Category: CSX Downtown Spur

Sight Lines

My new, and long awaited, view block to control sight lines when walking into the layout room. The layout room environment matters and it matters a lot. A big part of that relates to sight lines. By that I mean what you see as you stand in the room and take the layout in. Of…


Directing the Eye

No matter how much of a prototype modeler we’d like to say we are, the reality of our limited space is such that everything we do is ultimately somewhere on the “proto-freelance” spectrum. Since we can’t copy actual scenes exactly, decisions need to be made with respect to composition. One of the key principles of…


Defining Model Railroad Design Success

A pair of boxcars sit in front of A-1 Farmers Choice on the switchback segment of my Downtown Spur layout. A successful model railroad design is one that provides a platform for several hours a week of relaxing hobby time…recreational time…..fun time.  It doesn’t really matter how those minutes or hours are spent.  If there…


Miami Taxi Meter January 8

This is the image I had in mind when I started the Miami Taxi Meter project. Shot with a Canon Rebel T5 and run through Helicon Focus. Additional editing with Adobe Elements and Paint Shop Pro X. I know some of my readers use Helicon Focus also. It’s fairly common when rendering your stack of…


Miami Taxi Meter Jan. 1

Miami Taxi Meter (or whatever the name of the business actually is) isn’t just one building but a small complex of non-descript, low lying masonry structures. Over the past week I finished the masonry storage building above. I’ve uploaded the photo wallpaper of this model into the how to section on…well…photo wallpaper for others to…