Sunday, December 08, 2019

LDJ-66: Structures and Switching; Bridge Selection; G&D Challenge; more

I enjoyed working on the latest Layout Design Journal, being delivered to Layout Design SIG members by surface mail and email now.

This issue includes: Compact HO switching layout shares home office space and boasts scratchbuilt structures based on real-life buildings. Pro railroader describes lessons learned from choosing the “wrong” bridge for his layout. Mountain challenge design by real-life railroader replicates elements of John Allen’s Gorre & Daphetid. Four mid-sized switching layouts in N and HO. As seen on tour: More Benchwork and Human Factors ideas from NMRA SLC LDSIG tour. Design Challenge: model railfanning, public display, scenery presentation, and/or fantasy in any space. LDSIG Annual General Business Meeting Minutes and upcoming events.

To download a free “Sampler” of a few pages of LDJ-66 and other recent issues, visit this link:

We are now working on LDJ-67 and expect to distribute it in February; so renew soon if your membership is expiring. To begin or renew your LDSIG membership, visit this link:

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Bay Area PCR/LDSIG Meet Sacramento Jan. 24-26

One of my favorite events of the year is coming up this January 24-26. NMRA Pacific Coast Region and LDSIG will be hosting design and operations clinics and panels on Saturday, self-guided layout tours Friday and Saturday nights, and op sessions on Sunday. A volunteer team offers free design and ops consultations Saturday. Saturday sessions at the California State Railroad Museum (CSRM). For more information and to pre-register (recommended):

You need not be a member of either organization to attend.

CSRM info and location:

See you there!