Monthly archives: August, 2015

LAJ – August 30th

Scene composition/design continues this weekend with the selection of the central scene to be used for the background structure.  In this case it’s the industry at 4861 East 48th Street.  It’s not rail served and doesn’t need to be.  I selected it because of it’s interesting roof line and subtle but complex coloration. The only…


The Hidden Blessing of Constraints

Awhile back I was reading an article on architectural design.  The author, an architect, made the point that having constraints (budget, theme, etc.) on a project often made it easier rather than harder.   The constraints narrowed the focus leading to a more cohesive result. The same could be said for model railroading.   At first…


More Portland

  Attended a really informative clinic on battery power by Duncan McCree of Tam Valley.  Among other things, he brought forth the need for battery locos to have an on/off switch.  It may seem obvious, but the point had previously escaped me.  Without it the loco. batteries would go dead after about 24 hours. Portions…


NMRA Nationals

I’m in Portland for a few days for the NMRA national convention.  The street running light rail is really cool and literally goes from the front steps of the airport to the door of the hotel.  Last night I got an hour long tutorial on the latest in CMRI with an emphasis on the latest…


Flashback Miami

In their “Flashback Miami” series, the Miami Herald ran an excellent, photo laden article on the Seaboard Airline in town.  Included are a lot of photos of the station at 7th Avenue, the location of the east end of the Downtown Spur.  Thanks to my mentor David Orr for the heads up. Click HERE for the…