My Grain Fleet

I recently gathered all of my grain fleet into one place on my layout, at the Cargill elevator tracks at Helene. It turns out that I have a lot of grain cars! A grain elevator would never get this congested “in real life” but it was interesting to see all of my grain hoppers and … Read more

Good Old Kadee #37

I had a grain car that had a coupler issue. Just a tad low. Nothing that a new Kadee coupler won’t fix! Sorry for the blurry photo. There are a few remedies for low couplers like this. Sometimes you can use a fibre washer or two on the truck bolster to raise the whole body up. … Read more

Manitoba Mega Train 2017

I visited the Manitoba Mega Train 2017 show today (October 1, 2017). As always it was a good show with a lot of displays, vendors, and activities for the young and the young at heart. I was impressed by this Proto:48 diorama of a prairie grain elevator.   The N scale “Mainliners” travel around the … Read more

Upcoming: Manitoba Mega Train 2017

Manitoba’s premier model train show is happening at the end of this month! The Manitoba Mega Train show will be on September 30 and October 1 (Saturday and Sunday) from 9 AM to 5 PM at the Red River Exhibition Place. I went last year and it was a lot of fun! There are a … Read more

Nothing Ever Goes As Planned

Nothing ever goes as planned It’s a hell of a notion Even Pharaohs turn to sand Like a drop in the ocean – Styx (from their great album Paradise Theatre) I had a little solo operating session on my layout a few weeks ago. It was really a positioning move for a “real” operating session … Read more

The 2017 Winnipeg Model Railroad Club Open House

The Winnipeg Model Railroad Club held its 2017 Open House this past weekend. It was held on April 1-2 at the club’s regular meeting place in the basement of the Legion on Roblin Boulevard. The open house featured several layouts from several local modeling groups as well as some private portable layouts, in a variety of … Read more

Brain Dump

I know I haven’t posted in a long time, so I’m just going to do a brain dump and list some things that I’ve been picking away at. Accomplishments I added fascia to the majority of my layout! I’m pretty pleased by how it looks. Photos to come soon. I bought a bunch of “inexpensive” … Read more

Operations with Nick

My oldest son Nick came to visit for Thanksgiving. He’s attending the University of Waterloo so it was nice to have him around for a few days. We did our traditional visits to the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada and to Marway Militaria. Nick has a fair amount of N scale equipment (some from my … Read more

Analysis Paralysis

Analysis paralysis. This is me right now. I have a number of model train projects on the go, and I’m not executing on any of them. Lance Mindheim just wrote a post “Fear of the Inconsequential” where he wrote about the “fear of getting it wrong”. That’s me, all right. What do I have going on? … Read more

The Manitoba Mega Train Show 2016

I went to the Manitoba Mega Train 2016 show yesterday (September 24). The show is being held at the Red River Exhibition Park. The venue is spacious, allowing lots of room for train layouts, vendors and for other activities like model ship builders, Lego, face painters and more! I was in line for the 9 … Read more