My latest book, Shortlines You Can Model, Vol. 1 is now available for purchase via Amazon.
Imagine a shortline set in a tropical city where English is the secondary language, and trackside voodoo rituals are commonplace. Palm trees, oppressive humidity, a narrow ship-clogged canal, and one-story pastel-colored structures with peeling paint and murals complete the scene.
Now, take that background image and overlay an arrow-straight, mile-long, spur worked by an aging SW8 in peeling mint green paint running down an often flooded right-of-way to serve a handful of industries clinging to the banks of the river.
Welcome to The Swamp Rat, Miami’s short-lived and largely forgotten, shortline.
This richly photographed and engaging backstory serves as a plausible fiction theme for the freelance shortline modeler. The journey starts with the backstory. It then moves on to the design and construction strategies needed to bring it to life.