Monthly archives: February, 2016

Capturing A Sense of “Mass” (Feb.12)

Following my last blog on this subject Trevor Marshall was kind enough to point out Mike Confalone’s work with super weighting cars. In a post on the Model Railroad Hobbyist forums Mike wrote: “Bottom line, if you want really reliable operation, and more importantly, prototypical operation, you should consider adding a LOT more weight to…


Capturing A Sense of “Mass”

Creative fulfillment aside, one the main reasons I model railroads is that I’m mesmerized by the full size version.   In particular, the sense of overwhelming mass and the stunning horsepower numbers it takes to move just a few cars.  (A GP38-2 tips the scales at 125 tons.) As I watch YouTube videos such as THIS…


Some Vertical Details

I spent the better part of Saturday scratch building two utility poles and one cross buck for the Everett Avenue crossing.  I’m guessing I had about six hours into the project and the cost of materials probably didn’t crack a buck. (lots of recreational play value per dollar!)  On top of that, when I was…


Time Driven Layout Design

Added a post on my business site discussing the importance of letting time-related considerations drive your layout design.