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Holy Moley I’m Slow

Seems to be my theme huh? 🙂

Eventually I will get this blog up to date with where I’m at on my layout. Still hand-laying my yard but I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for sure.

With the MFMR Convention our group was putting on it has taken most of my extra time to concentrate on that and getting my layout (or what I have for a layout) ready for the layout tours.  (Here is a couple video’s taken with my IPhone, video not the greatest).



I can’t really explain as to what you are looking at here as I have never before seen such a thing!  I was sitting here with Roy Wolf (owner and CEO of Wolf Valley RR) having a coffee in the newly built Depot at Cole. We were discussing the business plan for WVRR and the slow proccess each town is having at getting their businesses ready for the railroad. “Do they not realize this will only help them grow? Do they not believe in you?” I ask. The line is connected now at each end to two of CNR’s yards and future plans to connect to a CPR line via a car barge. The headline of the Benjamin Times says “Its 1948 AND Still No Trains for the WVRR?” Wolf says with a grin “I guess they think I’m a little slow huh?”  It was right about then the ground started rumbling and shaking and a sound I have never heard before in my life was getting closer. As we stepped outside of the depot we saw something that could only be described as something from outer space or maybe the future. These large black and red things that look like a locomotive but were nothing like what I have ever seen before came rumbling through Cole on the new rail. I have no idea what these things were hauling behind them but they looked like some sort of a container. The only thing I recognized was a Canadian Tire logo, but not the one from the store over in Benjamin. As we stood there watching it go around the corner and still wondering what we just witnessed the ground shook a little more. Another “Thing” coming up the line from the East. These two are just as big and all red in colour. They had Canadian Pacific written on the side of them hauling a long line of some sort of hopper car that I have never seen before. We couldn’t see what was in the cars but the smell of rotten eggs permeated from them. This train seemed to go on forever and ever before it too went around the bend. I looked at Roy with a bewildered look and asked if he knew what we just saw. He turned to go back inside to finish his paper and coffee and said looking back at me “The Future my Boy, the future.” He picked up his paper again, took a sip of coffee and said with a smile “I guess the Benjamin Times will have something to write about now, huh?”

Here is a First, My First Video

I was discussing how to get a throw rod into my N scale throw bars with a fellow modeler from the US and told him I would attempt to do a video on how I made my throw rods small enough so the hole in the throw bar isn’t so big it would break. What came out of this was I had another modeler ask me to do one on how I install my Moles on their side. As soon as I have everything ready I will be making that one and posting it as well.


Here goes…. Making my Grand Debut


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Micro-Managing My Time

Since June I have not found much time to do any work on the layout. Between work, Family, a flood at our church (which created way more work than we first thought) I have had a very busy summer. I knew I didn’t have time to go down and spend an hour or more at any point on the layout so I didn’t even try. It wasn’t until my 22 month old Grandsons (Ben) came for a visit one day and went straight to the top of the stairs, reached up for my hand and said “Come” (I knew what he wanted) ,  with that I knew I had to get things rolling somehow.

I spent a few minutes the next day going over what it was that I needed to do to get my trains running again so Ben would be able to see the trains run again as soon as possible. All my turnouts were in place off of the mainline into the yard and also enough to get through the three Arrival/Departure tracks at each end of the yard. The problem was no power to the rails and no way to control the Moles that controlled the turnouts. I had some time earlier this year to build my control panel for the yard so I could mount the switches in it and start wiring the turnouts and connecting feeders to bus wires. I made a list of things I needed to do and in what order I wanted them done in but also realized that this is going to take a lot of time that lately I just don’t have . What to do???

I decided at that point I need to micro manage my time. If I can spend 10 minutes or even 20, it doesn’t matter as long as something is being done. With spending 10 or 20 minutes here and there and a few evenings that I could spend more time plus a Saturday afternoon I now have all but one turnout finished and functioning properly. All this in about a month and a half of just here and there work!!! I have a short in the frogs of one turnout that I have been trying to troubleshoot. I have one more thing to try with it before I have to do what I don’t want to do and tear it out.

What was actually funny to me was that as I was reading the October issue of Model Railroad Hobbyist e-zine. I read the editorial Hobby Time by Assistant Editor Don Hanley. As I’m reading through it, it was like he was reading my mind just a couple months ago. I kept thinking to myself as I read it “Your preaching to the choir”! I am now a firm believer of micro managing your time. If all you have is 10 minutes to spare, it’s better than nothing at all and you would be surprised as to how much you can get done in short burst like this!!!

Now Ben is a couple month older and his words are getting a little clearer but he doesn’t go to the stars and say “Come” anymore. He gets his jacket and shoes off and looks at me and say “Trains?” It is said in a question but I know it is more of a demand.  😆

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