The Case for Mockups

I have a love/hate relationship when it comes to making mockups on a model railroad. On one hand, it annoys me to spend time on something that I know will end up in the trash instead of on The Hills Line. On the other, I really hate redoing things I've already done, so taking the … Continue reading The Case for Mockups

Bespoke Operations

Whenever a guest operator would visit my former IAIS Grimes Line layout, I would always include a quick briefing ahead of starting the session. Each time, I opened with the following statement: "This will take as long as you want it to." That somewhat cryptic comment wasn't meant to serve as some sort of Dante-esque … Continue reading Bespoke Operations

Nothing beside remains

I met a traveller from an antique land, Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. . . . I've gotten several messages recently, all asking variations of the same question. Why'd you get rid of the Grimes Line? For the record, I didn't get to make that decision. Near them, … Continue reading Nothing beside remains