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I can answer the following questions: Almost anything about the hobby, except complex electrical questions. Anything about table construction, model kit building, layout scenery, weathering and painting, adding lighting to structures and scenery. I cannot answer questions about the value or appraisal of an item through an e-mail question. The only true method to valuation is having the item in front of me. I will not answer any questions about complex wiring for signals, DCC, or switch motor installations.

Experience in the area

Model railroader since childhood. And that's quite a few years ago. My experience includes: Planning, Design, Benchwork Construction, Trackwork, Conceptualizing the placement of the basic scenic shell and future structure placement. Developing a "vision" of what the layout' them will be. Historical research. Model builder. Painter, Detailer and Weathering. Scenery Artisan, Model train room decorator. Freight car builder. Engine detailer. Turned my passion for model railroading to a full time career in 1998. I now design, build and construct model railroads. Focusing my skills on planning and design, model kit building services, scenery and structure installations, painting, weathering and detailing.


Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Rutland Railway Association.


Classic Toy Trains, January 2013


Self-taught Model Railroader turned professional consultant New York Institute of Technology, Communication Arts Degree C.W. Post College, Computer Graphics-Desktop Publishing Certificate Program Molloy College, MacIntosh Computer Studies-Certificate Program

Past/Present Clients

Sorry, I can not reveal their names. I will tell you that my clients range from 5 year olds to 75 year olds. My layout commissions are in private homes, hobby shops, hotel lobbies, libraries, museums and historical societies.

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william graham05/08/16101010Thanks for sharing your knowledge
Prashant S Akerkar 03/19/16101010Dear John Thanks. Thanks & Regards, Prashant .....
Noel 12/03/15101010Thank you for your quick and informative .....

Recent Answers from John Schaub

2016-05-02 running accessories:

Hello William,    Thank you being patient with answering your questions.  I just finished a Lionel layout for a client here in Vermont.  Here's what we need to review on your questions. Providing   the

2016-04-10 ho scale vehicles:

Tom,    Matchbox Lensney Models made in England. They produced a Ford Galaxie Police Car and a Fire Chief's Car  in the early 1960's. They were four door squad cars with the red "bubble gum" light on the

2016-03-11 Motorman Train Driving Licence.:

A railroad career in any area of the world is probably based on the same idea or principal.  For a person to become an engineer, they must go through the ranks of working from the  bottom up. Starting

2015-12-15 lionel diesel engine:

Check your instruction book that came with the engine. That should help you find the sound volume adjustment.  An engine from 1975 might need to be overhauled at this time. All low-voltage electric motors

2015-12-15 another question:

Hello Noel,    Sounds like a few problems.    1- Couplers are drooping and hanging up on the switch points  2- Make sure switch points (turnout rails) are set for the direction you want the engines to


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