About the MFR

The Metaline Falls Railroad (MFR) is a proto-freelanced model railroad based on the Pend Oreille Valley Railroad located in northern Idaho and north eastern Washington State. For the very latest on the layout, please visit my YouTube channel and follow along with my Instagram account and Facebook Group.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Moving to Facebook

It seems that pretty much everyone has moved their "blog-style' documentation of their layouts over to the Facebook platform. It's not a bad idea as it is a really easy way to find and discuss good hobby-related content. Please head on over there to join the group and see the latest updates related to my layout!


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Wordless Wednesday #23


It is 5:41 AM on June 23. A westbound grainer comes off the bridge crossing Lake Pend Oreille just south of Sandpoint, ID. The train is pulled by BNSF 4781and 4651 (GE Dash 9-44CW) and pushed by an unknown unit and the BNSF 7871 (GE ES 44DC). Photo by Bob Wilcox.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Friday, March 5, 2021

How-To: Terrific Trackwork!

A video I've been promising I'd have up "soon" for a year now! Now that my trackwork is 95% complete on my 4th(-ish) layout, I've finally figured out how to do it well!


Monday, February 22, 2021

Movie Mondays #14

 Youtube User "Boomer Dioramas" has a whole host of really fantastic videos showing off the fun that can be had with a very limited amount of space. His modeling and insights must not be missed!

Additionally, a good friend in the hobby who has shared a TON of information with me concerning the POVA over the years has shared a really great video with us showing off his own efforts at modeling the little railroad along the Pend Orelle.  Check out the rest of his videos on the day-to-day operations of his dairy farm as well! Fascinating stuff!

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Monday, February 1, 2021

Just Trains! - Episode 1

 People seem to really respond to any video that I put out showing trains running on the layout. (probably because it is proof that I am ACTUALLY making forward progress, slow though it may be.)

So I decided to put out a video of just trains.  This first one is a learning experience, but one of the more enjoyable videos I've produced so far, so be ready for many more in the future!