Iowa Business Supply

Out of the 19 planned structures on The Hills Line, a grand total of two are served by the railroad. That ratio is all together appropriate for the modern era, but means a majority of the industries on the layout are pure filler. The goal then becomes how to replicate these offline buildings so that … Continue reading Iowa Business Supply

To a Mouse

"The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men Gang aft agley, An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, For promis’d joy!" -Robert Burns, 1786- It's a good thing that I continue to enjoy the act of model railroading. For there are numerous times that I find myself once again enjoying aspects of the hobby … Continue reading To a Mouse

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 Continued

As progress continues on Lafayette Street in Iowa City, I find myself dealing with the dual nature of the scene. On one hand, it's the largest single road on The Hills Line. On the other, it'll be primarily blocked by structures between the road and the aisle. Like before, I painted the entire street using … Continue reading Lafayette Street Continued