Yesterday I visited two model railroad places of interest in Rhode Island. The first was the Apponaug Color & Hobby Shop. Charlie, the owner of the shop, is a very nice guy. He doesn't have much for large scale, but he is willing to get what I need.
The second was the Providence Northern Model Railroad Club. They are a very nice bunch at the PN and the layout is incredible! It models a fake line running from Providence, RI to Quebec, Canada. It includes cities like Warwick, and some very impressive buildings from these cities.
The club let me run whatever stock I wanted for over two hours. Part of the time we (engineers) were following signals, part we were not. It was a great experience and I think I'm going to join the club and see what I can contribute to the goals of the organization.
So, I have started looking for HO locomotives that I can convert to R/C control (hmm... I wonder if I'll figure out how to do that...). The club does use live rail, so I don't have to worry about fitting a battery into the loco, but I'll probably wire in the option of have a battery in a trailing car. We shall see what I find.
I was thinking about starting an N-scale layout in my apartment when I moved to Rhode Island, but since I have an HO tanker from my youth, this makes more sense. Plus, it means I don't have to have a layout taking up my whole apartment!
A note: This does by no way mean my stepping back from Large scale. I'm still going to work on that stock as well. But, they take up much more space in my small apartment. I have been offered a space in a Massachusetts-based club for outdoor railroading, and I may join, but the weather needs to be better so that I can!
I finally got my Forney working properly! I've received another package from the UK and have been able to fit a new Rx into my loco. I also ordered a different Tx that can control 12 different locos and has inertia control. I really like this controller and recommend it.
No photos today. I'm still getting used to my new apartment, and don't have much here. But, I'm getting there. Hopefully soon I am going to visit some local layouts.
I recently received an email thanking me and my website for being helpful to a librarian and her students for railway-related projects. The email asked if I would add a history section to my website and include a source a student used in their project.
I thought it was a fantastic idea. Besides having many historically-significant photos from my town, I also have things from NYC and museums I have visited.
So, I have added a few new pages to my website. There's a link to an all-new History page in Resources, and from there you can visit my Northampton, MA page. This page talks about the history of the many railroads have have existed in Northampton and Hadley, Mass. It is accompanied by photos I've taken and maps the city government has online. There are more photos I will add eventually to that part.
Along with the new History area I've reorganized my personal bio information in a new About page (top menu). I can be contacted on this page much more easily and I've included a bit more about model trains in my life.
I hope you enjoy.
I was finally able to get the coaches' interior lighting finished this past week. I used an old string of micro LEDs with a 3V button-cell battery. I was given these lights from someone else, so I don't have the original packaging, but it seems each LED regulates itself because 4 LEDs is just as bright as the whole string.
Here's a few shots of them.
I also bought one #831 set of couplers. These are large off-set couplers for truck mounting. I put them on my SRRL caboose. You can see that I aquired a few older Kadees from eBay purchases in the below photo. The original owner had painted the couplers to look rusty. They also cut the trip pins. I've done my best to refurbish the internal workings of these units, but not all of them have worked well. I may have to just replace them.
So, it turns out, I really like boxcars. I'm not sure why. But I already have a small fleet of them on my railroad and I'm not totally sure how this happened...
But, in any case, here's another. It's a Bachmann car lettered #556 for Pennsylvania Railroad. It needs some serious cleaning. So, I'm taking it apart and cleaning it with a toothbrush and water. Then the lettering will be removed so I can re-letter it for a railroad in New England. I'm thinking the two Bachmann cars I now have will be for the same railroad/ company. I will also be replacing the Hook & Loop couplers with Kadee knuckles and the plastic wheels with metal.
So, to be totally honest, I didn't expect so many people to be looking at my blog. It seems that I'm getting around 100 different sources viewing my website every week! So, if you are reading this, please take a minute to tell me what you think...
Thank you so much! I truly appreciate your input. This will help me to better adjust my site for those of you viewing it.
It's snowing today in Massachusetts, so I hurried up and pulled out some stock. Here's a few of the photos I took!
Yesterday I managed to get all the parts of the locomotive shell in place. First I painted the door trims and window frames. Next I installed the window glazings, lights, lanterns, and handrails. Then fitting the cab floors and boiler in place (the most tricky part!). Here's a bunch of photos of the finished work. Well, almost. I need to clean the windows to get Toby show-ready.
Once my Rx is delivered I can put that in place and run my loco. I also want to add a couple more details to the cabs such as brakes, hand wheels, and gauges.
Click on a photo to view this gallery in full-screen.
I managed to get Toby's boiler painted today an it looks just as good as I had hoped!
Note in the second photo the chimneys line up almost perfectly (although the interior part looks smaller for some reason).
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