Stuff Happens In The Real World

Chris Roy sent me a link to this channel and I’ve enjoyed watching a few of the videos. It’s always interesting to me how the prototype deals with things versus the way modelers view similar things. Here are a couple of examples. The next time a model...

Thoughts On Staging Tracks

Staging has become such a given of layout design that often times the volume of staging track exceeds the amount of visible track on a layout. With a cameo design like Mill Road, where operations focus only on a handful of car movements, I don’t need a ton of staging...

Fade To Black

Do we need a backdrop? We all know the problems of creating a realistic backdrop. The explosion of photomurals helps but they aren’t a cure-all. It takes skill to turn a flat vertical plane into the illusion of volumetric space that conveys the depth we see outside....

The Allure Of Empty Wall Space

In Mill Road, I wanted to reduce a scene to its essential core, both visually and operationally. Such a focus gives the layout a strong sense of place and power for the imagination. Similar to how we interact with the railroad, you are here, in this place and there...