Monthly archives: November, 2015

LAJ Update

It’s been a productive month on the LAJ layout.  Progress being: made a visit to the actual site in Vernon, solved the lighting problem, finalized and tightened up the track plan, laid all the track (half of which is permanent), wired in the track and activated the control system. The LAJ is proto freelance.  It…


Micro Engineering Turnouts

I added a chapter in the How To section on upgrading and enhancing Micro Engineering turnouts.


LAJ Lighting

“You can never be too rich, too thin,…….or have too many lumens”  Wallis Simpson. Coming up with a method of lighting the LAJ proved to be more challenging than expected.    Since this was in a finished room, with decorative track lighting already in place, the biggest obstacle was coming up with something that would…


What You Don’t See

After my most recent hand laid track project using P:87 tie plates I was struck by the fineness of the plates themselves.  Others have asked me about this as well.  Rightly so.    I had two choices, paint the rail a lighter color to highlight the  tie detail or paint it the darker color it…


How To Model Today’s Railroads

I received my copy of Kalmbach’s “How To Model Today’s Railroads” today.  The Downtown Spur is featured on the cover.  I was really curious to see what they were going to do as I had zero input and wasn’t even told the issue was coming out.  I have to say I’m thrilled.  Paul Dolkos spent…