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Ever wanted to create your own Blog? Here is your chance to create a Blog on your Z scale layout, modeling project, or even contest entry! You can add photos, videos, and links to show in your blog. This is one of the latest modules, I wanted to be sure to re-introduce this powerful tool for our members use.
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Z Central Station Private Messaging
ZCS always had the ability to allow private messaging between members but now it is functional for you to use. When you log in you will notice a PM Notifier just under the search box on every ZCS web page. When you go to your profile page you will notice several new PM modules. Here is where you can have ZCS email you when you receive a new PM, compose a PM to another ZCS member by using their screen name. You can also review sent, received, and deleted private messages.
Free Online Magazines
Here is a online source for free magazines from various railroad related historical societies!
After the last train passed, angry residents in Detroit pull up the Detroit and Pontiac's line down Gratiot Avenue, which had been an irritant during bad weather. The tracks were relaid and torn up again. The railroad was given a reprieve in 1852.
First train operated over the Victoria Railway Bridge, Montreal. The first passenger train crossed the structure on December 17, 1859 and it was formally opened by the Prince of Wales, later to become King Edward VII, on August 25, 1860. The original structure was a single-track iron tubular bridge. The tube, when first constructed, was entirely enclosed and there were ventilation proble
Port Huron and Lake Michigan Rail Road (later GTW) opens line from Attica to Flint.
The "Western Nevada Railroad Company" incorporated.
US Supreme Court orders Union Pacific to sell its controlling interest in the Southern Pacific
St. Louis & Southwestern Railway Co, (Cotton Belt) files for bankruptcy.
Erie Railroad ends ferry sevice between Jersey City and Manhattan. Erie sells two of its ferry boats to the Lackawanna.
First revenue train runs through the CP Rail 9.1 mile Mount MacDonald Tunnel. This is the longest rail tunnel in the Americas. An official inaugural passenger train to officially open the line was run on May 3, 1989
First regular CP Rail train uses the new 9.1-mile Mount MacDonald Tunnel beneath Rogers Pass, British Columbia.
Michigan Shore Railroad purchases trackage in Muskegon from the Central Michigan Railroad. [MRRC]
VIA Rail Canada retires the last of its 6900 series LRC locomotives, as a result of the delivery of 700 series General Electric Genesis locomotives.
Z Central Station is looking to add more photos, articles, and kit instructions.
Z Central Station has 270+ documents in our library with 45+ kit instruction documents. We want to add more for future references. We would also like to add any articles from a simple kit build, train car repaint, anything to do with Z scale modeling.
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I've read lots of advice, howto, intro, and helpful things on the internet about modeling railroads.
But nowhere is there any information for the beginner, such as myself, on how to document a build online. A sort of best practices for noobs. Sure I can read about how to blog one place and macro photo in another; there's an article or two published about photographing models every now and then. Composition and framing subjects aside, there isn't much in terms of sharing the process of building itself.
dedicated site / cms / blog
hosted blog (like this one)
facebook / google+
flickr / instagram
live video stream
They all have their pluses and minuses. For now, it seems like the hosted blog is the best way. They're great for just text and photos with tagging. The only problem with it is the backing up the posts on to a computer I own - an easily solved problem.
I'll will try to document my build here ~ if it gets in the way, a webcam and live stream will replace it.