Sunday, March 12, 2017

Video of Layout in a Crawl Space

In 2012 I wrote about how Winnipeg model railroader Dennis Rietze didn't let lack of space in his basement stop him from building a layout--he used the crawl space.

Of course, it took some creative thinking to figure out a way to keep from bumping his noggin' on the beams and duct work, and to avoid a permanent crick in his back.

For Dennis, the solution was rolling chairs, the kind mechanics use. He can wheel around the layout room without fear of getting a concussion!

Anyway, our local cable TV provider has done a video about Dennis' unique layout. Click here to see it.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Model Railrugger, a New Model Railroad "Magazine"

If you are of a certain age, like I am, you began this hobby of model railroading on the floor--likely with a Lionel O gauge layout.

Over time, as we aged and progressed in the hobby, we moved to 4 by 8 sheets of plywood and then, ultimately, to more sophisticated benchwork and, maybe, even double-deck layouts.

But some people can't do that. They lack the space, time or resources to build something more permanent. In those cases, the floor is the only option.

For those people, there is a new "magazine:" Model Railrugger.

Found on Facebook, MRR provides a place for people to show photos and videos of their layouts on the floor of their houses and apartment--and some smiles and a bit of fun, too.

Right now, there isn't much in the way of activity, but maybe that will change as more people discover it.

In any event, running on the floor isn't for me, but it does bring back happy memories of my childhood, watching my Lionel trans run around the living room furniture or through my bedroom.