Meet The Modeler

Continuing my trend for blatant self promotion on this site, the past few weeks have been a very good time for me... promotionally speaking. First, the 2022 edition of Model Railroad Planning is now available on newsstands, in fine hobby shops, and online at the Kalmbach Hobby Store. My article, Demolition to Discovery, details the … Continue reading Meet The Modeler

New Power

Well... it's not exactly new, since the prototype was built in 1972. Moreover, I've sat on this model since early 2015 until finally deciding to do something about it this year. A little history lesson... Thanks to the direct efforts of my friend and fellow IAIS modeler Joe Atkinson, Athearn released a set of four … Continue reading New Power

Reach For New Horizons

One of the downsides of modeling from afar is the physical distance from me to my prototype. For the IAIS Grimes Line, I could (and routinely did) conduct research to and from work, since I crossed the line on my daily commute. With The Hills Line, it's a two-hour drive one way from here to … Continue reading Reach For New Horizons

Lafayette Street

"Nous voila, Lafayette" -Charles Stanton- By far, the scene that I was most proud of on my IAIS Grimes Line layout was the NW 86th and Swanson Boulevard intersection in Clive, Iowa. The combination of narrow benchwork and photo backdrops, punctuated by the Industrial Spur's stop-and-check crossing, made it an excellent introduction to the layout. Ultimately … Continue reading Lafayette Street