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Matthew 2

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Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 

And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. 

Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. 

When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. 

And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. 

Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not. 

But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life. And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene. 



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A little tip on adding “snow” to your model work…

I found that baking soda sifted carefully onto the scene, makes the best snow. It has a subtle sparkle to it and it vacuums up easily if you watch the humidity. It does seem to have an adverse affect on Mini-Metals chrome. Not long after this shot, the chrome plating disappeared slowly…hubcaps, bumpers and all…, until there wasn’t a trace left. Hummm…?

Greater Baton Rouge Model Railroad club open house, Jackson, LA, June 12, 2020…


Forgot to post these, there were 3 live steam 45mm gauge engines running and my table, on which I featured my Wilesco D10, my marine engine (running off of a compressor) and my Mamod TE1A…

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The tea kettle is for preheating my water for faster steam-ups. All in all a very successful first show, I can hardly wait for Diamondhead in January

Tall Timbers and Santa Fe Railroad…


I saw this old school marvel a couple of weeks ago at the invitation of its owner. The layout is 35 years old and runs on basic DC using block and cab control. It features handlaid Code 100 nickle silver rail. This weekend I’ve been invited to an operation session using vintage (30-40 year old) locomotives.

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I took this shot at my first visit…I hope to take a few more as we run the vintage steam.

My first true layout…


…summer of 1984. Sifting through a storage unit revealed some pics I took 26 years ago when I had better eyes and a bigger budget. I started it in 1983, just before I went to NCO school. It was a single track folded dog bone that went under itself. Built it from job site scraps so I could concentrate on motive power and rolling stock. You could have had a brawl on it and it wouldn’t have dinged a rail. Just before I went into Bible College in ’90, I left model railroading for about 2 years and donated the whole smack to a local club. Still see bits and pieces of it all over their N-trak and permanent layout.

The Eastern Shore Line was a mythical operation that theoretically ran the length of the Delaware/Maryland/Virginia Peninsula. Locals like to think of it as the state of Delmarva. Please forgive the yellowed and grainy pictures.

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Once in Berlin Yard, we find a New Haven Pacific wondering where the heck are we?….My roads were done with 400 grit emery cloth with seams finished with plastic model putty. Once down, I’d paint the lines and go over it all with Dulcote.

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Route 113 is two lanes through Maryland. Here it is passing the ESL Berlin Yard office to the left and Harrison Hall hotel to the right. That Pacific was an Atlas product and quite a good runner, one of my best locos and capable of pulling a string of 15 cars up the 3% grade into town.

That bus was a Wiking product I picked up on a whim. When I realized how European it was, it was too late to return it, so it became my first foray into Prototypical Plausibility Stretching 101.

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The ESL’s one bridge over what was since named Confederate Gap, near the town of Snow Hill, a quiet reminder of where the Peninsula’s sympathies lay back then. In 1986, the remains of a Confederate soldier were found near there and buried with full military honors some time later. (True story, only the location has been changed) My bridge was built one piece at a time, in place, with trains in operation. I would glue the ties directly to the bottom of the rails and, once halfway across, removed any temporary support. A little hairy for my LPBs but, it kept the trains rolling.

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Looking east into Berlin Yard and Roswells Processing Plant….

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A glimpse of my control panel can be found in this shot, built on company time in the sheet metal shop My two most faithful runners, a Life-Like F unit and a Con Cor PA (gee, I miss them, sigh) idling at the ESL’s Selbyville servicing facility. As seen on the panel, with some clever positioning of track, I was able to stuff in a 3 track mainline on a layout only 2’6″ x 3’8″ in size.

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The last shot shows Route 113 passing through farm country. The gray house to the right was one of my first scratchbuild projects, a farmhouse built in a crumbling condition, using cardboard and split match sticks. It is in the first picture, shown with the junkyard that grew around it. One can barely make out Bubba’s puddytat standing on the railing of the house on the left. My trees were lichen spray painted dark green then rolled around in a box of ground foam, then poked onto a twig trunk. Hope you enjoyed this little excursion into my modeling past.

As yet unidentified R/C trainer with OS Max .40 engine…


The story goes about a man who found himself surrounded by rising flood waters with no means to escape. Being a godly man he turned to God in prayer for deliverance.

Shortly a gentleman in a high stepping 4×4 offered to drive him out. “No thank you,” said the man, “…I’ve asked God to deliver me from this flood.” The truck departed and the floods rose higher.

Soon, a gentleman in a boat came along, offering to float him out of the flood. Again he said, “No thank you kind sir, I’ve asked God to deliver me from these rising waters.” The boater departed and the floods rose higher still, forcing the man to seek refuge on his roof.

With that, a rescue helicopter came along, offering him the last chance to be rescued before the floods overcame his roof. Again he declined, shouting, “God shall deliver me!” as the waters slowly overtook him.

When he drowned, he was greatly relieved to be in the presence of the Lord Jesus but somewhat distressed as to how he got there. “Lord, I’ve always been faithful to wait on you for everything…why could you not answer my call to be delivered from that flood?” With a loving look that can only come from God towards His beloved redeemed ones, He said, “I sent a truck, a boat and a helicopter to you—weren’t they enough?”

Now…what’s all that got to do with R/C planes?

In the last two years, I have been given no less than four complete R/C plane kits. “No thank you,” I says to myself, “…a minister of the Gospel has precious little time to pursue such things, model trains are hobby enough and I’m blessed at that.” At which I dutifully send them down the road to someone else.

A windfall of R/C parts and engines (three engines no less) comes my way…“Aye, “ I says, “…a great way to pay for my children’s Christmas as a minister of the Gospel has no time for such frivolous things.”

Another windfall of R/C parts comes my way, AND a boat load of tools specifically designed for building and finishing these balsa beasts. “Nay,” say I, “…but, I can use these in my model train endeavours because—after all—I am a wise and frugal model train person/minister of the Gospel.”

Then this shows up on my doorstep…

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Yes, it needs a bit of TLC…but…I have all the pieces necessary (even the muffler) to fix it up—remember the parts windfall earlier?

It is so easy to over spiritualize our walk of faith…

Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. (John 6:28-29)

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (Colossians 3:17)

So…I don’t know about you, but I will continue in the track (or airfield) laid before me and glory not in what I can or cannot do in Him and do what I do in these pursuits as unto the Lord.

Say…is that a Futaba 4 channel radio I see over there at that yard sale table?