Dec 27, 2012

See You at Springfield! (Jan 26-27, 2013)

Some members of the S Scale Workshop will be displaying their modules at the upcoming Railroad Hobby Show in Springfield, Massachusetts - January 26 and 27, 2013. This will be the first appearance of the S Scale Workshop layout at Springfield!

The group will be setting up in Section 166 of the Mallary Complex, co-located with the S Scale SIG (Special Interest Group). You'll find the Workshop near the bottom centre of the Mallary Complex, as shown on this floor plan.

Stop by and say hello - and if you take pictures, consider sharing them with us so we can post a few here!

Dec 13, 2012

Some early photos of the Workshop

I used to use a photo-sharing service called Fotopic, but it disappeared a few years ago (great service, but lousy business plan, apparently).

Today, however, I received an email from Fotopic that the company was opening its servers long enough for former users to recover their pictures.

I managed to recover all of my photos, including several I took of the S Scale Workshop's modular layout as it appeared at the 2007 Copetown Train Show.

Here they are - enjoy!

- Trevor

Jim Martin's Port Dover module...

Another view of Port Dover...

David Clubine's terminal. Electric equipment by William Flatt...

Another view of David's terminal...

Yet another view of David's terminal...

The beet loader siding module built by Chris Abbott (before we knew it was going to be a beet loader siding)...

Another view of Chris' module...

The swamp module with rock fill, by Andy Malette...

Dec 2, 2012

RBG Show

Today we finished up a two day show at the Royal Botanical Gardens Dec. 1 & 2, 2012.  John Johnston, Pete Moffet and myself were there.  We had Pete's Webb's Landing, John's Burnt River, my Great White North Brewery and the Great Green Fuzzy Corner.  Pete also brought both of Jim's turntables.  It was a well attended event with lots of other layouts.  Tons and tons of kids.  John actually let some of the kids run the trains.  John Johnston of the CARM organized it and invited us.  I would do it again in a flash.

As usual we had some technical difficulties but this time we had to deal with the humidity and the heat of the gardens which cause misalignments, warpage and inconsistent derailments from all the steamers except the most tempermental one!  I even ran the beer train backwards without a derailment with that loco!  Murphy's Law again. 

Our version of the Canadian Pacific XMAS Train made its debut today and got a lot of attention, especially Rudolph's flashing nose and the Gift car.  I wish I had bought more of these cars when they were available.  Now they all command collector's prices of up to $200 a car if it is lit.  The caboose actually is an undecorated one with XMAS stickers on it.  Kind of tacky (pun intended) but for this type of crowd it worked.

Check out the nose!
Even hobos get gifts!

Santa getting a brew.
Crossing Burnt River

At any rate, all things do pass and it was a great time, guys.  Happy Christmas to all, Andy.