Update on the Flood

I was overwhelmed by the number of people curious about the state of our basement recovery at the Railway Modellers Meet last weekend. Today we made some serious progress, when Matt, the conscientious floor installer put most of the subfloor down. Like every other worker who has come to our rescue, Matt took one look at the layout, and almost ran for the hills. Fortunately, … Continue reading Update on the Flood

Infographic for Railway Modellers’ Meet

This weekend is the third annual Railway Modellers’ Meet up at Simon Fraser University.  I always like to bring something to display, but this year, most everything is buried in Mt Flood.  So, apart from a whole lot of computer drawings, all I have are the two proofs of concept for the frame. In other words – something that could easily get swept onto the … Continue reading Infographic for Railway Modellers’ Meet

Lance Mindheim on Time

A great post on Lance Mindheim’s site caught my attention at lunch today.  Here is the critical idea, but you should read the whole post:  The hallmark of a good design?  It’s pretty basic when you step back and think about it.  A “successful design” is one that results in a model railroad that produces the maximum level of enjoyment given your own personal interests, … Continue reading Lance Mindheim on Time

To pivot or persevere…

Mark Dance made a great observation on the previous post: Pivot towards something that looks more promising when your existing path is not successful and your rate of learning on it is slowing down. Of course, you don’t know if your rate of learning is decreasing until you have three attempts.  As my mother used to say, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try … Continue reading To pivot or persevere…

Semi-believable coupler pocket

From a review of the 1906 Locomotive Builders Dictionary¹ it seems like the pilot, and also likely the tender couplers on 622 should not have draft gear per se, but would have been mounted in cast coupler pockets, without any springing at all.  These were very narrow affairs, barely wider than the 6-inch shank of the coupler itself.  So, if I am to use Accumate … Continue reading Semi-believable coupler pocket