Using Skype to control a model train

Small wireless spy cameras are widely available, and there are even a few available specifically for HO-scale trains. This got me to thinking about letting my cousin in Germany run a train on my train layout, using Skype. Why not? Connecting the camera receiver to my laptop is easy and Skype allows you to select […]

3D printing for model railroading?

Shapeways looks really interesting. According to Technology Review you upload a 3-D design to the website, and 10 days and $50-$100 later, you receive a polymer version of your design. I can see this as really handy for creating masters for items that I want to replicate in urethane or plaster, such as bridge parts […]

Sources for Mantua Steam Locomotives

Mantua locomotives are among my favorites. These locos were first produced in the 1940’s and 50’s and are tough and reliable. Here are a couple resources for locos and parts. Loco kits – http://www.jaystrains.com/HO-HOn3/Locomotives/hosteam.htm Parts and remotoring – http://yardbirdtrains.com/index.htm Remotoring – http://www.ablehobby.com/Alliance%20repower%20Parts.htm