Turntable Crank

November is always a slow month for the trains in our house.  It’s getting close to Christmas, and for the past eleven years, I’ve given photobooks that summarize the past year of the kids’ lives to all our family.  I spend most of the month, therefore, editing and curating photos. Anyway, this morning, while the kids were blowing through their allotment of screen time, I … Continue reading Turntable Crank

4-4-0 Engine truck designs

You can tell I’m getting excited about a project when I start planning for it before the previous project is even complete. Oh, this will make it difficult to keep momentum on the turntable.  This weekend we were over to Nanaimo for dinner with family, and so, I couldn’t really make progress on the turntable anyway. Instead, I got out the old sketchbook and spent … Continue reading 4-4-0 Engine truck designs

Dentistry on the Turntable Pit

Those who saw this turntable at the Vancouver Train Expo this weekend already know about the disaster that befell the pit wall when I was completing the scenery. That part of the MDF that was not sealed before was still not sealed, and the swelling was nothing short of hideous. At the show, I talked bravely about pulling out the whole wall and replacing it … Continue reading Dentistry on the Turntable Pit

A little scatter around the roundhouse

I’m getting ready to show the turntable at Vancouver Train Expo this weekend, and so, I spent some time between working on my presentation to glue down some more ballast, basically covering the board. The gravel is my usual mix of light grey sanded grout and Pembroke dirt. The cinders are made from “Charcoal” sanded grout, mixed about 3:1 with the light grey grout. I … Continue reading A little scatter around the roundhouse

Finishing up the turntable tracks

Vancouver Train Expo is just a few days away, and as I’m speaking about turntables on Sunday, I’d better finish this one! Last night, I put the final touches on the tracks. I painted the PC board ties with acrylic paint. I really struggled to match the colour of the nearby ties. In the end, what worked best was a layer of raw sienna lightened … Continue reading Finishing up the turntable tracks