The Hills Line is an eight mile industrial spur of the Iowa Interstate Railroad serving the eastern Iowa towns of Iowa City and Hills. This HO Scale version is designed to replicate the practices, policies, and procedures found on the prototype to provide guests and operators a flavor of real-life railroading.
Back to the ol’ Hills Line Mailbag… “Just a quick note to say I’ve noticed that you’ve moved your photo skills into the realm of outrageously great! Totally enjoy them. Keep up the good work.” Comments like this are greatly appreciated. And while I plan to continue to produce and provide what I consider publication-ready … Continue reading The 10,000-Foot View
It’s always fun on any project when you can just sit back and take in what has been accomplished. The Hills Line still has a to do list a mile long, but I’m finally at the point where the sum is greater than the individual parts. And that’s something to be thankful for. My best … Continue reading Thankful
Some of my favorite projects are the ones that I can knock out in a few moments, even if they don’t add much to the overall look of the layout. That’s the advantage of modeling a smaller railroad like The Hills Line. You can detail to your heart’s content. Case in point, I needed a … Continue reading A Little Privacy
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