Robert’s Ramblings

Robert's Ramblings

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

What a Neat Idea

What a Neat Idea

Outdoor garden railways can be fun, but what about trying On30 or other small scales?

Waste Not!

Waste Not!

Waste not, want not! Recycling old models into new scenes is a great way to re-use classic pieces that need a new home.

Harry Brunk (1934-2023)

Harry Brunk (1934-2023)

A prolific modeler, Harry Brunk’s HOn3 Union Central & Northern Clear Creek Division was an inspiration to many narrow gauge modelers over the years.

An Itty-Bitty Bit of the Madder Valley

An Itty-Bitty Bit of the Madder Valley

Remembering pioneering modeler John Ahern’s work with an itty-bitty bit of the Madder Valley Railway.

Nag, Nag, Nag…

Nag, Nag, Nag…

A branch line on my On3 layout without direction nagged at me until I decided to do something about it…

Cardboard?

Cardboard?

Exploring the joys of scale modeling with cardboard, and a brief summary of the activities at the 42nd National Narrow Gauge Convention.

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.