N Scale Model Railroad

All Aboard!

Yes, finally my new n-scale model railroad is under construction. In the past I had a great start on a model railroad, but life and circumstance intervened as they often do and the project was never completed. Now, finally, I have the time (God willing) and means to complete a small project. So welcome, and come along for the ride. Within a series of posts I will document my efforts and share some tips and insights. I’m calling the railroad the “GNO North Western”.

The Layout

The layout itself is one that would be considered small, only 84 inches by 84 inches. I wanted bigger one, as the room the layout is in is huge, approximately 22 ft. x 18 ft. However, after family negotiations were completed it became apparent this was the perfect size.

Here’s a look at the proposed layout.

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My fondest memories of railroads and trains are up close and personal. What I mean is I always remember trains very close, and intertwined with the neighborhood. When we were young my brother and sister and I would simply walk across the street from our family apartment to where many box cars were parked on spurs between large factory complexes. We were able to climb in into the cars, touch the wheels, examine the undercarriages, etc.

Later I remember riding my bicycle home from work and being stopped one the sidewalk by a passing train. I could feel the wind from the cars as they passed by only 15 ft. away.

I wanted to recreate that feeling in my layout. So though it is small, there is plenty of interaction between the railroad and the residents of the layout. Here’s how I envision the finished product, at least currently.

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There has been many relaxing hours of drawing and redrawing my layout concept. You should see the pile of drawings left over from other ideas. Hopefully this is close the the final version. I have only a two-spur rail yard, and the mainline is a single track except for a siding in the upper left corner where the station will go.

There will be three, possibly four rail serviced industries, including a lumber yard, and a manufacturing plant of some sort. I’m also considering a brewery or concrete plant. Delivering cars to those industries should supply plenty of operations action. The yard master will have his hands full, as there is limited space and no reversing loop planned. The center of the layout is reserved for a city scene which will include a downtown/shop area, with neighborhood close by, just like I remember.

Anyway, this is the first installment of many post documenting my efforts. Check back about once every week to two weeks for updates. Subsequent post will be placed under the N Scale link at the top of this page. Take care and thanks for stopping by.

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A Bit of Gospel Light

I’ve been wanting very much to post something about the political news I’ve been watching and hearing. However, I’ve been reluctant because I want the main thrust of this web site to be the Good News Only of the gospel Christ Jesus, and not morph into some political arena where people are shouting and arguing about politics. Arguing about politics is not going to get anyone into heaven. Only the good news of the gospel can do that. So where does that leave me?

Well, after the “last straw” of the recent attack on the young reporter, Andy Ngo, perpetrated by the left-wing radical group Antifa, I felt it left me with choice but to speak up. Thought I’d better at least try to make sense of it through the light of the Word.

First, my advice to all those who hold a different view point, and are not in lock-step with Antifa or the radical left: just stay away. The very first verse of the book of Psalms says:

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.

I’d say Antifa qualifies to have all three of the above descriptors in that verse attached to it. Therefore, don’t try to reason with them, don’t “cover” them, don’t be around them. Stay away.

Proverbs 22:3 says:

The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, But the naive go on, and are punished for it.

Yes, Mr. Ngo has a perfectly legal right to cover the protest, and I admire his courage under fire. However, it’s all to no avail. Unless the members of Antifa are willing to repent and change their hearts, and truly love their fellow man and follow Jesus instead radical leftist ideology, nothing will change. Mr. Ngo received injury for absolutely nothing. My wife and I will be praying for him as well as the members of Antifa.

Sadly, we need to remember that some people just delight in doing evil. Their feet are quick to shed blood. Breaking God’s laws is sport to them. Their heart is full of foolishness. They call good evil, and evil good. “Woe unto them”, say the scriptures.

We can pursue Godliness through the leadership we elect. Let’s fix our own hearts first, then try to elect leaders who have a kindred spirit.

It’s a moral outrage to have the police “stand down” while a citizen is being brutalized.

Romans 13:3-4 says (emphasis added by me):

Rulers (police, for example) are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For it (law enforcement) is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword (or the Glock) for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath upon the one who practices evil.

In other words if you want to stay out of jail, stop doing crime. It’s simple.

Finally, to all godly people, those who strive to practice righteousness: keep praying, day in and day out. Don’t stop. We know God has a plan for this world and all things will end up exactly where He wants them to. However, that does not get us off the hook. Bombard the Father with your prayers. He can handle it. Maybe we will get some mayors elected who actually respect the police and let them get on with the business of God’s work. We can only hope.

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