Endless Horizons

I've used the phrase Endless Horizons several times to describe my philosophy and methods in using photo backdrops on model railroads. The goal is to take a 16-inch deep piece of foam board and make it seem as if it stretches for miles and miles. Doubly important than making a model railroad seem bigger than … Continue reading Endless Horizons

One More Bridge to Cross

"Just when he thinks he can lay down and roll He's seen the place he's looking for coming up the road" -N. Ashford/V. Simpson- On this Thanksgiving Eve, I know I'm supposed to be grateful for the truly-important things. Good health, good family, good fortune. But to be honest this year I find myself grateful … Continue reading One More Bridge to Cross

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

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