In The Process

Think back to the beginning of your interest in model trains. The odds are you started from zero, knowing nothing or very little about the craft. So you read a bunch of books and magazine articles, or scoured YouTube and learned how to do stuff. Your knowledge was...

Places of The Heart

Why are we drawn to some places more than others? What qualities do they have? I suggest that a connection has been made that tugs at our heart. We sense a positive feeling, a warmth and familiarity that draws us back and in, again and again. You’ve seen these...

Design The Invisible

There is an invisible story around model railroading. Invisible in that we take it for granted and seldom question whether it makes sense for our needs. Widely accepted ideas such as good enough, the three-foot rule, modeling the entire run from one yard to the next;...

Design The Time of Your Life

Canadian designer Bruce Mau has outlined a set of 24 design principles that is changing the way I see modeling. His principle of Design The Time of Your Life suggests that time is all we actually have. We’re busy. Almost everyone feels they are running behind from a...