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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Greenhouse Magic

I Corinthians 3:7

So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.

In the early 1960s I attended Horace Mann Junior High School near Florence and Western Avenues in Los Angeles. I remember hardly a blade of grass once past the outside fencing. I’m sure there must have been a blade somewhere, but mostly I remember acres of blacktop. Thick rubber mats kept you from breaking a bone if you fell from the “monkey bars” as we called them back in the day.

However, I do remember somewhere on campus there was a small plot of soil devoted to gardening and horticulture. It was an actual class offered to us “less capable” students. Yes, I was in there, but truly it is one of my fondest memories after some 60 years. I doubt if it is still there now. Too bad – I think that single class profoundly affected me in a very positive way. The magic and wonder of putting a seed into soil and reaping an actual plant with fruit attached has never forsaken me. Praise God for His creative ingenuity.

Romans 1:20 says

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

Whenever a plant a seed I have to give thanks and praise; it is truly God at work.

Since we’ve moved to our new home our gardening efforts have changed. The weather is much cooler, the growing season is shorter, and the deer compete earnestly for all things edible sprouting from the ground. We have taken everything indoors to the greenhouse. It is so awesome to make a salad from lettuce and cucumbers, peppers, and radishes you grew yourself. The taste and colors are amazing. Here are a few pictures of our efforts so far.

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Looking into the greenhouse.

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Lettuce.

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Bell peppers.

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Beets! My favorite.

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Radishes and carrots.

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Cucumbers.

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Tomatoes.

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Salad fixings.

I can’t wait for the beets and cucumbers and carrots. I’m even trying broccoli this year. It’s fun, rewarding and delicious. Thank you Lord for everything. 

Amos 9:13-15

Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “When the plowman will overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; when the mountains will drip sweet wine and all the hills well be dissolved. Also I will restore the captivity of My people Israel, and they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them; They will also plant vineyards and drink their wine, and make gardens and eat their fruit. I will also plant them on their land, and they will not again be rooted out from their land which I have given them,” says the Lord your God.

Amen! I’m ready to see that garden right now! Sounds like Good News Only to me!

 

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