Category: Downtown Spur

East Rail on Film!

Here’s a blast from the past….Splitting off of Miami’s “East Rail” siding, just south of the main industrial park, is a one track spur that dives into the weeds, and weaves through concrete canyons between closely packed structures.  At the end of the spur there is a blind crossing of 37th Avenue to reach an…


Cuba Tropical Produce – Finished!

Just under the wire!  I finished up the Cuba Tropical Produce scene at 13th Avenue by years end….barely!  This structure, modeled as it appeared prior to 2008, has always been one of my favorites so it’s nice to finally have it wrapped up and on the layout. The box truck signage was made by taking…


The Spur, December 24th

Street to backdrop transitions are always a problem.  My idea for a forced perspective structure backdrop flat at the end of 13th Avenue didn’t really work visually.  The high rise apartment building was too much of a landmark to omit.  I re-traced my steps and  went to a more traditional photo backdrop. The edge of…


The Spur, December 17

Urban scenery is much more time consuming to construct than its counterpart in mother nature.  Streets, sidewalks, lots, and utility poles generally are more time consuming to construct than the actual structures.  Shown above is the intersection of 13th Avenue and 23rd Street.  The recently completed Cuba Tropical Produce structure has been “planted” on the…


Cuba Tropical Produce 12/8/17

  It took me more years than I would have liked but I’ve finally brought to a close a model of one of my favorite structures on the Spur.  Cuba Tropical Produce is now planted on 13th Avenue on the layout. Construction techniques were a combination of photo laminates and traditional styrene.  The siding, shingles…