Author Archives: Herbert "Matt" Mathews

Been a while

It has been quite some time since my last post, and a lot has happened since I started my caboose/combine project. THE BIG NEWS We are moving! Yes, that’s right. Next Monday I am driving to Jefferson City in eastern … Continue reading

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Bashing a Bachmann Combine: First steps

With the holidays over and ice falling today, I thought I would get back to some modeling. Still sitting on my desk is combine #26 awaiting conversion to its final combine caboose configuration. The first step was to determine where … Continue reading

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Northern Maryland Combine #26

By Spring 1914, Northern Maryland combine #26 has reached its 40th year of service. The combine was one of two bought in 1874 when passenger service was expanded. For the next 26 years, it was used almost regularly in  mainline … Continue reading

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Return to Beckleysville

Hello everyone, II have completed most of my garage rebuild. I still have some electrical work to rewire, insulation to install, and of course the Sheetrock. I plan on working on some of this on the upcoming weekend. On the … Continue reading

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Still working in the garage

Just a brief update-still working on my garage. One wall, really just a three foot section, has been stripped and new treated wood put it. I plan on making a slurry with borax and hot water to coat the existing … Continue reading

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Rebuilding the wall

It is interesting to work on a problem that one created themselves. To go back and review work done over a decade ago now. Amazing when you sit down and ask why did I do it this way? Thankfully the … Continue reading

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Hereford Storm Runners-Congratulations

This past week, my daughter played in her first travel league soccer tournament in Hershey, Pennsylvania. She had a lot of fun, including not even touch the ball the last two games except during war ups. her teams defense was … Continue reading

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Please excuse the abscence

A perfect example of why smaller achievable and sustainable model railroads should be the norm. recently I discovered some serious water damage in one of my garage walls. I will be spending my time making repairs before returning to Beckleysville. … Continue reading

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Scrap wood is useful!

I liked the wooden center pier, so I decided to make an abutment. Tools and materials list Scrap 2×4 X-acto handle with a new blade Ruler I cut my abutment on the bandsaw because I wanted it to have a … Continue reading

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Monday update

I have not had much time to work on the South Wye switch module for Beckleysville recently. I have however cut a bridge abutment and am working on the steel section of the bridge on the South Wye module. The piece … Continue reading

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