Welcome!

This site is dedicated to my model railroad, the HO scale Virginia Midland Railroad. This layout comprises a 10X9 room with two levels. The upper level is about 95% complete and the lower level scenery has just begun.

I do a handful of train shows in the Virginia/Maryland region and go by the name of Virginia Midland Shops.
I also can help you find that freight car/locomotive or other hard to find item.

Email: stctigers@gmail.com
You tube videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/Virginiamidlandrr/

Monday, July 25, 2016

Another Video: Trains running on the layout


Been a while since I did a video on just trains running.  Want expand it to the lower level but not a huge fan of no scenery running!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Finally an itch to scratch: Modeling time!

Spent the past weekend at the Great Scale Model Train Show up near Baltimore, Maryland and this may have been the thing to get me going.  One of the show owners needed some help manning his tables all weekend.  I gladly obliged and I even had a 2 tables to sell my excess.  I did quite well both days and even found a few great deals.  It was a great weekend and I want to thanks Mike for inviting me and all the hospitality.  I may even be helping out with all their shows in the future!  In case you have never heard of the GSMTS, here's some info about it:
Great Scale Model Train Show

This show is one of the biggest in the mid-Atlantic and is held 4 times a year.  The fall and winter show are the most popular and larger ones.

Look what I found!  My lost work desk and it's clean.

Picked up this kit at the show.  An older Walthers kit.  A kit is always a good thing to get your modeling juices flowing again.

Never put one of these together.

Deal of the show.  Like I need another locomotive! But this one was too good to pass up!  A Bowser VO-1000 that has Tsunami sound, $50!  had to get it.
 

Friday, July 1, 2016

It's July already?

Here we are in July already and the last two months have been crazy to say the least.  Life has definitely slowed down the model railroading.  June has been one of the toughest and longest, but rewarding months of my life.   Don't know what the problem is but I do have a few items I need to do for a client of mine so I hope that sets the spark.  I did recently get my wireless controller back from NCE and man this thing is great!  I've tried it a few times and is all I expected.  So hopefully July sets a spark for me and you guys will be the first to know on this blog.  Lots of posts, its going on or more posts like this, and I'm still in the funk.   Definitely think it's a funk, but never this long!  I definitely have a million of things to do!  See you guys soon.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Unfortunate surprise in the layout room

As you may know, I have not done much model railroading in the last 4-6 weeks.  Been keeping up with the internet stuff but nothing hands on.  Today, I decided to go in the layout room to at least tidy up.  As I opened the door, one of our cats came running out.  Now I remember shutting this door early yesterday and not opening it until just then.  So I could imagine what she left in my office!  As suspected, she was trying to get into the garage through the hole in the wall.  I also notice several trees to the right of the hole have been knocked down.  Well looked like she had to go to the bathroom (pee) by those trees.   I had small gravel road to the cabin there.   The trees are I guess where she tried to cover it.   Just getting better and better.   So I took the next 30 minutes ripping out all the trees in the corner and a layer of foam.  Looks like it was a small amount of urine.  The latex paint and plastic foam cover helped contain most of it.  So looks like I get to redo that area again.  I was not really happy with some of those trees anyways.   Not the best thing to do when your trying to get back into the swing of things but guess it could have been worse.  Need to look around to see if everything is OK.

 I've never had problems with cats in there until lately.  I'll look to implement keeping the door shut and locked when not being used.  This will keep my kids out when they need a screwdriver or can't find their white glue.
 
Guess I get to do this area over thanks to my cat Scout!  Now I know she definitely hates me!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Happy Memorial Day!

Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  Take the time time to thank a veteran when you see one, not only this weekend, but anytime you see one out.  They really appreciate it.

The flag at the Mance Training Camp in Mance, PA during a October 2006 visit.