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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Godlessness: The Road To Destruction

… it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official Act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the Universe, who presides in the Councils of Nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect…

No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.

The words above are from the Inaugural Address of President George Washington on April 30, 1789. President Washington surely believed in the power of Almighty God, having been miraculously saved during a particular battle of the French and Indian War on July 9, 1755. He believed that the hand of God guided the creation of our great nation. His will demanded it. America was founded on the belief in, and the reliance on God Almighty.

As I watch and listen to the news today, it has become sorrowfully evident that we as a nation have strayed far from that belief. God is no longer allotted His rightful place in the affairs of the nation. Instead there is an insidious effort, continuing without respite, to remove Him from the lives of the American people. This will ultimately lead to the destruction of the United States of America, the last great hope of the world.

Think about it. How is it that dozens of people each weekend are shot, killed or injured in the streets of our major cities?

On the web site of the National Institute on Drug abuse it says that we lost 172,000 to drug overdose in 2017. Those numbers are rising. How is that possible?

We kill 125,000 babies per day in our country; and worldwide 40 to 50 million per year. Again, how is this even feasible? The answer in each instance is admittedly multi-faceted. However, entwined therein, within the bowels of each, is the irrefutable fact that we are growing increasingly godless. It’s applauded, lauded and taught.

During the Democratic National Convention of Sept, 2012, the Democrats voted to remove God from the platform. It was a deliberate and strategic step to separate God from the people. People who pursue righteousness cannot be controlled by ungodly tyrants. Therefore, any trust in Him must be done away with.

In 2011, in Washington DC, Georgetown Waterfront Park, then President Obama scolded Congress for wasting time by enacting legislation to affirm “In God We Trust” as our national motto. How dare they be concerned with such an inconsequential effort?

Educators rarely teach or discuss morality in the classrooms of our educational system. It’s simply avoided or legislatively prohibited. Children are taught to have faith in themselves, via secular humanitarianism, rather than faith in God, even tough the latter concept is far superior for fostering loving cooperation and care between peoples and nations.

If we continue down this road, we are doomed as a nation. Consider the following scriptures from the Word of God:

Hosea 4:6

my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.

2 Timothy 3:1-7

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,  heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good,  treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,  having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.

Romans 1:18

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

Without God we are less able, if not wholly incapable, of loving one another as He demands. There is less room for compassion in our hearts and minds, less caring, less seeking to take care one’s neighbor. Ultimately we will pay the price for rejecting God.

What can we do? In a word – pray. Every day make an effort to pray for our leaders. Ask God to appoint men and women who love Him and treasure His word. Ask God to reinstate Himself into the hearts and minds of our people. The Good News Only is that God promised He would return to us, and restore us, and heal us if we would only repent and turn towards Him. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says:

Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.
 
As long as we are living we can make that choice. If we don’t, I fear we may lose our nation.
 
We would wise to remember the words of preacher/patriot George Duffield, which he spoke before several companies of the Pennsylvania militia and members of Congress four months before the signing of the Declaration of Independence:
 

Whilst sun and moon endure, America shall remain a city of refuge for the whole earth, until she herself shall play the tyrant, forget her destiny, disgrace her freedom, and provoke her God.

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