Finished Last City Loop

I finished the last city loop this weekend.  This city is slated to be the Notre Dame city for the Kalamazoo Toy Train Notre Dame Locomotive and cars.  I found this set in a local model railroad store that was used.  It was a fantastic buy and since them I have bought additional Kalamazoo Toy…

Creating the Pool Siding

One of the sidings that I wanted to create was a place for the trains and locomotives to be able to go and be covered from the elements.   Because the back yard slopes down so much and because our basement is finished, I decided to create a siding that goes into the pool area.…

Phases of Building the Peachtree City Model Railroad

Well being the engineer that I am here are my phases for builidng the railroad: 1) Measure the space and elevations of the area for the layout 2) Design the layout on the computer using tools that acurately measure distance, track sizes, and elevations 3) Run some test on the track radii and locomotives to…

Building the Peachtree City Layout

Well the Peachtree City layout was a hit and I decided to build that first.  I worked on many different layouts and options. Once I knew the basic requirements I started to order track and other items.  Ebay was my favorite stop to try to find used equipment.  I was bidding on different items 2-3…

Lakehouse Train Layout Vision

In 2009 Suzanna and I bought a house on Lake Lanier. I was doing a lot of sailing on the lake and the sailing club was about 1.5 hours from our Peachtree City house. The vision was then to buy a house in a depressed market (housing market down and a drought causing record low…

Lakehouse Model Railroad Plan

We bought the lakehouse on Lake Lanier about 7 years ago.  When we bout the house it was decided to upgrade the house and improve the exterior as a first phase.  The house really needed an exterior lift and we decided to raise the roof and build a front porch. At the time we bought…

Model Railroading History

I am starting to work on a model railroad.  I started my first model railroad when I was 16 years old when we moved to Sanford North Carolina.  My parents had a spare room in the basement and I used my earnings from cutting lawns, delivering newspapers and shoveling snow.  I built a simple HO…