Amazing Supplies at Art Coop

When you’re at the mall for the train show at the end of March, you may find a shop that can help your modeling efforts year around. Right at it’s center, Lincoln Square offers a great art supply store, the Art Coop, with plenty to appeal to model railroaders. You’ll find all sorts of paint,…

Arduino & Model RRing Clinic: ITD Meeting, Feb. 9 in Monticello

NMRA member Thomas Ose will present a session on “Arduino and Model Railroading” at the next Illinois Terminal Division monthly meeting.  It is coming up on Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 1pm to 4pm at Buzz Swett’s home on the outskirts of Monticello. Write to our divisional email (bod@nmra-itd.org) if you need directions Arduino are…

Newest Layout in the Division Gets Thumbs Up

The Tuscola Beltway Railroad, the newest layout in the Illinois Terminal Division, received visitors today at the monthly divisional meet-up. Owner/Operator Thomas was called to other duties today, but everyone else enjoyed a quick tour of this very much under construction layout. Located in the superintendent’s garage, it’s part of the division’s mentorship program, which…

First Run of Tuscola Beltway

After months of hard work, usually a few hours one day a week, the first run of the Tuscola Beltway took place on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. IC 6135 was the motive power, testing the as yet unspiked trackage. Thomas had to crawl underneath and do some last minute troubleshooting, but then it was showtime.…

Thomas Operates on the Monticello Railway Museum

  When model railroaders get together to operate, they usually speak in terms of what the gauge and scale of the layout they’ll be working on happens to be. In this case. Thomas (NOT the famous locomotive, but one of our newest members) decided he wanted to operate some large scale equipment, REALLY large scale, …

Promoting the “Sharing Economy” of Model Railroading

    The “sharing economy” might be something you haven’t heard of before. You’ve nonetheless likely experienced something like “…an economic model often defined as a peer-to-peer (P2P) based activity of acquiring, providing or sharing access to goods and services that are facilitated by a community based on-line platform.” (Google definition)   Except for the…