Building The Backsides

If there's an advantage to modeling a prototype that only features two online industries, it's that the offline industries tend to be rather simple in execution. Generally that's due to having their backsides visible to the railroad, which lack any loading docks or rolling doors, since they aren't rail served. It becomes a rather straightforward … Continue reading Building The Backsides

Now You See It…

With the completion of the Surroundings Interiors warehouse, I can finally get to work on one of the biggest visual concerns on The Hills Line, the Hill Track. On the prototype, the Hill Track connects the Iowa Interstate's yard in Iowa City with the Maiden Lane interchange on the industrial spur. On the layout, it … Continue reading Now You See It…

Disappear

In Episode 4 of The Hills Line with James McNab, I mentioned I had built a set of view blocks to mask trains when they're on the Hill Track. This acted as a way to reinforce the fact that they had left the modeled portion of the layout and were in staging. Maiden Lane Interchange … Continue reading Disappear