Every Litter Bit Helps

Real railroads are disgusting. They're covered with dirt and grime and sludge and oil and waste. Modeling them effectively therefore requires an appropriate amount of dirt and grime and sludge and oil and waste. That's easily done with weathering methods on locomotives, rolling stock, and even buildings. But the crud should also extend to other … Continue reading Every Litter Bit Helps

Statute of Limitations

Truth be told, I've been living a double life when it comes to The Hills Line. For more than a year, I was developing separate areas on the layout concurrently for two separate publications. The first was for my personal methods of distribution, which include this website along with my numerous social media outlets. The … Continue reading Statute of Limitations

Transitions

There are several phrases used in this hobby that have long been attributed to the leaders of this hobby. Allen McClelland coined Good Enough, Tony Koester defined Layout Design Elements, and David Barrow brought Dominos to our lexicon. I'm no leader, but I'm claiming Endless Horizons, at least in the realm of model railroading. The … Continue reading Transitions

Simple Little Things

"Not all dreams are great big dreams. Some peoples' dreams are small." -N.R. Nash, T. Jones, & H. Schmidt- The apparent appeal of modeling a smaller prototype is that you can take the time to include the little details that generally aren't found on larger layouts. Not that the larger ones don't have such details, … Continue reading Simple Little Things