Introducing CPRail’s Multimark

The July-August 1968 issue of Canadian Pacific’s employee magazine, The Spanner (Vol. 7 No. 5) sported a new look for the magazine and the company. With this issue they renumbered the Spanner as 1 Spanner with the next issue to be 2 Spanner. They also introduced the fresh look for the company, the “multimark” or…

Hand laying Turnouts

A couple of years ago at a clinic, I was taught how to hand lay turnouts using PC board ties, a Fast Tracks point/frog tool and their paper templates. I was successful at the hands on clinic and decided this was the way to go for me. Taking the best of the Fast Tracks tools…

#NMRAContest Final Entry

As I posted previously I have entered the NMRA’s online social media contest. Each entrant was to procure and build the same kit. There were no limitations placed on what the individual could do with the kit. Following is my entry. This is the basic kit as per the manufacturer’s instructions. The kit is Dannen…

#NMRAContest

The NMRA is having a social media contest. The idea is for everyone to have the same starting point with a simple kit and bash and bang it into something you are proud of. You can of course build it as per the kit instructions as well. A well built kit is miles ahead of…

JMRI on Raspberry Pi

I have finalized my DCC system. As previously mentioned I have built a DCC++ Base Station per the instructions found on the DCC++ YouTube site and other resources on the web. On my blog I have lots of links and how to’s for that. To run DCC++ you either have to use the software that…

MERG Booster

I finally got around to building my MERG booster. The booster is a kit available from MERG. merg.org.uk You need to be a member to buy their kits but it is well worth the price for the information available to you and the other kits they have in their kit locker. The assembly went very smoothly…

Proto 1000 RDC Rapido/ESU LokSound DCC Installation

Living in Montreal near the Montreal West train station when I was a kid, I got to see many commuter trains. I saw a lot of F units pulling double decked cars and of course, RDCs! Many many RDCs. When Proto 1000 brought theirs out I wanted one. I never did buy one. Fast forward…