Monday, December 19, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Taking a short break from scale modeling to enjoy running some toy trains on a Christmas display layout I finished setting up in the train room.



Work on the latest version of the Owensville Terminal Railroad will resume after the first of the year.

Hope you find lots of model train goodies under the tree and in your stocking!

Merry Christmas! Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays!

Tom

Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Owensville Terminal Railroad Returns

I have decided to start up my former freelance model railroad with a new blog and a new track plan.  I will continue to post on this blog as well, but felt the new layout needed it's own blog.  Please click on the link below to visit the Owensville Terminal Railroad! 


Thanks and happy modeling! 
Tom 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Introducing the Wescott Mine and Mill Railway

My Gn15 project is slowly progressing and I want to share the theme of this new layout with all of you.

Wescott Mine & Mill Railway
Wescott Mine & Mill Railway Logo

Building up the roadbed for the finalized track arrangement. 

This micro layout is not based on any particular prototype mining railroad,  but is based on past mining operations in my local area.

Barite (tiff in local parlance) was hand mined and processed by several small (2 or 3 people) mining operations that operated in Washington County, Missouri. The mined barite was carted to market by mules and wagons.  A railway operation was utilized in the 20th century, but it no longer exists.  A couple of video clips exist and can be found in the YouTube link below.

More information on barite mining can be found by visiting these sites:

https://dnr.mo.gov/geology/geosrv/imac/barite.htm

http://youtu.be/tU7Ovb5NtaI

http://carrollscorner.net/MineralsFromWashingtonCountyMissouri.htm

Happy modeling!
Tom

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Gn15 Project Continues

The locomotive conversion is getting closer to completion.  Was tired of the white styrene/BN paint scheme mix, so I went ahead and painted it primer gray.  I still need to add detail parts as well as an access hatch (cosmetic) to the hood.


I am also experimenting with a track arrangement.  Not sure I like it, and will probably remove one of the turnouts.  I am leaving this in place on the foam core baseboard for several days and will probably modify it in the near future.  The foam core baseboard is 20" x 30" x 1/2".  The track radius is tight (minimum radius about 7"), but that will not be a problem for this little mining engine and dump cars. 


I already have a theme for this Gn15 layout, and will be sharing more information about it in my next post. Having a lot of fun with this project!

Happy modeling!
Tom

Monday, August 29, 2016

Monday, August 15, 2016

Operating With Car Cards and Waybills

Car cards and waybills can enhance the operation of your layout.  They can even be used on a micro layout!  Here's a video on how I use them on my Wetterau Food Services Micro Layout.

Monday Morning Modeler Episode 6:


Happy modeling! 
Tom 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Model Railroad Vlog Post 17

August 2016 Update


Not a lot of model railroading this summer, but the modeling season is just around the corner.



Happy modeling!

Tom

Monday, June 27, 2016

A New Layout in the Works

I have been thinking about several different options for a room-sized layout over the last four months. Everything from On30, Toy Train, and micro layouts.  I have decided to go back to my old freelanced model railroad company, the Owensville Terminal Railroad and HO scale.

Designed using SCARM

View of Stephenson Yard 

Das Station and Oak Hill 

The track plan for the Stephenson Branch is in the very early stages of development (see photos).   The concept is one I have thought about many times, but a recent railfanning trip has set my mind in this direction.  I had the opportunity to drive along an old branch line in southern Missouri which still handles grain traffic from local elevators.  This is my favorite type of railroad scene, and I have decided to pursue this type of operation on my fictitious branch line.

This track plan will surely change in the future as I begin building the new layout.  I am seriously considering using either code 70 or code 83 track for the layout.  This will require a major outlay of cash since I have little code 83 and no code 70 track on hand.  I still have a ton of code 100 track lying about from a previous layout, so it may get the nod in order to save on cost.  No final decision on the track yet.

I have also assembled the benchwork, and it has been in place for several months to test the room's functionality with other activities.  I am pleased with the arrangement so far.



