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Model Railroads Sun Apr 22 2018 03:11:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Dead Bonsai Society Sam Ogranaja, from Ft Meyers, Florida, visited the Aquia Line today. Sam (aka Saimir - his Albanian and much cooler name) is a professional photographer who specializes in architectural and interior photography. He was in Virginia
New ship visits Burnside's Wharf Work progresses on parallel fronts. The scenery at Burnside Wharf is almost done. This includes a new ship that I painted on the backdrop. This took about 3 hours to paint, proving the adage that the easiest way to ha
Here is a shot showing the static grass scenery around the new tunnel portal. I plan to add trees to the hill in the rear later. A shot like this shows off the crisp detail available in O scale.
Switching cars on Burnside's Wharf Some of Brian's figures The people have spoken! The warehouse was voted off the wharf. Tonight I finished the planking and added a few details, including some figures from of Brian Kammerer's artwork. I can declare
I was adding the decking to Burnside Wharf when Alicia took a look at the work in progress. She said she thought the scene looked better without the warehouse on the wharf. The actual Burnside Wharf did not have any warehouses on the pier. Omitting t
We had a work session on the Aquia Line today, April 15. If you are in the USA, this is normally the day that income tax is due, but since it was the weekend, we get a few days reprieve. To escape tax preparation, Joel and John Salmons, Doug Gurin an
My wife is brilliant! (She said I am allowed to say that). Why? You'll see soon enough. I decided to finish the scenery at the north end of Clozet Tunnel. I had originally planned to use some structures to block the view of this portion of Clozet Tun
I installed a new Soundtrax Tsunami TSU-2200 Steam Decoder with current keeper in Engine Haupt this evening. If you are keeping score, this is the third decoder I have installed in this loco. The previous Soundtrax Tsunami decoder and current keeper
I am just about finished with infrastructure improvements for the basement and the layouts. I finished repainting all the common areas that I planned to repaint. I did not target the areas with backdrops, fascia, or valances, though I did touch up a
This weekend was infrastructure improvement time on the Aquia Line. With help from Alicia, I began repainting the common areas of the basement and ordered new carpet for the stairs. This was a task that I have planned for quite some time, but I final
They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Well the lion got in a late roar and dumped abut 6 inches of heavy wet snow on our area. Late snow is unusual for Northern Virginia, but recall that there was a heavy snow storm storm when
We had another successful op session today. This was number 7 on Aquia and 16 for PoLA. Marty McGuirk and his son Matt, Roger Sekera, Gene Nash, Tom Pierpoint, John Barry and Brad Trencamp showed up for duty. Debut of Adams Express car Brad ran PoLA
Brian Kammerer has been sending me artwork to make paper figures to detail the interior of the warehouses. Brian is a commercial artist that does story boards and animated films for advertising agencies. He has an amazing talent to capture emotion an
Lance Mindheim's new project N Scale Brooklyn layout reminded of the Bush Terminal layout I built for a cover shoot for MRP in 2002. I shot slides for the cover, which now, I have no clue where they are. But I do have this scan of the cover. That's m
Grain elevator on Harbor Island I just got back from Sound Rail 2018 where I had a wonderful time. The layout hosts and organizers put on a great event. I arrived on Wednesday and did some rail fanning in downtown Seattle. I checked out the S Lander
John Barry stopped by on Saturday for mini work session. He got to work adding glazing to windows for the warehouses on Aquia Landing. I had pre-painted them, so it was just a matter of adding the glazing. There were about 80 windows that need glazin
During the civil war hay and straw were unremarkable, common place items used as animal feed, bedding, and even medical supplies. That is why there is scant photo record of it. If it is in a photo, it is usually in the background. Yet, the written re
We hosted another pair of dueling Op Sessions today. JD Drye, Terry Terrance, Mat Thompson, Tom Pierpoint, Joel and John Salmons ran trains on the Aquia Line, while Kent Smiley and Brad Trencamp took care of PoLA. I had to cancel the January session,
This USMRR wreck train of the O&A has an interesting assortment of cars including a 10-window passenger car. Note there are two wrecked locomotives suggesting that the train was double headed. The USMRR freight car rosters that I found in the
The following extract is from a journal called "The Railway Agent and Station Agent: A Monthly Magazine Devoted to the Interests of the Freight Agent and Ticket Agent."The article describes the need for, and the early adoption of, "Fast Freight" oper
Say hay! Finally have some forage to haul. I took a break from building warehouses for Aquia Landing to do some miscellaneous jobs on the layout. New light over Burnside's Wharf. Some of the new warehouses are also visible in the image. First, I adde
Can you see "The Penguin?" Wow, what a day! We never had more fun with the layout. Even Alicia was down in the basement enjoying the visit. Today we hosted an open house for a pack of cub scouts and the neighbor hood children. Derek Turnjey organized
It is my sad duty to report the passing of my father-in-law, Dr. John William "Bill" Worthington on January 24, 2018 at his home at Charter House in Rochester. You can read his official obituary here. But I'd like to take this moment to reflect on th
Last week I was discussing with Seth Neumann a possible design for a telegraph system for the Aquia Line. I discussed a possible telegraph system in an earlier post. The basic idea is that each conductor would report arrival and departure at each sta
In studying the few photos I have of Aquia Landing for ideas on construction details for structures, I noticed some freight cars in one photo in an odd place. I had noticed those cars before, but I did not fully realize that the cars are on the north
