Hobby thoughts

02 Nov 2015

TMTV

Getting Fired Up!

At TrainMasters TV, we believe all railroading is interesting – and we’re keen to share the many ways that people enjoy this hobby. In this new series –Fired Up! – we explore one of these many “hobbies within the hobby”, garden-scale live steam.

Notch 8: The joy of building

Two things recently reminded me of the joy of building things in this hobby.


The first was a shooting day at the TrainMasters TV studios in which we launched a new series. “Notch 8” is all about sharing tips and techniques for detailing, weathering and finishing locomotives and rolling stock.

20 Aug 2015

TMTV

End of the Line and Moving On

In a previous post prompted by re-watching “End of the Line” in the March, 2014 edition of TrainMasters TV, I wrote about Creeping Normality and how failing to keep on top of maintenance can lead to the decision to tear down a layout.

24 Jul 2015

TMTV

End of the Line and “Creeping Normality”

Recently, I re-watched “End of the Line” in the March, 2014 edition of TrainMasters TV. As the title implies, it’s about dismantling a layout – or, more specifically, three of them.

The good ol' Bluebox kit

In the early-1990s I owned and operated a model train shop.  Back in those days there wasn't much you could buy in ready-to-run equipment that was any good. 

Just about every piece of rolling stock came in kit form, and those kits had much more detail, higher-quality paint jobs. These kit-built cars performed way better than ones from companies such as Life-Like and Model Power, where their items came ready-to-run (RTR) right out of the box.

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