Thursday, December 1, 2011

Benchwork Paint Color

There is no formal Free-mo standard and participants in NJ Free-mo can use any paint color they want for legs and benchwork. But if you want to match what I used on my Woodstown Jct. modules, here is the info:

Paint from Lowe's

Olympic "Submarine" chip D64-5, this is part of the Green color selection

Lowe's link to sample

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Timonium, October 2011

I traveled down to Timonium, Maryland again for the October Great Scale Model Train Show, setting up with the fine folks of Capitol Free-mo again. An early season snow storm luckily did not slow things down too much, but the crowds were a little light on Saturday.

For this show, I mainly focused on getting my bridge section painted and weathered with some basic scenery in place. Here is a look at it (my home layout is in the background):

For more photos, check out the Capitol Free-mo website,

Monday, July 25, 2011

Module Storage

I thought I would share a couple of photos about how I store my modules when I am not using or working on them. My layout was pretty much designed and all benchwork was built before I learned about and started down the Free-mo path. The layout is not changing, and I am not able to incorporate my modules into the layout. Which is OK because part of doing the modules was to allow me to model a time period after my layout which is set in 1980. So things you would see circa 1996 to 2005 are on the modules and would not be easily integrated into my layout.

So I needed a place to store them safely within the confines of the layout room. I built a set of brackets under the layout and use plastic sheeting to keep dust and debris from above the layout.

The smaller module sits to the side and the legs go underneath. They are safe here and still allow me to work on the layout above with no problems.

These have been in storage since the last Timonium show, but they should be up in the garage in September to get ready for the NJ Division Meet in Delanco, as they will be on site at the Meet location. And then they will also be on the road to travel to the Timonium Maryland show October 29-30, 2011.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Setup with Capitol Free-mo at Timonium

On April 9-10, 2011, I set up my modules with the Capitol Free-mo group at the Timonium Great Scale Model Train Show in Maryland. The Free-mo modules were then connected to a much larger (250' x 75') Sipping & Switching Society layout using their MOSS interface 1" module. Here are some pictures I took at the show. More photos are on the Capitol Free-mo Yahoo discussion page and videos are up on YouTube (search for "Timonium Sipping & Switching").

Friday, January 14, 2011

Free-mo events, NJ Web Site

Just wanted to post something to keep the blog active.

On Sat. 1/15/11 at the NJ Division NMRA Meet in Haddon Twp. NJ, a Free-mo set up will occur. It is open to anyone, even visitors who are not NMRA. Check out for more info.

In April at the Great Scale Model Train Show in Timonium, Free-mo modules will be set up and attached to other switching layouts to form a large layout for operations. Check out for info on the show. Free-mo module builders can coordinate through me (I will pass along contact info) or go directly to the Capitol Free-mo group,

There is the potential for a Free-mo set up at the NER NMRA convention in Warwick, RI in October. More info to come, check out for the latest.

And a reminder that the NJ Free-mo group has a web site established that will have updates on these events as well as module building info and pictures. Check out