Author Archives: Jonathan Caswell

About Jonathan Caswell

Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?. Small Layout Scrapbook


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peek240 The Late creator of The Small Layout Scrapbook: Carl Ardent

An excellent website to check out if you are low on space is It is chock-full of ideas for small and “micro” layouts that could inspire you to build your own. There are many neat concepts for layouts that people attempt to execute in a small space. Narrow-Gauge lines, mainline terminals, switching puzzles and self-contained railroads are all seen in the pages of the small layout scrapbook. Since the death of the creator of the site, there have not been many postings, but there is a ton of pages going back years to dig into. Some of the most interesting things that can be found on the website include the classic switching puzzles and shadow-boxed layouts.

The classic switching puzzles include the Tymesaver, Switchman’s Nightmare, the Piano line, the Inglenook, Box Street Yard and others. These are small…

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Z Scale Has Come A Long Way


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Being at school without access to my N Scale trains or layout, I decided I wanted to get into something more mobile and compact, so I bought Z Scale for the first time. I was surprised by the number of options available in the market, but mostly one company was creating the abundance and variety: American Z Line. Their locomotives and rolling stock are the best on the market at the moment, with Micro-trains lagging behind in the locomotive department, as they have not updated their F7 in a while and new locomotives have been few and far between.

img_2169 The set-up on my desk

I bought various items to make an oval and an AZL GP unit with a bethgon set. I am impressed with the performance of the Geep, as it performs just as well as any diesel I have in N scale, albeit a tad noisier. The…

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In college while rail fanning,

Caught a picture while planning

My line of attack

Near that railroad track,

A college girl posed undemanding.

Blue and black CONRAIL

RS-3M’s we hailed…*

Wine and cheese—

Would I come, please?

But any hopes there failed!

–Jonathan Caswell

*The “RS-3M” was a road switcher train locomotive originally an RS-3, produced by ALCO, but re-engine with EMD diesel engines from scrapped E-8s.  The E-8 prime movers were still good and the old ALCOs had a few more years’ worth of reliable service if another diesel engine could be found to replace their original “244” prime mover engines that were increasingly harder to maintain.

As for the girl, it was okay, her room mate was okay, but I guess I was more interested in trains, then!

Picture is not from that time, but from a kind  and very fashionable Word Press Blogger!

Dear Clothes Manufacturers…



Dear clothes manufacturers,

Hello, I’m a woman. I wear women’s clothes. I like skirts and trousers and pyjamas. I like to carry a handbag sure but I wear clothes. They keep me warm and they keep me covered, and they’re generally pretty comfortable.

I would like to talk to you today about a few things. Please bear with me.

  1. Pockets. 
    Yes. Those wonderful things that ALL men’s clothes have. Pockets. You know those handy things which come on clothes which can be used to STORE things? Those. They can be useful to all of the people. Why do men get pockets in EVERYTHING, yet women are subjected to pockets only on select things? What is that all about? Yes I may carry a handbag, but I want to put my phone or my change (or whatever else I carry and need quick access to) in a pocket

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