Category Archives: Prototype

All prototype related subjects

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 Seeing – The David Barrow fan boy edition – September 24, 2018

We moved back to Australia in 2006. So, I have to live through others when they visit David Barrow in Austin Texas, my wife’s hometown, and where we spent 10 years from 1997. Trevor Marshall visited recently and came away … Continue reading

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Site seeing – the Second Hand Inglenook edition – September 20, 2018

I admire modellers who can get to the meat of a project, quickly and with vigour. Gazmanjack (Gary) on RMWeb used second-hand track, wood and other parts from his modelling left-overs to create a stunningly good small layout for operations. … Continue reading

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Site seeing – Op till you drop – Blue flag “Video” edition – August 26, 2018

In my August 18 post we looked at modelling and using Blue Flags for your operating sessions. Thanks to Charles Malinowski’s timely reminder, there’s an additional video for context. MRR Video Series – Taking Care of Business Model Railroader magazine … Continue reading

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Site seeing – Op till you drop ‘Blue Flag’ edition – August 18

In this post we’ll be looking at blue flags; what they are, what they do and how to model them. What blue flags are, and what they do Blue Flags are used in the North American  railroading industry to show … Continue reading

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Site Seeing – the Switching small customers edition

There was an interesting video posted by Danny Harmon (who goes by the handle of Distant Signal on YouTube). He focuses on the increasingly rare small switching customer. Once upon a time it was the core of railroading. And while … Continue reading

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Site Seeing – 29 June – A new series from Model Railroader – Taking Care of Business

I’ve been quite hard on model railroader over the years. They’ve been very predatory in their behaviour over the years. I even got a cease and desist letter from them at one point because they thought I’d copied part of … Continue reading

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Site update – May 23 – TSE Boxcars – additional lading and operation information added

Who says that asking for help doesn’t work? When I wrote the TSE Boxcars page, about images I took back in 2005 in Austin Texas, I had no idea about the operational nature of the cars. Thanks to Paul, who … Continue reading

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