A second bench for the workshop

I keep having to tell myself that all this work on the workshop is in fact work towards the locomotive.  Finally this weekend, I managed to get the second cabinet finished to the point where it can be painted.  Like the first, it is almost entirely made from scraps left over from my other projects.  Consequently, some of the components are not what I would … Continue reading A second bench for the workshop

Towards swappable loads

It is a strange fact that I have never scratchbuilt a flat car before.  I clearly remember the Kalmbach book, Easy to Build Model Railroad Freight Cars, recommending that you should start out with a flat and work your way up to house cars; of course, I also clearly remember ignoring that advice and leaping in on a dustbin-fated hopper.  However, what makes it stranger … Continue reading Towards swappable loads

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