Category Archives: Class 1

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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Union Pacific’s Lawn mower – June 2000

Originally posted on the Old DasBlog – Friday, April 19, 2013 Introduction Who knew that the UP railroad owned their own rail mounted lawn mower. Not me apparently! MOW Gear seen in Austin During my time in Central Texas, we … Continue reading

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