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.

Site update: new section in tools – punch and die style tools – January 27, 2019

On one of the forums (fora?) that I inhabit the subject of punch and die sets came up. While answering the ops question about the punch and die sets I use, I thought it was time I write more about … Continue reading

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Site Seeing – Sebastopol Shops RIP Track – January 26 (Australia Day), 2019

It’s officially Australia Day so I thought I’d share more work done weathering the Southern Boxcar underframe and sides. It’s interesting to see how the added brake gear (see more about that here) has become just another part of the … Continue reading

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Site Seeing – Sebastopol Shops RIP track – 20 January, 2019

Work has been busy and I’ve not had much time to model, however I did get time yesterday to begin the weathering process on a couple of car underframes that have come through the brake rod upgrade program. Pictures below… … Continue reading

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Site Seeing – Last mile switching on the Florida Central – January 9, 2019 edition

Danny Harmon spends a day out following a railfan friendly switch crew of the Florida Central as they switch customers around Orlando, Florida. First Mile / Last Mile This is where I believe that real railroading happens. It is where … Continue reading

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Site Update – December 15, 2018 – RailBox XAF10 Modelling pages updated

The modelling article on the RailBox XAF10 class cars have been updated. There is new content and the third step of the rebuild article promised some time ago. There’s more information below. What’s happened My last update on this project … Continue reading

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Site Seeing – Sebastopol Shops RIP Track – 12 December 2018

There was movement at the station, (to partially quote A. B. ‘Banjo’ Patterson), and I’m working to update a fair proportion of the model fleet with basic brake gear. More below… Low hanging fruit I mentioned a couple of posts … Continue reading

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Site Update – December 05, 2018 – RailBox XAF10 Modelling pages updated

The modelling article on the RailBox XAF10 class cars have been updated. There is new content and the first step into the rebuild article promised quite some time ago. There’s more information below. What’s happened The XAF10 class RailBox boxcars … Continue reading

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Site update – October 30, 2018 – Milestones, not mill stones

This month I’ve reached the first major goal I had for this blog – 100,000 individual views. Satisfaction and thanks 100,000 individual views is not bad for a one man band. It is a joy to know that something I … Continue reading

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Why am I modelling the way I do?

A recent conversation with a fellow modeller has bought me back to thinking about why I’m modelling, and what my modelling should represent. Let me explain. I have a lot less modelling time now than I ever did before, due … Continue reading

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Site Seeing – the “I love the Yard” edition – September 28, 2018

Imagine an industrial 7mm narrow and standard gauge model railway with radio controlled crane and lorries. Then look at a great video and see it in action. The Yard Built by a group of four during a three-month period for … Continue reading

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