by Thomas Beutel

Category: Model Railroading

Army Hospital Trains at Crissy Field

I go fishing at Crissy Field at least once a week and I often think about some of the fascinating history of the field. During WWII the Army had built a long 4 track yard to stage hospital trains. You can see pictures of the yard at this link. The yard was situated just north […]

Influences for the Redwoods and Pacific Railroad

I grew up as a toy train guy. My father started his first layout when I was three years old and growing up with trains meant that it was in my blood by the time of my first memories. His early layouts were not permanent until we moved into a house with a basement, but they […]

Yes, I am modeling the Embarcadero Freeway

The Embarcadero Freeway was truly a depressing structure and made the Embarcadero near the ferry building seem dark and foreboding. And although the 1989 earthquake was a terrible experience, one of the few good things that came out of that was the condemnation and eventual removal of the freeway. Now walking along the Embarcadero is […]

McArthur-Burney Falls on the Redwoods and Pacific Railroad

My latest project on my model railroad is this waterfall. I’ve patterned it after McArthur-Burney falls in Northern California. It’s still a work in progress, but I’m liking how it is turning out.

Island Mountain Bridge on the Redwoods and Pacific Railroad

A passenger local crosses the Island Mountain Bridge on the Redwoods and Pacific Railroad. The bridge is kitbashed from two Vollmer 2546 Kastenbrücke kits. The passenger cars are by Roundhouse and Model Power and the locomotive is a Sunset brass engine.

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 […]

3-D Printed Netherlands Train Station in N-Scale

Jeroen used to print a three dimensional model of a train station. He has photos and a description of the pieces he received and how he is putting it together. I am totally jazzed by the possibilities of creating 3D models and having them printed like this.

Geeks of 3D website

Geeks3d is “All 3D Tech News, All The Time”, and they just covered the Shapeways announcement.

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 – Parts and remotoring – Remotoring –