Friday, December 21, 2018

Clinics, Tours, Ops, and more in Petaluma Jan. 25-27

One of my favorite events each year is the joint PCR/NMRA, LDSIG, and OpSIG design and operations weekend. This year's meet is in Petaluma, CA January 25 – 27, 2019.

Rail-related activities and a no-host dinner on Friday; clinics, panels, and a design challenge on Saturday; layout tours Saturday night; and op sessions on Sunday. Free design and ops consultations Saturday.

Sheraton Sonoma County Petaluma Friday evening and Saturday.

For more information and to register, visit this page.

See you there!

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Switching, Logging, Moving, and more in LDJ-62

Sorry for the delay in distributing Layout Design Journal #62. New membership volunteers in the Layout Design SIG are working hard to get up to speed. Most members who choose paper delivery will have received their issue by now. On-line delivery emails are going out right now.

This issue includes: Switching challenge 10X11 HO layout features urban switching and RDCs on the Esquimalt & Nanaimo. Bonus-room HO multideck layout modeling White Mountain, NH logging. Moving and rebuilding a large HO Midwest-themed sectional layout. Conceptual design for N scale multideck Northern Pacific in Montana in 1949. Ideas from Kansas City 2018 Tours. LDSIG News and Announcements.

To download a free “Sampler” of a few pages of LDJ-62 and other recent issues, visit this link.

We are now working on LDJ-63 and hope to distribute it in January; so renew soon if your membership is expiring. To begin or renew your LDSIG membership, visit this link.

Friday, July 06, 2018

Switching Layouts and More in LDJ-61

It’s been a crazy year or so, with lots of family medical issues and other challenges -- in other words, life! But as things return to normal, I hope to be posting here more often.

One area where I’m catching up is my work editing the Layout Design SIG’s Layout Design Journal. After a long delay, LDJ-62 is in the mail.

Although I did not set out to structure the magazine this way, this issue ended up with a major focus on switching layouts. A detailed design story covers Jonathan Jones’ N-scale Central New Jersey Newark layout featuring innovative modeling techniques, lighting, and construction. A 10X11 HO layout previews the designer’s large future home layout featuring Chicago, Burlington & Quincy switching in 1966.

There’s an update on a nifty Western Pacific prototype-based San Jose, CA N-scale sectional switching layout -- very interesting to me as it’s my own back yard and a favorite prototype. Another article suggests lessons on model railroad scenery perspectives from museum diorama builders. A photo essay on movable benchwork ideas for gates and elevators from Orlando 2017 rounds out the issue.

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