Blend

Progress continues on the City Carton area of The Hills Line. Previously I had wrapped up building and painting the large parking lots and numerous roads in the space, as well as constructed the support warehouses for the complex. After the paint and striping was dry, I weathered everything following methods developed by Lance Mindheim. … Continue reading Blend

The Electric Company

"We're gonna light up the dark of night like the brightest day in a whole new way" -Joe Raposo/Children's Television Workshop- The formal owner of the prototype Hills Line is the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway, a subsidiary of Alliant Energy. Considering its history as an electric interurban, the ownership makes sense. And considering … Continue reading The Electric Company

Conversation Starter

I will admit something. I don't find enjoyment in modeling locomotives and freight cars. There are obviously excellent examples of those that do, and they deserve our kudos. But it doesn't appeal to me. Locomotives and cars are one part of a larger aspect to model railroading. I can play chess with rocks and sticks … Continue reading Conversation Starter

Relics

At the far southern end of the prototype Hills Line sits a relic of times long vanished... The Plymouth HLC-2 locomotive dates to 1928 and spent most of its life as Union Railroad of Oregon #1. After 40-some years of work as the sole locomotive on the line, it was retired and sold to Eldon … Continue reading Relics