Endless Horizons

I've used the phrase Endless Horizons several times to describe my philosophy and methods in using photo backdrops on model railroads. The goal is to take a 16-inch deep piece of foam board and make it seem as if it stretches for miles and miles. Doubly important than making a model railroad seem bigger than … Continue reading Endless Horizons

Thanks Tony

There's been a subtle but steady uptick of web searches for thehillsline.com over the past few days. And while I'd like to think it's because of the quality of my posts, I know better. It's not my writing, but rather Tony Koester's words that led you here. I would hope that I wouldn't have to … Continue reading Thanks Tony

One More Bridge to Cross

"Just when he thinks he can lay down and roll He's seen the place he's looking for coming up the road" -N. Ashford/V. Simpson- On this Thanksgiving Eve, I know I'm supposed to be grateful for the truly-important things. Good health, good family, good fortune. But to be honest this year I find myself grateful … Continue reading One More Bridge to Cross

Fording the River

Sometimes I wonder why I don't recognize earlier that something I decided to do is not going to be a success. I guess that's how we gain experience. Such is where I stand on building the Crandic's Iowa River Bridge on The Hills Line. In my last post I talked about my supposed logic for … Continue reading Fording the River