Cornering

There's no such thing as the perfect layout space, and our basement proves that as fact time and time again. Over the lifetime of The Hills Line, as well as other layouts I've built in that space, I've made what I feel are significant compromises to make a model railroad fit in our lower level. … Continue reading Cornering

Lafayette Street

"Nous voila, Lafayette" -Charles Stanton- By far, the scene that I was most proud of on my IAIS Grimes Line layout was the NW 86th and Swanson Boulevard intersection in Clive, Iowa. The combination of narrow benchwork and photo backdrops, punctuated by the Industrial Spur's stop-and-check crossing, made it an excellent introduction to the layout. Ultimately … Continue reading Lafayette Street

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

Gandy Dancing: Bridges

The last portions of track to lay on The Hills Line are for the variety of bridges on the layout. In the past I would cut in standalone bridge track where appropriate, but this time I wanted to try to integrate the flex track directly into the bridge decking. That way I avoided the inevitable … Continue reading Gandy Dancing: Bridges