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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

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.

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 / 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

Well it's been several months since I last posted an update on my layout. I am proud to say all the wiring and track has been installed and the layout is now running. I still need to put in a control panel, ties below the turnout, scenery, and alot more stuff! Hope y'all enjoy the photos!

Prototype Information / Texas State Railroad May 18, 2014
« on: July 16, 2014, 08:47:14 PM »
On May 18, 2014, I was able to drive out and chase Texas State Railroad with one of my friends that had never been train chasing before. This is the footage that we collected on that trip. Hope y'all enjoy!
PS: Btw if you haven't seen it yet, the Texas State Railroad recently produced a dvd, with help from volunteers. The all-volunteer crew has created this as a fundraiser for the railroad. All proceeds go to the railroad. You can not order this via the website, you must call Texas State and purchase it by phone. The DVD covering the history of the Texas State Railroad and the area it runs through. Every location between Rusk and Palestine, Texas, is explored in detail.  Please check out the promo

HOn3 General Discussion Forum / Model Power Closing
« on: April 23, 2014, 08:58:08 PM »
Hi all,
I heard yesterday on my local hobby shop's weekly newsletter ( that model power officially closed their doors yesterday. This is very sad news for the model railroad community.  If any of y'all were considering buying any model power models, I would order them asap.

Prototype Information / Texas State Railroad- Magma Arizona #7
« on: April 14, 2014, 10:36:12 AM »
Ok it's not narrow gauge or A HOn3 model, but here's what I've been up to lately. This past Saturday, a couple of my friends and I drove up to the Texas State Railroad to see the newly restored Magma Arizona #7. The following link is the video I took on Saturday.
Photos will be coming soon.... A special thanks to Earl, Steve, and all the staff at the Texas State Railroad for restoring this wonderful locomotive!


Announcements / Merry Christmas
« on: December 25, 2013, 12:49:44 PM »
Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas!
Blake Bogs

I am officially starting my layout this weekend! The plan was finalized today after months of working on it (Thanks to Craig Brantley for helping me design the layout and then putting it in cad for me).
The layout is a double deck modular layout with Some HO, Some HOn3, and Some Dual Gauge. The lower level has 1 town with a Standard Gauge Yard. There is also a Dual Gauge Loop on the Lower Level. The Second Level is all Narrow Gauge with a Yard and a 10 stall Durango Roundhouse. I plan on putting a small station there also. It will also feature a Chama Oil Rack in the yard. I will also feature a switch back with a mind or something similar to that (it will depend on what kit i'm able to find.
That layout will be 11 ft x 5.5 ft and as mention it will be modular. I must have it modular so I can move it after I finish college and get my own place. The radius is minimum 18 in radius. The rest will be anywhere from 20"-28" radius. The lower level will be at a height of 32", the top level will be at a height of 56", and the switchback will be at 60".
I will be happy to post the plan, but the website keeps rejecting it. I had this issue a while back when I tried to post some of my photos from the 463 charter. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know and I will try it!

HOn3 General Discussion Forum / Happy Fourth of July
« on: July 05, 2013, 12:45:12 AM »
Hey Guys,
Thought I would just say Happy Fourth of July to everyone and see what everyone has been up to. I'm just about to start bench work in the next 2-3 weeks. The plan is almost completely finalized. I will try to post photos when I start. I also just got one of the new Blackstone c-19's. It runs and looks fantastic like all Blackstone's do.

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