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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The Power of Accusation

Have you ever been accused of a crime which you did not commit? Suddenly, someone loudly proclaims your involvement in some unsavory deed which you know nothing about, and you are guilty as charged. There’s no chance to refute the accusation, and often your reputation is permanently ruined.

However let’s consider the alternative. What if your accuser is accurate? What if you are truly guilty? Now your heart rends, you are embarrassed and horrified, because you know  the accusation is truthful. Now your crimes are laid bare, and you have to choose one of  two possible choices; denial or acceptance. Acceptance brings guilt and shame. You forfeit your standing in “polite society”. Family and friends may distance themselves. Guilt brings punishment.

Denial, on the other hand, leaves you mired in your crime. You may experience depression and hopelessness. The heart is rendered cold and hollow, the conscious forever burdened. In either case, it’s not a pleasant place. In the hands of an enemy, accusation is a powerful tool.

Accusation is the power that our enemy, Satan, has over us. It’s actually his job title.

Zechariah 3:1 says:

Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him.

Revelations 12:10 says:

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.

The problem is that Satan knows we are guilty before God, never mind that he is the author and father of lies. His accusations carry some truth. He is the ultimate tattle-tale.

Praise be to God, the Almighty, the Alpha and the Omega, the great I AM, the One who was and who is to come, the Word of God. He knows us to the foundation of our souls and remembers that we are but dust. Though we are indeed guilty as sin, He provided a way out.

Jesus came to earth, lived a perfect life, then offered up that life, a sacrifice for our sins. He was then resurrected by His Father, who raised Him to His own right hand, giving Him all authority, power and dominion over the living and the dead. He forever resides there as High Priest an Advocate for everyone and anyone who confesses His name, thereby receiving forgiveness of sins and eternal life to boot.

Romans 8:34 says:

who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.

We see Christ’s priestly authority in action when He encountered the woman taken in adultery in John 8:10-11:

Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”

Satan’s power of accusation has been broken, defeated, rendered useless. Through trust in God, with whom it is impossible to lie, we are transformed into the righteousness of Christ through faith in Him. Christ promised that the good work started in us will be completed in Him. He has the power to make us stand before the Father, clothed in His righteousness.

As Christians we must remember that on a daily basis. Our job is simple, trust God’s promises, and to go and sin no more. The Spirit working in us will protect and strengthen us. Never forget that we are His, purchased with His own blood. No one can snatch us from His hand, nor can any power on earth separate us from His love. 

We don’t have to live in fear or guilt when Satan points the finger of accusation. We can have boldness when we approach God in prayer, because all of the redemptive work has been done for us by His son. Amen!

Thank you Lord. That sounds like Good News Only to me.


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