What is Nano Model railroading?

Nano model railroading is model railroading at a scale of 1:1,000. How on earth is this possible? Quite frankly, at the moment I don't know how possible it is but the technology exists to do it. So I'm going to have a go.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Trains on film


The plan was to upload these short videos after the Granite City trainshow but somehow I never got around to it. So here 14 months late is some film of these very tiny trains working on the layout.

Friday, November 11, 2011

First night nerves

This is it.
Tomorrow my nano trains get their first showing at the Granite City Train show in St. Cloud, Minnesota. I hope it doesn't let me down. It works perfectly at the moment.
Hopefully before the weekend is out I will share with you my experiences and reactions of the viewers

Monday, November 7, 2011

Latest test run

I've been busying myself in the run up to the Granite City Train show and just to prove it here's some video of the latest progress.

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Other Project.

"What other project?" I hear you ask?
Well ever since my wife saw the Teeny Trains Christmas train display, she has thought it would be a good idea to have ago and build one ourselves. It would make a great centrepiece for the dinner table on Christmas day. So we have been rootling through the Christmas displays at the major crafts stores Michaels and Jo-ann searching for small trees and decorations suitable for the project. We've got quite a few bits and pieces and will start to pull the whole project together very shortly. To top it off I found this nice Model Lionel Trainset in Hallmark today. I think it would make a suitable subject to circle around under the tree if I can easily replace the trucks under the train with the IDL motors magnet platforms.
We'll see what happens...

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Workshop report

Time to give a quick report on progress with the Nano trains. I was in the "workshop" yesterday and I turned out another item of freight stock. A Coil car. I see many, many of these looking out of my window at work so it was a natural item to want to model. The curved covers make for a distinctive model even in 1:1,000 scale. I also added a first coat of paint to the SD. I decided it will be a SOO line loco. I think that will make it an SD40, I'm not sure that the SOO actually had any SD38's.
I'm painting it in the famous Red and White "hockey stick" livery. There are a couple of reasons for doing that. One is because it's one of my favorite loco colour schemes the other being that it is simple and distinctive. If I had taken the easy way out and painted it in a predominantly single colour livery UP yellow, DMIR maroon for example there would have been a chance it would look just like a colored blob running around the layout. This is something that I think I have to consider with all the items of rolling stock be it freight cars or locomotives. Stop them looking like tiny colored blobs, the viewers have to know they are looking at trains.
Of course, once they are painted I should then be able to take some better pictures of them.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bring your magnifying glass...

Look at that! Over 1300 hits on this little blog about little trains. Some people must be interested in this little project. So if you live in Minnesota and want to take a look at these little things come to the Granite City Train Show in Saint Cloud, MN . Bring your magnifying glass and take a look. See you there.
Now I'd better start on a display for the show...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Good News!

I am happy to report that the SD has been located!
It was found stuck to the underneath of one of my pairs of Hemostats on my modelling table. The model is so thin that the hemostat appeared to lie flat on the table, not looking like there was anything underneath them.
Another lesson learned. Even if it looks like there is nothing there. Check.