Conjuring Sandwiches And Pretzels

Most model train layouts are constructed using a single large table or custom built display. For hobbyists, this is usually a long-term investment, with incremental steps taken over a longer period of time, like reconstructing an antique car or motorcycle. A large amount of space is dedicated to the project, enough to house the display…

Plotting the Track

With introductions and explanations accomplished, it’s time to start working on the project and creating the Burnesyd Magical Muggle Railway. As I originally mentioned, this display will only be setup for at most three months, most likely between November and January. It has to fit into our living room and accommodate a tree somewhere in…

Owl Post! May 26th

I wanted to post something short, just to identify what has been going on and why there seems to have been a lull since my last flurry of posts.  A lot has been occurring in the last two weeks and I am just now finishing a straight seven day work week due to a change…

Misinformation Managed

In both Aparecium! The Hogwarts Express and Accio Prospectus Secundia, I stated that Lionel had lost its license to produce the O Gauge Hogwarts Express train set in late 2016. While this remains true, it appears that that time,  Lionel has regained their contract and now are producing a new version of the Hogwarts Express…

The Cedrick Diggory of Train Sets

One thing I think that bears mentioning, especially given the purpose of this blog, is that the Lionel Polar Express set got a disproportionate amount of love from Lionel in comparison to the Hogwarts Express.  As I began researching available products and resources for this project, naturally existing model train sets and landscapes were the…

Show & Tell: Cinematic or Literary?

A constant consideration that I feel compelled to make at each step of this project is exactly where to pull my inspiration from; what would be my best resource? Clearly, the Harry Potter series is an immensely popular world that nearly everyone is familiar with.  The problem is that sometimes we have two conflicting versions…

Accio Prospectus Secundia!

Or the “Wish-I-Could-Know-I-Can’t” List I have a number of design requirements and expectations for this project that I am expecting to meet, but along with those were several that I know I either cannot meet at all or would be too difficult given the project’s specific characteristics.  I post them here both as a response…

Daily Prophet, May 3rd, 2017

Make sure to read our thrilling expose on the Muggle who would master the Magical Train!  Is an American trying to steal a cultural icon of the Wizarding World?  The Daily Prophet has come into possession of documentation that suggests an American Muggle is formulating plans to steal the Hogwarts Express.  Our competitor The Quibbler…

The Hogwarts Express: Of Magic and Machinery

The history of the revered Hogwarts Express truly begins in 1692 with the International Statute of Secrecy.  Upon until that point in time, transportation of the Hogwarts students had been the responsibility of the parents.  This resulted in a wide variety of means being employed to arrive at the school some with rather drastic consequences. …

Aparecium! The Hogwarts Express

I feel that it’s important that I discuss the core of this project, the Lionel Hogwarts Express O-gauge train set, before the project truly launches in earnest in order to share with everyone the details of what is essentially the core of the project.  For some this might not be important, but I know that…

I’ve been working on the railroad…

I do swear that I have! If perhaps, not necessarily ‘the live-long day’.  I apologize for not having posted anything ‘train-related’ lately.  There has been a lot of things occurring ‘offline’ that inhibited my ability to finish my current Burnesyd Magical Muggle Railway project.  The good news is that the project in question is our…

Five Men at a Table

This post will be a bit different from the rest as it will not have anything to do with trains or the Burnesyd Magical Muggle Railway. However, I felt it was an interesting enough mental exercise and substantially thought-provoking and thus was suitable for inclusion on this site. Hopefully, you may enjoy it was well…