I have been in a state of indecision about my layout and the direction that I want to take my model railroad hobby. I find myself wanting to “do it all” and when that thought hits my head, I wander off my current project and think about the realm of possibilities. And by wanting to … Continue reading The CNW Marshline – Take 2
This isn’t a public service announcement or a promotional stunt, but more like how binging Allagash content on Model Railroad Hobbyist (MRH) and Trainmasters TV has inspired me. Bottom line up front, the inspiration has me changing from modeling the Chicago & Northwestern – Marshline Subdivision and going back to the Mascoutin Valley Railroad. So … Continue reading Binging Allagash content is good for your health
I've started this "blog" website over 2 years ago. It was meant to be a place to journal my progress on building my layout and share my journey with building my model railroad. The Chicago & Northwestern Marshline Subdivision. I've had some wavering moments, where I've wanted to call it quits on the Marshline - … Continue reading Keeping the Marshline Going?
Master Plan for building the Marshline The "Laundry Room" project is complete which means the basement is all mine! That means it time to start thinking about building my layout. I wanted to do this project right from the start so that means I need to make some sort of master plan or strategy. I … Continue reading Managing the Marshline – Master Plan
Lately I've been feeling a lot of anxiety. I think a lot has to do with the fact that I haven't spent any time in the hobby. I have a lot of big goals with model railroading this year and I'm worried that I'll fall short. I'm going to list out my goals for the … Continue reading Anxiety and the Hobby
I've spent many nights in front of my computer or with pencil and paper trying to design the perfect model railroad track plan. I'd come up with these elaborate set ups or plans that I really could not connect to. Until last weekend, WE came up with an EPIC...and I MEAN EPIC track plan. *Note: … Continue reading Designing an EPIC Track plan
Following the Prototype If you want to be a prototype model railroader then you need to develop a great relationship with your prototype's historical society. Like most prototype modelers I did an extensive amount of research on the internet. But the internet can only take you so far and there is so much more information … Continue reading Learning about trains – A trip to the CNWHS Archives
Its been a while since I sat down and wrote out a blog post... I want to take a minute to introduce my new blog and my latest project or layout. Welcome to the Chicago & Northwestern Marshline Subdivision! This blog and this website will be dedicated to tracking my journey creating a prototypical model … Continue reading Away we go