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Some More “Cobbled Together” Project Cars

Milepost 1146 After working on the car mentioned in Milepost 1145, I was on a roll so I turned my attention to a few old car bodies that had been sitting on the paint booth for quite some time.  The bodies were a gift from a friend several years ago and I had repainted &...

A Real “Fixer-Upper”

Milepost 1145 Every once in a while, at a train show, swap meet or flea market, one can find a “gem in the rough.”  Such is the case with this old MDC 50-foot plugdoor boxcar.  I don’t usually get 50-footers as my philosophy is that longer cars make...

Coupler Sag

Milepost 1144 After a way too long hiatus from the workbench, I was downstairs the other evening building a few boxcars from some floors given to me by my friend Dave.  I had somehow acquired several boxcar bodies w/o floors so he graciously gave me some extras he had. All...

Cold Again?

She’s so cold, she’s so coldShe was born in an arctic zoneShe’s so cold she’s so cold, cold, coldI dare not touch her my hand just froze  –  Rolling Stones It’s odd to hear some in Ohio complain about the start of yet another...

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...