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Just a Quick Update

March 31, 2012 15:16 CDT

It's amazing what college will do to your priorities...

Every once in a while, I add to GRRails (usually a 1:338 drawing or two), but as a college student, I don't have a massive amount of time to devote to this. Let's get caught up since the last time I've updated the front page: I moved to Chicago; began attending the Illinois Institute of Technology, studying electrical engineering; as a side effect of living in Chicago, I've been slowly exploring the railfan hot-spots of the city, including Ash Street, Brighton Park, Pilsen, 21st Street, and Nerska / Lemoyne, and have seen some pretty interesting stuff, which I try to put up on RRPictureArchives.

Also, Norfolk Southern announced their Heritage Locomotive fleet, which I will do my best to keep up with in 1:338 drawings (I tryed with UP's in V-Scale, but I quit half way thought...).

One more interesting read: Railroad Logo Design Evolution. It's a very interesting cross-section of railroad heralds and logos since the beginning of U.S. railroading through the present.

Summer and Changes

July 11, 2011 23:04 EDT

GRRails is not my primary project. There, I admitted it.... While I have been working on the 1:380s a lot, I haven't spent much time working on the site itself. I'll keep plugging away at the website until I decide what to do with it because I'm going off to the Illinois Institute of Technology at the end of this summer (and this all started as when I was a Freshman, wow...), so I won't be near to keep an eye on Grand Rapids...we'll see what of my goals is to make it more Blog like (gasp...that is kinda what it started as...).

I've changed the header to honor the victims of the shooting in Grand Rapids. Keep them in your prayers and/or thoughts.

Back into the swing

December 21, 2010 21:14 EST

I (profusely) apologize of the (thick) layer of (pixel-)dust laying everywhere on the site; I may have over-estimated my free-time with four AP classes when I said I'd have more time to work. Anyways, I continue to create 1:380s, at varying rates depending on my level of drive and artisanship at that moment. Now I'm on Christmas Break, so I'll do my best to work on every page that needs it here. Wish me luck...

Back into the swing

August 15, 2010 18:55 EDT

All of the 1:380s have been revised (some more than others: the SD40-2s, the first ones done, took about four revisions to become acceptable). Now, I'm getting back into the swing of creating new drawings (which is becomeing more of an art and less of a science, the way it should be!), including CSX SD80MACs and C40-8Ws. Soon (I hope), I will have put up write-ups on the last two trips I took (Owosso and Brighton Park); 95% of the pictures from Brighton Park have been put up at RRPictureArchives (like is under Photos). And now that school will be starting in the next couple of weeks, I'll probably have more time to sit and work and focus (in study hall); that, or I'll have less time with four AP classes; only time will tell.

Long time, no see...

May 24, 2010 21:03 EDT

It's been a while since I last updated anything here, but that's not to say I haven't been working in the shadows on it. I've revised about 75% of the 1:380s to some extent or another in the past months. The older the drawing was, the more that had to be done to bring it up to snuff with the rest of them. There are still a few lingering projects that I want to get done before I mass upload them here. Also, if you've been disheartened by the lack of content on the Sightings page, I've come up with a random way to beat the file size limit and have it all on one page, too.


March 12, 2010 16:01 EST

'Bout time I update this place (for all two people who may have seen it in the last month...). If you haven't looked at the CSX 1:380s recently, you'll notice I'm using them as prototypes for all the revisions that have to be made (I didn't realize how much time I had put into them until I worked for three hours straigh on them and got one revision spread over all of them, and there are at least four different ones that have to be done, and more that I keep finding). Also, plans are being made for a Chicago trip over Spring Break (while most people will be in Florida, I'll be in Chicago!).


January 26, 2010 16:01 EST

As it is past Christmas, GRRails has unChristmased itself (but there will be more themes to come, just you wait and see...). Stuff goes slowly on a website when there is other things in life that need to be addressed (such as school), so be patient if there is dust lying around, I'll get to it eventually. As for the 1:380s, I have some projects in mind (actually I have a few pages of notebook paper devoted to a list future projects). There are also changes/revisions that have to be made to the existing ones to bring them up to snuff with present design standards (such as handrails that end where they're supposed to, instead of floating there and other such little things). Anyways, off to work...

Christmas Time

December 21, 2009 20:41 EDT

As you may have noticed (it's kinda hard not to), GRRails has gone Christmas for the first time. If I can muster the time, I may have a 1:380 gift for you all, but just wait to open it until Christmas!

Story of the Year

October 27, 2009 15:46 EDT

This is one of the more peculiar things that has happened to me involving the site. As you may or may not have noticed, I recently added a Grand Rapids Eastern GP38 to the 1:380 scale section. Well, later that day, I was in Grand Haven, along U.S. 31, when I heard a horn in the distance. I knew that the line north of the Consumers switch is owned by Mid Michigan Railroad, which I hadn't ever seen in action, I hurried to somewhere I could see it clearly. When the train finally caught up with me (I may have overestimated its speed), little did I know I would find GRE 3839 and MMRR 3836 together. So the day I drew GRE 3839, I happened to see it. Perhaps life does imitate art...

More Updates

October 21, 2009 16:26 EDT

Not much to say, just been around. I haven't seen a trains since Amtrak a few weeks ago. I've added a couple of 1:380s, including some Roadrailers. There are some more of my pictures on (link under Photos).

Some Updates

September 25, 2009 16:05 EDT

I've been pretty consistant with uploading new 1:380s since I got my new computer, five in the past week or two. Also, I've been adding a lot to the Local Info page, including a list of CSX trains that call on Grand Rapids as a base. I know there are more to add, but for now, the ones I have cover what you would more that likely see in a day. I also, as an experiment, hooked up a train radio (long story, but shortly, I got it from a friend who retired from CSX a few years back) to my voice recorder and set it up in my Jeep while at school. As a run down: Day one; volume wasn't high enough for the voice recorder to know when to start recording (three seconds of static). Day two; forgot to charge the battery on the radio. Day three; battery was charged, but died half way through the day, but caught the meet between P371 and X500. Day four; most sucessful. Completely recharged, lasted all day, but the VR batteries died right when I got there at 14:40. Bought new batteries and tried it out. I got 20 minutes of chatter between the tower at Ann Street, the dispatcher at Calumet City (Chicago), Illinois, P371, a yard job, Z151, the defect detector in Zeeland (MP 19.1), and other things. I think I'm going to upload these, but the experiment is terminated until I can find a way not to go through batteries at the rate of two a week...

Problems Solved

September 13, 2009 15:22 EDT

As the title suggests, I got a new(ish) computer to take the place of my old one (which died due to motherboard failure, apparently). Lucky I was able to copy everything from the old hard drive to my new HD, so I still have all the backup files for the website. Now if I could just get the search page to work...

Some Problems

August 26, 2009 17:05 EDT

My main computer has decided to die on me, so I'm stuck with a laptop without all of the base files for the site, so I doubt I'll be updating the site until such time as I can get a new one, or recover the files from the other computer.

The New GRRails

August 12, 2009 10:58 EDT

Here is GRRails 3.0CSS for 'ya. Took long enough, didn't it? Well, give your programmer a lunch from Subway and you'll start to get things done. Then wait for a few months to get bored enough to finish the content, then procrastinate for a week waiting for a good reason to upload it all, and here 'ya go.