Category Archives: Class 1

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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Site seeing – March 06 – Bruce Petty’s Glendale Freight house Module Redux edition

In a post on January 18, 2017 I made mention of Bruce Petty’s excellent module of the end of the Union Pacific’s Glendale Branch and the freight station located there. Bruce’s Module is 5 feet (1500mm) x 18 inches (450mm) … Continue reading

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An industry you can model – Kensington Grain Siding (Victoria, Australia)

On June 02, 2015 I made mention in a post of a grain silo operation close to the CBD in Melbourne, Victoria that allows for interesting operation, and would keep a model railroader busy and interested for the length of a … Continue reading

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Why I carry a camera on every trip out and about

You never know what you are going to capture with your camera. Sometimes you’ll get a photo, and unprecedented access to things that you might never have believed would happen. Other times you manage to get a great series of … Continue reading

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Why I chose not to design my layout – part 2

Introduction In my last post (Why I chose not to design my layout – part 1) I discussed some of the reasons for ‘eyeballing’ my new layout and not ‘designing’ my new layout. This time around I wanted to clarify any … Continue reading

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Moving cars …(without a locomotive) — Part III

Over on Chris Gilbert’s new layout thread I’ve posted a suggestion for a car  puller. Using nothing more than a map pin. You can view my response here: Offsite Link As always happens you post one thing and then find another … Continue reading

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Brett – a great small layout you can model

Introduction When you travel for business, you can spend a lot of time staring at the walls of your hotel room. While travelling in June of 2014 I came across Martin Hogg’s YouTube channel and his switching layout – Brett. Martin has built one of … Continue reading

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A Texas Inglenook prototype – The ADM Mill facility New Braunfels

Originally published on the old HVL Blog January 28, 2013 Occasionally for the small layout builder a prototype comes along that you simply cannot forget. The ADM Mill located in New Braunfels, TX is a perfect example. A simple Inglenook … Continue reading

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Layout Ideas – The Bergstrom Industrial (Vinson) Lead – Austin Texas

Introduction The Bergstrom Industrial lead diverges from the UP main line, at Vinson (MP 183.8). Here the extra track on the east side becomes the Bergstrom Industrial lead (heading east to the former Bergstrom AFB, now Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Back … Continue reading

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