to all those who have visited here, at Harold Minkwitz's Pacificcoastairlinerr.com – I know my husband Harold loved sharing his ideas on 'the hobby', and it is with great sorrow that I announce his death on March 26, 2020. His creative, often non-traditional ideas (one example: “fake fur grass”) will remain on this website for another year. I know he would have wanted that.
During this time, I will also be making an inventory of his many trains, enormous collection of tools, books and magazines to offer for sale. It may be a while before anything is ready for new homes though; there are 30-plus years of “stuff” down in the basement.
If there are any specific items you might be interested in, in the meantime, please let me know and I can provide photos via e-mail.
My contact information is:
Eleanor Minkwitz e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tooting Our Horn and Squeaking Our Wheel !!!
Our fur grass article was published in the March 2005 Railroad Model Craftsman
Our western brush article was published in the November 2005 Railroad Model Craftsman
Our styrene as weathered wood article was published in the July 2006 Railroad Model Craftsman
Our Party Balloon pond article was published in the September 2006 Railroad Model Craftsman
The website was the NMRA Webmaster's Choice of October 2006
The On30 4x8 railroad was featured in Kalmbach's "Model Railroad Planning 2007" and "How to Build...."
Our Kadee centering sprinps as electrical wipers article was published in the March 2007 Railroad Model Craftsman
Our 4x8 page has detailed articles expaining how these scenes were created using common materials and simple techniques. Below are a sampling of the topics. (Click images to enlarge)
Our making Realistic Tank and Barrel Bands was published in the April 2008 Railroad Model Craftsman
Our making Old TIme Wagon Roads was published in the November 2007 Railroad Model Craftsman
On30 - 1/4 inch Narrow Gauge for Everyone
Why, What and Where of On30
Building the Old Layout in On30
Mastering the Mechanics of On30
Hard to believe the Bachmann On30 Mogul came out in 1998. Now Bachmann has added a new DCC & sound version.
Why an Air Line, there were no airplanes?
The name was popular around the turn of the nineteenth century to make the railroad to seem more grandiose, "we go as the crow flies".
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We are Building a NEW On30 Layout
We have resurrected the old On30 layout. It has been expanded to 5x8. Am impressed by how much six inches improves the space. We are going to use HO Kato Unitrack. The benchwork is one piece this time, no sagging. Just added five foot cross members to the old side pieces. Using foam to create the creek below level. (Click images to enlarge)