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  1. Love the switch list article. I too have always liked them better than just using the car cards alone. Good job explaining how to use them.

  2. I really miss your Model Railway Show – it was the best podcast out there for us. Looking forward to following the blog.

    • Thanks Rick. I enjoyed doing that show, but I’m getting a lot more done on my layout now that I’m not producing and co-hosting it. Welcome aboard!

  3. Hi Trevor
    I just signed up to your website. I really enjoyed your MRH article on tree making and followed it here where I found your “Achievable Layouts”. Like I stated, it provided several hours of enjoyable reading.
    I am planning to build a small shelf type layout in my son’s old bedroom which also serves as my home office, so small and achievable is very much a main requirement. Also the fact that I just turned 59, means that I don’t have a lot of time to spend building the “empire”.

    • Hi Jim:

      Thanks for the kind words and welcome aboard!

      I’m a fair bit younger than 59, but even I don’t have the time to spend building an empire. There’s a life beyond the layout. Good for you for recognizing the importance of planning an achievable layout. Setting realistic goals is a great way to ensure success and continued enjoyment of this great hobby. Well done.


  4. I picked up G-8 in a lot of Railmaster equipment and am now seriously considering adding an Sn42 Newfoundland line to my Alaska/Canada/Washington S/Sn3/Sn9mm modular layout, which is still under construction.

    • Hi Ian:
      Not sure what you mean by MRH achievable layouts. I do write a blog about achievable layouts, though – you’ll find the link in the buttons below the picture on the main page of the blog.
      For tree info, check the “Trees” category in the menu on the home page. Lots of tree info there.

  5. Came across your blog by accident tonight. Your comments on the railway publishing industry re finescale modelling are interesting. On a broader front I read an arcticle some years ago in a local paper (Ireland) which compared the publishing industry in the USA with the UK and Ireland. Despite the huge disparities in population there is a multiple more books published over here than in the US and US bookshops stock far smaller numbers of titles than do bookshops over here. I observe a similar position re railway books as well. Just look at the number of railway and modelling magazines published monthly in the UK compared to the USA and Canada. My local bookshop carries 5 modelling and 4 railway monthly titles and that’s a small town 30 miles from Dublin

  6. Hi Trevor! Just wanted to let you know that I really like your layout and the way your scenery is done! Your trees look really nice, and the way you use them to create certain scenes and as a backdrop, are incredible. I am a big fan of branchlines and the way you have modelled your Port Rowan branch is exceptional. I like the way the grass has overtaken the roadbed, I think it looks incredibly realistic, it’s exactly what I picture a branch line to look like! I don’t currently have a layout, however, I am planning one, at least planning is in the mental stages, as after a number of years and reading layout articles and scenery publications. Not sure if you are familiar with the name Greg Panas, or not, but he had a track plan in the book “48 Top Notch Track Plans” of a railroad he called “The North Eastern Alberta Railways”. Now it’s for HO Scałe, however, since I model in “G” scałe 1:20.3, I am considering doing the layout in largescale, and probably more of a modular concept. I am a fan of detail, especially in largescale, and having a Bachmann Bighauler 4-6-0, I thought about using this layout as a starting point. Then, when I happened upon your layout and the way you had it presented, it pretty much sealed the deal. Since my motive power interests have shifted to steam locomotives lately, and the facilities used to turn/maintain them, this seemed like a perfectly good layout to start out with! I hope you don’t mind Trevor, but I have loaded several photos of the Port Rowan layout for scenery reference. Can you let me know what you think? Regards : Danny Roode, Truro Heights, Nova Scotia.

    • Hi Danny:
      Thanks for writing and I’m glad you’ve found the blog useful. By all means, enjoy the photos for your personal use!
      If you’re interested in steam servicing facilities, there are a lot of neat CNR branch line terminals covered in Ian Wilson’s books, including places with proper engine houses and other structures. (Port Rowan in really bare in that respect.)
      Personally, I’ve always been intrigued by open-air engine service facilities found in warmer climes. The engine service area at Keeler, California on the Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge comes to mind…

  7. Trevor, the cork squares are a Great idea and the size of the work area is a perfect size. Gives you plenty of elbow room for larger projects. Never gave much though for protecting cutting tools from damage, also another great idea. I would think another plus could be the securing of projects with pins or tacks. I agree with my friend, Dave Curtin, that a clean and tidy work environment promotes the desire to start other projects. No one wants to have the first project to be work bench clean up.

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