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The DROP test

Yes, we have been working on “Slow Train Down South”. However, before we started laying the rail, we conducted a “drop test”. A drop test? Yes, I am sure you have dropped a car, or wheel set or something over … Continue reading

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The GAP

The baseboard that we used to start the our project was a curve test module. After it was built and used to test various radius curves , it was stored above our model train area. Unfortunately, I managed to damage … Continue reading

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Rail for Slow Trains Down South

Lets talk rail size. What rail weight would a 30 inch gauge railroad use on their mainline, passing sidings, spurs etc? A valid question, especially since we are building a finescale model railroad. We want the “track” to be another … Continue reading

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Getting started: Painting the ties

The ties are glued down and distressed. Next step was to paint the ties. Yes, I said paint. Maggie and I used a variety of acrylic paints to paint the ties. We had watched Troels Kirk’s “Realistic Color for Railroad … Continue reading

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Slow Trains Down South: The road crossing or “The First Section”

The kids and I started our new finescale model railroad project last week. Maggie and Graham have been asking me if the could help build a “train layout” so they could “run trains” with me. I thought this would be … Continue reading

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An Imagineering Project: “Slow Train down South”

Several people have sent me comments asking do I or did I ever build a model railroad, do I ever do anything except change my mind, and what the heck is model railroad imagineering. All good questions and each deserving … Continue reading

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