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;...

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....