Pretty interesting article in the New York Times about a new Model railroad Museum to be designed by Architect Frank Gehry

The Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture museum in North Adams Mass. 83,000 square feet with 40 foot ceilings to accommodate 35 foot tall Empire State Building.

The article can be accessed here  Extreme Model Railroad and Architecture Museum

 

COOL

 

Back working on the layout

Back after a summer of visiting various railroad venues, and getting down to finishing trackwork. I am modifying Shinohara code 70 # 8 switches, to work on DCC.

I am using Micro engineering Code 70 flextrack and # 6 switches, but need some # 8s and also some # 4s on the logging branch, which ME does not offer. On the Shinoharas, I am changing to gapped PC board throw rods and  connecting the running rails and closure rails with wire jumpers soldered to the bottom of the rails.

Modified Shinohara #8 code 70 switch

Also cutting gaps in the rail on either side of the frog, filling the gaps with CA glued plastic, formed to fit, and soldering a wire to the frog rails underneath to connect to a Tortoise switch machine contacts as the switch is thrown to guard against shorting.

Switch frog modified

Buena Vista Model Railroad Society

After leaving Greely, I went with my friends to Buena Vista CO, a very beautiful area, looking out from their house at 14,000 ft peaks.

Buena Vista view of Collegiate Peaks

Another surprise, was that in the Chafee county courthouse housing the Buena Vista Heritage Museum had a model train exhibit, begun in 1984, all about the railroads and mining in the upper Arkansas River Valley.

Area of model around Leadville CO.

An old photograph showing some of the early building of the model railroad

Old building photo 

More from Colorado

As I said in the last post, There were visits to several model railway exhibits. The first one was the Colorado Model Railroad Museum in Greeley Colorado. This Railroad has been featured in Model Railroader magazine as well as other publications. It is very well done and has walk ins between peninsulas as well as a balcony giving a good birds eye view of the whole scene from a long walkway.

overall view

Another view from the balcony. Model railroad is about 5,500 square ft.

view from above westside and Nasty Flats

And a view down on Coos Bay at the other end of the display.

Coos Bay loading

Home of the Colorado Model Railroad Museum

Colorado and visit to Intermountain Railway Co.

Visiting friends in Colorado, I was able to further my ongoing summer visits to full scale and model railroad sites. First was the Colorado Model Railroad Museum in Greeley CO, and then the Buenavista model railroad society in Buena Vista CO, both of which I will put up further posts in the near future, but the real unexpected treat was a tour of the

Intermountain Railway Co. the model railroad manufacturer in Longmont CO. Kirk was very gracious in showing the whole operation, from their milling the molds for injection molded parts on their CNC milling machines

CNC milling machine

Small detail parts half mold

Just a few of the many machined molds for various products

To explaining their process and inventory.

Small part of inventory

To talking about their quality control, including a final visual inspection of each and every HO engine and actually running each engine through various track situations. A very impressive commitment to quality, and not releasing anything that is not absolutely right.

Engines ready for inspection

engines in the inspection area

All in all an enjoyable morning and an appreciation of a quality company