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

Concrete Jungle

I'm having to relearn how to model large expanses of concrete and asphalt. On the IAIS Grimes Line I was able to construct the eight-foot long Swanson Boulevard that ran parallel to the PDM Spur out of a single piece of styrene, thanks to a local plastics supplier offering single-sheet purchases. For The Hills Line, it … Continue reading Concrete Jungle

Change of Pace

With the signature scene of The Hills Line complete, it's time to switch gears and model some of the industrial aspects of the industrial spur. The portion of Iowa City south of downtown is a motley collection of commercial and light-industrial warehouses. This is a change from the IAIS Grimes Line, which I always referred … Continue reading Change of Pace