Through a Pensieve Cheerily

With track layout determined and measurements taken and with my blueprints for the display sections completed, one last step remained: making design mock-ups. By this, I mean creating artistic interpretations of what I am expecting the final train display to look like, complete with scenery and surrounding environment. Knowing what my project will end up…

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…

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…

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…

Expecto Animatum!

Another little treat…. My new YouTube channel intro! This will be the intro on my YouTube channel for all VLOGS that I create to accompany the traditional posts I make on this blog.  So, keep an eye out on BurneSyd Magical Muggle Railroad w/ Prof. BurneSyd for new videos periodically.

Rough Display Layout

I have a trifecta of posts coming out in the next couple of days, but for now, here is a little peek into my tentative plans for the track layout: While this is very rudimentary, it nonetheless gives a rough idea of what I’ll be planning on accomplishing.  I’ll be doing a post later on…

Chapter 4: Accio Prospectus!

Now that I’ve established how the Burnesyd Magical Muggle Railway came to be conceived, it’s time to actually talk about what it will be.  I suppose the best place to start that would be in describing the basic conceptual and structural requirements that I’ve determined are necessary.  It’s great to have a wonderful idea, but…