Weights and wires for 622

There are two things that I didn’t design well when I built #10  (okay, there are more than two, but I’m going to write about two tonight) — weights and wires.  Weight, even on the first iteration, was largely composed of scraps of lead that I squeezed into nooks and crannies wherever I could.  On the other hand, #10 effectively had no room for wires … Continue reading Weights and wires for 622

The wonder of a local hobby store or It looks like Bachmann’s tender shell will work for 622

Today I stopped in to Central Hobbies to see if they had any of the parts I need for 622.  It’s all esoteric stuff, and so I was happy to walk away with the gear box at least.  It must be said that Central Hobbies is one of the better hobby stores I’ve ever encountered.  Somewhere in that mess, you can find just about anything … Continue reading The wonder of a local hobby store or It looks like Bachmann’s tender shell will work for 622

OnShape vs SketchUp! – a model railroader’s view

Well, I’m a few weeks into my OnShape journey now, and I must say I’m impressed.  After my experience with FreeCad and Blendr, I was almost ready huck my Linux machine out the window when Vince pointed me toward OnShape. I’m thankful he did.  For several years I was a staunch advocate for SketchUp! but now my allegiance has changed.   As a programmer I … Continue reading OnShape vs SketchUp! – a model railroader’s view

Coming Shifts in the Hobby

After visiting the south shore of Nova Scotia, and a dip into New Brunswick to celebrate Grammie’s 100th birthday, we found ourself on PEI.  We stayed with our friend Marshall Ouellet, who was Laura’s Katimavik parent before I’d ever considered moving to Vancouver.  He also happens to be a model railroader. The only other person I know on the Island is Chris Mears, my modern-day … Continue reading Coming Shifts in the Hobby

Halifax Southwestern Railway Museum

Last week, we rented a cottage near Bridgewater Nova Scotia.  The weather was largely perfect, and we had a beautiful quiet lake almost to ourselves.  Every day, we went out to explore the south shore. In Lunenburg, we discovered the Halifax Southwestern Railway Museum.  Now,  I don’t enter into most railway museums with very high hopes.  Restoring and maintaining railway equipment is such a heavy, expensive business that … Continue reading Halifax Southwestern Railway Museum