Lance Mindheim on Time

A great post on Lance Mindheim’s site caught my attention at lunch today.  Here is the critical idea, but you should read the whole post:  The hallmark of a good design?  It’s pretty basic when you step back and think about it.  A “successful design” is one that results in a model railroad that produces the maximum level of enjoyment given your own personal interests, … Continue reading Lance Mindheim on Time

Next order layout goals

I just read a thought-provoking post over on Tony Thompson’s excellent blog, modeling the SP.  Then I took the dog for a walk, which is an excellent time for thinking about something, if you’ve been so provoked. Tony identifies a spectrum between operations-oriented and prototype accuracy goals that I think resonates with many in the hobby establishment.  Like Tony, my own layout falls on this spectrum, … Continue reading Next order layout goals

Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn

Neil (@sarahdaddy) asked in a comment a few days ago where I stand on the question of romanticizing Pembroke, compared to its history. I understand the desire to create a utopia where everything is beautiful on a sunny summer (fall or winter) day and there isn’t any poverty or racial issue but some things existed that we can’t ignore…I would be curious if you had … Continue reading Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn

Details – they’re personal

An entertaining post from Marty McGuirk reminded me that I wanted to expand on  Summons, which I wrote back in October.  There I argued that realism lies in the textures and colours between the details, rather than in the details themselves. Consequently, some of the most realistic models you’ll find are taken out of the box and simply weathered by master painters.  Some freelance railroads … Continue reading Details – they’re personal