Robert’s Ramblings

Robert's Ramblings

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

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.

Great Fun: Adding a Park Railway

Great Fun: Adding a Park Railway

I always wanted to add a 15-inch gauge park railway to my hotel scene. Some of those hotel guests may have needed just one more thing to do.

A Fresh Look: British Model Railways

A Fresh Look: British Model Railways

I seem to have been interested in British model railroading for as long as I can remember. This interest has led me to read model railroad magazines from many other countries over the years.

Memories of a Slingshot Locomotive

Memories of a Slingshot Locomotive

Built from an Athearn Hustler, the author’s 58-year-old rendition of a Milwaukee industrial locomotive in On30 is showing her age, but still hard at work.

Two Tales

Two Tales

Editor Bob Brown rambles on about early Great Western Model Locomotives and other old friends in the hobby.