Category Archives: Operation

Two views of modelling – 2

And from the other end of the October edition of Model Railroad Hobbyist, Joe Fulgate asks, ‘Are we making the hobby too complicated.’  A rather different perspective…. Are we making the hobby too complicated? As I look at the “ever … Continue reading

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Two views of modelling – 1

The next two posts will have two differing, but perhaps slightly contrary views of our hobby.  Both come from the (free) Model Railroad Hobbyist e-magazine.  It’s all American, and sometimes has little of interest, but it’s free, and occasionally comes … Continue reading

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How do we describe our hobby?

Some good thoughts from “The Erratic and Wandering Journey.” I think the starting point [to explaining model railways] would be to embrace the sheer range of interests and abilities encompassed by this most democratic of hobbies, from the 2 year … 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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Exhibitions, are they worth it?

Julias Modelopolis  (Julia makes marvellous 2mm fine scale models, with some 3-D printing thrown in for good measure) recently commented on taking your layout to an exhibition.  The money comments were….. Browsing the interweb forums I always stumble across people … Continue reading

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Less is more – two interesting examples

I used to follow a blog called ‘The Staging Yard’, following a UK based modeller’s trials at building a US layout, until it went quiet in 2014.  Reading RMWeb the other day, I saw that the blog had reappeared and was being continued … Continue reading

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Shunting scrabble

I am always impressed by the realistic operation of US model railroads, compared to what we do in the UK (see my recent post on ‘Time’).  I even recently read a Model Railroad Hobbyist article where the layout had padlocks … Continue reading

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