Author Archives: Shane Lambert

: July 31st Build Report

Although it feels like very little was done on United Silica this past week, there really has been a lot accomplished. I took time on Thursday to patch any holes in the modules and get a base coat of brown paint down – so no pink foam and no white patches remain! If I get time before Plainview to do… Read more »

: July 24th Build Report

Today’s update includes progress made on United Silica since July 1st. I hope to provide weekly updates going forward. First let me say that the decision to remove the cut off portion of the former Union Cutoff was not an easy decision. However, due to damage caused during a move, and the difficulty in moving this module in the past,… Read more »

: Crossovers Repaired at Three Notch!

While loading the trailer today for the show in Normal, IL this weekend, I noticed a problem on Three Notch. The crossovers have been out of service for a while due to a broken throw rod, but today I saw that BOTH point rails on the bad turnout were gone. We used it at the show last month, so it… Read more »

, : Updates to Monster Loop and Nowhere Montana

Late this evening, crews updated several modules in preparation for the show in Normal, IL on April 8th and 9th, 2017. The wye section of Monster Loop now stands on it’s own four legs rather than teetering on one leg. This will allow easier and more stable setups of this module. Additionally, the older throttle jacks were removed and new… Read more »

: Construction Progress

The “One Module Approach” starts with FCA Packaging. After taking time to clean up the office and workspace I can finally get things started. I will be working most Monday and Wednesday evenings to keep things moving forward on this module. First things first – buildings. I will be using Model Builder software to create printed buildings on foam core… Read more »

, : The One Module Approach comes to CenterTrak

If you have been following discussions and posts since the Sioux Falls Train Show just before Thanksgiving, you may have come across the discussions of building and maintaining modules. You may also have seen the new Free-mo Concerns group created on Facebook to address such issues. This subject hits close to home for me as I begin to complete and… Read more »

, , , , : Winter Plans

Shane Lambert   November 25th, 2015   No Comments on Winter Plans

After the setup at Sioux Falls this past weekend, I realized that all of my modules need at least something to make them look better, and something to make them easier to transport and set up. So first let me give you a run down of the modules slated for updates this coming winter, then I will share some information… Read more »

, : Wiring and Track progress

Another day of working on modules and the DCC, accessory, and common buses are now installed on both Birdsong Peanuts and another new module, FCA Packaging. Both modules are being built with DCC Specialties PSX-1 circuit protection and Tam Valley Depot Frog Juicers. Parts have been ordered to handle a protected bus for these modules. The track has been on… Read more »

: Construction Begins

Construction on the new Birdsong Peanuts module began today with the installation of the subroadbed and laying out the track. This module is being fast-tracked for use in the setup at the Plainview, MN train show. The module will allow for up to four cars to be spotted on two different tracks that cross each other.