The Caricature Pendulum

In August I wrote about the caricature trap, caricature being a treatment that has an “amped up”, contrived, “model railroady” look to it. There’s no shame in that… long as it’s intentional….as long as it something you enjoy looking at. Often though it’s not intentional, and that’s where it’s time to take a pause and […]

East Rail at Halftime

Labor Day weekend say the installation of East Rail 2’s trailer park. With that addition, the major features of the first half of the layout (right side of the L shaped bench work) are now in place. I’ll spend a few months puttering with details before moving to the remaining half. The mobile homes are […]

The Problem Child

Your switch list looks easy enough, just switch one industry, a logistics warehouse in Miami’s East Rail industrial park. Three cars are spotted there and you have three incoming loads. Pull three cars, set them aside, spot the incomings, job done right? Well, sometimes. In the real world there’s the way things should “go” and […]

OMNI Transload – East Rail 2

OMNI Transload, a logistics warehouse, is the latest addition to my new East Rail 2 layout. Because logistics warehouses offer a lot of operational potential in a limited amount of space, they make ideal candidates for smaller layouts. On my original incarnation of East Rail I had two steel warehouses sitting on the banks of […]

East Rail 2 – July 9, 2023

The last several weeks have centered on scratch building palms, scenery detailing, and some Alkem chain link fencing. Momentum is building and I can see the look of the old layout coming back to life, albeit in a subtly refined form. A close up view of the canal leg. Miami Iron and Metal will be […]