The Curve

"Compromise is like the middle of the road; always safer to walk on than the edges." -Dwight D. Eisenhower- The north end of the modeled portion of The Hills Line features what I believe is the signature scene of both the prototype as well as the entire Iowa Interstate Railroad: The IAIS's deck-girder bridge in … Continue reading The Curve

One More Foot of Space

A follow-up to the previous entry about the lift-outs used on The Hills Line. When we rebuilt the basement of our home, we had a new staircase constructed for the space. The old stairs were uneven, narrow, and as we discovered... structurally unsound. Considering we had lived in our home for the better part of … Continue reading One More Foot of Space

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

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