What will you bring?

Early in my railway modelling life, I was fortunate to be encouraged to join the Ottawa Valley Associated Railroaders (OVAR).  Monthly through the long frigid Ottawa winters, this club met for dinner in the Nepean Sportsplex, right next to my high school.  They’re still going strong after 56 years. As well as a speaker, OVAR […]


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Racing to finish the roundhouse 

After three evenings of concentrated effort, the roundhouse is nearing completion. I didn’t quite finish everything on the list, but I still should have one more day before I have to go to Toronto. Also, there is always the prospect of working into the wee hours on Saturday before the meet. It wouldn’t be the […]

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Four days left

It turns out that due to my mum’s visit and an impending business trip to Hogtown next week, I only have four evenings left until the Railway Modellers’ Meet! There is definitely more than four days’ worth of work left in the roundhouse at my usual rate, and so, I need to get hyper-efficient. I took […]

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A lathe joins the workshop

I’ve wanted a lathe for about as long as I’ve been able to spell the word.  Even before I got into Proto:87, I knew one would be a part of my workshop someday.  Since getting into the finer scale, it’s been inevitable. My friend, Andrew Hutchinson, has more machine tools than a single person should […]

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Construction Articles

While my mum’s here, and the railroad room is temporarily given over to its guest room function, I’m working on a few articles for Model Railroad Hobbyist.  My recent rant about the tedium of North American model railroad magazines is still fresh in my mind, and it’s making me wonder if I can steer clear […]

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Roundhouse mullions

The window pattern for this roundhouse came from a drawing for the roundhouse at Barry’s Bay.  Each of the three windows has six large sections, each of nine panes, making 172 panes in all.  That’s a lot of careful cutting, but trivial for the Cricut! I don’t know why I’d been putting it off, but […]

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No plans for expansion here!

My mum is coming to visit tomorrow, and that means that I’ve spent more than the usual proportion of time on finishing up household projects especially in the railroad room cum office cum guest room*. The cabinets along the back wall of the room were among those projects, and I’m rather pleased with how they’ve […]

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Roundhouse retrospective

Are models ever really finished?  Maybe some are, but mine seem to get just finished enough.  That’s the roundhouse now: I could continue to fuss with it, but I think it’s time to move on. To tell the truth, I didn’t really intend to build a roundhouse!  I’m supposed to be building 622, but I promised […]

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The privilege of the active

I’m waiting at IKEA for yet more cabinets, this time for the laundry room, and as far as I can tell, unrelated to trains. I have a warm cinnamon bun and a coffee and the self-satisfied glow of being here early enough to have missed the crowds. On the other side of the hall, across […]

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Roundhouse trim out of order

As I was posting the photos of the smoke jacks the other day, I noticed that I had not yet completed the trim on the corners. Shucks! I had left this off until the front wall was done, and then I left it off until the rafters had stabilized the purlins, and then I got […]

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