Paw-sitive Progress

The sheer amount of structures on The Hills Line built from or including Rix Products components continues to climb. It's almost as if the zoning board of eastern Iowa thumbed through a Pikestuff catalog when laying out the industrial areas around the railroad. My latest project involved the immensely simple Veterinary Associates structure on East … Continue reading Paw-sitive Progress

Tagged

Graffiti is an unfortunate but absolutely necessary aspect of modeling today's railroads. Since The Hills Line is firmly set in the modern era, tags are ever present on buildings, bridges, and rolling stock. Fortunately the process is made easier thanks to some readily available commercial products. Blair Line's laser-cut decals come in a wide variety … Continue reading Tagged

Evidence of Things Not Seen

The prototype Hills Line is a combination of the CRANDIC Railway's original interurban line between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the Rock Island's ex-BCR&N line that ran between Elmira and Iowa Junction, Iowa. Both lines are well past the century mark, and therefore littered with railroad relics. I knew from the outset that … Continue reading Evidence of Things Not Seen