Friday, August 31, 2018

N-Gauge Water Tower

Here is another Ratio n-gauge product, their #230. The kit includes two polystyrene runners and one brass etching for the ladder. All parts are in 1.148 scale, which is slightly larger than the US 1.160 scale, but not by much.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A Comparison of English and American Railway Terms, 2

Compiled from Railroading Around the World, by S. Kip Farrington, Jr.



Down yard shunting

Switching tracks up or down to the yard

Up yard shunting

Switching tracks up or down to the yard

Down train

From the home terminal


Coal mines

Train examiner

Car inspector

Line clear ticket

Ticket type of clearance cards

Pilot man

Individual who rides trains or locomotive without a staff or ticket n staff territory

Mail sorting van

Our P.O. car

Line side

Along the right-of-way

Mail pick-up standards

Mail cranes

Draw gear




Brake  sticks

Break club

Express goods

Fast freight

Empty couch stock

Deadhead equipment

Reception line

Inbound yard track

Performing trains

Making up trains

Attaching vehicles

Picking up cars

Brake cars

Express cars

Ambulance boxes

First-aid kits


Peep of the engine steam whistle



Permanent way in-spector


Fog signalman

A permanent wayman who Is picked as fog signalman and put at fogging posts where signal cannot be seen during fog or falling snow

Work rumpus

Work gang

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

A Comparison of English and American Railway Terms, 1

Compiled from Railroading Around the World, by S. Kip Farrington, Jr.



Signal box

Tower or signal station

Breakdown van

Wrecking trains

Break van


Locomotive shed

Engine terminal

Locomotive shed master

Engine house foreman

Goods trains

Freight trains


Freight cars


Passenger cars


Number of axles in the train


Four-wheel trucks

Foot plate

Deck of locomotive





Assistant locomotive







Passing track

Level crossing

Highway crossing


Yard or switch engine



Marshall yard

Freight yard



Engine road

Engine track to engine house

Coaling road

Coal track

Sorting siding

Classification tracks

Reception sidings

Receiving yards

Assembling sidings

Departure siding



Double incline


Monday, August 27, 2018

Hans, a Hottentot, and his Purdey

"In appearance Hans rather resembled an antique and dilapidated baboon; his face was wrinkled like a dried nut and his quick little eyes were bloodshot. I never knew what his age was, any more than he did himself, but the years had left him tough as whipcord and absolutely untiring. Lastly he was perhaps the best hand at following a spoor that ever I knew and up to a hundred and fifty yards or so, a very deadly shot with a rifle especially when he used a little single-barreled, muzzle-loading gun of mine made by Purdey which he named Intombi or Maiden. Of that gun, however, I have written in “The Holy Flower” and elsewhere."

Chapter II, The Messengers, She and Allen, H. Rider Haggard

Friday, August 24, 2018

Ratio N-Gauge Polystyrene Railway Structure Kits

Kit # Name
200 Goods Shed (brick)
201 Signal box
202 Cattle Dock
203 Engine Shed
204 Station Building
205 Station Building Canopy only
206 Locomotice Servicing Depot
208 Apex Roof Canopy
209 Platforms (9"L x 1-3/4 "W)
210 Platform Ramps
211 Telegraph Poles (18 poles)
212 Lineside Huts (3 different huts)
213 Station/Street Lamps
214 Yard Crane
215 Water Tower
216 Lineside Fencing (white)
217 Lineside Fencing wood brown)
218 Laddering
219 Concrete Fencing
220 Stone Goods Shed
221 Pallets, Sacks, and Barrels
222 Concrete Footbridge
223 G. W. R. Wooden Signal Box
224 Signal box Interior
225 Flat Roof Platform Canopy

Thursday, August 23, 2018

18 Eerie Train Graveyards & Abandoned Locomotive Cemeteries

Eerie doesn't do these images justice. To view these less-than-pristine locomotives that once traversed from location to location sitting there and slowing sub-coming to the elements is disheartening.

Mega Hive One & Two Technology Structure Modules

If I had only realized that these products would only be available for a short time I would have order another set of these part laden sprue. Since these products are longer available, more information about them is not available. However, if my memory serves me I believe that the components are geared for 28mm.

I had no intention of using them for their intended use; small war-gaming structures, but was thinking about using these components in other projects for their architectural benefits. The kits can be used for industrial or Sci-Fi scenes.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Ratio N-gauge, #226 Pump / Boiler House

I am very impressed with the quality and the amount of detail the kit parts contain. The kit is scaled to 1:148, 2mm, that is British n-gauge. The kit included eight plastic runners. Two for the chimney assemble, two for the stone and brick pump / boiler house structure, one that includes parts for a wooden shed an open rectangle shaped steal tank, one for the roof sections, one sprue includes wood trim parts, one holds spouting, and the last contains some miscellaneous detail parts, for instance, several wall mounted supply cabinets. In addition, scattered through-out on many of the sprue are other various auxiliary details.

Memories of Cheedale

This twenty-minute film was made by the Manchester Model Railway Society depicting their 2mm Finescale model railway which was called 'Chee Tor'. The film was originally filmed in 16mm in the early nineties and was recently digitized . The video includes some very nice narration and sound effects.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Click If You Dare: 100 Favorite Horror Stories

I just came upon this list of 100 Favorite Horror Stories on NPR's Summer Reader Poll 2018. Nice list. I have read a few of these, but I say, I do have my work cut out for me.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Frank Reade and his Electric Prairie Schooner

It has been a while since I posted anything on Frank Reade, how ever I am about to. I just found a site that features public domain comics. Comic book plus has a large collection of Reades work. I don't remember how I ended up on this page, but I did land on the Frank Reade and his Electric Prairie Schooner pages.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Small World Land

I am severely disappointed that this site did not continue. The author's first post features three miniature layouts, one of those fits in a matchbox. The layouts are wonderfully whimsical. These layouts were picked from many that can be found on 13th JAM Convention report pages.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Scenes from Blade Runner 2045

Dashboard of a Spinner, a futuristic flying vehicle

Blade Runner 2045 is a cinematic feast for the eyes. There is plenty of vivid color, texture, and dramatic music scores. Not to mention the realistic din of a large city. The plot was intriguing, however I not all that sure that I got whether the boy or the girl survived or did they both survive?


LA is mega metropolis with peoples of all types of cultures. It seems that LA has grown and uses San Diego has its garbage dump.

San Diego

San Diego is now a large scrap yard and garbage dump.

Los Vegas

Hit with a dirty bomb Los Vegas is a waste land.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Trent & Scott's Terrain Death-match

Here is another installment from Trent. This time he is making a pentagram terrain piece. It looks simple enough. Just take a left over slab of foam board and follow Trent's instructions.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

‘Model-Making Basics’ – Creating Surfaces

I just found this very informative treatise on “making model surfaces”. The authors methods are derived from real life surfaces. We need to study the less than pristine structures that are all around us for ideas and “instruction” on to apply realistic weathering to our model surfaces. The author takes us through the methods, supplies and tools to get the job done.