Sunday, December 2, 2012

At home...

...Crawford Valley got some light. Look more at Illinois Highlands RR

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Shelf layout...

... at home are covered in the Illinois Highlands RR blog

Saturday, October 13, 2012


... due to the neverending story (discussions) in the modular group that in some cases follows FREMO americaN... :( My decision is to go on my own with prototype operations on a small secondary line instead the dream of gigantic modular set up that never realizes. The result is that Crawford Valley will take a central place on my shelf layout in the future.

To be continued... :)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Meeting completed!

Our meeting at Vega is finished.

A visiting N&W Coaltrain passes through Crawford Valley

More pictures on

Friday, September 7, 2012

Fantastic News...

for everyone that´s modelling CB&Q

Kato:s E5

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Ready... go?

Crawford Valley with some other modules ready to go. to the ModulSyd meeting in Vegby

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


... of Crawford Valley and the feed mill spur.

Towards the meeting...

Turnout control knobs, white symbols straight and black diverging route. A temporary sketch will help to find the right one...
From below

Monday, August 20, 2012


are going on... The styrofoambase are rough cut glued at the right position. I use both 10mm and 30mm thickness depending on the landscape
Some minor changes has been done to the plan...
Now it's just wait for the glue to harden... :)


..., some real work a day without the usual work...
A Life-Like GP20 running light

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Updated trackplan...

Work is going on...
New section to the left

Friday, August 10, 2012

Section without name...

...yet.  In the preparation for our next modulemeet Modulmöte Vegby (in Swedish) i´ve started the work on one missing part of Crawford Valley. The module is a recycling of my first staging yard

On the workbench.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

A parcel from the US

I´ve just opened a nice parcel from the states...
A Triple E8/9

A pair of Kato CB&Q E8/9 for my Zephyr. Still it´s a static model awaiting decoders in the new ones. And it demand some faster work on the mainline (train room) to allow som longer runs.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


19:06 swedish summer time... ready for some operations? The tools are ready...

Loconumber put into the Intellibox and dispatch to "FredI"

The local freight is ready

A closer wiew, "Q" GP7 265 at the front.

C&EI Boxcar with fabrics to...

... Mars Textile.

A CB&Q boxcar in LCL service to

... the freight shed.

To empty hoppers ready for some grain at...

... the elevator

Modernization goes on, two old bridges sold as scrap...

... to the scrapyard. He has to watch his old "Bucyrus"

A tankcar with diesel to the fuel dealer...

... to refill to truck on the teamtrack.



The caboose clears the roadcrossing.

The the front and rear end crew take a break...

The big question, how to make switching as fast as possible?


The last car in place

The engine at front again, the whistle blows and the "Doodlebug" arrives with the evening express...


The "Doodlebug" on the trestle on it´s way to...

19:30 finished already, not as many picture as I had hoped but the photographer got a little to excited in running trains...

A brief description of a short test, no freightcards, but some ideas...

Saturday, April 14, 2012


Some small works, one is to place ties in trackjoints as preparation for painting.

A little bigger work is to make a fake turnout to an abandoned industrial track. With some paint, gravel and grass it will be almost invisible :) (the white strip is styrene used to make the correct height)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


... means a week without work together with the kids. And of course some time building on the modules.

The two new turnouts laid together with some track. The two tracks at the right still waiting to be fitted and glued.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Expanding the module

First step is to expand the framework of 10mm plywood to the full lenght.

Then it´s time for the bottom of 4mm plywood

Third step is the upper frame with soundproofing styrofoam (2*10mm) inside

And todays last step is the top layer. some pieces of track show the plan, to the left a warehouse and to the right a coal dealer. The road to the left will be altered at the gate of the textile mill...

Monday, March 26, 2012

Modules and houses...

Decision taken and action made to expand the Mill Street section to the double lenght (1080mm)

Front wiew of B Fast(h) Warehouse

Painting windows

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Building buildings :)

A two week period of work created a lot of inspiration... At first a wiew along the tracks...

Mars Textile, named after my late grandfather, having an extended loading platform which will allow two boxcars to be loaded or unloaded at the same moment.

B. Fast(h) is an industrial building overlooking the yard from a small hill. Connected to this there will be an old boxcar converted to a shed down by the siding on this side.

The plan is to make a full interior that will be shown from "outside"