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Model Railroading As Art

This week I finally finished and released my latest book, Model Railroading As Art.  Of all the books I’ve done so far, this was by far, the most challenging.  Articulating the subjective, artistic concepts in this case, is no easy task.  About half way through the project I took a hiatus and went to night…


A Good Modeling Subject

My buddy Tolga Erbora sent me this shot he took yesterday in Norfolk.  I thought I’d post it here as it would make a great modeling subject.  Things I picked up on: The pole line in front The tracks on each side of the main sinking into the ground The faded and peeling paint, both…


East Rail on Film!

Here’s a blast from the past….Splitting off of Miami’s “East Rail” siding, just south of the main industrial park, is a one track spur that dives into the weeds, and weaves through concrete canyons between closely packed structures.  At the end of the spur there is a blind crossing of 37th Avenue to reach an…


Time

The timeless 80/20 rule, model railroad planning is not immune. All too often we have our 80/20 priorities backwards.  We spend eighty per cent of our time wringing our hands over what I would consider more tactical issues and only twenty per cent on the much more important strategic questions.  What curve radius to employ,…


Operating the LAJ

While waiting for supplies to come in for the Brooklyn Terminal layout, I doubled back to other areas. As a host layout for the upcoming ProRail national operating convention, it’s time to make sure all of my ducks are in a row.  I’ll be running both the Downtown Spur and LAJ layouts simultaneously so will…