Curb Appeal, Part Three

Finishing up US Highway 6, a major arterial thoroughfare in Iowa City, and the first road constructed for The Hills Line. Last time I built out the curbs, medians, and other elements. On this entry we'll paint and detail the road to match the prototype. My weapons of choice are, as always, whatever cheap and … Continue reading Curb Appeal, Part Three

Curb Appeal, Part One

Roads and grade crossings on a model railroad are two things that every visitor to our layouts can quickly identify and relate with. That comes from the simple fact that we interact with roads on a regular and ongoing basis. On The Hills Line I've begun construction of US Highway 6, a major arterial road … Continue reading Curb Appeal, Part One

Prepping for Track

If it feels like I'm taking forever to get to tracklaying, you'd be correct. But the extended effort now should benefit down the road when the rubber meets the road... or the ties meet the foam. First off, the deck and bridge ties for the Iowa River bridge are complete and installed. The bridge is … Continue reading Prepping for Track