Test wall for Pembroke roundhouse

In 1908, the Pembroke roundhouse was listed in “fair” condition.  It stood for another 48 years until it burned.  So, I read “fair” to mean that it was not dilapidated, but also, perhaps not first class.  I speculate, therefore, that perhaps it wasn’t painted. The other challenge with the Pembroke roundhouse is that it is right near the front of the layout, and one corner … Continue reading Test wall for Pembroke roundhouse

A note to whoever uninstalls Pembroke

Dear future self; One day when you go to take Pembroke out, the north section can be removed with just the screws into the wall and the cabinets.  They’re all accessible from beneath.  All except this one screw at the end of the Pembroke Milling Company siding, which goes straight into the windowsill.  You’ll probably find it completely buried in ballast. The southern section has three … Continue reading A note to whoever uninstalls Pembroke

A Visit from the North Shore Model Railroaders

Thanks to Graham Stokes for organizing the North Shore Model Railroaders’ visit to Pembroke last night. Despite the photo, we had nine modellers in the basement (two had to leave early). Sadly, #10 wouldn’t move at all; I think it has gone out of quarter again. Everyone was very polite, all the same. Thanks to everyone who came, and gave me a chance to run … Continue reading A Visit from the North Shore Model Railroaders

Liquitex Spray on the Muskrat River

After five coats of paint or primer, filling and sanding in between, I finally felt ready to place the finish coats.  These are all going to be sprayed in the hopes that I don’t have to sand between coats (time will tell). My darling wife looked at the river and declared that it was too black.  “Rivers are brown,” she declared.  She might be right. … Continue reading Liquitex Spray on the Muskrat River