Volume One

Welcome to Mara

Another month has gone by and it’s time for yet another update on the railway. It is hard to believe that I only started this adventure only a year ago. Even though progress seemed slow at times its hard to believe I accomplished as much as I did in the past year. Looking back, I… » Read More

Cheo Raffle Layout and Railfanning

Well, I can’t believe this is the first update since July, October is over, the little munchskins were out in full force on Halloween, Leave fall colors are about over and I’ve scraping frost of the car windows in the morning now. Not much has happened in the layout since the last update, but that’s… » Read More

Clearwater Gets a Backdrop

Welcome to the July update. Well another milestone has happened on the layout, at least a milestone for me, more on that later. Now that the track work has been tested, the bugs worked out, the frogs powered, and some mock-ups made, operating the layout is a fun experience. Before I start the scenery I… » Read More

Industry Moves to Clearwater

Well another month has flown by which means that it’s update time. At least there is more progress this month. As stated in the last installment the backdrop installation and painted dark blue. What a difference a blue shy makes compared to a stark white backdrop. I decided to take it a step further this… » Read More

Adding the Backdrop

Well time is just flying by and its time for another update. It has been a slow month on the Clearwater Valley as I had other projects that needed attended to. One of those projects was a 12 foot module in HO (gasp!!!!!!!) that I said I would build for our 4-man traveling troupe for… » Read More

Finishing the Trackwork in Clearwater and Building the Clearwater Saloon

Yipes!!!!!! I can’t believe that another month has gone by and its time for another update. Well March 21 2007 was a milestone day as the first train arrived in Clearwater and switched the town, but I’m getting ahead of my self here. I built and installed a 4′-0″ x 9″ extension to the end… » Read More

Track Realignment in Clearwater

Well another month has come and gone so its time for my monthly report on the construction progress. I didn’t get as much done as I would have liked, but February is a short month. There has been progress made on the layout. All the track work is laid in Clearwater except for the curved… » Read More

Starting the trackwork in Clearwater

Well work on the layout has slowed downed quite a bit due to going back to work but there is some progress to report. I glued down and stained most of the ties on the line into Clearwater including all the sidings and the passing track. Only ties not layed are for the curved turnout… » Read More

Starting to lay track

Well Christmas has come and gone and it was tine to get some more work done on the layout. First off I would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year. I got on a roll this past week and made great progress on the layout, got 9 ft of track down at… » Read More

Backdrops anyone?

Wow, only two more days to Christmas, how times fly. First off I would like to wish everyone and their families a very Merry Christmas, or Happy Hanukah and a Happy New Year. Now back to the construction. Unfortunately I’ve been feeling way under the weather for three weeks prior to last week so progress… » Read More