"If you want something stuck in someone's head, put it in a sequence of three." -Brian Clark- Previously I had written about how I adapted Iain Rice's Linked-Up Logger layout concept for the general design of The Hills Line. Since our basement arrangement requires any plan to be divided into three distinct spaces, I had … Continue reading Homage
"Compromise is like the middle of the road; always safer to walk on than the edges." -Dwight D. Eisenhower- The north end of the modeled portion of The Hills Line features what I believe is the signature scene of both the prototype as well as the entire Iowa Interstate Railroad: The IAIS's deck-girder bridge in … Continue reading The Curve
Blame Iain Rice. He taught me how to make a model railroad work in our basement. Our basement, like so many others, is a less than ideal environment. Low ceilings, exposed pipes, uneven walls, you name it we've got it. But by far the biggest impediment to layout design is the need to pass through. … Continue reading A Layout Divided
I had numerous choices when deciding on the name for this new layout. The Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway (the owner of the line) officially uses CIC for its reporting marks. But everyone knows it as the CRANDIC, a simple but catchy combination of the railroad's namesake cities. Formally, my modeled portion is the … Continue reading What’s in a name?