Entries Tagged as ‘Model Railroading’

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 12:47 pm

Empire Express 2.0

There’s a lot of layout planning software out there, but almost none of that is for the Mac. As a Mac user, this is naturally of some concern to me, but I was never without at least one option. I’ve been using Empire Express for my layout planning. It has its limitations, but it’s reasonably […]

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 9:32 am

When Scale Isn’t in Gauge

In his “Trains of Thought” column for the April 2007 issue of Model Railroader, Tony Koester muses on the different scales used on No. 1 track. You may be aware that “G scale” encompasses, in fact, many scales. If the flanges of locomotives and rolling stock fit between the rails of No. 1 gauge track, […]

Saturday, March 17, 2007 at 8:30 am

Daryl Dankwardt’s Model Railroad

Another find by Coxy, and another model railroader who both hand-lays his track and has started a blog to chart the progress of his layout, is Daryl Dankwardt, who models Canadian railroads during the steam transition era. He’s been at work on his layout for four years, but started blogging last month. (Don’t miss the […]

Friday, March 16, 2007 at 4:55 pm

Central New Jersey Bronx Terminal

The Central New Jersey’s Bronx Terminal apparently had some insane trackwork; what’s crazier is that Tim Warris has taken it upon himself to create a model of that terminal, hand-laying all that complicated track. He’s just started a blog to take us step by step through the design and construction process. Excuse me while I […]

Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 10:21 pm

Two More Model Railroad Blogs

Two more model railroad blogs for future reference. The Oregon, Washington, Navigation and Railway is Kent Williams’s N-scale protolanced Pacific Northwest layout. Confessions of a Model Train Geek is another of Steve Boyko’s projects (his railfanning blog was covered here previously) and another blog that chronicles a layout’s construction.

Friday, March 2, 2007 at 4:08 pm

John Longhurst’s CP Manitoba & Minnesota Subdivision

John Longhurst has posted a short video of his model railroad layout, the CP Rail Manitoba & Minnesota Subdivision. John’s layout is decidedly old-school — the wiring is DC and the locomotives are Athearn blue box models (which you can really hear in the video) — but the layout and the video are first rate: […]

Friday, March 2, 2007 at 8:25 am

Besougloff Is New MR Editor

Classic Toy Trains editor Neil Besougloff will take over as the editor of Model Railroader on June 1, the magazine announced this week. Kalmbach is as a result looking for someone to replace Besougloff as CTT editor. Current MR editor/publisher Terry Thompson will remain as publisher of MR and four other magazines. Via OGaugeWatch.com.

Thursday, February 8, 2007 at 10:12 am

HO-Scale Figurines in Toy Fair Shocker!

That manufacturers of HO-scale figurines have models of naked people doing naked-people things is not new, but Dirk Kurbjuweit, covering the Nuremberg Toy Fair for Der Spiegel, and a bit too earnestly at that (Germans have never been accused of having a sense of humour), finds something ominous about all the sex, violence and contemporary […]

Sunday, February 4, 2007 at 6:12 pm

Bruce J. Walthers (1919-2007)

Bruce J. Walthers, president of William K. Walthers, Inc. from 1958 to his retirement in 1984, died of cancer last Sunday at the age of 87. During his tenure, the family business — the company bears the name of his father, who founded it; his son Phil succeded him as president — expanded from a […]

Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 6:56 pm

The Galloping Goose

The Galloping Goose is an icon of Colorado narrow-gauge railroading, but it was born out of necessity: the Rio Grande Southern, facing bankruptcy in the 1930s, adopted these odd-looking, diesel-powered rail buses as a way of providing minimal service (and maintaining a mail contract) at minimal cost. The front half looked like a bus, the […]