week. If you have not received the info, or if you have misplaced the newsletter email, I recommend dropping an inquiry to westerfieldmodels@gmail.com for the sale details and codes. You will need the purchase codes to save some cash.

Check over your freight car kit stash and drop a note to Andrew at westerfieldmodels@gmail.com for more details on the National Train Day sale. Then review their website for what you need. It’s always a good time to pick up a few new resin freight car kits.

HO wood coal gondola

May 11th, 2018

I recently came across an email thread by Doug Forbes and this interesting Illinois Traction wood coal gondola model. This is a 3D printed model that Doug created using computer software. Doug’s original interests began with the Illinois Central but he has gravitated to the Illinois Traction System for a unique kind of model building. He enjoys putting together freight cars that are out of the norm. Read the rest of this entry »

RPM updates

April 28th, 2018

It’s been a busy few months with several Railroad Prototype Modeler (RPM) events held around the US and Canada. The summer months are a little quieter but there are a few meets ahead. Review the RPM Event Calendar to see what is happening near you.

Three upcoming events are centered around major population centers. Here’s a quick review.

The New England/Northeast RPM is an easy drive from metro-Boston and NYC. This event has grown quite a bit since the humble beginnings just a few years ago.

The Bay Area RPM will hold it’s 15th annual event near San Francisco.

The St. Louis crew celebrates a 12th annual affair with the St. Louis RPM. This has become one of the largest RPM meets in the country.

Summer winds down with a small specialty meet in the lumber region of north central Pennsylvania; the Buffalo & Susquehanna RR Symposium.

Additional events round out the last few months of 2018. Check the RPM Event Calendar for details and links to make your plans. I’m hoping to attend at least one more this year. Maybe I’ll see you there!