Model Trains – Mountains

The mountain range is in, as well as the opposing side ridge. Plaster cloth, wadded newspaper and pieces of rigid foam were used for the basic support. I’ll shoot some spray foam along the inside for more structure and support for trees later on. The back and sides will remain open, but will be framed […]

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Model Trains – Incline

The outer track incline has been cut. I’m still trying to get the grade tweaked, but it’s pretty close already. The C420 managed seven cars but struggled a bit going up. The grade is around 2.5{7bf8b8ab6224de3fb7bb1dbd967595ee9fe21aed458dc58e49db493540bf0a06}, so it may need to be lowered a ┬átad.  

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Model Trains – Rolling Stock Additions

The first addition to the rolling stock is four Bachmann AAR 40′ steel boxcars under the PRR road name. I got them for $10 each and may modify the road numbers sometime later on. The rub with different manufacturers of locomotives and rolling stock is of course the couplers. Of the five locomotives I currently […]

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Model Trains – Track Designs

Some designs done in SCARM. Started to get a little crazy seeing how much track could be jammed in to the available space. The basic idea is to elevate the top outer track using a ‘cookie cutter’ method on the rigid foam board to a height of around 2 inches. At the highest point in […]

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Model Trains – Reboot

Well, a little over a year since my last post on here. Time for a new hobby, right? This is the first entry on my rebooted model train pastime. I have always had a fascination with trains, and have somehow always lived relatively close to tracks (for better or worse). I grew up in the […]

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Home Lab

I’ve been thinking about reactivating my home computer lab for some time now, especially in light of all the major changes happening with the primary operating systems I work with: Microsoft is rolling out Windows 10 desktop at the end of July. Having passed on the Win 8 / 8.1 scene, this one will be […]

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