Robert’s Ramblings

Robert's Ramblings

Thoughts and musings on the hobby of narrow gauge model railroading from editor Bob Brown.

Clutter

Clutter

I mentioned in previous Ramblings that I really enjoy making little vignettes on my railroad and building interiors in engine sheds, machine shops, and other industrial buildings.

The Dog Face George House

The Dog Face George House

I was attracted to the challenge of recreating the look of weathered flattened tin cans, planks, and tar paper held in place with battens, not to mention the squashed down roof.

Atmosphere

Atmosphere

I enjoy adding little vignettes to my model railroad consisting of scenes where people are doing all sorts of things, adding life to our models.

What to do?

What to do?

What to do with narrow gauge models designed to run on LGB track? Well, design a micro switching layout, of course.

Why Would Anyone Not…?

Why Would Anyone Not…?

I was fortunate to have visited several of the old California logging lines, and they have influenced my modeling for more than 70 years.

The Ore Bin: As Usual, a Compromise

The Ore Bin: As Usual, a Compromise

Designing the ore bin for my O Scale Eureka Mills diorama has been an exercise in historical research and compromise.

It’s Done!

It’s Done!

After some 16 years of development. the National Model Railroad Association’s “Magic of Scale Model Railroading” exhibit is now open at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacremento.

It Bit Me!

It Bit Me!

I do not like to wire model railroads, but after three months of putting it off, I have finally soldered the dropper wires on my Eureka Mill Railroad diorama.

Modeling World War I Trench Railways

Modeling World War I Trench Railways

While I have never modeled these military trench railways, I have collected a few models over the years and have shared a few photos here.

Cobwebs

Cobwebs

Inspiration for a model of a unique logging crane come from the cobwebs of memory.