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Thoughts on the Niagara St. Catharines and Toronto Railway – and working on a freight motor in 1:64.
Getting things sorted, now that some needed furniture has arrived.
How low can you, er, stoop…
How does one design a layout to showcase a busy chunk of street running? Here’s a preliminary sketch…
Port Rowan modelled the end of the line. Here are some thoughts about the beginning.
What worked. What didn’t.
Exploring the new layout space, and a first look at the room itself.
I have a new, nice, generous space and am still exploring ideas about how to fill it.
The spammers win.
Nine years of blogging about Port Rowan ends with big news.
160 people from around the world Zoomed in for an hour to learn about S scale. I know – right?
May 21st at 7pm Pacific Time, I’ll be winding the mainspring on my computer and firing up the ZOOM!
Borrowing a trick from TV and film production.
Scratch-building an important customer at the end of the line.
This heavily modified brass model carries baggage and express to Port Rowan.
One of the few S scale resin kits offered by Funaro & Camerlengo.
The April 2020 layout tour.
Moving a conventional convention onto the web.
Don’t you already blog – a lot – somewhere else?
An accidental brass purchase gets a handsome paint scheme, thanks to a trip to the military modelling shop.
An extensive rebuild of an S scale brass model, including custom paint masks.
A diesel with trolley poles? You bet I’m interested!
A pleasant gift – twice!
That time two dozen people spent 13 hours in my layout room, shooting scenes for a movie.
Some of the excellent layouts I saw while visiting Texas.
David Barrow influenced a generation of hobbyists. Here’s what I learned when I visited his layout.
A visit to an exceptional model railway in Proto:48.
While in Texas, I joined a couple of operating sessions.
I went to Texas to speak at an NMRA regional convention. Here’s what I talked about, and what I learned.
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.
A great way to expand your hobby horizons.
I had a great time seeing friends when I spoke at this amazing supper club in Canada’s capital.
Bring on the miniature snow: I’m ready.
Don’t use a tree to throw your switch points!
A small model gains big sound and better performance, thanks to DCC.
Tigers are fierce, they can’t be beat…
The challenges of tilting the camera 90 degrees.
Thoughts from one hobby influence another…
I painted and finished a pair of brass scale test cars.
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?
Members of the S Scale Workshop put on a show at Canada’s national railway museum.
Dot-dot-dot dash-dash-dash… Yes, it really works.
Paying tribute to a layout builder who inspired my own trip through this hobby.
Remembering a good friend and mentor.
Adding Al Fresco, the open air driver, to a live steam Garratt.
The preliminary plan for my rendition of the Simcoe Sub to Port Rowan in 1:64.
Familiarity with the prototype and available equipment are the key.
It’s far from everyone’s first choice, but it worked for me. Here’s why.
My reason is purely practical. Here’s why.
It’s hard for hobbyists to admit they’re not enjoying their model railway. But if they’re not, it’s time to take drastic measures.
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