Saturday, October 14, 2017

Throttle Panels

I was originally going to call these control panels, but I think they are too simple to be called control panels. I put one in on each end of the yard area of Norwich.  The labels help get a location and direction for people when the see the layout.   This also helps me keep thing neater and from knocking the throttles on the floor.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

NHRHTA Reunion

On September 9 I attended the New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association Reunion at the Valley Railroad in Essex, Ct.  It was a beautiful day and a great time was had by all.  I went to dinner with friends at a Pizza place in Old Saybrook along the Northeast Corridor.  The night was capped off with an ops session at Chris Adams Valley Railroad layout.

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.