The Screaming Banshee Rail Grinder

Today the boy and I set up the Screaming Banshee Rail Grinder (SBRG) and in relatively short order, ground all the frogs and points for the staging yard. I thought I had described this machine previously, but I can’t seem to find it, so here we go again. It’s just as well really, because some […]


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Sketchup Photo Match

A couple of weeks ago, I picked up some foam core with an eye to starting to mock up the buildings for Pembroke. Unfortunately, there are no drawings to start from for any of the buildings. So, I thought I’d try out Photo Match on Sketchup to see if it could help. I was surprised […]

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Filing the gauge side

I suppose if you have to reinvent something, it’s time to write it down so you don’t have to invent it yet again later. Tonight, I had hoped to get the Screaming Banshee Rail Grinder out, but I only got as far as filing the gauge side of the frogs and points before the noise […]

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Staging Yard Ties

I’ve been spending most of my recent train time trying to get the turnout controls to print. The good news is that it looks like they’re going to be sufficiently robust. The bad news is the original design had a lot of overhang, and would come off the 3D printer bed at the least provocation. […]

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Staging Yard Points

As you recall, the staging yard is on a wide window sill, and that means there is no room for Bullfrog or other switch machines below the roadbed. Because the room provides a number of functions in our house, we want to be able to make the staging yard look like a clean window sill, […]

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Cat TV

My friend, colleague and fellow creator, Mitch, bought a LulzBot 3D printer last week. I believe I’ve agreed to buy a share of it, and now might be the time.

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North switch machine

Andrew came over last night, and together we had a productive evening, installing the switch machine for the north switch and laying out the staging yard. But that’s another blog post. FastTracks expedited a spring to finish the last Bullfrog, and so, we were away to the races. Thank-you FastTracks, I was delighted by your […]

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Engine house doors

Part of my vision is that an operating session starts with the engines shut in the engine house. The first thing the crews must do is open the doors and bring their engines out; and the last thing they do when retiring is to close the doors behind them. Now, I could just make the […]

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North switch guard rails

As far as I’m concerned the guard rails are largely cosmetic. However, they need to get soldered, so I do them before the detailing stage of a turnout. With Micro Engineering code 55 rail, anything bigger too (and probably code 40, but I don’t know for sure), the profile is a little wider than the […]

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