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Kyle E

Joined: Thu Sep 4th, 2014
Posts: 22

I have two (actually three) unconnected things I'd like to share with the group. First, has anyone seen my scratchbuilt covered bridge?

Second, my mom gave me this nice curio. She says she needs the room and so she willed it to me out of the blue. I was surprised and thankful, it makes a great display case.

Finally, I was reading a couple of books at the library on model railroading; Published in the sixties and eighties, respectively. What an interesting world it was before DCC. Did you know, according to this source, that the term HO is short for "half the size of O gauge".. or Half O... shortened to HO?

See my models at


Joined: Sun May 27th, 2012
Location: Missoula, Montana USA
Posts: 1000
Despite being a generation (or two) younger than many modelers here, it was books from the 60's to the 90's that gave me my inspiration, then I discovered the Internet. In fact the first layout I ever made was an N scale 4x5 layout with about 200lbs of plaster on top of a 1/2" plywood base.

It was so heavy, I could barely move it. So the next layout I built used foam board, much lighter. The one after that was only 30 lbs, using a hollow core door and 2 inches of foam. So sometimes newer is better, it just depends on what you want in a model railroad.

Great models by the way, I hope you have a layout to put them on, they would look great together with some scenery.

Keep modeling.


Herb Kephart

Joined: Thu Jul 19th, 2007
Location: Glen Mills, Pennsylvania USA
Posts: 5981

Nice covered bridge!

Around here years ago when they were common they were known as ''kissing bridges'' because a young lad could sneak a kiss from his girlfriend when crossing the bridge with a horse and wagon.

Before my time. Just as well, all I would have got to kiss would have been the horse.


Ray Dunakin

Joined: Wed Jul 25th, 2012
Location: San Diego
Posts: 1242
Nice work on that bridge, Kyle!

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