Saturday, December 10, 2011

Cartel Member: Tom Conboy


I have been a model railroader for 27+ years, and I have worked on large layouts as well as small ones. My current layout is an 18" x 48" HO layout featuring the grain business of a small, Midwestern town. This layout includes a fiddle yard for staging as well as a sector plate for moving trains on and off the visible portion of the layout.

I discovered on my previous layout (4' x 6') that one does not need a large layout to conduct operations in a prototypical fashion. Micro layouts can (and do) offer realistic train movements with highly detailed scenes. All of this within a space that anyone could manage.

I plan to use this blog to share my ideas on planning, building, and operating micro model railroads.

Welcome Aboard!

Tom

3 comments:

  1. Tom, I was looking at your layout and even in the small photo you see before clicking I knew that you were using a Sector Plate there on the lower right. For these small layouts that's a great addition and I think I will incorporate that into mine (or at least give it a try). I have an article on this guy building Sector Plates (from a supplement to one of MMR Track Planning books) plus I have some places bookmarked online. Might be a nice intro for the Cartel.

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  2. Evidently I don't know my left from my right. In the Army in Basic Training we always had these types carry a rock in their right hand so when the Plt Guide called out "Right Face" they knew which way to turn. *sigh*. Guess I need to find a rock!

    Lower LEFT side in the photo!!

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  3. That is one of the topics I am wanting to discuss on the podcast. Good info to post!

    Tom

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