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GN Gondola 75846 Build

I hesitate to label this a quick build, because it wasn’t. This drop bottom gondola is the second Red Caboose kit I picked up at Scale Model Supplies. This kit has substantially more details than the flatcar kit does, mainly … Continue reading

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Quick Build – GN Flatcar 69007

I swung into Scale Model Supplies today to pick up some misc parts for the steam engine re-motor I’m working on, and while I was there I perused the rolling stock they had. (Always a mistake.) They had a selection … Continue reading

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GN Engine No. 141

I went to a swap meet in May and one of the few things I bought was a new in box Stewart Hobbies model of GN Engine No. 141.

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More track work, and wiring!

The last update showed turnouts that had been completed and painted. Last week I installed six of them and some more straight sections of track. I’m pretty much done with laying track until I can get the bridges sorted out … Continue reading

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July 10, 2019 Update

There hasn’t been much progress recently, mainly because we took two weeks off and rode the train across Canada. There will be posts and photos about that later on my other blog. But some progress has been made in the … Continue reading

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Building Earls Oil

Another copy over from my other blog. This is the first laser kit I built. I’ve started building some laser cut buildings for my model railroad. I figured that I could get a head start buy assembling some buildings in … Continue reading

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Blucher Glue Works

This is a re-post from my personal blog. I posted it there before I had a name and blog for my layout. For my second laser kit I decided to go with something a bit larger. I bought a copy … Continue reading

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Progress Report – 3 June 2019

Since the last update I have done the following: Installed the 3/8″ plywood. Painted the backdrop sky blue. Installed the 1-1/2″ pink foam. Determined what the basic track plan should be. Laid out the track plan on the foam, placing … Continue reading

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Benchwork!

Exciting! Yesterday I finished building the benchwork and installed it! I built the benchwork out of 3/4″ sheathing plywood. It’s all hidden so it doesn’t need to be pretty. I ripped 3″ and 2″ strips and used L-girder construction – … Continue reading

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Hand Building A Turnout

My current track plan has about 12 turnouts (switches) in it. The quality code 83 Shinohara (no longer manufactured) and Walthers (coming soon) turnouts cost about $25-$30 each, even on eBay. That’s a lot of cheddar for turnouts. (About $300 … Continue reading

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