Category Archives: Hints and tips

Learn To Love The Process

Yet another thought provoking post by Mike Cougill on the OST blog… I have two thoughts in mind and I don’t know if I can connect them in a coherent narrative. The first is simple, maybe even obvious: you can … Continue reading

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Links – Modules down under +The Flying Scotsman

A couple of links to start the month….. N Scale Modellers, Australia, have an on-line magazine that is free to read and download.  Fun to have a browse, not only to see the Australian models, but also to see a … Continue reading

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Odd modelling ideas #2030

For the climate conscious (and it would make a cool model)….. Rail Energy Storage Harnesses the Power of Gravity All the Livelong Day A California startup is repurposing trains and rail cars to help renewable energy utilities compete with fossil … Continue reading

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Don’t delay, start today

Some good insights from Steve Flint, writing in the latest Railway Modeller editorial… There are three categories of model railway enthusiast.  The first is the person who has a specific layout project on the go….  The second is the collector….  … Continue reading

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DC or DCC?

In the latest edition of Model Railway Journal, Jerry Clifford’s editorial has some helpful thoughts on model railway electrics.  Edited highlights below…. The old and the new…. A good friend and very fine modeller recently said to me that, in … Continue reading

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New York port railroad maps

For the map enthusiast, a few more hours of tracing rail lines….. From the UMSL Digital Library, maps of the port of New York , prepared by the Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors.  These maps are a set … Continue reading

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An alternative grouping

‘Proto-freelancing’ is far more popular in the USA than in the UK.  Perhaps this is due to the use of the same locomotive designs, with detail differences, across many railroads – for example the iconic F3 and F7 diesels.  Bu … Continue reading

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