The View from Madison Street

As I previously mentioned, the large potable water tank just north of the IAIS deck-girder bridge in Iowa City doesn't play a role in the operating scheme of The Hills Line. However its presence is commanding enough to warrant inclusion on the layout. The tank itself is part of the larger Madison Street Services Building … Continue reading The View from Madison Street

Curb Appeal, Part Two

My last post detailed the start of construction of US Highway 6, a major arterial road in Iowa City and over The Hills Line. As with any scenic element that covers or crowds the rails, I spent time testing numerous trains over the crossing to make sure I wouldn't have electrical or mechanical issues when … Continue reading Curb Appeal, Part Two

Something Borrowed

My grand plan of using Google Streetview images for photo backdrops on The Hills Line has, so far, been somewhat successful. To date I've been able to use or modify existing photos from in and around Iowa City, saving me the hassle and issue of traveling east to get what I need... which considering the … Continue reading Something Borrowed

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