Archive for the ‘Railroading’ Category

Four Dollars and Some Time

Posted on November 4th, 2018, by Michael Rountree

This was a little weekend project that started life as a $4.00 purchase at the recent train show, at Lakota West High School. It was obviously a cheap car even when it was first made, and most would turn aside from this train-set level of quality. But I figured that with a new paint job, replaced wheels, and other attention, I could have a new wood sheathed caboose to add to my roster.

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Tunnels Are Boring

Posted on June 17th, 2017, by Michael Rountree

Where my main line enters a helix between Oxmore and Trellisville, I needed to dress up the entry and exit as tunnel portals. In the past I’ve just used a portal casting and nothing else, but it doesn’t look realistic to not see the walls of the bored out tunnel behind the portal. I decided to fabricate some liners for the first few inches of track, and this is how I did it.

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Weathering With Oils

Posted on January 7th, 2017, by Michael Rountree

I was encouraged by an online friend to give a new weathering method a try, and this is the result.

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Oxmore Benchwork

Posted on August 14th, 2016, by Michael Rountree

Oxmore sits on a tricky piece of real estate, fitting onto a wedge that goes from the drop-leaf bridge at the wide end down to a point near a basement support column, and then it must fit between the column and the stair.

Class J Railfanning

Posted on August 14th, 2016, by Michael Rountree

In June, I was able to fulfill a long-desired goal – to experience a train trip behind the mighty Norfolk & Western Class J! This was the final excursion of 2016, and took place in Manassas, Virginia.