Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Our area is about to set a record for Christmas Eve of 76-78 degrees. Fortunately I model the PRSL in the early 1950s so I can get away with the following picture of my N scale folks trying to get home for Christmas in my Philadelphia 30th Street Station module during a snow shower.

Just remember the Reason for the season!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Gateway Model Railroad Club – Open House December 19, 2015

My September 12, 2011 blog detailed my involvement with the Gateway Model Railroad club in its formative years and I recently saw an open house notice for them while picking up some glue at a local hobby shop. So I figured I would stop by and see how they have progressed in the last few decades. It appears they have totally redone the layout since my last visit. It is now multiple decks and pretty much fills the first story of their building.

When you enter you see a picture of Ed Evans, their founder and my favorite Sunday School teacher. My 2011 blog details the impact he had on his often out of control Sunday School class. It is men like him that left their mark for good on the generation that followed them. I will always be grateful for having had the opportunity to know him and be molded by him.

The club has some excellent builders who have populated the layout with magnificent structures, many with detailed interiors. I don’t understand why they kept the room so dark, as I would like to have seen the buildings in better light. (It was also strange to see an elderly operator controlling the trains with a medical facemask.) As I highlighted in previous open house blogs, I think when you have an open house you need some roving ambassadors to engage the public in the joys of model railroading.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Small Projects

Lost in the November Open House were a string of small projects.

First I lengthened the sky backdrop behind the roundhouse so I don’t have to look at mauve wall paint framing the turntable.
A second Reading I10 consol joins the Pennsy K4 & B6

Lighting projects in downtown Camden, North Woodbury and Woodbury.

Bricked the upper track support behind the tower at the yard leads.

South Woodbury Yard