A Little Privacy

Some of my favorite projects are the ones that I can knock out in a few moments, even if they don't add much to the overall look of the layout. That's the advantage of modeling a smaller railroad like The Hills Line. You can detail to your heart's content. Case in point, I needed a … Continue reading A Little Privacy

Every Litter Bit Helps

Real railroads are disgusting. They're covered with dirt and grime and sludge and oil and waste. Modeling them effectively therefore requires an appropriate amount of dirt and grime and sludge and oil and waste. That's easily done with weathering methods on locomotives, rolling stock, and even buildings. But the crud should also extend to other … Continue reading Every Litter Bit Helps

Surroundings Interiors

As I've previously mentioned, a majority of the structures on The Hills Line are not rail served. Including them on the layout remains necessary, since they're essential to setting both era and locale for the layout. The goal then becomes developing methods to construct these buildings in a way that's both efficient and effective. For … Continue reading Surroundings Interiors

Still On The Line

"I am a lineman for the county, and I drive the main roads" -Glen Campbell- I've found that I can knock out a set of power poles in a few minutes, which make them a fast and simple item to add to The Hills Line. Since power poles are common to just about any modeled … Continue reading Still On The Line