I recently visited the Mon Valley Railroad Historical Society in Morgantown, WV and participated in an operating session. This was a homecoming of sorts for me as I have been a member of this group since the start in 1988. I had not seen the layout since I moved away three years ago. I was surprised with scenery progress in several places as well as additional lighting. I took photos along the way with my iPhone. While the quality is not pristine, they documented my fun on that day. Click on any image for a larger view.
Continue reading “Boomer Operator #4 – A West Virginia visit”
My friend Dave is modeling a portion of the Toledo & Ohio Central railroad through western Ohio. He has twisted history a bit and is modeling this railroad as a Nickel Plate Road (NKP) division, rather than the New York Central (NYC) division that it was. Dave just likes the Nickel Plate more than the NYC. Additionally, he has focused his modeling on 1928. Recently, Dave has been wrapping up details on several interesting NKP box cars that were pretty common for his era. The cars pictured above are 36-foot, double-sheathed cars with upgraded components. Let’s follow along with prototype details and Dave’s descriptions of the modeling. Most of the images on this post can be reviewed in a larger size by clicking on the image.
Continue reading “Dave builds some box cars”
As mentioned, I’ve been building benchwork sections for the new layout. I’ve employed a uniform design for five sections and all are nearly complete. The image above shows the last two sections. These sections follow some of my layout project rules.
- Keep it Simple
- Reuse what is on hand
- Build to be flexible for future projects
Continue reading “Benchwork section progress”
As has been confirmed on the recent Model Railcast Show, I’ve chosen the Baltimore & Ohio Wheeling Freight Terminal layout design for my next project. Overall the smaller scope of the project just seemed to fit the room better than the sinewy Wheeling & Lake Erie line that winds through industrial Newburgh, Ohio. I do hope to model that line at some point, but this space is just shy a couple of feet in both directions make it work well. The narrow 15 inch benchwork of the Newburgh design meets the railroad operating needs but limits the scenic scope of the urban fabric that is a mutual component of that rail corridor. I will put those ideas aside for now and hope they can be reconsidered in another house a year or two down the line.
Continue reading “Moving forward”
I was recently a guest on the Model Railcast Show and talked about a few of my recent blog posts. It is a nice format with four guys discussing layout design and the inspiration for our model railroad projects. I had a great time talking with Ryan Anderson, Craig Bisgeier and Tim Harrison. I think the podcast conversation format enables easier clarification and expansion of ideas than a blog presentation. Check out show #171 from September 9, 2012. I recommend downloading the cast to your hard drive then opening it with iTunes, Winamp, or Windows Media to enjoy. Our conversation runs about 76 minutes and is great to have playing while you work on your layout or hobby project.
I recommend keeping this blog handy so you can also refer to the images, maps and drawings that are discussed during the show. I hope you enjoy the podcast!