FMRRC on NAZ Today

NAU students Holly Switay and Xavier Rangel have been visiting our club this past couple of months as part of research for Holly’s graduate thesis.  After shooting stills and video of several us working on projects, they produced a short feature for the local NAZ Today television news program. Continue reading

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Project “N Scale Modules” : Installment 5, Track Wiring – Hooking it All Up

Back to everyone’s favorite task, wiring up the track. Admit it, now that you’ve been through the planning process it’s not so scary – right? Well even so, remember to invite your wiring buddy from the Club and have some refreshments on-hand. The work will go quickly. Continue reading

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Project “N Scale Modules” : Installment 4, Track Laying

Believe it or not laying the track was my biggest concern during this project. I would be trying something new (at least to me), gluing the track down with silicon caulk. I had read about the approach, but never tried it – until now. And I’m happy to say it went well. Continue reading

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Project “N Scale Modules” : Installment 3, Track Wiring – Planning

My apologies – I haven’t posted progress since last December. Life has been pretty busy these past few months. I’ve been out-of-town traveling for work more than usual. I was gone two full weeks in January, another two in February, and another two in March. Now that April is upon us, my travel schedule has slowed down. I did manage to get some work done in-between trips, but it really hadn’t been until late March / early April that I’ve really had quality time with the project. So here we go … Continue reading

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Flagstaff Railfanning – UP Detour Trains

During the past two weeks, Union Pacific has been detouring trains along the BNSF Transcon route through Flagstaff.   These trains are intermodal trains IDALB (Dallas-Long Beach) and KLBNS (Long Beach-Dallas/KCS*), operating almost daily on BNSF between Sweetwater, TX, and Barstow, CA. Continue reading

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Project “Hill Valley” : Installment 2, Confirming Space Requirements

Perhaps a better title for this installment is “measure twice, cut once” because as it turns out two trips to the Club were necessary to get the building placement correct. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Continue reading

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Project “N Scale Modules” : Installment 2, Module Construction

The Sievers Benchwork order arrived just before Christmas, much to the chagrin of the poor UPS delivery person that had to carry the heavy box of wood.  Continue reading

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Project “Hill Valley” : Installment 1, Project Overview

The Hill Valley project involves reworking the existing HO town into a representation of Flagstaff, Arizona in the 1950s. The new scene will emulate the historic depots and businesses along Route 66 in a manner that creates the illusion that the town actually is Flagstaff, when in fact it is just a clever representation. Continue reading

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Project “N Scale Modules” : Installment 1, Project Overview

This past March the Flagstaff Model RR Club was invited to participate in the Flagstaff Home & Garden Show at the NAU Skydome. For that show we displayed two personal layouts (one in N scale and the other S scale), as well as our HO scale Kids Layout. Bringing personal layouts to public events can be tricky and risky, so following the show it was suggested that we build an N scale sectional layout for the Club. The layout could be used for public shows, special events, visiting the children’s ward at the hospital, etc. Similar to the existing HO Kids Layout, the N layout could also be operated by the public under the supervision of Club members. Continue reading

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