Upgrade, Part One

"Change is easy. Improvement is far more difficult" -Ferdinand Porsche- For the longest time I told myself that I was perfectly content with using 1st generation Tsunami decoders controlled by my CVP EasyDCC system. After all, I had fully amortized my investment long before construction began on The Hills Line. The sound and motor control … Continue reading Upgrade, Part One

Everywhere a Sign

"The sign said you've got to have a membership card to get inside"-Five Man Electrical Band- I'm continuing on my detailing kick. Mostly to avoid tackling some of the larger, and possibly more pressing needs on the layout. But also because it's a lot of fun... even if the final product only takes up an … Continue reading Everywhere a Sign

Fences, Sawyer Style

“Like it? Well I don’t see why I oughtn’t to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"-Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer- It's always fun when you can get to the point on any layout where you're able to add those little details that bring a scene … Continue reading Fences, Sawyer Style

The Second Customer

"No one remembers who came in second."-Walter Hagen- History is filled with stories of almost and what if. Even the prototype Hills Line is a statement to what could have been. Despite the dubious honor of being the runner up in carloads in reality, City Carton Recycling now holds the distinction of being completed first … Continue reading The Second Customer