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Here are links to some of my more recent blog posts. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, try using the Search box or the Archives list – both located at the bottom of this page. Also at the bottom of the page, you’ll find a place to subscribe to my blog via email, so you’ll never miss a post.

Pinsly Railroad Company

A new book that might just inspire your next Achievable Layout.

MET(RR) some old friends

Photographing the same locomotives in California and Saskatchewan.

Short Staff in 7/8″

The Decauville gets an engineer, and the estate railway gets some personality.

“OS Don”

An exceptional book for any student of prototype operations.


Getting things sorted, now that some needed furniture has arrived.

The appeal of Ferguson Avenue

Port Rowan modelled the end of the line. Here are some thoughts about the beginning.

Concept sketch templates

Exploring the new layout space, and a first look at the room itself.

Establishing Shot

Borrowing a trick from TV and film production.

Leedham Mill

Scratch-building an important customer at the end of the line.

CNR 8789

This heavily modified brass model carries baggage and express to Port Rowan.

NYC steel gondolas

One of the few S scale resin kits offered by Funaro & Camerlengo.

CNR 3640 in RMC

An extensive rebuild of an S scale brass model, including custom paint masks.

“Cue the train…”

That time two dozen people spent 13 hours in my layout room, shooting scenes for a movie.

David Barrow’s vision

David Barrow influenced a generation of hobbyists. Here’s what I learned when I visited his layout.

The Austin Eagle is in the books!

I went to Texas to speak at an NMRA regional convention. Here’s what I talked about, and what I learned.

Investing in others: Roweham

An example of how one can engage with and contribute to the hobby – even when one does not have the space or time to build a layout of one’s own.

Speaking at OVAR – March 2018

I had a great time seeing friends when I spoke at this amazing supper club in Canada’s capital.

Shooting a Cover

The challenges of tilting the camera 90 degrees.

CNR 4204

A beautiful model of a Canadian National 2-10-2 built for me by my friend Simon Parent. What’s it doing in Port Rowan?


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