Electric Boogie

"Come let me take you on a party ride, And I'll teach you the electric slide" -Marcia Griffiths- One of the least visible, but hopefully most-effective changes I've made between the construction of my former IAIS Grimes Line and The Hills Line has been in my approach to wiring the layout. Towards the end of … Continue reading Electric Boogie

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

Gandy Dancing: Turnouts

There's something cathartic about the sound of a UPS Truck idling in front of your home, followed closely by the resounding THUMP of a heavily-loaded parcel landing on your front porch. Especially when you've been anticipating its arrival. After several months of room prep, benchwork construction, backdrop painting, and fascia installation, it's finally time to … Continue reading Gandy Dancing: Turnouts