26 episodes

Discussion of model railroading and operations.

The Crossing Gate. Model railroad discussion‪.‬ Thomas Gasior

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Discussion of model railroading and operations.

    Episode #26 - Are your modeling skills evolving?

    Episode #26 - Are your modeling skills evolving?

    What are you doing differently, have your modeling skills evolved?
    What are you doing differently or better than when you started model railroading? The crew gives their responses and discusses skills versus technology improvements. Also, knowing your skills will improve with practice time and mentoring, as not to be so tough open yourself and your early efforts.

    Joe Binish, Dan Dossa, Larry Eggering, Mike Jordan, William Sampson, Ken Zieska, and Thomas Gasior MMR.

    The Vest Full of Railroad Pins sponsor this episode.
    Plus, the Curmudgeon drops by to gripe about donuts.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode #25 What's on your workbench?

    Episode #25 What's on your workbench?

    What's on your workbench?
    The crew talks about current and future projects. We talk tools, techniques, overcoming issues that can derail a project. 

    Joe Binish, Eric Boone, Greg Dahl, Larry Eggering, David Hamilton, Mike Jordan, and Thomas Gasior MMR.

    The Arduino Drinking Games sponsor this episode of the Crossing Gate.
    The Curmudgeon stops by to gripe about Model Railroading acronyms. 

    • 38 min
    Episode #24. - Lessons from the Trash Can

    Episode #24. - Lessons from the Trash Can

    Can you actually learn something by throwing it away? Can you learn when to throw a project away?  Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted. Join the crew as they tell some of their tales of despair while fighting bad switches, engines, wiring, and more.  Sometimes selling a bad project is the only way out. But maybe you should just trash it and save the next modeler.  When do you decide to walk away and use your energy, talent, time, and money on something more worthwhile?
    The Crew in this episode is Greg Dahl, Larry Eggering, David Hamilton, Mike Jordan, Luke Lemmens, and Thomas Gasior MMR. 

    • 39 min
    Episode #23 - Lessons from the workbench

    Episode #23 - Lessons from the workbench

    The crew discusses some of their favorite tools, tips, and techniques when working at the bench.  Do you have a favorite tool, or paintbrush, or soldering iron? We all do. We hope we can pass along some of the knowledge that we have acquired from many years of working on model railroads.   
    The crew of this episode is Joe Binish, Larry Eggering, David Hamilton, Mike Jordan, ken Zieska, William Sampson,  and Thomas Gasior MMR.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode #22 - Modeling the Periphery.

    Episode #22 - Modeling the Periphery.

    Modeling things that are not trains, tracks, or rail-served industries.
    What details, scenes, structures, and more do you use to make your layout more cohesive? What can you do that is beyond fifty feet of the centerline of the main. Do you have any non-rail-served industries? How do you model vehicles for your era and location? The crew discusses the periphery of layouts and how not to fill every blank part with more track. Dealing with backgrounds, structures, vehicles, and the importance of editing your modeling. Can you separate your layout from the emotional attachment of certain equipment? 

    The crew in this episode is Joe Binish, Greg Dahl, Dan Dossa, David Hamilton, Mike Jordan, Ken Zieska, and Thomas Gasior MMR.

    • 54 min
    Episode #21 - Switch Lists. Operation using a generated switch list.

    Episode #21 - Switch Lists. Operation using a generated switch list.

    Switch Lists. JMRI, The Switch list Program, and even handwritten notes.  Do you use them and what do you think of them? How have they evolved? How does the JMRI program help you create a better switch list? William and his father use them for their layouts, Dan Dossa uses them for his small industrial line, and Larry uses the JMRI program at the local club. 
    Is this an upgrade to running with car cards? What are the benefits of using a switch list rather than other forms of operation paperwork?
    Crew this episode is Dan Dossa,  Larry Eggering , David Hamilton, Mike Jordan, William Sampson, Ken Zieska, and Thomas Gasior MMR

    • 1 hr 2 min

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