Ongoing Planning for the New Layout

Milepost 1143 I don’t want this blog to deteriorate into an ongoing discussion of the merits of CAD software but in this case, I think a little time is warranted.  So bear with me for a little time because I think there may be something here for everyone who is in the...

The Santa Train…

Milepost 1142 There is a time for both the true meaning of Christmas as well as a time for all of the joy that Santa Claus brings to the hearts of children, young & old, everywhere.  A lot of that joy is captured in this video… While I’m sure that times have...

An Excitable Boy

What will it take till you believe in me The way that I believe in you? –  Billy Joel One of my many failings is that I give up on my teams too easily. A fan should remain to the bitter end, right? That theory was tested last Saturday in Columbus where my Ohio...

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

Milepost 1141 I do hope that everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving and that you didn’t eat too much along the way… Well, now that Thanksgiving has passed, we are going head-long into the Christmas season and I didn’t think there was a better way to start things...

Layout Design, Round TWO

Milepost 1140 After looking at the original drawing, I decided that there were a few things that would be too hard to work into the design so I set about modifying it and came up with this second rendition that I like a WHOLE LOT MORE. As you can see, I added a yard and still...

A Design for my New Layout

Milepost 1139 A friend of mine uses this CAD program called ViaCAD and was pleased with it so I thought I’d give it a go.  The program supports both 2D and 3D drawing so it should work for 3D printing should I go that route some day in the future.  But for the...

Things are not Always as they Appear…

Milepost 1138 Last time, we took a look at Greg’s steel mill layout that was on display at the Dayton Train Show.  This time, I’d like to dig a little deeper into some of his techniques as his efforts have underscored what I’ve always said about model...

A Really Nice N-scale Steel Mill Layout

Milepost 1137 On November 5th & 6th, Mrs. M. and I attended the Dayton Train Show which was held this year in Springfield, Ohio.  It seems that the old venue, Hara Arena, has been closed and was not available for the annual event.  So the sponsors of the DTS had to...

Try a Little Kindness

Everybody I love youEverybody I do  –  Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young On a recent vacation, I couldn’t help but notice how nice the people were in Boston. Sure, I was only there a few days, but I noticed how they treated the tourists who were wading...

Fall Train Watching

Milepost 1136 It was a beautiful fall day and Mrs. M. said, “Let’s get out and go train watching!”  I grabbed my camera and easily beat her out of the back door and into the car.  We went north through Van Buren, noticing that many of the trees there...