Fences, Sawyer Style

“Like it? Well I don’t see why I oughtn’t to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"-Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer- It's always fun when you can get to the point on any layout where you're able to add those little details that bring a scene … Continue reading Fences, Sawyer Style

Finding Focus

With the annus horribilis that was 2020 done, I'm hopeful that 2021 will be just a little bit better for everyone. As far as The Hills Line is concerned, the start of a new year gives me opportunity to define my goals for the layout over the next 365 days. Producing The Hills Line with … Continue reading Finding Focus

The Second Customer

"No one remembers who came in second."-Walter Hagen- History is filled with stories of almost and what if. Even the prototype Hills Line is a statement to what could have been. Despite the dubious honor of being the runner up in carloads in reality, City Carton Recycling now holds the distinction of being completed first … Continue reading The Second Customer

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