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

Relics

At the far southern end of the prototype Hills Line sits a relic of times long vanished... The Plymouth HLC-2 locomotive dates to 1928 and spent most of its life as Union Railroad of Oregon #1. After 40-some years of work as the sole locomotive on the line, it was retired and sold to Eldon … Continue reading Relics

Swedish Storage

The decision to use Ikea's IVAR shelving units as the base of the benchwork for The Hills Line continues to pay off in spades. I'm still finding ways to adapt and adjust the system to fit both the needs of the layout, as well as the needs of the household. My most recent addition is the … Continue reading Swedish Storage

Fahrvergnügen

From my phenomenally-limited and biased research, it seems that I may have one of the few active and functional integrations of Iowa Scaled Engineering's ProtoThrottle with CVP's EasyDCC system. Recently I received an email asking if I could detail my setup on The Hills Line. First and foremost, my CVP/ProtoThrottle arrangement is like a fine … Continue reading Fahrvergnügen