Red Star Railway's Comments

02 July 2020

Dear Friends --

I really need your help.

For some months now, I have been looking high and low for information on the OLD numbering system (pre-1989) for passenger carriages and goods wagons. Thanks to Dmitry Zinoviev's website, I'm pretty proficient at the 1989 system, but I have an urgent need for format-correct numbers to help a friend to produce a new commercial model. I've scoured I've searched my Russian railway books (most of which date from the period 1950s-1970s). No luck.

So, PLEASE -- if you can and would help, I would be most grateful.


03 May 2020

Dear Friends,

Early (very early) this morning, my new friend Andries emailed me from Thailand. He kindly inquired whether I was still here, and hopefully okay in the midst of this Covid19 situation. He let me know that people have been asking about me, and gently suggested that I post a new comment to calm whatever worries people may have. Thanks, Andries.

So, here it is, and here I am. Bottom line: I'm okay, and so is Mimi my old Boston Terrier. I keep Mimi and myself fed; Mimi makes certain I get abundant exercise, of course! I work when I can, logistics permitting. When I can't, I've been going through my late wife's things and, when and as I can, moving them on to my wife's family. Sometimes (last week, for example), I have to take a "time out" to straighten up the flat and get rid of the **junk** just to give Mimi and me some breathing space and perhaps the temporary sense of order.

And, yes -- I do mask whenever I leave the flat.

With regard to railway models -- frustrating. I have in process a number of models -- one 2TE10U set, one 3TE10U set, castings for another 2TE10U set, plus a pilot model for a new variant on an old model and four wagons. All of these have been held up by logistical issues. I do what I can, every day, but it drives me nuts.

Okay! For now, that's enough. Til next time, stay well, be safe, and hold close those who are dear to you.

15 February 2020

Subject: No, I Am Not Quitting!

Dear Friends --

After receiving several emails in response to my previous comment (now deleted!) observing the twenty-seventh anniversary of the date I made the decision to devote the remainder of my life to studying, modelling, and encouraging interest in the former Soviet Railways. The wording of my previous comment was poor -- a number of readers assumed I was going to cease producing Russian-prototype railway models
for sale.

Hear me now: I am NOT ceasing production of Russian-prototype railway models.

It won't be like the old days (2000-2016), when I could buy parts and supplies wholesale and when valued sources of parts and materials were still in business (think IHC/AHM in the USA and Mashima can motors). It's difficult to find AHM and IHC mechanisms and parts. But it can be done.

So, as the old radio hosts used to say, "Stay tuned." And I shall get back to work.

Best wishes,