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Category: rail

Sergent Couplers in Sn3 rail

Putting Sergent 1:64 Couplers on P-B-L cars

The trick I found to getting a secure Sergent Engineering scale coupler in P-B-L equipment is to add a 2.5mm O.D. styrene sleeve around the coupler screw to secure the coupler and allow a little play. I had to ream out the Evergreen styrene stock a bit to get it to fit, but has a great action now.

of space and time rail

Modeling Long Ago


From 1900-1950 is a Halcyon period of steam engines, a variety of operations, shortlines, narrow gauge, passenger operations.


Do you like brown boxcars? Do you hate Helvetica and anything jet set? Do reliable diesels seem too easy to you? Do you like squinting at silver nitrate negatives to try and discern what color to paint something?

Modeling Your Youth


Those good old days when you had plenty of time to watch trains and no money to buy them.


Does it give you a concept you can work what you want into? Are you in the demographic that manufacturers are catering too?

Modeling the Present Day


It is what you are appreciating now. You can go take a nice color photograph of it, or better yet, someone else already has and posted it on the internet.


Limited switching and shortlines. Most trains 3+ engines and 100+ cars, difficult to model on a modest layout. Really easy to just spend your way into a layout.

Modeling Your Neighborhood


Easy to get materials


In your basement is the same as outside.

Modeling Far Away


Tropical port / city? Icy Alaskan tundra? South American mountainside?


May look nice, but have limited operation potential, and be harder to get accurate detailing of.

Modeling Idealized


Exactly what you want


May be hard to keep coherence when you keep piling things on.

Great Model Railroading sites to read rail

New Castle Industrial Raiload A classic look at small area switching and all the details and time that can go into even the simplest shelf layout.
Lance Mindheim Layout Builder Great advice on layout design and detailing.
Some Railroad You have never Heard of.. building small layouts in your 30's, making decisions and balancing model railroading and life.

Helpers rail

BNSF 2897 & 1444 wait at Englewood, CO to return to Denver to push another coal train uphill. Baggage

Survivor Baggage rail