Mike Budde of St. Louis, MO, was featured in the November 2007 issue of (the now defunct) Railmodel Journal. For a simple trackplan, this module is really an outstanding example of the principles of Free-mo. Sometimes the mundane details can be overlooked. Mike really accomplishes modeling the out of service spur beautifully. The VW Junkyard demonstrates Mike's incredible eye for detail, and his modeling skill to replicate it.
A thought that this module set gave, and it mirrors what Lance Mindheim discusses in his blog; not every industry needs to have an active spur and currently being serviced by rail. Having a remnant of rail service, foundation of a buisiness now gone, rusty rails burried into dirt, etc. develop a sense of history.
|Lance's manifest power rolls over the Piru bridge.|
Flinging open the car door and disengaging the seatbelt simultaneously, I hurl myself out of the driver's seat. Giving the modules a quick once over from outside the window looking in "WHEW, nothing was damaged!" Making my way inside the setup hall, I find my cohorts, hand on their chins, holding the layout plan with a worried look on their face. As I walk toward them I overhear murmurs of "Are we going to actually be able to fit this?" staring at the "L" shape outlined with masking tape on the concrete floor. They pause for a moment to acknowledge my arrival, only for them to discover my T-shirt inscription. "YOUNG FART" it proclaimed very loudly. Apprehension dissolves to loud outbursts of laughter. I think this might actually be a fun setup.
Free-mo has come a very long way since 1995 when I first launched free-mo.org. The standard was very much in it's infancy. Just a critical few modules were in an operable state and far from complete. I have taken on an assignment about the history of free-mo for an upcoming project. Having been on a Free-mo sebatical of sorts, as of late, has given me a fresher perspective then one that I had just 5 years ago. Further, reading some of the haphazard articles I wrote when I was a mere 18 (half my life ago) has really been a nostalgic activity. I must say that there certainly is a feeling of excitement again for setting up my modules.
An excellent Railroad Model Craftsman Magazine article on how Otto M. Vondrak approached designing a Free-mo module set for modeling Hampton Jct. on the DL&W/CNJ. A great read no matter what railroad you model!
This article originally appeared in the December 2008 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman.
A group in San Luis Obispo, CA. has been working on establishing a Railroad Museum (http://www.slorrm.com/) for the last 5 or 10 years. The museum is due to open in the Frieghthouse in San Luis Obispo in October of 2013. They have been working on restoring the freighthouse that was built in 1894. As part of the National Train Day celebration the museum sponsored an event at the freighthouse. Free-mo SLO organized a layout in the freighthouse. We had participants from San Luis, Norcal and LA Free-mo groups. The main room in the freighthouse is about 31 feet by 75 feet. Our layout used a space about 25 feet by 53 feet.
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Here are links to some video clips taken during the Western Reserve and
Southeast Michigan Free-Mo set-up at the Lodi, Ohio Outlet Mall.
An Amtrak train made up of heritage railroads' passenger cars passes
through Wheatland Junction on the Free-Mo layout set up at the Lodi, OH
Outlet Mall, April 21, 2013.
There was a Free-mo setup at the Western Prototype Modelers Meet in San Bernardino, Calif. on April 13 & 14 2013.
Here is a message and link to a video from Gary green.
I uploaded video I took at the WPM/SB Museum Free-mo setup on April 13 & 14.I decided to try out Vimeo to see how well it works. I think that the conversion of my video from 60i to 30 fps made the video look a bit jumpy. Maybe next time I'll record at 30 fps to see if it makes a difference.
The link will take you to a rail side video of the Free-mo layout at this years WGH setup in Fort Worth, TX. The layout was the combined efforts of the Missouri Valley, Southern Kansas, and North Texas Free-mo groups.