Engine Service Area Part 1

After I finished the engine shed, it is now time to finish off the rest of the service area scene at Elizabeth Oaks. With a tweak in the general track arrangement I was able to have one dedicated track for fuel/sand loads and for caboose storage behind the two main engine tracks. Now I had…

Engine Shed for Elizabeth Oaks

Lately I was busy to get a long term project done. Elizabeth Oaks Yard is a place on my layout where changes in track configuration occurred often in the past four years. Along with the rearrangement of the tracks, I was shuffling around the right spot for an engine shed. Now with the most recent…

Downtown Spur

My micro-layout “Downtown Spur” will be featured in October issue of MIBA Miniaturbahnen. I entered the layout and some flicks earlier this year. I am very pleased to be recognized for the contest. There will be an public vote where – so it seems – every one can participate via a website MIBA will anounce…

Reworking an old section

I started scenic works on the westend section of Elizabeth Oaks nearly 3 years ago. I handled this section always as a test environment for some basic skills and techniques like weathering and ballasting the track. While scenic work proceeded eastbound I felt more uncomfortable with the first section. So I stepped up the plate…

Weathering after prototype

Recently I finished a new weathering project after a protoype photo. I had this PCA boxcar sitting on the layout for almost 2 years and came across a protophoto on RRpictrues.net showing a PCA box dating to my timeperiod around 1980. Perfect hit. http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2833060 So here we start off: I need some additional decal to…

A little engineering

while back I messed around with DCC decoder and their cables. Then I switched over and used drop in decoders. Now I am on a turning point again, as I want to convert my entire fleet to DCC with sound. There are some drop in decoders on the market that are plug’n play sound decoders.…

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