The Rusty Spike

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Choo Choo Nuts: New LHS in Lancaster, PA.

So my wonderful son, while being chauffeured to a homeschool co-op one day, noticed a sign that said ‘Choo Choo Nuts’ in a small commercial area along the road. Excited, he eagerly awaited my return home from my day job to deliver the news of a new ‘Train Shop’ that he had found. (This is only the most recent discovery in a long line of stores he is now interested in. One of which is a Pokemon card store….) I took him into my hands and, with glee, held him up and turned in circles. Hopeful music played and the clouds parted, streaming sunlight down upon us.


Well, perhaps it didn’t quite go down like that, but I was pretty excited about the prospect of a new LHS in my area. A bit of internet searching yielded little more than a Yellow Pages entry and a single consumer review. Luckily it was a positive one. Interested at the lack of web presence, I opted to swing by the store one day after work. Here is my report. (My Apologies for the picture quality. My iPhone was the only camera I had available at the time)

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1:43 Ambulance Project

During the warm summer months, I’ve been amiss with keeping up with my Model Railroading hobby. But, with the beautiful weather we’ve had this year, I’m sure most will understand my choosing to be outside.

I have been able to dedicate the occasion hour or two towards miniaturizing Emergency Vehicle lighting systems. While I haven’t quite achieved my 1:160 goal, I have accomplished 1:43. The model I chose for my O Scale endeavor was a simple $5 Ambulance toy I found at my LHS. I measured the toy and compared it to measurements I found online and, as near as I can estimate, the Ambulance is right at 1:43.

Starting with the code I used in my GT500 project, I was able to simplify and adapt it easily for use in an Ambulance model. I ordered and used 1206 and 0805 SMD LEDs. Before getting into details, here’s the video:

1:43 Ambulance Model from claymore1977 on Vimeo.

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