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A Little Early Christmas

A Little Early Christmas

I wasn’t going to start listening to Christmas music early this year… until I did. Ah well, can you really ever have too much Christmas, too early? Yes, I know it’s sappy, over-sentimental, cutesy, cornball, mushy, saccharine, etc., etc. Hey, I play with trains all day, so I’d be right at home in this little […]

December 2, 2018 More
Bad Bayou N Scale Halloween Diorama Revisited 2018 | Part 4 / Final

Bad Bayou N Scale Halloween Diorama Revisited 2018 | Part 4 / Final

In Part 3 of the Bad Bayou 2018 series, we had all our LEDs installed and I vowed not to add any more, so naturally I had to add some more. Just one more flashing welding effect set and a few individual flickering LEDs for a campfire… and one more LED spotlight from our metal […]

October 29, 2018 More
Bad Bayou N Scale Halloween Diorama Revisited 2018 | Part 3

Bad Bayou N Scale Halloween Diorama Revisited 2018 | Part 3

Here’s the penultimate article for the 2018 MTL themed, Halloween Bad Bayou N scale shadowbox. That really is a mouthful! In the last article we were painting LED strip lights and really setting up for the addition of even more LEDs and LED effects. Well clearly, we got a bit obsessed since then. I am […]

October 24, 2018 More
Bad Bayou N Scale Halloween Diorama Revisited 2018 | Part 2

Bad Bayou N Scale Halloween Diorama Revisited 2018 | Part 2

After we finished Part 1 of this series, we realized the brass toggle switch we’re using for the main power was installed upside down! Quickly ordering a new switch, we then dug the “incorrect” switch out of the epoxy used to mount it in the shadowbox with a rotary tool. So… funny story, the original […]

October 17, 2018 More
Bad Bayou N Scale Halloween Diorama Revisited 2018 | Part 1

Bad Bayou N Scale Halloween Diorama Revisited 2018 | Part 1

Last year, 2017, we built the Bad Bayou, Micro-Trains Line inspired, N Scale Shadowbox for Halloween. As often happens, we ran a little short on time. I’ll give some blame to a nor’easter that knocked out power for a day on October 30th 2017, but I’ll take the hit too… there’s always too little time. […]

October 10, 2018 More
Trainini Magazine

Trainini Magazine

Latest Issue: October 2018 Issue Beginning in January 2018, Holger Späing, Editor-in-chief of Trainini Magazine, has let us know that Trainini will be released in an English language International Edition as well as still continuing to be produced in German. WOW! Here at Raildig we are thrilled that Trainini has found the people to do […]

June 20, 2018 More
Using Tree and Plant Roots in Model Train Scenery

Using Tree and Plant Roots in Model Train Scenery

To add a nice extra bit of realism, I’ve always liked to look of exposed tree roots on a model train layout. Roots creeping out from cuts in the earth or even from rock faces add a nice touch to any scene. You’ll need to do a little judicious root hunting to get the right […]

June 1, 2018 More
NO-OX-ID A-SPECIAL For Model Trains

NO-OX-ID A-SPECIAL For Model Trains

There was a recent post on a forum talking about revitalizing some old, corroded track and the product NO-OX-ID A-SPECIAL electrical grease was brought up in the conversation. This is one of those products you hear about from time to time, make a mental note to buy but never actually get around to buying it; […]

March 19, 2018 More
Cleaning Model Trains With Foam Tipped Swabs

Cleaning Model Trains With Foam Tipped Swabs

Lots of model railroaders use Q-Tips cotton swabs for cleaning hard to reach areas on their trains, track and turnouts. Having worked extensively in the smaller scales, Z and N, the cotton fibers that can / will come loose from a Q-Tip and find their way in to gears, wheels, track joints and all other […]

March 13, 2018 More
Shortytown In Z Scale | Rokuhan Shorty

Shortytown In Z Scale | Rokuhan Shorty

Rokuhan recently, and in a very welcome move, introduced their Shorty Z scale locomotive chassis. This new Z scale chassis reminds me of the Kato N scale series of powered chassis, the 11-xxx series. Both are very inexpensive, nice little runners and ready to be used for all sorts of DIY projects. The new Rokuhan […]

March 6, 2018 More
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