Archive

If you're looking for older posts, here is where you can find them. After the main page gets too long, I'll start moving things here.

July 22, 2009 11:11 EDT

Just in time for Steamfest 2009, I've uploaded a new drawing to the 1:380 scale page: the Southern Pacific GS-4 Daylight № 4449! See 'ya in Owosso!

July 17, 2009 9:19 EDT

Sorry for the wait, but I'm back. I've been working a lot of 1:380's, as well as a bit of 3.0. I also bought myself a Santa Fe SD40-2, two Schneider National Roadrailers turn trailers, and a NS rulebook.

June 21, 2009 15:11 EDT

I now have an account at RRPictureArchives.net to upload pictures, so I will finally have a place to put all the pictures I've been talking about. And considering I'm getting my wisdom teeth out tomorrow, I'll have plenty of time to work on it.

June 12, 2009 14:46 EDT

I've just gotten back from a school trip to Washington DC. (As a side note, it is really hard to sleep on a motor coach.) Anyways, I saw two Acelas, and someone in the group found an Acela ticket on the ground and gave it to me. I took 900 and something photos. I saw the WabTec HQ when we were driving into DC. I haven't done anything else besides that.

May 26, 2009 17:00 EDT

I've finished and uploaded the beginnings of the TTX Spine Car psuedo-project: the 2-28'/1-57' TTRX kind (yes, the one Athearn models, and yes, because I have one). 3.0CSS is done, I just don't have the time and/or drive and/or patience to finish all the pages.

May 11, 2009 16:34 EDT

I've finished updating the first 1:380 scale drawings that were originally completed, the SD40-2's, and imaginably, it was a lot of work. I missed a lot of things in their original creation, so now I fixed them. I can now use these as a base for more SD40-2's along the line. 3.0CSS is done, per se, but I still need to make all the pages work and such, and reorganize the site before I'll put it all here.

April 24, 2009 20:41 EDT

Right now I'm updating for the point of needing something to do. As you can see, the Beta of the 3.0CSS site is up on your right. Eventually I'll have the entire site finished, but until then...

April 15, 2009 15:51 EDT

Chicago trip is up on the trips page. The place I went was Dolton (DAHL-ton), Illinois; plenty of trains for the time I was there. I mean, If I can take 464 pictures, I saw enough. Eventually I'll have them online, but I still have to figure out how. Also, I put a BNSF SD70MAC 1:380 based off of one I saw while in Chicago. Hopefully 3.0's CSS will be finished this weekend.

April 7, 2009 12:43 EDT

Chicago here I come...again! Tomorrow, I'm going to be in Chicago (railfanning, of course). I'll leave the junction a secret until I finish the page. I'll keep you posted.

March 28, 2009 9:47 EDT

It's really amazing what you miss with a smaller monitor. I just got a new 20" Widescreen for my computer, and my is it BIG! I can do so much with it. I'll get back to you after I stop staring at it and actually get to work...

March 21, 2009 20:22 EDT

Finally, all my scholarly projects for March are over, and now I can move onto having so much free time, I'll have no idea what to do with it (that is why I have a website). I have a layout (HO and CSS) to work on, so I shouldn't be too bored for to long.

March 7, 2009 19:57 EST

I'm getting very proficient at making the 1:380 scale drawings, so expect more sooner rather than later. Also I'm continuing work on the Local Info page (in retrospect, I never realized how boring our area is when it comes to trains). And as a side note, I like Google Chrome (just look it up).

February 28, 2009 19:56 EST

After much work (and brain racking), I have finish a revision of all the GE 1:380 Scale Drawings (AC44's/ES44's). Also, I've created a ETTX/CSX Autorack from scratch (it may look like a IL-89-1 flat car, but it isn't). I think I'm over Microsoft's cancelling of MSTS 2 (if you didn't know, look down), and I'm even formulating an idea for a route in MSTS 1 (namely: "GRRails for MSTS"); just an excuse for more research and railfanning. I haven't seen any trains since CSX 699 and 4517 three or four weeks ago, so nothing new there. I hope to have the Local Info page finished sometime soon. Stay tuned...

February 10, 2009 10:02 EST

Hear ye Microsoft. I chide thee. Thou shalt not have closed ACES. Thou shalt continue work on MSTS 2.

