One of the reasons you’ve not yet seen any videos of trains running on Pembroke is that I’ve been unhappy with the way the 4-4-0 was behaving (the other is that I find editing videos is way harder than typing a few words). It has sat in a box for several years awaiting rails to run upon and those years weren’t kind to it. So, … Continue reading Running Repairs
Chris Mears challenged me to the Railfan Five this evening. As I mentioned in my reply to his post, I don’t regard myself as much of a railfan (who has time to wait for trains?), and so, I don’t have all that many railfan photos. However, here are some that I like, in no particular order. Being that I am not much of a railfan, … Continue reading My Railfan Five
I suppose, given the recent conversation, I should come clean and explain why I am modelling Pembroke. My interest in the Canada Atlantic Railway started in my late teens. I was certainly influenced by Niall MacKay’s excellent book, “Over the Hills to Georgian Bay.” But, if I am honest, I was thinking at the time about modelling the current railroad scene. Even today, there is … Continue reading Why Pembroke?
When Ron Keith sought me out at the train show in Burnaby in November 2012, the doctors were giving him until Christmas to live. Ron wanted to give me a plow that he had built from a photograph I had given him more than a decade before. A couple of weeks later, I was at Ron’s house, admiring his collection of more than 300 plows … Continue reading Why do we do the things we do?
Tonight, Andrew and I installed the staging yard. That is, we screwed down the plywood onto the window sill, and almost go to the point of fixing the track in place. It’s coming along nicely, and already looks more like a window sill than a staging yard. The most excitement was when we decided to flip all the track over so we could put Pliobond … Continue reading Staging Yard Installation
To feed power to the staging turntable, as well as to fix its location, I’m planning to use some telescoping brass rod and tube. I want these controls around the front of the layout so operators don’t have to reach across the track to make the connection. The plan is to mount pairs of tubes on pieces of PC board, which I will screw into … Continue reading Feeding the turntable
Today, I shaped the hole in the staging yard that will take the turntable. This turned out to be harder than expected as I had somehow managed to cut it undersized with the jig saw. It wasn’t undersized enough to widen it with the jigsaw, and so, I had to sand it out to shape. Fortunately, I still have the sanding block that I used … Continue reading Staging turntable progress