Category Archives: Editorial

Super-Detailed Modeling

Some of you folks have told me that I build super-detailed models.  I appreciate the kind words, but – in all honesty – I have to let you know a little secret.  I only build models that make you think … Continue reading

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Like Kids in a Candy Store

I just returned from the semi-annual SLANG meet in St. Louis this past Saturday.  SLANG stands for “Saint Louis Area Narrow Gauge.”  This is a group of extremely talented narrow gauge modelers from Saint Louis and the surrounding area.  They … Continue reading

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Good-bye Old Friend

Goodbye, old friend.  I really hate to see you go.  I know I griped a lot about how messy you were.  And I never did enjoy the job of cleaning up after you.  But – now that you’re gone – … Continue reading

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Rekindling the Magic

I was outside early this morning, trying to get in a bit of weeding on the garden layout before it got too hot.  It’s easy to get discouraged this time of year, especially with the string of 100+ degree days … Continue reading

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I Give You America

Here is a story I wrote for my Boy Scout troop back in September 2001, shortly after the 9/11 attack.  It’s been almost ten years now, but the story is still relevant.  Since today is the 4th of July, I … Continue reading

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Types of Outdoor Layouts

Garden Railroads or Railroad Gardens? Is there really a difference?  I believe there is … at least conceptually. When I decided to transition into outdoor large scale railroading, I brought with me many of the ways of doing things I … Continue reading

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Common Sense Guide to Garden Railroading

Beware The Cost of Cheap Prices. It’s good to be thrifty. It’s smart to shop around for competitive pricing. But — how can I say this tactfully when I know no other way than bluntly — don’t be stupid! Just … Continue reading

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