Unfortunately (and apparently) Microsoft has closed ACES Studio, and cancelled work on Train Sim 2. Here is the information. At least MSTS 1 is a very powerful platform in the hands of geeks.

January 27, 2009 21:58 EST

You won't guess what I just saw: one of CSX's three Diversity locomotives, specifically 699, the only AC44-6 one. Other than that, the CSS is coming slowly, but eventually I'll have it here.

January 14, 2009 18:09 EST

Am I the only one to whom cold and snow makes them want to redo everything on their website? It started with the new version of the site I still haven't getten revised by Josh (*hint, hint*), and then I started the right view of a Kansas City Southern de Mexico ES44AC, and I got carried away and completely revised both views, and then continued to add things to them, like semi-photo-realistic trucks and such. And now I'm adding to the home page (whoa, paradox). Anyways, expect a lot in the coming weeks.

January 1, 2009 11:18 EST

Thanks to cold, snow, and Christmas Break, I've been working on some rather complicated 1:380 scale projects, namely Union Pacific's 4-6-6-4 Challenger locomotive, and a photo-realistic BNSF coalporter. The new GRRails is going slowly; I can't get the layout to work correctly all the time. Time for CSS!

December 4, 2008 21:24 EST

CSX has kindly decided to park its work train on the siding in Hudsonville, so I took advantage of it and took photos of the entire train and what it was carrying, in total 162 pictures, taken in the driving snow, each picture taking me one closer to filling my already almost full car (rather tense near the end with four cars to go and 19 photos left). Anyways, I'm really happy I managed to get some shots of all the cars, including a Conrail/Reading Railroad 40' boxcar with the paint peeling to reveal the RDG reporting marks and the Reading diamond logo. There was also a gondola still in original L&N paint/reporting marks. And all this was being pulled by a GP40-2/RDSLUG duo (rare here by all accounts). I'll find a way to post the photos, or else, I don't know. Also, I've been steadily working on the 1:380 drawings, new ones every couple of days, so stay tuned.

November 23, 2008 17:14 EST

Have you ever had it where you went to do something and you ended up doing something totally different, but you felt you achieved what you set out to do? Well, I just had that. There were some tie gondolas in Hudsonville (as of 11/22) that I was going to take some photos of, but by the time I got there today, they were gone. But all was not lost...as I went east towards Jenison/Grand Rapids to see if it had gone east to a point where I could catch it, I came across a green signal in Jenison, I looked back and saw Q326's headlights in the distance. I managed to grab a few photos of a CSX SD40-2 and a CSX C40-8 while my father drove.

November 2, 2008 8:23 EST

Apple (and unloyal Windows) users rejoice. I've fixes a small error in the script for the frame to allow for a definate background color, as opposed to what Apple though was prudent to think it was (i.e. the yellow of the background vs. white displayed in IE7). Besides that, I've also uploaded some new 1:380 scale drawings. Yes, you may go look at them...go, go.

October 15, 2008 15:48 EDT

Yes, yes, yes! Finally I can add a new part to the site again; a new trip. My venture to Chicago this time dealt mainly with the Great Midwest Train Show in Wheaton, but I had some time to spare, so I went over (east) to La Grange/LaGrange, Illinois for some train watching. Now, I won't give any details right now (you can read the page for those), but I did see 26 locomotives over the entire trip, so, yeah, I'm happy.

October 3, 2008 17:38 EDT

Alright, update time. First GRRails 3.0 is coming well; a few pages are done, all I have to do is finish it. In other news, apparently I still can't do math. Going through the 1:350 drawings I've done so far, I came across another glitch; there 1:380. This one came from actual measurements of the real locomotives and what my computer tells me how long the drawings are. This does help; at least I can go from actual measurements of real equipment, not from 1:55 scale drawings from here, which yielded an incorrect scale. Time to change all the file names again.

September 26, 2008 15:28 EDT

Alright, time for an update. First, work is coming, well, somewhat smoothly on GRRails 3.0. If all goes as planned, I'll have what I want, then my friend and I can get to work converting it to something I can actually use. Long story short, this is in a different language than what the program I'm using does, so unless there's a built in converter, I'll have to do it by hand. The new design will have a drop down menu, so I'm happy, I just don't know if it will work here. Until next time.

September 4, 2008 21:26 EDT

I'm please to announce my inability to do simple math. After some revising of the original CSX SD40-2 1:390 Drawings, I came across a little glitch, they're actually 1:350. Oh.

