Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The American Thermos Comapany

The American Thermos Company was a major part of Norwich from the 1920's through to 1986 when manufacturing finally ended.  I am using Walthers' Water Front Warehouse to represent the main building.  I will have some smaller ancillary structures as well.  I have also started to paint my track before I start on scenery.  I am using  camouflage brown as a base and then will weather the track later on in the process.

Friday, July 14, 2017


I have been able to spend some time working on the layout each night this past week.  I have been able to finish building the lift out bride, lay all the track and install the wiring for the south end staging. The only thing I have left to do is to install the plugs to disconnect the wiring for lift out section.  I am using trailer wiring extensions I picked up at my local Tractor Supply.

I will cut the extension in half and wire them to the DCC Bus lines.
They are only $3.00 each.

I have named the south end staging yard New London as it i the next major station south of Norwich as well as base for a local that traveled to Norwich.

New London

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Photo Backdrops

Photo backdrops are in vogue now rather then painted or printed back drops.  I plan on doing one my self and there are various blogs and YouTube videos on how do do one.  I have found a great web site by Mark Roberts on the process of taking the pictures and things to do to make sure the images will look good and blend together when you stitch them together electronically.  He does not mention one soft ware program, ICE by Microsoft and the best part it is free.

Here is the web site:


Friday, June 23, 2017

Lift Out Bridge

I have the lift out bridge is going in.  I have roughed in and now need to reinforce it.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Milk Train

I am just seeing how to get videos loaded on the blog.  Also testing out my St, Jay and LC 70 Tonners.

Monday, June 12, 2017

South End Staging Yard

I have finally gotten started on my south end staging. This will make it possible for trains to actually continue through Norwich like the prototype.  I have to build a lift out section that will care the a 90 degree curve to be able to connect the staging yard with the rest of the layout.  I built the bench work for the yard this past Sunday as it was in the mid 90's out side, so the basement was a cooler alternative.  I basically built a shelf out of three quarter inch plywood on brackets.  I topped it with Homasote.  It is 8 feet by 1 foot long.

Here is the shelf, I will add a basic back drop and and ballast the yard to at
least make it look nicer.

Here is where the lift out section will go.