Tag: Historical Modeling

Stage 1 Flood Recovery Went Well

The front room survived with little damage.  Some sheet rock was removed under Falmouth  Workers today arrived and began recovery from the flood.  The good news is that both layouts survived the demolition. The insurance adjuster from USAA called the remediation contractor and told them to be super careful around the layout. It was, "too expensive to replace!"  Thank you USAA. The

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The Flood of July 8th, 2019 – The end of PoLA and the Aquia Line?

Flooding near King Street Metro stopabout a mile from my house While we were enjoying beautiful weather in Utah last week, my hometown got hit with a torrential rain storm on July 8th.  Reports say up to 5 inches of rain fell in one hour. We had about an inch of water in our basement as our sump pump could not keep up with the inflow. This is sad because about 3 weeks ago, I had a new

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Epilogue 2019 NMRA Convention

UP consist dragging coal empties eastbound at the lower Gilluly Loop On the last day of the NMRA convention, Alicia, Susan, and I played a round of golf at the Lake course at Wasatch State Park. It is one of our favorite courses and we all played well. L to R Me, Adam, Brian at the National Train Show Then Alicia and I took a trip to Mapleton, UT to visit Adam Pinales' layouts. Adam and I

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2019 NMRA National Convention and Train Show

West bound stack train creeping through Echo Canyon due to track work further west The Jackson River scene on Brian's layout  got a lot of positive comments Whew, what a week. My wife and I traveled to Utah for vacation that included the NMRA National Convention and Train Show. Actually, I didn't spend much time at the convention as I stayed with Brian Brendel to help him prepare his

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I’m in the mood for a work session before the NMRA National

John Drye and Mark Franke stopped by Alkem Scale Models World HQs today for a work session. I ran the airbrush and repainted two of John's cement hoppers and weathered a half dozen coal hoppers. Meanwhile, Mark was painting US infantry for our next game.  I did not get any pictures of the weathered models. But I did get a shot of us having a great BBQ dinner at Myron Mixon's Pitmaster BBQ in

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Utah Bound – NMRA 2019 Convention

It was a busy week as I finished up some models for clients.  In a few days we head to Utah for the NMRA National Convention. For the first few days we'll play golf and visit with friends and relatives. Then on Sunday, I'll head to Michele and Brian Brendel's place.  I actually will not be at the convention much as I will helping Brian work on his N Scale Mountain Subdivision layout and host

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Tunnel Motors as Investments? Limited Runs and Layout Designs

A shiny new Athearn DRGW SD40T-2 makes a test run on POLA I have been thinking about what the next big step for my model railroad projects will be.  My original plan was that POLA would be a temporary project that I built primarily for my book, "Waterfront Terminals and Operations." It would be replaced with something else.  But, POLA has been a big hit with my operators and so it has lasted

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POLA and Porsches

GP60B unit leads the train back to staging. Running this way requires the conductor to stand on the railing of the loco and relay hand signals and radio calls to the engineer in the cab.  We got back from a week long trip to Daytona Beach to help my mother-in-law with chores on her condo. It was a fun week with some golf, walks on the beach and a little bit of house work. I suppose the

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Calm before the storm

DODX 41000  cars weather to a pinkish red with the white primer showing.  Brian and crew are making great strides on scenery, but will he have any track down by the NMRA convention? I've been working on client projects for Alkem Scale Models this week and doing some admin work for the Middle Atlantic Railroad Prototype Meet. Next week we head to Florida. We'll be back for a few weeks

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Model Railroad Doubleheader

Panorama of the main room of Mat Thompson's Oregon Coast Railroad. The Swift Meat Plant is in the foreground Some of the many boats and ships on Mats layout. This scene was featured in my latest book on Waterfront Terminals On Saturday I drove out to Gainesville for a model railroad double header. The first stop was Mat Thompson's HO Scale Oregon Coast Railroad for an op session. I

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New England Blitz Tour

Morning panorama at Mystic Ken Karlewicz's  This weekend Alicia and I travelled north to Farmington,  Connecticut to attend the New England Railroad Prototype Meet.  Our trip started with a golf lesson in Columbia, Maryland. We then headed north crossing the new Tappan Zee Bridge. That is a very impressive engineering achievement, much improved over the old bridge. We arrived in Farmington

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Lets Get Dirty

Some of JD's new cars Jake and Alex use prototype photos as a guide to weather a flat car In honor of Memorial Day today, Paul Dolkos, John Drye, Jake Brendel and Alexandra Cannole joined Alicia, Mom and I for a cookout. On the menu were grilled sausages with veggies, home made pierogis, fresh corn salad, grilled chicken wings, fruit, brownies and ice cream. After the delightful dinner,

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