Happy modeling
Tom

Monday, June 6, 2016

Diving into Gn15

This article was originally posted on my Micro Model Railroad Cartel Blog:

Going to try my hand at Gn15, or better to say 1/24 scale.  I am currently working on a loco kitbash from an old HO Model Power Hustler switcher.  The loco is not based on any particular prototype, but is something generic from several examples of Gn15 locos I have looked up on Google.  I still need to add a front grill plate to the loco, but am still giving some thought on what type of grill I want.  I also purchased the 1/24 scale figure off of eBay with arms still needing to be attached!!






I ordered some side-dump wagons, couplers, and coupling links w/chains from Shapeways.  These are from Tom Bell's TB Shapeways Store.  I am really pleased with how well these printed out items look.  The next step is to add wheel sets, assemble couplers, and paint.





The above items will one day run on a new micro layout I am currently in the process of planning.  It will feature a mining scene from a location close to where I live.  More information will hopefully be coming along in the near future.



Happy Modeling!


Tom



Friday, May 6, 2016

Special Delivery

A huge "thank you" to Bill Graham for the freight cars.  These cars are a perfect fit for the Wetterau Food Services Micro Layout.  Wetterau Foods now distributes Brooklyn Lollipop Company candy and Cannavalle Pasta products!



Happy modeling!
Tom

Thursday, April 21, 2016

An Operating Session Part 2

Part 2 of a recent operating session on the Wetterau Food Services Micro Layout.


Happy modeling!
Tom

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

An Operating Session Part 1

My latest YouTube video is about an operating session on the completed layout using my new Trackmobile from Broadway Limited.  I went ahead and divided the video into 2 parts. This is Part 1.


Happy modeling!
Tom

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Setting Up A Switch List

Here's a video of mine on how I set up a basic switch list for model train operations.


Happy modeling!

Tom

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016

And...We're Back!


The Wetterau Food Services warehouse flat has been repaired and is ready for service.  Oh, and the layout only needs a few more details and it will be completed too!

Happy modeling,
Tom

Sunday, February 14, 2016

An Unfortunate Mishap

A minor setback, but none the less a setback.  I did not realize I had set my Wetterau Food Services warehouse flat too close to the workbench.  Isopropyl alcohol and scenic cement inadvertently dripped down on the building flat when I was bonding scenery material to the micro layout.  The printed cardstock was damaged and will have to be replaced.  Unfortunately I had printed the original brick sheets with low ink cartridges, so the color variation will be impossible to match.


I was able to peel off the old brick face and sanded the foam core backing to prepare it for the new brick face.  The cardstock on the left is the full-color printout, and the cardstock on the right is a grayscale printout. I will be using the full-color printout and will be sure to print several extra sheets just in case this happens again.  Lesson learned the hard way!

Happy modeling
Tom

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Sneak Peek

A Change in Plans

I had planned to use photos of the actual location for the Wetterau Food Services Micro Layout backdrop, but could not get it to work. There were too many foreground objects that would not line up with the perspective of the layout.  I went ahead and painted the backdrop instead.

The end result is okay, but I would have preferred the realism of a photo backdrop.  The painted backdrop will have to do.  

Here is a sneak peek of the scene:




The rest of the backdrop and the final layers of scenery texture are being added this week.  More photos to come in the near future.  Time to get back to work!

Happy modeling,
Tom

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

How To Make HO Scale Roads Part 1

Sharing this technique from Ron Pare's YouTube channel. Looks doable!


Happy modeling!
Tom

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Episode 23 of TerminalTalk

Episode 23 of the TerminalTalk Model Railroad Podcast is now available for download.

The demise of another hobby shop.

http://archive.org/download/TerminalTalk/TT23final.mp3


Happy modeling!
Tom

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Nearing The End

The Wetterau Food Services Micro Layout is nearing completion.  Time to add all of the texture layers and details to complete this layout.  I do need to cut out and glue the fiddle yard screen, but that won't take long at all.






Happy modeling! 
Tom 

Thursday, January 7, 2016