Stock Rail filing aid

I have a number of #5 turnouts to build for my layout. I bought the Fast Tracks PointForm tool. Excellent piece of gear. I tried doing the stock rails on my own and had difficulty. I looked at the Stock Aid tool from Fast Tracks but at $75 USD it was too pricey for me.…

Not all UNOs are alike

Despite the fact there are many UNO clones on the market and many have been used successfully for DCC++, there can be issues. Recently over at the Model Railroad Hobbyist forum, one user started to dig into why his DCC++ setup was having problems. I’m linking part way into the conversation here but it shows…

Du Reel Au Miniature

Du Reel Au Miniature or “From Real to Miniature” is a hidden gem in New Brunswick, Canada. My wife suggested we go on a little shopping trip and to sweeten the deal she suggested a stop at a spectacular train bridge. I did a quick search on the Internet for “edmundston, nb trains” and the…

2018 MFMR Convention, Truro, NS

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Maritime Federation of Model Railroaders (MFMR) convention. The federation is an independent organization for the maritimes only. I went as an ambassador for the Eastern Canada Division (ECD) of the National Model Railroaders Association (NMRA). A fellow NMRA member came up from Staten Island, NY…

Canadian Pacific Collectors Items

Over the course of 27 issues, Omer Lavallee, CPR’s historian, presented historic locomotives in The Spanner. The Spanner was CP’s employee magazine. I have collected all 27 and scanned them. They are presented here in fairly high resolution, suitable for printing. Click on each thumbnail to get the full size image.  

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…