Saturday, March 13, 2021
Saturday, March 06, 2021
Waybills to Switch Lists to Train Orders
A large scale model railroad friend was asking me the other day how I keep track of car movements on my HO scale layout.
In this image of Maine Central's "Oil Can" arriving town on a slow order in front of the station you can see another spur to the left where a reefer is spotted in the distance. This siding penetrates between two buildings and houses two industries, Scodras Grocers and Wingate Wholesalers. The boxcar to the lower right is on another spur housing the freight shed, a team track and a creamery.
This image is in the opposing direction of the preceding one. There is that boxcar at the freight shed to the lower left.
The Alco switcher has just travelled past the freight shed and dropped off the flat with tractors at the team track. The creamery is the grey building nearly out of sight to the right.
Sunday, February 21, 2021
The Little Engine That Could
This is my "personal" story of the 115...an illustrious member of my railroad's "Black Aces!"
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The story of my 44 tonner mirrors the personal events in my life in many ways. My story begins in childhood.
When I was born, my parents were told that I may not make it through the first few months of life, being the tiniest of the two babies to emerge into the world as the second child of the "Hamer twins" born to my wonderful parents who were about to turn forty years of age.
Due to the fact I am writing this piece, you are aware that I proved the medical authorities wrong.
Spending the first three months of my life in an incubator back in 1958, I finally was given "my release" from hospital and allowed to go home to meet my twin brother who I previously spent nine months with and my older sister!
As I was progressing along on the build, Doug and I gave a clinic to our local chapter of the NMRA on the machines. At the point this picture was taken, Doug had built the two machines on the right side of the image and I had finished up the other four leading up to the boiler. Doug explained the operations of a machine shop and I outlined the steps I had taken to finish the models. Lots of fun!