Cade’s Green

As guest editor for Model Railway Journal No. 250, Iain Rice profiled his own home layout, Cade’s Green.  Now, Iain’s is one of the few voices that somehow avoids the stultifying muffle of the American press, even when writing for Kalmbach. So, left to his own devices, his feature article absolutely sings with his rich moustachioed tone. Some readers will need an interpreter.  It’s an … Continue reading Cade’s Green

Roundhouse front wall

Progress on the railway always takes a bit of a dive in November as I focus on Christmas gifts. In stolen minutes since the Railway Modellers’ Meet, two weeks ago, I’ve managed to add the missing blocking and timbers to the front wall of the roundhouse. The pillars for roundhouse doors are generally very heavy, probably to support the massive doors. At 12×12, these are … Continue reading Roundhouse front wall

Roundhouse arches

Information is a curse and a blessing.  On the one hand, having real prototype information makes our models that much richer.  On the other hand, once you have it, it cannot be ignored. In my case, Peter Newman shared a Del Rosamond photograph of the roundhouse after it had burned (unfortunately I don’t have permission to share it on), and it clearly shows that the joists … Continue reading Roundhouse arches

Reflections on the first layout tour

Well, the Railway Modellers’ Meet is in the can for 2017.  Everyone seems to agree that it was a super event. Pembroke was on the self-guided layout tour, which took place today around mid-day.  I was still sweeping the silk tree leaves off the driveway when the first guests pulled up, and for four hours I always had two to five people reviewing my efforts. … Continue reading Reflections on the first layout tour