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Train Station on Facebook

Yoville, Mafia Wars, you name it and there is a game for it on Facebook. Finally, there is a way for hard-core railroad fans to waste incredible amounts of productive time in front of our computers.

Train Station is a new (beta) game on Facebook that allows you to earn money by sending trains on missions. You can use the Train Station Cash to by new locomotives and cars to build even bigger and better trains.

The game starts in the Old West with a simple small passenger train and a freight train. You can load them up and send them from town to town. The game progresses to the modern era.

It’s not Microsoft Railroad Simulator, but it’s a really cute little game that can bring a few moments of diversion to a stressful day.

Check it out by going to Facebook and searching for Train Station.

Tips and Tricks

Ran across this great website that has a lot of different ideas for model railroads.  The creator of the site models in HO scale, although he does have a lot of suggestions that would be of juse to N-Scalers as well.

Here are a couple of my favorite tips from the site.

Water: Wal-mart sells a great material for creating very realistic looking water, its called gallery glass. Its in the stained glass making section of the crafts department. It comes in several colors. I found the crystal clear dries to that and can be worked to create a surface that looks like moving water. the greens and blues are nice as well, but keep in mind that they dry to a darker color so that the “Penn Central” green you use will dry to a very nice shade of “lake” green.

Ground Cover: I am some what of a weekend wood butcher if you will excuse the expression. I do however produce a lot of sawdust and over the years have tried to think of things to do with it. When I started modeling railroads I found that it was easy to use as ground cover as well as adding colors on my trees.

Once I have collected the sawdust I make a bee line to the grocery store and buy some fabric dye. There are hundreds of different colors if you take the time to shop a little. You can also buy it in liquid or powder form and although both work well I prefer the powdered kind.

Mix up the dye according to the directions and start adding your sawdust. I add the sawdust until all the liquid is gone and then some. I them put the colored sawdust in a baking dish and put in a 250 degree oven for an hour or so to dry it out. Once it’s dried and cooled I bag it in 1 or 2 gallon freezer bags depending on how much I have to store it until I’m ready to use it. I apply it to the ground with carpenters glue and to my trees with spray glue or hairspray.

Window Glass: Don’t use super glue (cyanoacrylate) for this, as it will fog the window material. White glue, like Elmer’s, will work, though it does not really stick well to plastic, and you may have to reapply the window to the model from time to time. For a more permanent solution, go to a hobby shop that has model airplanes, and get some “canopy cement.” This is a glue that will attach the plastic window glass to a model while leaving the glass clear. The glue doesn’t know that it is being used on a train and not an airplane, and the merchant who sells it won’t care

Visit the site to read more tips here