Now You See It…

With the completion of the Surroundings Interiors warehouse, I can finally get to work on one of the biggest visual concerns on The Hills Line, the Hill Track. On the prototype, the Hill Track connects the Iowa Interstate's yard in Iowa City with the Maiden Lane interchange on the industrial spur. On the layout, it … Continue reading Now You See It…

Better Living Through Consists

The Hills Line, both prototype and model, rarely had a need to run multiple units. There were times that a large number cars were need at Stutsmans in Hills, mostly during the fall agriculture rush, which necessitated additional power. But by and large, the industrial spur only saw trains pulled by a single locomotive. That … Continue reading Better Living Through Consists

Subcontracting

“Do what you do best and outsource the rest.” -Peter Drucker- The oft-quoted statement about model railroading is that its participants must possess a variety of somewhat-unrelated skillsets. Draftsman. Carpenter. Electrician. Scenic Designer. Some basic understanding of these are all required to be remotely successful in the hobby. And so it is inevitable that there … Continue reading Subcontracting

New Power

Well... it's not exactly new, since the prototype was built in 1972. Moreover, I've sat on this model since early 2015 until finally deciding to do something about it this year. A little history lesson... Thanks to the direct efforts of my friend and fellow IAIS modeler Joe Atkinson, Athearn released a set of four … Continue reading New Power