Model Railroading

Pennsy 44-tonner with caboose

My DCC-equiped Pennsy 44-tonner (HO scale) with caboose running on a make-shift layout. Yes, I know that the whole idea of a 44-tonner is to eliminate the need for a second person onboard the locomotive, but it has to move something.

Feb 2024 - Coming very soon - a series of videos of the G-scale and O-scale trains running in the Train Running Room at Charles Ro Supply Company, located in Malden, Massachusetts

I have a number of model railroading projects going on at this point. Amongst them are the following:

Current Projects

  • Pickle Factory, as described below on this webpage
  • Four Oaks Milling Company, on Keen Rd, Four Oaks, North Carolina. Back in 1985, while I was travelling from New England to Florida, I got off of Route I-95S to refuel, at the exit for the town of Micro, NC. At the intersecting roadway after the ramp, I noticed the mill, elevators, etc. and thought that it would be a great scene to scratchbuild for my train layout.
  • Stilwell's Oyster Car

Some online resources of books and magazines about Narrow Gauge Model Railroading:

'Narrow Gauge' literature available for viewing online through the Internet Archive. Many of these books can be downloaded as PDF files for free.

My current spare time is being spent on developing a 3D model of a pickle plant, to be incorporated into my N-scale model railroad layout. It is little more than a framework at this point. But, I need to develop some industry to justify why there is a railroad on this 24"x42" piece of real estate in the first place.

I will be developing this model in true scale. Once it is completed, I will be able to 3D print it for any desired scale. It will initially be printed in resin for my N-scale layout, then I will print an HO-scale version. You can expect to find these also offered for sale on my Etsy page and my eBay page.

Follow me as I develop this into a 3D model, from the initial 2D plan.

Digitizing a plan of a Pickle Factory, using IntelliCAD

Also on my current list of things to do is preparing a model of a Still Oyster Car.

Indices to Model Railroader Magazines