The fun of O Scale New Zing 24 with 40W laser cutter It was a busy weekend with work on various projects. First was a photo shoot for a potential book project. In the process I took some fun photos. The shot above shows engine Haupt being watered. O
I am relaying this message on behalf of the staff of Railway Modellers Meet of BC. I'll be presenting a couple talks at this meet. They are happy to announce that registration for the Railway Modellers Meet of BC at the Burnaby Campus of Simon Fraser
I've been jonesing to build the structures at Aquia Landing, but "real world" stuff keeps getting in the way. Vemon Balsa glider One of the more interesting "real world" tasks was a laser cutting job for a local middle school STEM class that is doing
Every now and then I get an email about one of my former layouts that had been published in various magazines. These notes usually lead to a moment of nostalgia and what might have been. The most recent note was about the N scale DRGW Tennessee Pass
William pulls some cars onto the wharf while his dad, Sean, looks on. Each year about this time, I get recruited to help my neighbors' children with their Pine Wood Derby entries. Today, 9-year old William Heather and his father, Sean, stopped by the
I received a note from John Ott today that the drawing he was working on for me is ready. In case you don't know of his work, please check out his website at this link. His modeling is superb. My favorite is his latest layout project, the Miskatonic
This was a landmark year for my model railroad layouts. The highlight was that we started operations on the Aquia Line while also operating PoLA. So far we have had five op sessions on the Aquia Line, and 12 on PoLA. Operations on both have proved sa
Hope you have a Merry Christmas. I am off to Rochester, Minnesota. I will be presenting a talk to the Mayo Clinic Charter House on Thursday on Railroads of the Civil War. While I'm gone take a look at a tweaked version of V18. I opened up the aisles
Steve Clarson asked if there was a plan 19? My answer was, "Of course." So without further ado, here it is. It takes plan 17 and expands it by moving Burnside Wharf into my home office. Turns out that my home office has two doors into it due to an ea
Adams Express Office in Chattanooga A couple years ago I posted a summary of a typical day on the USMRR at this linkA Day of Operation on the USMRR Aquia Line - 2 March 1863 Recently, I went through a few additional weeks of conductors reports not sh
Yes, with the holiday season upon us, and the end of the year looming, it's time for model railroad Design Death Match 2017. In version, we will look at three possible expansions of the Aquia Line. All three of these designs entail dismantling the Po
The first crew to switch the car float Eight operators showed up today to run trains on the Aquia Line and PoLA. We had two first timers, Wes Morgenstern and Ed Kapuscinski, Sr. Wes has an WM based O scale layout that has some articulated engines tha
The newly cut waterline hull alongside the wharf at Aquia Landing. It's hard to photograph as it is so big. Tonight, I glued in the plywood deck to the styrene hull. I used a combination of CAA and Wellbond. Before I did that, I reinforced the area o
Several steamers at Aquia Landing So it begins, after sitting for seven years in a box under the benchwork at Aquia Landing, I finally started building the Mt Washington. I purchased this kit from Dumas Models in the fall of 2010, seethis blog post.T
Barges and rail cars on wharf at Aquia Landing I was unable to find any prototype photos of the transfer bridge at Aquia Landing. The photo at the left the shows the end of the wharf where the transfer bridge should be, butthe transfer bridgeis not v
What, he said, "badges?" Oh, OK, never mind. The individual barges are named after my mother and mother-in-law. Rudder and tiller construction is in progress. I have been working on the barges for the car ferry this week. I have the basic hulls done,
Recently John Ott completed another fantastic drawing of a flexible beam locomotive to add to his collection of early locomotive drawings. If you haven't seen his work, then please check thiswebsite, a sample of which is at the right. The new drawing
The laser cutting work station is complete and the laser is back in operation. The first task was to engrave a new train bulletin sign at Falmouth. The previous train bulletin was recycled from McCooks and showed trains Eastward and Westward. That ca
All tools must fold up and be put away to fit the car in the garage The current work station is inefficient and disorganized The new design work station After years of using a simple plywood and 2x4 based work station for my laser, I decided to build
Trains 3 and 4 meet at Brooke. Bill and Henry pass Brooke This year it was the Washington DC area layout owner's turn to host the annual NJ-DC interchange. It is an annual event that has developed over the past few years where layout owners from each
I added another caboose to the inventory this week. During a typical op session we have two trains running at one time, so now each train will have their own conductors car, also known as a caboose. A few weeks ago I sifted through the conductors rep
I spent last weekend in the southeastern Michigan area attending an event called, "Great Lakes Getaway." It's a round-robin layout operations weekend hosted by several layout owners from Battle Creek to Northern Ohio. That area is blessed with numero
Brad and Paul are all business on PoLA Ed and Eric spotting cars left from train 5 at Falmouth The Aquia Line and PoLA layouts hosted dual (dueling?) ops sessions today. Paul Dolkos and Brad Trencamp ran PoLA. That was the 11th session on PoLA. Meanw
Iweathered6 more cars for PoLA today, including some with hand painted graffiti. When I do graffiti on a model, I look at actual graffiti on cars to get ideas, but I don't copy it exactly. It's more fun that way. Here are 5 of the 6.
Anyone that reads this blog knows that I have a love-hate relationship with DCC. This week the DCC relationship needle is swinging toward the hate side. Here is why. The prototype photo at the left shows the scene that inspired the PoLA layout. I wan