The Iowa River

Little known fact... The Hills Line is the first layout I've built where I chose to model water. Let me clarify. Yes, it's true that there was water on the IAIS Grimes Line. But the Raccoon River was an afterthought brought on when I decided to redo to staging yard into a model of Fleur … Continue reading The Iowa River

Green Means We’re Growing

My hometown of Charleston has the unofficial motto of "Too Poor to Paint; Too Proud to Whitewash". Having lived in Iowa longer than I lived in the Lowcountry, I am no longer burdened with such limitations. The fascia and roadbed for The Hills Line are now painted and presented in their finished hue. For the … Continue reading Green Means We’re Growing

Catching Up, Part Two

For the past ten months, I've written about The Hills Line at my blog on the Model Railroad Hobbyist website. Rather than completely rehash what I've already posted, I want to bring this site up to speed with where the layout stands today in a three-part series highlighting the progress made so far. Part One detailed the … Continue reading Catching Up, Part Two