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

Upgrade, Part Three

In retrospect, I spent a fair amount of time debating if I should go with Soundtraxx Tsunami2 or ESU Loksound 5 decoders when I made the decision to upgrade my locomotive roster on The Hills Line. Both have clear pros and cons when it comes to their design and execution. Ultimately I made the decision … Continue reading Upgrade, Part Three

Upgrade, Part Two

As part of the ongoing upgrades and improvements to the control system on The Hills Line, I made the decision to completely replace all the decoders in my existing locomotives. After several months of research, as well as rather frank discussions with modelers and operators whose opinions I value, I ultimately decided to go with … Continue reading Upgrade, Part Two

Upgrade, Part One

"Change is easy. Improvement is far more difficult" -Ferdinand Porsche- For the longest time I told myself that I was perfectly content with using 1st generation Tsunami decoders controlled by my CVP EasyDCC system. After all, I had fully amortized my investment long before construction began on The Hills Line. The sound and motor control … Continue reading Upgrade, Part One