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Two Union Station Track Plans For Ztrack Magazine

Two Union Station Track Plans For Ztrack Magazine

In recent months, American Z Line has been producing an amazing amount of heavyweight passenger car bodies in a wide variety of road names. Rob Kluz over at Ztrack Magazine thought it would make for a fun project to come up with a Union Station-themed track plan as a place to highlight these models, then […]

July 22, 2015 More
Mobile Devices, New Article In Model Retailer Magazine

Mobile Devices, New Article In Model Retailer Magazine

What’s the newest, old chestnut in model railroading? Sort of a vague question, but I’d suggest it’s the idea that younger people aren’t currently involved, or getting involved anytime soon, in model railroading. The biggest reason given for this seems to be the draw of mobile devices like our smartphones and the siren song of […]

June 26, 2015 More
A Visit With The PRR GG1 Locomotive

A Visit With The PRR GG1 Locomotive

Several years ago I had the chance to visit the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, home to a pair of Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) Class GG1 electric locomotives. These GG1s were No. 4800 and No. 4935, nicknamed Old Rivets and Black Jack, respectively. Ryan C. Kunkle, Supervisor of Visitor Services at the Railroad Museum […]

June 26, 2015 More
Add Roofing To Our Pizza Layout Buildings

Add Roofing To Our Pizza Layout Buildings

We previously added a little age to our MTL laser kits and we were going to tackle the decals next but decided instead to add some custom roof work to these buildings. The thinking was, it would be better to have these kits basically finished, except for final weathering, before we applied our decals. This […]

June 7, 2015 More
Aging The MTL Kits

Aging The MTL Kits

Just a quick post tonight as it’s already 3:40 AM, seriously, how do I manage to lose a couple of hours whenever I’m working with trains and kits? Missing time aside, I thought I’d take a few photos just prior to the decal work I’ll be doing on these kits. I’ve added the Grandt Line […]

May 27, 2015 More
Pre-Decal Paint For Our Yard Kits

Pre-Decal Paint For Our Yard Kits

For some time now, I’ve wanted to make my own water slide decals and I think the Micro-Trains kits I’ve built for the pizza layout are some great decal candidates! Late last year I picked up an HP Color LaserJet for work but (much as I hate to admit it) have yet to try my […]

May 23, 2015 0 Comments More
MTL Laser Kits For The Pizza Layout

MTL Laser Kits For The Pizza Layout

After getting our Kato Compact Unitrack grungy in the last article, it’s time to look to the structures for our pizza layout. Since I’m working on the idea of a yard-flavored scene with this layout, I looked at the Micro-Trains Line Yard Structures Kit that includes 3 kits with relatively small footprints. This kit set […]

May 11, 2015 0 Comments More
Getting Kato Unitrack Grungy

Getting Kato Unitrack Grungy

It’s time now to get our sectional track attached, weathered and ballasted on our layout base. On a layout this small I find just a single pair of feeder wires is sufficient to provide even power across the whole layout. I could use Kato’s own Terminal UniJoiner for the job but I really do prefer […]

April 25, 2015 0 Comments More
Wireless Ambient Sound For The Pizza Layout

Wireless Ambient Sound For The Pizza Layout

On our N scale pizza layout I wanted to add some fun, interesting elements beyond what we’ll be doing with scenery. The first two things that popped in to my head were lighting and sound. We’ll get to the lighting as we build the scene so for now I decided to start with the sound […]

April 12, 2015 More
A Planet Locomotive In Brooklyn, New York

A Planet Locomotive In Brooklyn, New York

I think the aspect of model railroading that appeals most to me is trying to recreate the history and archeological feel of the real thing. I find abandoned railroad tracks, trains and buildings fascinating, even long disused earthworks can tell a story. Compared to other countries, here in the US our historical and archeological timeline […]

March 28, 2015 0 Comments More
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