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...

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...

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...

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...

An Old Friend…

Milepost 1135 Have you ever had one of those moments where you were looking for one thing and found something else?  Well, the other day when I was looking to gather up some tools for my little model building demonstration, I ran across this little gem.  It was the...