Category: Los Angeles Junction Railway

Vernon

If you want to get picky the LAJ isn’t technically in LA, it’s in a separate municipality just south of downtown called Vernon.  I’d like to say I had the artistic forethought to pick a location for the LAJ that had a storied, textured past. Not so, I just go lucky.  Seriously, how can you…


Communicating the Emotion of Timelessness

  I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to articulate, either in writing or photographically, why I’m so drawn to  Allapattah (Miami), Hialeah (Miami) or Vernon (LA).  Time never seemed to move on in these places, seemingly locked permanently in the forties and fifties. Walking down 22nd Street in Miami or 48th Street in Vernon…


Corona Avenue

View of completed scene looking south towards the Corona Avenue grade crossing. This unique crossbuck, although just a block from the LAJ, actually belongs to BNSF.  Note the flattened pipe post.  Too interesting not to “borrow” for my layout!


4300 District Blvd. Final

The 4300 District Blvd. structure is now finished and also wraps up the structures on the LAJ layout.  Although, at this point, the layout would look complete to the casual visitor, there is still work to be done.  The next step is to go back and add details, do some blemish cleanup, and fine tune the…


Threading the Eye of the Needle

In his must-read piece, “11 Lessons Learned” in the April issue of MR, Tony Koester writes “One huge lesson gleaned from even a cursory review of the V&O was to model the ordinary.  It’s all too easy to compile a list of eye-catching prototypes to model, and the inevitable result is that everything competes to…