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The M-K & Eastern RR


Part 50: Benchwork!

Posted by M Graff , 27 May 2018 - - - - - - · 91 views

So, finally part 50!
I have started the benchwork. It's 1/2" construction Plywood that I had the lumber yard rip for me in 5" widths. I have glued and nailed the modules together. The longest sections will be 8' and no one wider than 2'. That will make it easier to move if needed. This is the first two sections: https://farm...


Part 49: ready to paint a brass K-27

Posted by M Graff , 18 March 2018 - - - - - - · 162 views

Westside models K-27 #460 in HOn3 dismantled in preparation for painting.
These engines are like Swiss watches in their build quality.
A pure joy to work with.
I have prepared it for LED lights in both the front and rear headlights.
It will get a Soundtraxx DCC sound decoder with a sugar cube speaker.
The D&RGW #460 is a very odd engine. It was never...


Part 48: Finished my brass K-27

Posted by M Graff , 15 March 2018 - - - - - - · 144 views

My brass Sunset models K-27 is finished.
This has been a long road....
First I had to sort out the power pickups, and added phosphor bronze wipers.
Then I replaced the worm with a new one from NWSL.
The next was installation of a Econami decoder with stay alive and dual speakers.
The worst problem was that the drive wheels were out of gauge (and so was th...


Part 47: Photos of my favorite builds so far.

Posted by M Graff , 09 March 2018 - * * * * * · 160 views

Some of my favorite builds in HO/HOn3. Coach in HOn3
https://farm5.static...8bfc957a7_b.jpg   Combine in HOn3
https://farm5.static...e736a61b8_b.jpg   Caboose in HOn3
https://farm5.static...c12370153_c.jpg   Boxcar HOn3


Part 46: Finally some layout building!

Posted by M Graff , 20 February 2018 - * * * * * · 229 views

Finally some progress!
I've actually managed to clear out the space for the layout.
The room as it looked...
https://farm5.static...5f35b3734_c.jpg  Insulation and moisture barrier installed.
https://farm5.static...a03f99a93_c.jpg  Sheetrock... We all love to do some sheetrock and mud and sandi...


Part 45: The Nevada City fire station, ancient kit built.

Posted by M Graff , 10 May 2017 - * * * * * · 307 views

The HSM Nevada city fire station is done!
It was a real challenge, mostly printed cardboard and some sticks of wood...but it went really okay I think.
The bell tower has 28 parts.... Fiddly, to say the least.
The interior light is a led mounted above the ceiling and has an orange colored diffuser to make it resemble gas light. https://c1.staticflickr...


Part 44: 3D printing and model railroading.

Posted by M Graff , 01 May 2017 - * * * * * · 272 views

My latest build:
A Stamp mill in HO scale for my HOn3 layout.
I've made it from plans in the "Old wood and stone buildings​" book.
I CAD converted the drawn plans and as I have a 3D printer, I printed the timber frame, windows, doors, smoke stack and loading platform.
I then covered the frame with Northeastern wood and the roof with cardboard covered wit...


Part 43: Sierra west Hotel.

Posted by M Graff , 04 September 2015 - - - - - - · 307 views

Hi all!
I just finished the build of Sierra wests Hotel in HO.

I made very few changes away from the manual.
The peeling paint that is described in it was a bit too uncontrolled (sort of...).
So I made the peeling paint by brushing on turpentine and then brush on Vallejo white paint.

I really like the way it turned out.
Take a look at the pics and let m...


Part 42: The Leadville house

Posted by M Graff , 10 December 2014 - * * * * * · 434 views

Hi all, this is the latest build for my layout:
CM's Leadville house!
It was a real joy to build, and the mfg delivered the missing parts very swiftly (thanks!).
I think it is a really good looking house that I wouldn't mind living in in 1:1 scale!
My wif...


Part 41: The Minturn stn.

Posted by M Graff , 14 October 2014 - * * * * * · 392 views

At the local narrow gauge convention, I bought a Detail associates kit for the "Foothill station".
The kit is sold out since many years, so I guess it could be hard to find another one....
It is a mixed media, but mostly wood, kit with plastic windows and doors.
The building is made for two levels of terrain which I will use to serve two railroads.
A stan...


Part 40: The Minturn, Kings divide & Eastern RR

Posted by M Graff , 14 April 2014 - - - - - - · 488 views
Hi all, I felt that it has become a lot of changes to my model world . So much so that it required a new layout thread .
It all started with my Middletown, Kensington & Eastern RR that I built for the 2010 challenge.
A layout that would depict a fictional New England in 1943. Thanks to a move to larger premises etc. I started to build on it, and add o...


Part 39: HOn3 Bachmann Shay conversion.

Posted by M Graff , 01 April 2014 - * * * * * · 1,318 views

Hello! I 've had a Bachmann three truck 80 ton Shay in HO in quite a few years now.
The original:


The Shay has experienced quite a few revisions, among other things, the exchange of the cracked plastic gears with metal gears from NWSL . The largest revi...


Part 38: Pratt truss bridge.

Posted by M Graff , 29 March 2014 - - - - - - · 586 views

Hello everyone!
I have built a bridge that I've longed to build for many years!
Namely the Central valley 150 foot Pratt truss bridge in HO!
It may probably be one of the trickier bridge kits on the market ..
I think it may have something to do with that it is built of loose beams that has to be cut to the right lengths and angles ..... But the end resul...


Part 37: Miller and sons machine shop

Posted by M Graff , 02 December 2013 - * * * * * · 633 views
My latest build that I made to incorporate in my new layout. A Woodland scenics machine shop that I made a diorama of. I named it Miller & sons after the great Glenn Miller. I listened to a lot of his music during the build....



Part 36: Swedish class N3 locomotive brass build in HO

Posted by M Graff , 06 August 2012 - * * * * - · 821 views

Hello fellow forumites!
I'm starting a new project; the brass kit mfg HNJ's steam locomotive class N3!
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This is the contents of the...


Part 35: Switches ahoy!

Posted by M Graff , 22 June 2012 - * * * * - · 431 views

Hi all! :)
I'm finally getting started on my layout now......
I've built a switch from scratch for the first time.
I've decided to hand build all the turnouts on the new layout. There has been a lot of...


Part 34: A new beginning :-)

Posted by M Graff , 10 April 2012 - * * * * * · 551 views

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This is how I have planned my new layout to look.
There will be some changes along the way I think.... :-)
I have designed it to include my current layout along the left side.
The size is nice to fill with landscape. The room is 6.5...


Part 33: Some new small steam for the M-K & E

Posted by M Graff , 15 January 2012 - - - - - - · 532 views



Part 32: Relocating my world.... :-)

Posted by M Graff , 11 January 2012 - - - - - - · 557 views

Evening all!
Sometimes a lot of things happen at once.....
After living and working near were we live for the last 12 years, we have now decided to relocate.
We have just signed the deal for this house:
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Not so very far away though, only about 12...


Part 31: Kitbashed "Reading" Camelback in HO

Posted by M Graff , 03 January 2012 - * * * * - · 2,131 views


M-K & Eastern RR

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I started this HO scale layout in the spring of 2010 to suit the requirements of the Layout challenge (wich was a success, thanks to all that voted!).
This layout is freelanced and is meant to depict a US railroad in the middle of WW2. I based it loosely on the likes of RRRR and other small railroads on the north eastern coast.
It has a Barge operation as the base for its operations, and it makes the possibilities almost endless, regarding what kind of cars that is being seen on it.
I will show many of the different techniques here on the Blog. Enjoy!

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