Wednesday Evening Train Talk & Ops Starts March 31

Everyone is invited to join us on Wednesdays from 6 to 8pm starting March 31. We’ll be operating on the Four Corners Division as well as discussing modeling, the local prototype scene, layout news for those who have it, and a first look at what’s on your workbench. Join us for a few minutes or…

March 2021 ITD Division Meeting Now Up on Video

I’ve converted and uploaded the video of the March 2021 virtual ITD meeting. Follow this link to my Vimeo account, where a copy of the meeting video is preserved. https://vimeo.com/523318416 Due to storage capacity limits, I may need to take this copy down in a few months, so view it when you get the opportunity.…

Four Corners News #5: Quarantine Work

As I prepare for my first ops session in more than a year (Wednesday, March 31, look for more info below), it seems a good time to reflect on all the work that was accomplished. Mostly a long list of known issues, I managed to squeeze in some extra work I didn’t anticipate. In some…

Four Corners News #4: JMRI Back Up, Plus Some Boxes

Well, a computer screenshot is not usually very exciting, but after fighting it all weekend, I finally got Apple to let my iMac talk with my NCE Power Pro command station again, allowing visitors to use their phones as radio throttles. I also was able to find my old loco Roster and restore it to…

Four Corners News #3: Light at the End of the Tunnel

For years, I’ve had a road that ran down to Sheridan so that miners whose diggings were not on the line could still utilize the transportation it provided. The problem was that there wasn’t a place to really load at. The dock in the picture belongs to the Wilde Mine and they weren’t inclined to…

Four Corners News #2: Never Done with a Layout

While some take a lifetime to plan the perfect layout, I tend to think the best layouts are those that don’t wait on a perfect plan, because they tend to actually be projects that run trains, no matter how imperfectly. This week’s projects show how improving unanticipated things that you’ve found irritate you is a…

Four Corners News #1: Cushy New Floor

Following the lead of one of my fellow local operators, Rick, I added some floor cushioning to make operating sessions a little easier on the feet and legs of operators on my Denver & Rio Grande Western Four Corners Division a couple of years ago. The stuff I used was cheap, perhaps, too cheap. It…

Allen Challenge

I finished my switch Tower. Light and cat added into a module I can plug into my layout (once I get around to the rebuild). The levers are actually operational, except I made one mistake, I sized them for HO scale, before I decided to make them operational. When I installed them from under the…