Category: Downtown Spur

Controlling Lines of Sight

Controlling what portions of a layout a visitor sees at any given time, and from any given location, enhances the viewing experience. I can’t think of any layout I’ve been to where this is even an issue….except mine. In most cases the shape of the layout, walls, backdrop locations, or geography frame the layout in…


Removing Layout Design Blinders

Having reached the siding at the end of the branch on The Downtown Spur, the local has just performed a runaround move to prepare for the return trip in this June 2008 photo. This move is still required today to work the line. When it comes to layout design it’s so easy, as much as…


June in Miami

I was able to finish the bulk of the Sungas Services scene this month. All that remains are the crossing flashers and it’ll be done. This was the last of the remaining industries on the layout to be built out. There are still a lot of non-rail structures to be built though. With the industry…


Sungas Ops. Trial Run

Having made the trip down to the run around to get on the correct side of the train, the local has pulled the empties and is getting ready to cut off the loads and spot them. The two loaded cars are by the locomotive. Since I hadn’t built out the structures for Sungas until recently,…


Three Simple Details

Painted rail markings are a quick and easy detail that adds realism and visual interest. There are a number of them adjacent to Sungas. They could be tied to a number of things: clearance points, components related to the grade crossing, or the point marking where the customer is responsible for taking over track maintenance….