The story of Canada Atlantic flat cars

I have been thainking that I need a side project while completing the heavy shop.  Most nights, I’m not able to make progress on the woodworking as it’s too late to run the table saw.  Casting about for a little diversion, I thought about making some flat cars. The first step is to get the information organized, and so I pulled some old pages over … Continue reading The story of Canada Atlantic flat cars

The madness of Chester Machniewski 

What an enormous pleasure it was to meet Chester Machniewski today!  Here is a man whose welcome and smile were eclipsed only by his fanaticism for model trains. Lots of people have passions, but few take them to Chester’s affectation.  As far as I could tell, he does nothing on a small scale.  Need a large mill in 7mm scale?  Build one big enough for … Continue reading The madness of Chester Machniewski 

Operations ideas from BC Hydro

My friend, Colin Dover, intimated to me last night that he builds layouts purely so he can have a place to switch.  A couple of years ago, he tore out his representation of Vancouver Waterfront to build his “much simpler” Central Park line of BC Hydro. I put “much simpler” in quotes because, well, it is not a simple layout by my reckoning.  There are … Continue reading Operations ideas from BC Hydro

The heavy shop takes shape

When I asked my wife what she thought of the new workshop cabinet, she said it looks “workshoppy.”  Okay, I’ll admit, the joinery is not as nice as I would like, but you’ve gotta love those 4″ deep drawers, and the big cavern behind those doors is sized for a future Sherline mill. I’m also pretty chuffed about having found the drawer slides at ReStore … Continue reading The heavy shop takes shape