Update on the model railroad

I’ve finally made some progress!  The lumber has been purchased, and my brother has agreed to help me put the bench work together (he’s good at carpentry).  I can’t wait to see my layout take shape!  Stay tuned!

Valley Park Railfanning 8/30/14



While the cost of the lumber necessary to build the layout is being added up, I decided to write about the latest railfanning trip I made.  This was the end of an era and the beginning of another, because this was the first time I’ve gone railfanning based upon information I gathered from an ATCS monitor installed on my computer.  When I got there, though, I was worried that the info was a false reading, though, because the site where I got it said itself that sometimes it wasn’t reliable.  So I waited, and waited, and waited.  Just as I was about to leave, I happened to glance up and noticed that the signal had finally turned green.  So I waited some more, and was getting worried when the train wasn’t showing up, until the crossing gates finally went down, and the train came.  Another first for my railfanning is that I caught a westbound train on film.  When the first train, eastbound, was passing, I looked up and saw the wb pulling up to wait for it’s turn on the single-tracked main.  Double score!  I think I’ll let the video show you the rest.  Thanks for reading, and, until next time, happy rails!

New Project Day 4

logo_530370_print copyThings are finally rolling again!  The furniture is pretty much all where it needs to be, and my brother has agreed to help me build the benchwork.  With that said, there is one part of the project I’m still not sure about, and that would be the name.  I’m getting kind of tired calling it just by the generic name “The New Project”, so I’m going to try thinking of names to christen my new (model) railroad company with.  That should do it with the update, so until next time, thanks for reading and happy rails!

Building my first model railroad: Day 1: The project is started! -eerr sort of.

Railside AdventuresA quick first update to my new project, it is just getting under way!  I’ve begun the process of moving the various furniture in my room to create space for the bench work of my first model railroad layout.  It’s hit an early snag, though.  Long story short, to put my dresser where it needs to go I need to take a small shelf down, and to do that I need a power drill, which we have, but it belongs to my oldest brother.  And he left it at work.  So, until he can get it again, work on my project will grind to a halt before it really begins.  *sigh*.  I will post again soon with (hopefully) more progress on the project.  Until then, thanks for reading, and happy rails!

The New Project

logo_530370_print copyHey y’all!  I’m back to blogging after an extended break (school work and soccer can do that), and ready for action!  The title of this post is “The New Project”, and I indeed have something in mind.  Have you heard of Model Railroader Magazines before?  Well, you’ll sure hear about them now, especially their August and September 2013 issues.  Why these two issues in particular?  Because they hold instructions on how to build a layout that would be perfect for my small bedroom, the HO scale Thin Branch, aptly named because it is only 30″ wide at it’s widest point, as well as being 70″ lengthwise.  Anyways, be looking for updates on my journey to completing this mobile little layout, and I will try to  post pictures as well.  Thanks for reading, and, until next time, happy rails!



*Disclaimer*  I may be writing about Model Railroader Magazines in this post, but please know that I am in no way affiliated or trying to advertise for them or for any other company, I am simply saying that I have found them useful in my search for suitable model railroad layout.  Thanks!


Willow Springs Railfanning 7/14/1

(pictured is a BNSF intermodal, Willow Springs, MO)  It’s been awhile since I ended the “My Fantastic Paducah Adventure” series, but that was because I was at another week-long boy scout camp.  Now I’m back, and I have another Missouri town to add to the “railfanned” folder: Willow Springs.  I went there today with my dad on business, and I got a reward for it!  I got to witness BNSF intermodal race through town!  I’ll let the video show the rest, because I’m tired and I want to keep this post short.  Thanks for reading, and happy rails!

My Fantsastic Paducah Adventure: Looking Back

Railside AdventuresHi everyone!  Well, the adventure is over, and now it’s time to glance behind my shoulder to reflect on how it went.  When I got there, I remember seeing the historic downtown Paducah and thinking on all the history it had to offer.  It didn’t disappoint as I saw in the next several days, with visits to the Market House Museum, the Tilghman House, which has been converted to a Civil War Museum, and the Paducah Railroad Museum.  The railroad museum was small, but it packed a lot into that small space, including MOW equipment, old signals, and even a train simulator.  Outside the museum, though not officially a part of it, was the Iron Horse Memorial, consisting of an old Illinois Central 2-8-2 Mikado steam locomotive coupled to an IC baggage car and caboose.  Just on the outskirts of the town was a big locomotive repair shop, which had a yard filled with diesels awaiting repair, some of them from Mexico, and even South Africa and Australia!  Also in the yard were many old diesels, one of which I spotted was an Alco RS unit, and also an old high-hood unit.  Although I never got to go trackside and railfan the lines in Paducah, all the other things I got to do and see definitely outweigh any regret.  And, I also think I may make a return trip at some point to Paducah, KY, and make a new adventure of it ;).  Well, that concludes the series My Fantastic Paducah Adventure, and it has really been a fun one.  Thank you for following My Fantastic Paducah Adventure, and I hope that you will decide to make a trip to Paducah sometime, and enjoy what it has to offer.  Until next time, thanks for reading, and happy rails!