Six Words

If the description of Mill Road were distilled down to one sentence it might be: “There used to be more here.” If it had a theme song, it would be something contemplative with strings or perhaps a Celtic vibe that puts you in a mood to consider the past and what it...

Artistry and Craft

Artistry and Craft There’s been a growing discussion about whether model building can rise to the level of art. I think this is a backwards approach. We filter things through our own worldview and define them accordingly. There is a tendency to put model building in a...

It’s Personal

We’re looking south. Over the next mile or so, there are three street crossings before we encounter a curve to the left that takes us to the junction with Norfolk Southern’s Richmond Secondary. Traffic on this short branch is just a few covered hoppers for a wire and...

Owning My Voice

I’m participating in an online workshop for creative people such as artists, writers, musicians and so on. One of the exercises we’re asked to do is produce a piece of creative work every day for the 100 days of the workshop. I started a journal titled Owning My Voice...

The First Encounter

The First Encounter Do you remember your first encounter with trains? When I think of trains, memories of sights and sounds that I can’t experience firsthand anymore come flooding back. I recall the joy of watching a train from the window of my childhood home, of...