December 6, 2010 | Comments Off

NMRA HUB Division held their Fall Show in Marlborough, MA this weekend. The Royal Plaza Trade Center which hosts the event is a great location for a train show. They have good lighting and taking pictures or videotaping is easier as compared to last month’s Wilmington Show.

There were a large number of HO scale layouts. Other gauges were On30, N and S.

European Train Enthusiast‘s HO layout was were i was hung out most of the time. (I do have a weakness for Marklin locomotives and rolling stock) Good lighting is a must to differentiate between a good and a great layout. ETE’s layout had their own lighting system as part of their module.

Module Lighting at ETE

The HO layouts of Amherst Railway Society, Cape Cod Model Railroad Club and the NMRA HUB Division had a good mix of industrial and rural scenes. Each layout had their own version of a “really-long” train which was a hit with the kids.

Click on the picture for the show gallery:

Here is a small clip of the layouts. (Direct link)

Technical Notes: The video was taken with a Kodak Zi8. I had to dub the sounds from some clips as people laughing/talking were louder than the train sounds. I used Trainz Simulator loco and track sounds to overwrite the annoying chatter that one picks up during recording at train shows

December 1, 2010 | Comments Off

When you have had your fill of HO or N scale modeling, get into gas-powered model trains. Hidepon Works have designed and built these cool trains.

[via Engadget]

November 22, 2010 | 1 Comments »

The Greenberg Train Show took place this past weekend at Wilmington, MA. The layouts were the same from the past shows. This time around though some of the better HO layouts were in a side room with horrible lighting. The low lighting did showcase the lighting in the structures and some locomotives but for taking pictures and videos, it was real challenging.

I always seem drawn to the Lego users train layout whenever they bring their layout to a show. Every inch of their layout had interesting and comical elements from today’s pop-culture. From a full blown light-saber battle in a part of the city to a marching band procession in the city center, it was all happening in the Lego layout.

MassBay Railroad Enthusiasts had a booth in this show and they were giving out free DVD’s of their past trips and details about their Steam in the Snow special coming this January.

Click on the picture for the still gallery:

September 24, 2010 | Comments Off

Beaver, from Leave it to Beaver, get attached to his Electric Trains when he has to give them away. This episode is only available until Sept 27 on TVLand.

September 15, 2010 | Comments Off

If you are into paper modeling of railroads in HO scale, give these excellent Russian models (Google’s English Translation) a try. The site contains popular russian locomotives like the M62. Rolling stocks include baggage cars, passenger coaches and a few freight wagons. And the miscellaneous section has cargo boxes and freight containers.

The drawing/picture is photo-realistic and some items like the boxes and containers will be an excellent addition to your layout. Click on “скачать” to download or click “download” if you are using the English Translation.

Each model is a PDF file and these are stored on the Deposit Files website. You dont need an account to download, however you might have to wait 60 seconds between each download and there is a max limit per day.

September 13, 2010 | Comments Off

Continuing my series on HO Scale Brick sheets, today’s offer is a dirty/stained brick texture. It could be used in any industrial/yard setting.

Click on the image below for the HO scale dirty brick sheet (PDF: 553kb) that you are free to use in your scratchbuilding projects.

Dirty Brick

September 8, 2010 | Comments Off

The Sept/Oct edition of the free Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine is out now. In this issue, out of the many articles i found zip texturing, modeling tree stumps, farm fencing were particularly useful and informative.

September 8, 2010 | Comments Off

A house in North Hykeham, Lincolnshire, UK has gone on the market for £105,000 and it includes a 1,000ft miniature railway in the backyard. The railway is extensively detailed with a village, castle, fairground. It even has bridges and waterfalls around a Koi carp pool in the center.

The railway and the house will go under the hammer on September 29.

August 16, 2010 | Comments Off

I have been working on creating HO scale bricks and siding sheets using a graphic tool (Corel’s PaintShop). This is my first of my brick series.

Click on the image below for a HO scale faded brick sheet (PDF: 450kb) that you could use in your scratchbuilding projects.
Faded Brick

Previously: More free sheets.

August 3, 2010 | Comments Off

The Washington Hotel in Akihabara, Tokyo has a L-shaped train “diorama” in one of their rooms which you can stay in. The train room opened in June and costs $265 per night and already there is a month’s waiting list for this room. In addition to the model train, you could also see the Shinkansen line and Akiba station from the window.

A Happy Place for the railfan to be in…

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