Conversation Starter

I will admit something. I don't find enjoyment in modeling locomotives and freight cars. There are obviously excellent examples of those that do, and they deserve our kudos. But it doesn't appeal to me. Locomotives and cars are one part of a larger aspect to model railroading. I can play chess with rocks and sticks … Continue reading Conversation Starter

Relics

At the far southern end of the prototype Hills Line sits a relic of times long vanished... The Plymouth HLC-2 locomotive dates to 1928 and spent most of its life as Union Railroad of Oregon #1. After 40-some years of work as the sole locomotive on the line, it was retired and sold to Eldon … Continue reading Relics

River Redux

"I get by with a little help from my friends" -Lennon/McCartney- I really do value the community of model railroading. The number of friends, colleagues, and acquaintances that express interest in, and often support me in this hobby, is humbling. Case in point, my friends and fellow IAIS modelers Joe Atkinson and Scott Thornton. Thanks … Continue reading River Redux

Electric Boogie

"Come let me take you on a party ride, And I'll teach you the electric slide" -Marcia Griffiths- One of the least visible, but hopefully most-effective changes I've made between the construction of my former IAIS Grimes Line and The Hills Line has been in my approach to wiring the layout. Towards the end of … Continue reading Electric Boogie