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HOn3 General Discussion Forum / General Update - 315 Photos
« on: November 05, 2017, 11:29:55 PM »
Hello All,
It's been a while since I've posted anything so I wanted to post a link to some photos.
This summer I traveled to Chama to attend the 315 charter. I'm slowly editing my photos, but here's what I have so far.
Hope everyone is doing well.

Before the National Narrow Gauge Convention this year, I had time to shoot a Maintenance of Way Train on my Dad's layout. Here's the result. Thanks for watching!
Blake Bogs
The train leaves the station around the 14:00 mark.

Well my dad, Barry Bogs, finished the San Juan Passenger Train several months back and i've been aiming to video it for the several months. Well life finally got out of the way for a couple of hours yesterday so I finally completed the video. Please excuse the focusing problems. This video was a learning curve for me as it was the first time i've actually recorded models with my camera.
We will be on tour for the National Narrow Gauge Convention this year. Please feel free to come visit us!

DCC And Electronics / DCC Decoders- "The Who's Who on Sound Decoders"
« on: June 14, 2015, 03:27:18 PM »
Hello Everyone,
I would like to invite y'all to view the Marker Lamp for this quarter. In this month's issue, my article, "The Who's Who on Sound Decoders" was published.
The Marker Lamp is available at
Also, the video that accompanies this article can be found at: 
The purpose of this article and video is to be a guide to anyone wanting sound in their locomotives, whether diesel or steam.
Blake Bogs
Houston, TX

HOn3 General Discussion Forum / Re: Working on the layout
« on: June 14, 2015, 03:14:23 PM »
Hi John,
Congratulations on the progress!
If you haven't already, I would try to contact members of the Lone Star Region in the Dallas area. I know of several members that are in HOn3.

I would recommend calling Soundtraxx and asking them. They have a great customer service dept.

Layouts And Layout Construction And Design / Chuck Lind's O/On3 Layout
« on: March 02, 2015, 10:14:10 AM »
It's not HOn3 but it is a great logging layout! On February 28, 2015, I was honored to join Chuck Lind as he received his last MMR certificate. The following photos were photos taken that day.

Btw, Chuck will also be open for the NG convention.

A quick update. I recently finished staining and installing all the turnout ties. Attached are a couple photos.

I am installing a control panel next week and will hopefully be finished with all the track work on the lower level by May 1st. I will post more photos once I completely finish the track work. Btw, I am planning on being open for the NG convention, so please come see me if you come!

HOn3 General Discussion Forum / Re: C-21 remotoring
« on: November 12, 2014, 07:37:13 PM »
Check with the "Loco Doc" aka Wayne Weiss. Although it might take a long time to get your locomotive back, he can take a locomotive that runs extremely bad at best run fantastically!

HOn3 General Discussion Forum / Petticoat Junction Open House
« on: November 06, 2014, 10:42:40 AM »
Hello All,
My name is Blake Bogs and I am the coordinator of the Petticoat Junction Model Railroad Fellowship Group. Each year we have an annual "Open House" where our members bring their current projects. This year our Open House is on November 7th, 2014, at Spring Creek BBQ from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM. We would like to invite everyone to come and join us for this open house.
Our group was started in 2004 with the intention of having a group of friends come together each month to eat barbecue and talk trains. Since 2004, our club has become so much more! We now have a group of members who possess a great wealth of information about model railroading. If you have any questions, someone in our group can probably answer them. Most months we have monthly clinics, and monthly movies preceding and following the clinics. We also have open house 1-2 times a year, and so much more!

We meet the first Friday of the month at:
Spring Creek Barbecue
4220 West FM 1960
(east of Stuebner-Airline)
Houston, TX 77068
Normally we meet at 6:00 PM

We hope y'all will come and join us for our open house meeting. If you have any questions email us at:

In addition to Petticoat Junction's Open House, several Houston Area Layout's including Barry Bogs' Colorado and Western Railroad, All Points North Model Railroad Club, and Tuffy Henderson's MTS Railroad are open this weekend.
Please view the link below for Dates and Times

Thanks so much,

Blake Bogs
Petticoat Junction Coordinator

HOn3 General Discussion Forum / Re: NNGC 2015!
« on: October 25, 2014, 04:58:59 PM »
You really can't go wrong with a lot of the layout's in Houston. The best HOn3 layouts in Houston are Jim Lemmond, Eddie Carroll, and Gil Freitag. Allow at least an 1-3 hours for Eddie's and Gil's. I guarantee you, you will not go home unsatisfied!

HOn3 General Discussion Forum / NNGC 2015!
« on: September 23, 2014, 12:17:08 AM »
Just in case you haven't see the website yet for the National Narrow Gauge Convention in 2015, it is officially up! If you haven't heard, the convention will be in Houston!!!! My layout will hopefully be open and my dad's layout will most defiantly be open! Here's the link for the convention and if you haven't see the preview video check it out at It is 9 minutes long, but it's well worth it. The layouts on the video in order are Barry Bogs (Gn3/G) (My dad's layout), Craig Brantley's On3 Layout, Chuck Lind's On3 Layout, Paul Cezak's On3 Layout, Eddie Carroll's Incredible HO/HOn3 Layout (If you haven't been here, it's well worth the trip. 1 round trip on the HOn3 sections takes a good 3 hours going fast), Craig Raymond's Sn3 Layout, and last but certainly not least Gil Freitag's Incredible HO/HOn3 (Stoney Creek and Western Railroad).
I look forward to meeting and seeing a lot of y'all at the convention!
Blake Bogs

HOn3 General Discussion Forum / Re: Blackstone Track
« on: September 17, 2014, 12:52:36 PM »
Great track. I bought it to run my Blackstone on until i got my layout running and worked great. It's well worth the price!

Layouts And Layout Construction And Design / Re: Layout design Help Needed
« on: September 05, 2014, 12:03:49 AM »
Check out
You could change up the plan to fit your room. Instead of having it on a 4X8, split up the plan and maybe go around the wall? Maybe add some tracks, remove others.
Another track plan I absolute loved was the beer line (Model Railroader Jan, 2009). It's not Colorado/NM scenery but could be easily added.
Good luck with the track plan! Once you decide what you want, please post it.

HOn3 General Discussion Forum / Re: Casting Resin Parts?
« on: September 01, 2014, 02:00:23 PM »
Hi Batey,
My dad casts most of his scratch built locomotives with urethane.  He will make a master, make a box using styrene sheets, then use rubber to make the mold. Once the mold is done, he will make the part using urethane. The manufacturer he buys the supplies from is silpak (
The most extensive project he has done with casting is the F Unit project. Check it out on his website at
The only problem I have seen is the smaller the scale, the more difficult it is to cast it. Since he is casting in G scale, he has had very few problems. I have cast several parts for myself in HO scale using his system. The hardest part is making the mold without mold lock.
If you have more questions, let me know.
Ps:My dad's layout will be open for the NNGC in 2015 in Houston! More info coming soon.......

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