August 30, 2008 10:35 EDT

I'm pleased to announce the launch of (not GRRails 3.0, but) a new scale of graphics; 1:390th. This scale allows for more detail, and ease of editing. Enjoy the two I've already uploaded, both sides of a CSX SD40-2, under 'Model Railroading: Graphics: 1:390 Scale Drawings'.

August 21, 2008 Now EDT

This will probably be the last update until after school starts next Monday. I'll be working on GRRails 3.0 (if you even remember 1.0 or 2.0; we're currently on 2.1), among other thing for the site. It's set that I'll be going to Chicago some time in October for the Great American Train Show in Wheaton, and to do some railfanning, probably at Dolton, Blue Island, or La Grange/Congress Park.

July 6, 2008 11:07 EDT

I'm finally getting around to putting some of my train photos online, just go the the "Railfanning:Photos" link, then click on the link there to get to my album of pictures.

June 22, 2008 14:32 EDT

I'm back, with an email if you wish to contact me (see 'About'). In other news, I've seen eight locomotives in the past week, including my first Amtrak CABBAGE/NPCU, CSX GP15-1, and CSX SD38. I also took a side trip to West Olive/Port Sheldon to take some pictures around the Consumers Energy Electricity Generation Plant. I'm going to start putting some pictures here until I get some more space somewhere.

June 10, 2008 14:44 EDT

Long time, no update (sorry). I've been busy with end-of-the-year exams; glad those are done! Now that it's summer, I'll have more time to devote to the site. I have to ask someone for permission to use some of their drawings, then I'll put my modifications and paintings of these on here (see Model Railroading: Graphics: 1:55 Drawings, when it's done). I've hardly seen any trains due to exams and some highway work just outside Grand Rapids, restricting movement during the day. Although, the two locomotives I did see were pretty rare here, a BNSF SD70ACe and a CP ES44AC, so I still did pretty good.

April 30, 2008 16:00 EDT

Hi, I'm back. I'm within one, count it one (albeit to you it should say 100 the instant you get here) person until I hit 100! Along with this, I've seen my first CSX ES44AC, № 759. Other than that, nothing new...no wait, one more thing, I got 10Mbps internet, so updating goes a little faster. I'm thinking the 'Digital Railroading: Locomotion' page will be next.

March 12, 2008 14:41 EDT

I'm starting to dust off little portions of the site as I go, mainly the main page; I'm toying around with a new main page with Josh. Since last update, I've seen three identical BNSF SD70MACs in a row (all H2), a CP ES44AC, a CSX SD40-2, and a CSX C40-8W. Not much else is new. Maybe I'll have the MSTS page under 'Model Railroading: Digital Railroading' done soon after April 1, so check back then.

February 13, 2008 14:19 EST

I apologize in advance for the dust lying around the site. Being in school and all, I don't have all that much time to devote to the site. Just be patient until I get it up and running. In other news, I've seen three BNSF SD70MAC's, one CSX AC44CW, one CSX ES44DC, and one BNSF SD70ACe. The ES44DC and SD70ACe are rarities here, albeit, I've seen photos of one of CSX's new ES44AC's in Grand Rapids on two seperate occasions. Of course, I miss it; oh well...

January 16, 2008 11:31 EST

I've just been toying around with the links and completing a few pages (Model Railroading among them). Add one more CP AC44CW to L-Cubed (Locomotive Life List).

January 7, 2008 14:41 EST

I've been playing around with the colors of my site, and have finally finished work with the help of Frost-kun. Blue and Gold of CSX and Marquette Rail. I like it, albeit this has nothing to do U of Michigan, mind you. Since the last time I've updated, I've seen 11 locomotives. That's all for today.

December 6, 2007 19:15 EST

I've uploaded a few CSX GEVOs under Graphics: 1:55 Scale Drawings, along with the parts to make your own.

November 23, 2007 10:41 EST

I got out early today and caught Amtrak 371 'The Pere Marquette' outside Zeeland. Leading four Superliners was Amtrak 508, a B32-8WH painted in the new phase five scheme. The amazing part is it was clear and sunny, perfect photo weather, when I got there, and by the time I returned home, 20 minutes later, it was snowing. I'm going to temporarily add the photos under 'Photos'

November 19, 2007 20:03 EST

In theory, I added one locomotive to 'Sightings', except I don't have that page working yet.