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
Tracks and switches going down with Dynaflex 230
All the switches are either Micro Engineering (and Dcc ready) or Shinohara altered to be DCC friendly. Also wires soldered to frogs and fished down through holes to connect to tortoise contacts below the layout
Starting to set up various areas of my layout in different weather and time of day scenarios. will in the future try to photograph the same scene in different looks.
Here an Intermountain Box car with some lashing rain
Decided to add wood planking to a New Jersey International signal bridge. Thought it would add a bit of color and some signal bridges did include that feature.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An old photograph showing some of the early building of the model railroad
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.
Another view from the balcony. Model railroad is about 5,500 square ft.
And a view down on Coos Bay at the other end of the display.
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
To explaining their process and 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.
All in all an enjoyable morning and an appreciation of a quality company
Just a few more examples of the things on view at Steamtown national historic site