Behind the Lens

"If you want a happy ending, that depends ... on where you stop your story." -Orson Welles- With the conclusion of The Hills Line with James McNab on Kalmbach Media's Model Railroader Video Plus, I thought it might be of interest to learn some of the backstory behind the show, and how I went about … Continue reading Behind the Lens

Bringing up the Rear

I've mentioned previously how model railroading, as a business, remains primarily a cottage industry. Yes, more and more aspects of the industry are being controlled by larger and larger conglomerates. But there are a multitude of providers that are ultimately mom and pop shops. Case in point, MAC Rail Products, LLC. Based out of Fort … Continue reading Bringing up the Rear

Refuse

ref·use (rĕf′yo͞os)n. Items or material discarded or rejected as useless or worthless In reviewing old photos of the IAIS Grimes Line, one constant that stands out is how clean the right-of-way was. In reality, railroads are filthy, disgusting, and dangerous locales covered with trash and garbage generated both by the act of railroading, and also the result of railroading. I can somewhat justify the clean appearance … Continue reading Refuse

City Carton Recycling

Make no mistake about it. The prototype Hills Line exists because Eldon C. Stutsman, Inc., the massive agriculture supply dealer in Hills, Iowa, continues to receive product by rail. However, the secondary customer on The Hills Line also puts on a good show, at least in my modeled era. Space constraints prevented me from modeling … Continue reading City Carton Recycling