Starting small

This is my first layout, so being that I don't have a large amount of space I'm starting small.
I figure this way I'll be realizing some accomplishment with my work sooner than trying to attempt a large layout.
I've decided to go with a shelf switchng layout, after searching for information on small layouts.
So here are some pics on what I've done so far.

Building Crossovers with Fast Tracks Turnouts

I need a few single crossovers like the one shown below. This post describes how I combine two Fast Tracks #6 N-scale switches into a single crossover.

Crossover installed on layout


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A visit to the Wiskey Central

Today I had the pleasure of meeting a new friend and operating on a busy little switching layout in Winnipeg.

The railroad represents a small section of the Kimberly Sub of the WC and has several paper mills, along with a few other industries. Lots to keep a crew busy in this 10x13 space.

You can catch up with Bob and his buddies at .

Thanks for a great afternoon!

- Bill

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Richlawn RR V2 - Background hills rock coloring & foliage

It took three days for the carved plaster hills to fully cure.  I had to wait until they were cured otherwise it's difficult to color them and the color of the plaster is different uncured.  I use the "spotted method" (that I learned from others) along with washes and dry brush highlights.

Here's the way the carved rocks look once dried.  They are gray as a result of colorant I added to the plaster mix.

Scratchbuilt Gantry Crane/Yard Lights

As Joe F has been saying their aren't enough scratch build articles, so I figured I would document my last little project. 

I have been slowly developing a little diorama on one of my sidings using Walthers Central Gas & Supply. One of the things that I wanted to add was some working yard lights.  Having perused what was available on the interweb, I could find nothing suitable and decided to make something myself.

N&W Pokey District, Sub 1 3/4 New Update

It's been a long time since I posted an update on the construction of my HO layout, so I thought it was time to let my fellow MRH readers know what's been happening lately on the N&W Pokey District, Sub 1 3/4!

direct dcc

here -if any interest- is a you-tube-film from us with the tamvalleydepot-receiver.

i hope one can understand my "english" from germany.                     christoph

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Happy Easter from the Essex Terminal Rail

I Would like to say to every model railroaderHappy Easter! I hope to post some photos soon of my Essex Terminal Railway from Brisbane Au.

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Update on BNML Layout Progress - Golden Spike!

Tonight, April 19, 2014, at 8:34pm, the Golden Spike was laid on the BNML. The last spike was appropriately located at the junction of all 3 railroads; the CP, CN/BNML, and the BNSF, at Noyes MN.

Ok, actually there are no spikes on my layout. Golden caulking? Maybe not.

Anyway... Progress has been made!

Photo shows the last section to be laid.

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