Gandy Dancing: Flex Track

What is it about laying track that causes us to pull out every tool we own to get the job done? I have no doubt that the visual carnage currently present on top of my layout has been repeated in countless basements time and time again. Despite the feeling that a small bomb has been … Continue reading Gandy Dancing: Flex Track

Gandy Dancing: Turnouts

There's something cathartic about the sound of a UPS Truck idling in front of your home, followed closely by the resounding THUMP of a heavily-loaded parcel landing on your front porch. Especially when you've been anticipating its arrival. After several months of room prep, benchwork construction, backdrop painting, and fascia installation, it's finally time to … Continue reading Gandy Dancing: Turnouts

Prepping for Track

If it feels like I'm taking forever to get to tracklaying, you'd be correct. But the extended effort now should benefit down the road when the rubber meets the road... or the ties meet the foam. First off, the deck and bridge ties for the Iowa River bridge are complete and installed. The bridge is … Continue reading Prepping for Track

Green Means We’re Growing

My hometown of Charleston has the unofficial motto of "Too Poor to Paint; Too Proud to Whitewash". Having lived in Iowa longer than I lived in the Lowcountry, I am no longer burdened with such limitations. The fascia and roadbed for The Hills Line are now painted and presented in their finished hue. For the … Continue reading Green Means We’re Growing