Bespoke Operations

Whenever a guest operator would visit my former IAIS Grimes Line layout, I would always include a quick briefing ahead of starting the session. Each time, I opened with the following statement: "This will take as long as you want it to." That somewhat cryptic comment wasn't meant to serve as some sort of Dante-esque … Continue reading Bespoke Operations

Thanks Tony

There's been a subtle but steady uptick of web searches for thehillsline.com over the past few days. And while I'd like to think it's because of the quality of my posts, I know better. It's not my writing, but rather Tony Koester's words that led you here. I would hope that I wouldn't have to … Continue reading Thanks Tony

Homage

"If you want something stuck in someone's head, put it in a sequence of three." -Brian Clark- Previously I had written about how I adapted Iain Rice's Linked-Up Logger layout concept for the general design of The Hills Line. Since our basement arrangement requires any plan to be divided into three distinct spaces, I had … Continue reading Homage

Filling Gaps

If you take a good look at the plan for The Hills Line, you'll see the oft-mentioned segments that make up the layout. Joining them together is a set of custom built lift-out sections assembled from whatever scraps were left over from benchwork construction. Since the sections are supposed to represented unmodeled portions of the … Continue reading Filling Gaps