A Light Approach

The Hills Line, both prototype and model, is primarily a daylight affair. While I have no doubt that there were times that crews either started their day at the crack of dawn or ended it just as the last rays were dipping below the horizon, as far as I'm concerned it's always sunny and warm … Continue reading A Light Approach

Where You Are

Several years ago, noted model railroader Bill Darnaby of Maumee Route fame coined the phrase macro vs micro operations. In a nutshell, macro model railroad operations focus on the movement of complete trains against each other, while micro model railroad operations focus on the movement of individual cars to either their next or possibly final … Continue reading Where You Are

Bringing up the Rear

I've mentioned previously how model railroading, as a business, remains primarily a cottage industry. Yes, more and more aspects of the industry are being controlled by larger and larger conglomerates. But there are a multitude of providers that are ultimately mom and pop shops. Case in point, MAC Rail Products, LLC. Based out of Fort … Continue reading Bringing up the Rear

Evidence of Things Not Seen

The prototype Hills Line is a combination of the CRANDIC Railway's original interurban line between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the Rock Island's ex-BCR&N line that ran between Elmira and Iowa Junction, Iowa. Both lines are well past the century mark, and therefore littered with railroad relics. I knew from the outset that … Continue reading Evidence of Things Not Seen