Category Archives: On30

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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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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Field Notes: The Bridges of Bentley Springs-Part 1

The original NCR/PRR/PC line from Baltimore to York passed through the village of Bentley Springs, Maryland, which is right down the road from our house. Bentley Springs at one time had a freight station, good-sized station for the size of … Continue reading

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Is it concrete or wood?

I painted the center pier with an acrylic paint, Parchment. I think it needs a coat of light gray after some more sanding. Compare the wooden version to a real abutment in the photos below. Is it concrete or wood?© … Continue reading

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Bridge Piers and Abutments from 2×4’s

I have always used a cast hydrocal abutment or bridge piers in past layouts. I was planning on doing it again, but in one of those forward thinking moments the idea of what to do when the cast broke during … Continue reading

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Update on South Wye switch module

Thought I would take a few photos of the South Wye Switch module. The center pier is a piece of two by four cut down to be a pier. The “south abutment”  is temporary which is why the beams are … Continue reading

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Layout Design: Beckleysville

In a previous post, I discussed some of my ideas about layout design that need to be discussed before you jump to pencil and paper. In this post, I’m going to use my latest project, Beckleysville as an example. (1) … Continue reading

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Field Notes : The Store on Freeland Rd

I am starting a new type of blog post, Field Notes, to keep track of information I collect for projects. One of the buildings I have always liked is the old store along the NCR/PRR at Freeland Rd. I have driven … Continue reading

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