Author Archives: Herbert "Matt" Mathews

Influences from Central and South America

There are many Central and South American Narrow Gauge railroads that I find interesting. I really like the 76cm/ 30 inch Gauge railways in Brazil and Argentina. The Estrada de Ferro Oeste de Minas (EFOM) in Brazil and the Ferrocarriles … Continue reading

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Barriers to Model Railroading part 4: Armchair to Active Modeler

Certainly every person is an armchair hobbyist at some point, whether getting started in a hobby or between projects. Unfortunately some get stuck in the armchair mode. Personally, I’m tired of being an armchair modeler, so it is time to … Continue reading

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Barriers to Model Railroading part 3: If I had unlimited time, I would really like to model …..

As mentioned in my Barriers to Model Railroading post, I decided to take the time to take a hard look at the stockpile of model railroad items I have in boxes and drawers. As I started this process, I kept … Continue reading

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Barriers to Model Railroading- One’s Health

It has been some time since my last post, and it is a rather long story. However I would like to share it with you. This past February, on the last Friday of the month I got up early and … Continue reading

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Barriers to Model Railroading

Like many people in today’s world, my hobby time varies from a little to none at all. Everyone can certainly add to the list of why this is the case for them. Recently though I listened to Mortise and Tenon … Continue reading

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San Pedro’s Operations

One of the things I read about frequently in model railroading is that the project was too big or that the perceived operations were not desirable due to various issues. I will be the first to admit this has happened … Continue reading

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A Trip to Strasburg Railroad

This past Friday , I took Graham to Strasburg Railroad in Strasburg, Pennsylvania for an early birthday present. A hostler tour, train ride and visit to the Pennsylvania railroad museum. I cannot say enough about the two hour long hostler … Continue reading

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Chili Line: Connell Tank

A recent interesting post on the The Santa Fe Branch Chili Line group has caused me to make a change to San Pedro. Included in the post was a valuation map and numerous photographs of the area now. I am … Continue reading

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Layout Design for San Pedro: The doodles

After several doodles, I have decided that the first version of San Pedro is the one I like best with some scenic modifications. I would like to add a second adobe dwelling, change the road and add a few more … Continue reading

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San Pedro, a Chili Line Imagineering

My new project is going to be a simple layout using an imagineered village along the DRGW’s Chili Line. Why an imagineered location? While it’s true the Chili Line offers several interesting switching towns, I wanted to model several things … Continue reading

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