David’s train light

“Hi Alastair:

Greetings from West Hartford, Connecticut, USA.

I have to tell you that the information you pass on to us is so helpful in creating our own “word of trains.”
A question: I’m almost positive that I saw about a year ago in one of your emails an article on using dryer lint to help in the making of scenery. I was going to print it out but never did. If it did come from you, would it be possible to send it out again? I’ve been thinking about it and why not use a handful of lint mixed with some green dye or very diluted green water base paint and sprinkled with some ground foam and you might have a decent looking shrub.

Thanks again for all the helpful information you send out.



Here’s a tip: I’m putting down G gauge track for my garden railroad. I’ve found that ¼” crushed gravel, not pea gravel, makes an excellent underlayment for the roadbed. But for ballast on top of that, I’m going to use #3 poultry grit! It’s just the right size, shape, and color, and it’s cheaper than dirt: $12.00 for a 50# bag at your local feed store.


“Not stunning, but I always keep a pot of sawdust going; it’s really useful for scatter material and can be glued in small clumps around the bases of walls etc, dabbed with a few different greens and yellows, and becomes weeds/foliage/whatever.


“I got this watch powered light i put on the back of this cab.


Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

A nice tip from David – works really well I thought.

Keep ’em coming.



7 Responses to David’s train light

  1. pretty coool idea for a light

  2. Please be very careful with dryer lint. It is extremely flammable. We demonstrate to Boy Scouts how to use dryer lint for starting camp fires.

  3. Clever!

  4. I just love all the inginuity you guy’s have and reading about it. I never throw out any card that has lights or fiber optics and colored leds. Been saving them since they came out. All sorts of uses as building lights and signage. Keep up the great work.

  5. I think back in the day the red light used to be called “Fred” Not so visible in the daylight but at night it could be seen very easily. I would think saved many an unnecessary collision.

  6. Great idea. Marvellous what can be done with old stuff which may be getting thrown out

  7. Please put that light controller in the caboose and maybe a 220 or 330 Ohm resistor in series with the Led and it will look just great. Nice idea though.

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