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How to build model railroad benchwork that works.
Helix construction ideas.

Canadian Model Trains

A visit to Osborn Model Kits.
My train underneath the Christmas tree Christmas gifts for model railroaders

NMRA Clinics from X2011, Sacramento National Convention

Mini-Review of Trainz software

General tips and techniques
Learning about DCC
Locomotive Maintenance Tips
DCC turnout frog wiring
Sound install in an Athearn diesel
Remotoring an Athearn switcher
Sound install in an Atlas RS3
LED turnout indicators for DCC layouts
Signal circuits and detection
Track occupancy with CTs
automatic signal circuit by Roger Race
Wiring tips about wire markers
Brass engine decoder installation
HOn3 brass shay decoder installation
Sound decoder installations
PowerPax Programming Booster Review
Soundtraxx decoder installation in an HO Kato RS-2
Scratchbuilding a brass signal bridge
Electronic speed control for all scales
Installing a decoder in a Mantua 2-6-0
Motor isolation in a brass engine
JMRI software interfacing
Installing phosphor bronze wire for all wheel pickup
Servo control of turnouts with Tam Valley turnout decoders
Signal boards with Tam Valley turnout decoders
WiThrottle on an iPad

My experience with G-scale
Brian Swanton's Kettle Valley Railway
Hockley Valley Railroad video clips

General and Adminstration
Intent of my website
Things to think about before you begin building
Glossary with brief explanation of terms used by model railroaders
Overview of track gauge and model railroad scales
My Utopia Northern freelanced HO layout
How to contact me by email
Privacy policy for my site
Miscellaneous Other stuff
How I built my website

Modular Railroading

Overview and our Nottawasaga Model Railway Club
Experience building free-mo modules
Rolling stock carrying cases


Ideas for operating a model railroad
Using scale time
Ways to set up operations
Operations with Micro-Mark's car cards
Using the Ship-It software program
Staging addition to my Utopia Northern
Timetable operations
CN block & interlocking signal indications
Passenger operations on the UNRR


Ideas to improve painting models
Using an airbrush
Weathering tips and techniques
Weathering with PanPastel® Colors
Tips and Techniques from NFR Woodstock Turn 2009


Overview of my train photo pages
CPR, Alliston, Ontario
CNR's historic Craigleith depot
HCW Canadian steam train excursion
CP-Rail Christmas train stops near Barrie, Ontario
Revelstoke Museum and Archives
CPRail freight westbound through Toronto, Easter Sunday, 2009
NMRA-NER '07, Albany, NY
CARM '08, Holland Centre
Live steam with video, Lion's Head, Ontario
NMRA National '03, Ontario
CARM '08, Hamilton, Ontario
NMRA-NFR '08, Ottawa, Ontario
Gord Baverstock's HO railroad, Owen Sound, Ontario
Narrow gauge meet, '07, Schomberg, Ontario, Ontario
Access to a BBC video clip of a prototype scratchbuilt locomotive
Elgin County Railway Museum, Ontario
CARM '07, Palmerston, Ontario
Suncoast Model Railroad Club, Florida
Tobique Valley Railway (TVR) Flood and Abandonment
Barrie Train Show, 2009
CARM Copetown Train Show, 2009
Scarborough Model Railroaders Open House, February, 2009
Ontario Southland Railway GP7 Train Driving Lesson
Saturday layout tour at NFR Woodstock Turn 2009
Ontario Western layout at NFR Woodstock Turn 2009
Sunday layout tour & Train Show at NFR Woodstock Turn 2009
Midland, Ontario Train Show, 2009
Bracebridge, Ontario Train Show, 2009
CARM Fond du Lac operating session, August 2009
Muskoka Layout Tour, October 2009
Bill Bradford's Allandale Yard layout
Vintage CN & CP film footage from the '60s
Track damage from flood in Australia
Al Crisp's operations session (train 431/432)
Midland 2011 Train Show video
Richmond Hill Live Steamers video #1
Richmond Hill Live Steamers video #2
South Simcoe Railway Excursion
Muskoka Tour 2011 videos
My Utopia Northern Railroad
Photos in CN's MacMillan Yard
Washego CN signal bridge removal
Roger Haudac's Muskoka Regional Railroad
Muskoka Tour Home Page for September 30, 2012
Sudbury 2012 NFR-NMRA Convention
John Houghton's N scale layout
John Brown's HO layout
Brad Lebeck's HO layout
Rick Hatton's HO layout
2012 Brampton Train Show
Colorado Railroad Museum train club
Model Railroad Club of Toronto
Incredible chocolate train at Belgian Chocolate Festival
Photos of my HO model railroad, the UNRR.
Bracebridge Train Show 2013
York Railway Modellers club photos
Ops Sessions at Ottawa Train Expo, 2014
Layout video from Midland Train Show, 2014
Barry Ruse's HO train layout
Gord Baverstock's remodelled train layout
Revisiting Al Crisp's Great White North in 2015
Our Home and Miniature Land preview
Barrie Train Show 2018
Model train photography tips


Estimating the cost of building a model railroad
Dismantling and rebuilding layouts


Personal experience on a high-speed Eurostar train
Jason Jongen's photos of Canadian and other railroads
track spikes and track laying on railroads
CPR historic station at Labelle, Quebec
Barrie-Collingwood (BCRY) Last Run video
British Railways in WW2
Bill Payne's narrow gauge photos
Alabama & Kentucky railroad museums

Rolling Stock

Some basic ideas and information
Tips and techniques
Installing and using Kadee couplers
Weighting cars to track better
Locomotive weight and pulling power
Marker lamps lighting tips
Replacing HO wheels


Follow me as I build a craftsmen CPR passenger station
Building Campbell Scale Models King's Cannery with wood, cardstock and corrugated aluminum
Review of the Barrel Factory laser building kit by Full Steam Ahead
Assembling a cardstock building kit from 3DK.
DPM building flats to disguise a pillar.
Methods for modeling roads and streets
Turning a mistake into a mini-scene
Ideas for making effective backdrops
Mountain range backdrop painting
Air fern pine trees
Woodland Scenics metal trunk pine trees
Shaping terrain tips
Ideas for making trees
Hiding top-mounted switch machines
Chainlink fence scenic divider
Buiding logging camp skid shacks
Adding a waterfall and mountain scenery
Making sedum trees
Furnace filter trees
SceniKing backdrop scenery
How to make roads with the Woodland Scenics road kit
How to kitbash a Woodland Scenics scene kit
Fake fur grass
Building a Bar Mills kit
Blair Line kit building tips
Downtown Deco hydrocal Rescue Mission kit
Scratchbuilding for beginners
Animated neon signs by Miller Engineering
Modelling tips from the 2012 NFR clinics
Modelling tips from the 2012 NFR clinics
Campbell Scale Models freight house
How to build a rail barge (carfloat)
How to build a moveable barge
Clever Models paper buildings
Clever Models quonset hut
Suydam metal building construction
Reworking scenery
Making mountains and hills

Suspended Layout

A suspended HO layout solves a space problem.


Tools to make life easier
Tool tips and techniques
Storage ideas
Sinbad acc glue review


Model railroad track overview
How to ballast track
Using Fast Track jigs and templates
My experience handlaying with Fast Track templates
Inexpensive manual turnout control
Tools to help make better trackwork
Homasote roadbed pros and cons
Track cleaning methods
No-Ox-Id Track cleaning paste


Trainfest 2010 overview
Trainfest 2010 videos
Trainfest 2010 photos
Trainfest 2011 videos and photos

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