In Lokstep

Back to the ol' Hills Line Mailbag... Could you expand on why you chose the Loksound decoders in a later post? It's been the better part of a year since I upgraded my entire locomotive roster on The Hills Line to Loksound 5 decoders, so an update (and explanation) is long overdue. My goal in … Continue reading In Lokstep

Under Pressure

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” -Douglas Adams- With the publication and shipping of Kalmbach Media's latest book, Building What's In A Photo, I can now share some additional photos from the my submission "Building an offline customer". It also gives me the opportunity to tell the … Continue reading Under Pressure

Subcontracting

“Do what you do best and outsource the rest.” -Peter Drucker- The oft-quoted statement about model railroading is that its participants must possess a variety of somewhat-unrelated skillsets. Draftsman. Carpenter. Electrician. Scenic Designer. Some basic understanding of these are all required to be remotely successful in the hobby. And so it is inevitable that there … Continue reading Subcontracting

New Power

Well... it's not exactly new, since the prototype was built in 1972. Moreover, I've sat on this model since early 2015 until finally deciding to do something about it this year. A little history lesson... Thanks to the direct efforts of my friend and fellow IAIS modeler Joe Atkinson, Athearn released a set of four … Continue reading New Power