Author Archives: Andrew Martin

About Andrew Martin

After a long IT and Telecommunications career in the USA and Australia, I've decided I need a break, I've changed focus and now work in the public transport sector - a complete change of pace. Hobby wise I'm focused on model railway layout building and modelling. I blog, write and publish as often as I am able.

New Layout build: Quick Update – 08 August 2019

Wanted to share some photos of the new layout build. I’ve been preparing, and where I needed to, buying wiring materials to complete the major wiring. More… The layout – as built Here are some more images of the layout … Continue reading

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New Layout Build – Part 2: The challenges of a new type of baseboard

In Part 1 of this series I covered the design decisions made and how I expected them to work with the planned operations methods. This time we’ll look at the baseboard used along with building a set of trestles for … Continue reading

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New Layout Build: Quick Update – August 11, 2019 – A name finally

It’s nice to have the time to allow ideas to form in their own way, and in their own time. Deciding on a name with the new layout has been one of those journeys… Finding a name Tonight after dinner … Continue reading

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New Layout build: Quick Update – 17 July 2019

Just a quick update on the new layout build. The woodwork was completed before I went back to work on Sunday this week. And the layout was set up in its temporary location until we move back to the big … Continue reading

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Site Seeing – 16 July 2019 – The Little Critter that could edition

It’s not often that you get to see internal (in-plant) company railway operations today. Thankfully “Saginaw Terminal Docks” (Facebook and YouTube) posted a video from Reid Machinery in Lansing, Mi showing how they use old freight cars to store valuable … Continue reading

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New Layout Build – Part 1: Design, Decisions, Ops Method and Track Plan

New techniques, a new baseboard type, and a small footprint are coming together for a simple, yet very operational, small layout. Design – Decisions and purpose First off let’s take a look at the decisions affecting the design. There are … Continue reading

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Site Seeing – 10 June, 2019 – the Realistic Rust edition

I’m always looking for better techniques to model rust weathering. This video comes courtesy of a post I found on the MRH website by YouTuber MarklinofSweden. He shows how to create a realistic corrosion effect very simply. Take a look … Continue reading

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Site seeing – June 6, 2019 – the ‘Barmouth Junction’ edition

This video came to my notice thanks to a post on the Australian Model Railway Magazine’s (AMRM) Facebook account. And while not Australian in any way shape or form, Geoff Taylor’s Barmouth Junction layout is a visually stunning model. Barmouth … Continue reading

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Site Update – New Gallery – Pyke Brush Cutter

A new gallery has been posted covering a very unique piece of UP M.O.W equipment I found back in 2000 on Austin’s Bergstrom Lead. This comes about because of a post on the MRH website where member cr9617 is modelling … Continue reading

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Jack ‘Shortliner’ Trollope – RIP – April 27, 2019

For those of you reading, who did not know Jack “Shortliner” Trollope, AKA Shortliner Jack, you really missed out on an experience. Jack was a courteous and caring man, modeller and mentor. Always giving of his ideas, and time, with … Continue reading

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