Brunswick, Maine

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Amtrak’s Downeaster departs Brunswick, ME heading south while Maine Eastern’s Mid Coast Limited awaits it’s next run on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.

My girlfriend and I took a trip up to Maine in mid October and spent a night in Brunswick.  Our hotel was just across the street from the Amtrak station and I managed to get a few shots that evening and the next morning.  The lighting was pretty low that night (and I forgot to adjust the ISO on my camera) but I made do.  It’s pretty up there in the Fall.  Next year I might take a bit more time to actually chase the Maine Eastern on it’s run to Rockport. Continue reading

I’m on Facebook!

FB-f-Logo__blue_512Hey everyone.  In case you haven’t already noticed the new plugin on the right side of the page, Milepost 15 is now on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/milepost15. I’ll be using the Facebook page to share daily (or near-daily) updates on whatever projects I happen to be working on as well as the occasional one-off trackside photo and other quick things that don’t require an entire blog post.  In-depth posts will continue here same as they always have, which is never as often as I’d like, but I do have some interesting stuff coming up over the next few months, so stay tuned!

– Chris

Mass Central Open House

MCER 1750 basks in the warm June sun.

MCER 1750 basks in the warm June sun.

As part of the Northeast/New England RPM Meet in Collinsville, CT there are a number of tours available to participants. This year I went to Palmer, MA for the Mass Central Railroad’s open house. Lighting was a little tough since we was there at high noon on a gorgeous June 1st, but I did my best to get a few shots of the equipment and facility Continue reading

Seattle North Coast F7A #101 – Completed

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SNCT F7A #101 is finally done!

On November 19, 2007 I wrote this post about the model of SNCT #101 that I was just starting to build.  Almost seven(!) years later it’s finally done.  Granted, most of that time I wasn’t working on it.  I got distracted by other projects and life in general, but still, there’s probably at least a good year or two worth of regular work sessions in this model and for the most part I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
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Railfanning the Moffat Route

Union Pacific GE AC44CWCTE leads a loaded coal train downgrade towards Denver

On July 11 I flew to Colorado to spend a few days visiting a friend who lives in Denver.  While not strictly a railfan trip, I did manage to spend a day scouting out the eastern side of the Moffat Route.  To my surprise I even managed to shoot a few trains.

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New England/Northeast RPM Meet – 2014

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Neil Schofield’s engine terminal diorama.

Last weekend I attended the 2014 New England/Northeast Railroad Prototype Modelers Meet. It was a great show this year.  More models than I think I’ve ever seen and the quality was as excellent as it always is.  I don’t really attend clinics, so I can’t say much about them, though I did go to the LokSound USA presentation which I found interesting.  Matt explained a lot about the sound decoder market and went over some basic programming techniques using LokSounds Programmer.

I’ve posted all my photo’s below.  I tried to caption each one with the modelers name, but I missed a few.  If anyone can tell me who built the uncredited one’s, let me know and I’ll update the page.  For even more photo’s, check out Stuart Chirls’ gallery too.

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Practice makes Perfect: Building a Diorama – Part 1.

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The foam diorama I created to test my ideas. It matches the profile of the layout bases. The square hole is where the switch machine will be mounted.

In order to better visualize how my layout plan will work, I built a small diorama to test my ideas.  It’s the same thickness as the layout baseboards (a 1″ piece of foam with a 2″ piece of foam on top where the track is and a 3/4″ piece of foam for the water, so the maximum thickness is 3″, minimum thickness is 1 3/4″).  This will allow me to test my switch machine mounting system, turnout construction and placement, sub-roadbed, and scenery techniques.  Read on to see what I’ve done so far.

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