This section of the website is devoted to showing some of the projects that I am currently working on for the indoor railroad. As these projects are finished they will be moved into the current section. They are meant to give you and idea of what I am working on and the progress I am making on each.


All steam locomotives needed to have the ashes removed from the firebox at the end of the run. There were several ways that this was done, depending on the railroad.
I am building an ash pit and ash conveyer system for my railroad that was used at many of the loco services facilities on the New York Central. This is the pit itself.
These are most of the components for the facility. The pit is under the section of track. The air compressor tank is at the top and the two frames for the rails for the ash car are at the middle and right side of the photo.
This is a close-up of the car that is used to carry the ash from the pit to the top of a ramp to dump the ashes into a hopper car for removal.

All steam engines required lots of coal to fuel the fires that heated the water to make the steam that ran the locomotives. Large coaling stations were found about every 100 to 300 miles along all major steam railroads.
I have a large coaling station on my railroad, but the coal apron is much too large to be authentic. I am constructing new coal aprons for the coaling station. All locomotives require sand to be carried to provide additional traction when the brakes are applied. I am in the process of building a sand tower that was used to put that sand into the sand bins found on diesel locomotives.
Signals are used on many railroads to control the traffic through the system. I have begun to install signals on my railroad. They are the triangle searchlight type of signal.
As you can see, they look very authentic. I am installing about 20 of the on the railroad. The signals are fabricated from brass and painted silver with flat black heads. They are fully functional.
As you can see, the wiring is complicated, but they operate in a very prototypical manner when connected.
Utility poles were found along the right-of-way of most railroads. They carried the electrical, signaling and communications lines that supported the railroad. I have begun to construct models of the poles from wood.