What is Protocrastinator?

A Protocrastinator is a person who puts off finescale Railroad (and railway modelling) for no good reason.
Originally for me it was 1:87 (HO) scale. Problems with acquiring the bits and pieces led to extreme dissatisfaction and the project stalled. Now I've acquired an O scale boxcar and I intend investigating Proto 48 as a finescale project.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

You have to see this...

Pop over to my T scale blog more t please to see some examples of some great work in the worlds smallest model railroading scale.
It fires me up with enthusiasm for the scale I can tell you.

Friday, February 5, 2010

A couple of things

First things first. Remember this sketch of the front left hand side of the layout?
Well, I think I have sourced a suitable building for the location. It's this one. What do you think? I think it will be quite passable. It's from Northeastern scale models. I've never made a wooden kit before. So I'm quite comforted by the fact that these kits are designed for those who have no experience with wooden kits. I wonder if I might even be able to do a slight conversion on it and put an office door in place of the large door shown on the picture.
Secondly. I was planning to use this layout as the example for the small layout workshops I'm presenting at the Princeton Model Train Club in the forthcoming weeks. Well I had a rethink and I thought that it might be a bit big and involved for that purpose. So I have started to develop a new idea. A much smaller layout that will be much easier to build and complete in the alotted time set out by the workshop classes. As you may well know all my layouts have a blog and this new one will be no exception. You'll be able to follow it at Cwm Lwch.
There you go another layout, another blog. I'm a troubled soul. I really am

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Walthers Wood Chip Gondola

Trying to catch up a bit, here's my impressions of the Walthers wood chip gondolas that I got the other day. At the moment I know very little about Wood Chip gondolas. All I know is that I'll need some for this layout so I bought these two that were on sale through the "Walthers Flyer". No real rhyme or reason for the two that I chose - CN and CSX other than I see quite a bit of CN and CSX stock hereabouts.
Once again I'm really impressed with the details. The laddering on the sides and ends is separately applied and the printing of the wording on the sides is super. The one thing that I've come to notice now (and this is ExactRail spoiling me), the trucks are not equalised. I'm a bit disappointed. Still I can't have everything. Other than that they are a couple of very nice models that will look good in the yard at R Scend...
overall view of the car
end details showing the separately applied ladders
nice quality printing in the small details

So much to talk about...

So little time.
I've got lots to report and no time to tell you about it in detail. Yet.
I took delivery of the ME turnouts for the layout yesterday. So I'm just waiting on the P87 conversion units from the P87 stores to arrive to be able to get on with them. Looking forward to that.
I've had a plethora of rolling stock arrive in the past few days too.
A nice pair of Walthers wood chip hoppers that I will describe in detail just as soon as I can.
An ExactRail Thrall Railgon. It is quite exquisite and the best piece of R-T-R stock I have ever seen from a detail point of view. More to come on that soon too.
In addition to that. The ply strips have been cut by my father in law and await collection to be made into "Barry Norman" beams to frame the baseboard.
If that wasn't enough the Small Layout workshops that I will be presenting in conjuction with Lakeside Hobby will be starting on February 20th. At least that will enable me to get rolling on construction.