Entries Tagged as ‘Model Railroading’

Thursday, November 2, 2006 at 9:05 pm

Cheap, Accurate, Easy: Pick Two

Speaking of C-Liners, there’s been a bit of a stink on the CanModelTrains mailing list about True Line Trains‘s new model, a five-axle C-Liner in Canadian National livery. (The unusual five-axle units had a rear A1A truck to accomodate the weight of the steam generator; these were passenger locomotives.) The complaint, if I understand it […]

Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 9:23 pm

The Sociology of Model Railroading

The Sociology of Model Railroading is a long, must-read essay by John Bruce; I linked to it on my personal blog more than two years ago and first read it earlier than that. It’s a critical look at the hobby in all its aspects: swap meets, online forums, clubs (including the NMRA) and historical societies, […]

Friday, October 27, 2006 at 11:25 am

A Bounty of Big Boys

The December issue of Model Railroader came in the mail yesterday; it features a head-to-head review of two recently released HO 4-8-8-4 “Big Boy” locomotives: an Athearn Genesis and a Precision Craft. Both come with sound; the Precision Craft is die-cast, more detailed and more expensive. Along with the earlier Rivarossi and Trix models, that […]

Thursday, October 26, 2006 at 10:01 pm

Utah Colorado Western

Lee Nicholas’s Utah Colorado Western has been featured in a number of model railroad publications, most recently, I believe, in Great Model Railroads 2005. It’s a freelanced HO layout set in Utah and Colorado (naturally) in 1967. Lee’s web site is quite extensive, and includes photo galleries as well as pages on construction, scenery and […]

Tuesday, October 24, 2006 at 10:59 pm

LDSIG Updates Its Web Site

Call it Model Railroading 2.0. LDSIG, the Layout and Design Special Interest Group, has been upgrading its web site from a collection of static pages on model railroad design (their raison d’ĂȘtre), many of which were in a permanent state of under construction, to something a bit more modern, with its content pages powered by […]

Tuesday, October 24, 2006 at 1:58 pm

More Model Railroad Blogs

It says something about Blogger‘s ease of use that model railroaders are using it to build web sites for their layouts. A decade ago it would have been Geocities. It’s good to see: considering the length of time it takes to build a layout, the blog format — regular entries, chronologically arranged — is a […]

Monday, October 23, 2006 at 6:52 pm

Mike Hamer’s Three Blogs

For the past few years I’ve been looking for blogs about trains, with mixed success. Earlier this year I noticed that Mike Hamer, an Ottawa-based (and therefore nearby) model railroader who’s had his Boston & Maine-themed layout in Model Railroader publications a couple of times, had started a blog about his layout, replete with some […]

Monday, October 23, 2006 at 1:54 pm

Merrickville Model Railroad Club

Model railroading has always had a reputation as an old man’s game — and old, curmudgeonly men with funny hats at that. So it’s no surprise that model railroaders are concerned about keeping the hobby alive by drawing younger people into it. (Actually, as it turns out, it’s an old man’s game because people join […]