(I don’t typically publish news on my blog, but I thought this was noteworthy enough to warrant a post. -Harrison) CSX Announced recently that they will be acquiring Pan Am Railways, a regional railroad in New England. I was slightly puzzled as soon as I saw this, as was an author on Trains.com, who published […]
Read More News Flash: CSX to Acquire Pan Am Railways
This morning I was watching the webcam in Bergenfield NJ when I saw two northbound intermodals within 10 minutes of each other. One of them had a YN2 unit leading. Two trains, and one was rare? Let’s go! We headed down to the Catskill Creek bridge. The sky was cloudy, so I thought it didn’t […]
Read More Saturday Railfanning: Intermodals on the River Line, CSX in Selkirk, and CP Kenwood Yard
Yesterday morning we headed out for some day after Thanksgiving railfanning. Because Thursday was a holiday, and Friday is one of the busiest days on the River Line, I thought we would catch plenty of freights. We crossed over the Hudson River on the Rip Van Winkle bridge, and headed to Brown Crossing Rd. in […]
Read More Day-After-Thanksgiving Railfanning: Super Hot Freights, a Chase, and the Lake Shore Limited
On the way to Thanksgiving today I had a chance to do some railfanning. We stopped quickly in Selkirk at the east end of the yard, but a southbound had just departed down the River Line. Nothing was coming, so we headed down Route 9W to Catskill. My new favorite spot to shoot in Catskill […]
Read More Thanksgiving Day Railfanning: Dragging Equipment, a CSX Local, and Fast Amtrak!
In this remastered edition of one of my favorite (and most tiring) trips ever, we head from home base here in the North Country all the way to Detroit, making a few stops on the way. Trackside Treks Episode 11: Buffalo Depew covers the railfanning we did on the way home.
Read More Trackside Treks Episode 10: Railfanning the Motor City (Remastered)
This morning I had some time to make a 3D model of my train area in Fusion 360. Shown are some constricting factors, including the door to the shop room, a couple support poles, and the treadmill. I want to model Rouses Point on one side of the layout. and Plattsburgh on the other, but […]
Read More Planning Out My New Layout Design
Today I sketched up a rough plan of how my future layout might look. All these measurements were off the top of my head. Sometime soon I’ll go down and take proper measurements and then create a CAD model of the basement area with the layout. I also have to present the plan to the […]
Read More Sketching Up a Track Plan for a Potential Rebuild
Recently I’ve been having thoughts of tearing down my layout and starting over, and last night I talked with Gideon about the possibility. My main reasons would be to redo the benchwork properly (my current benchwork is pretty much thrown together), and to change my design from a 4×8 table to an around the walls […]
Read More Thoughts of Starting Over
Wow. It’s been three years since I started writing this blog. As I look back over the past three years, the more I go back the more I cringe but I also realize how much I’ve learned since then, from experience and also some local modelers and railfans. Before I start turning back the clock […]
Read More Three Years of North Country Trains!