Moving Port Rowan’s online home

I’ve been having a lot of technical issues lately with my blogs. The biggest offender is my most popular one – Port Rowan in 1:64, on which I have written extensively (perhaps, too extensively) about my model railway.

The short answer is, I’m trying something new and that involves a new blog called “The Model Railway Show”. You can find it by following this link… (Yep: that’s correct)

If you like what you see, you’ll find several options for subscribing. Also, feel free to share the URL with others: The more the merrier!

If the new site works and the old site continues to cause me grief, I’ll retire the old site. I hope I’ll see you down the line.

If you’re technical and curious, here’s the deal…

Since I started blogging back in 2011, I have used a WordPress blog engine that resides on the server space I lease from my ISP. My ISP is great, but they’re not blog experts. And various technical issues have knocked one or more of my blogs offline or otherwise messed up my blogging life several times so far this year.

The latest issue is, I can’t get get into my Port Rowan in 1:64 blog to do anything administrative. I can’t make new posts, I can’t sign into the admin page, etc. Nothing.

Since this has been repeating issue, I decided I would try building a WordPress blog on the WordPress servers themselves. So far, so good. I’m busy importing and updating select posts from the old Port Rowan in 1:64 blog onto the new site, but also adding new content. I will not be adding any new content to the old site – obviously, since I can’t get into it.

A favour to ask…

If you share any of the photos I’m sharing, can you please include the URL to the original post?

That's a lot of photos

My NS&T photo collection. In addition to physical materials, there’s a wealth of information on electronic media. So do me a favour…

I’m really pleased by the response to my various posts, and I’m happy that some people are even sharing some of the photos – for example, on Facebook groups dedicated to the history of the various communities that the NS&T served. That’s wonderful!

But if you do share – please include the URL to the post in which I published the picture. Here’s why:

1 – I spend a lot of time – a couple of hours per post – researching the equipment and the location. I’m trying to provide context – this is history that I’m trying to preserve. If you share the photo but don’t share the link, those who see the picture on Facebook won’t know there’s more to the story.

2 – I’m doing this for free. I’m not playing “I have a secret”, as some people with photo collections do. I’m not trying to make money from the pictures. But I do want something in return: I have questions about the photos, the NS&T, its operations, and so on. What I get out of sharing these photos is not only an opportunity to organize the material in my own mind, but also the chance for others – who know more about the subject than I do – to contribute their knowledge. But they can’t do that if they don’t know about this blog.

This is not a give-and-take, where I give and others take. It’s a collaboration. I want information from those who have it, and putting the pictures online is one way I hope to obtain it. In the end, we all win.

Again – share the photos: that’s great! But if I continue to see photos shared without a link back to the post where they were first published – I’ll stop publishing them. And that would be a shame – because I have, literally, hundreds of photos…

“Places” categories

Now that I’ve published several posts covering many communities served by the Niagara St. Catharines & Toronto Railway system, I realized it would be beneficial to add locations to the “categories” drop-down menu that’s found in the right hand column of the home page. So, I’ve done that.

You’ll find them all grouped into “Places” and clicking on them will bring up any post related to that community. (I’ve gone back and updated all of my posts with appropriate place categories). So, for example, if you want to see all posts related to Thorold, select “Places – Thorold”.

I’ve also included sub-categories for key points of interest within those communities. So, if you’re looking for all the posts related to the point at which the Welland Division leaves the Main Line, you would click on “Substation Junction”. I will add more categories as required.

As I’m considering options for what to model in my layout space, this will make it easier for me to find relevant posts, too…

Hoo-boy: It’s the NS&T!

That’s “Niagara, St. Catharines and Toronto” – and it’s like kryptonite to me. I go weak at the knees for this stuff…


NS&T 8, Welland Avenue yard, St. Catharines – Date and photographer unknown

On this blog, I’m going to explore the NS&T as a potential modelling subject in S scale (1:64). My initial posts will cover my decisions on era, potential locations to model, equipment (including a number of items I already own), and other planning considerations. At some point, I’ll start doodling layout plans and sharing them here, too.

If all goes well – specifically, if my exploration evolves from theory to practice – this site will morph into a record of my model railway based on the CNR electric lines in the Niagara Peninsula. I hope you’ll follow along and enjoy the journey!

(If you want to follow along, one easy way to do that is to enter your email address in the box on the right side of the home page for this blog. You’ll then receive new posts directly in your inbox.)