The Whyte Classification System for Locomotives

This post is to answer oft asked questions from visitors to our layout (The Mendocino Coast Railroad & Navigation Co.) – how are locomotives classified and who invented the system. Last question first: “The Whyte notation for classifying steam locomotives by wheel arrangement was devised by Frederick Methvan Whyte, and came into use in the early … Continue reading

The Ten Mile Branch – the MCMR&HS second HO layout – – Part 9 – lessons from building an outdoor HO layout

This series of posts is about the second MCMR&HS HO layout. MCMR&HS is the Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Historical Society. After the train show described in previous posts I was asked to write a report to club members about what I/we had learned from building an outdoor HO layout. In 2003 there were very few computers so … Continue reading

The Ten Mile Branch – the MCMR&HS second HO layout – – Part 7 – Train Day July 6, 2003 – Camp 1

This series of posts are about our club’s (the Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Historical Society – the MCMR&HS) second layout which was built in the lower field of our house in Inglenook – 5 miles north of Fort Bragg, CA. Previous blogs detail how I/we got to opening the layout on July 6th, 2003. The … Continue reading