Disappear

In Episode 4 of The Hills Line with James McNab, I mentioned I had built a set of view blocks to mask trains when they're on the Hill Track. This acted as a way to reinforce the fact that they had left the modeled portion of the layout and were in staging. Maiden Lane Interchange … Continue reading Disappear

Still On The Line

"I am a lineman for the county, and I drive the main roads" -Glen Campbell- I've found that I can knock out a set of power poles in a few minutes, which make them a fast and simple item to add to The Hills Line. Since power poles are common to just about any modeled … Continue reading Still On The Line

Upgrade, Part Three

In retrospect, I spent a fair amount of time debating if I should go with Soundtraxx Tsunami2 or ESU Loksound 5 decoders when I made the decision to upgrade my locomotive roster on The Hills Line. Both have clear pros and cons when it comes to their design and execution. Ultimately I made the decision … Continue reading Upgrade, Part Three

Upgrade, Part Two

As part of the ongoing upgrades and improvements to the control system on The Hills Line, I made the decision to completely replace all the decoders in my existing locomotives. After several months of research, as well as rather frank discussions with modelers and operators whose opinions I value, I ultimately decided to go with … Continue reading Upgrade, Part Two