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/

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.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Mid May Post

This year has been different for me in a few aspects.  For the last 16 years, I've coached track and my spring time modeling had been very non-existent.  I gave up coaching last year and I have seem to continue that non-modeling trend.  I'm sure a lot of people have been in the boat this time of year.  There are many excuses: nice weather, yard work and longer days.  I'm guilty of all them.  I also have 3 kids: 6, 8 &10 so they get a lot of my time also. So now you know why I have not been modeling much or posting on this blog!  But, don't fear, most of my modeling gets done in the next few months.  So stay tuned.  I've also want to get a video out.  Here are a few other things:

  • My locomotive sold this past week.  Took long than I thought but still a great loco for the price.
  • I sent off one of my NCE controllers to get wireless installed.  It should be here in a week or two.  Very excited to finally get a wireless controller for the layout.   
  • I need to hookup the NCE antenna to the layout so I can have the wireless controller ready to use when it gets here.  This weekend seems to be low key, so maybe today?

Monday, April 25, 2016

SOLD: VMID B39-8 #808 for sale SOLD

Here it is!  An exclusive sale to my blog followers who maybe want to own a Virginia Midland locomotive.  This is an Atlas B39-8 (same as the B40-8) that is originally in the red GE Demo scheme.  It's been patched for the Virginia Midland in their newest logo and have the following added:
-Tsunami Sound: TSU-AT1000 GE FDL-16 Modern
- TCS Keep Alive (KA2)
-custom horn
-custom weathered
-Kadee scale couplers
-Railmaster speaker

This locomotive has alot it's CV's programmed and runs like the prototype .  The loco is programmed to #808 and the sound will come on the locomotive is moved.  This locomotive has less than an hour run time.  Comes with original box.  This won't be offered anywhere else.  The locomotive is offered on a first come first serve.  Serious inquiries only and they must be emailed to the address below.

Asking $175 plus shipping.  (Paypal or money order only)
Email me at stctigers@gmail.com

The following is a video and some pics of the #808.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

I'm still here!

Looking back at the blog yesterday and noticed I have not had a post since April 7th.  That's the longest I have gone in a bit.   Really I have not even been into the layout room in two weeks.  The weather has been nice and outside chores have been calling.  I recent crossed the 100,000 views on my blog and I wanted to thank each and everyone of you that check it out all the time or even occasionally. It really means alot!

 I'm also going to sell one of my Virginia Midland locomotives and to make it different, I'm going to offer it here on the blog first.  This will give you guys that follow the blog to maybe own it first.  I won't offer it anywhere else.  So stay tuned for that.  I'm going to try to do that on the next post here on the blog and I'm hoping later on today or on Monday.  The locomotive is the red patched B39-8.
Sneak Peek

So here's my Sunday morning offering today:  a weathered caboose and VMID equipment on other freelanced railroads.
This is a Bluford Shops FLS caboose that has been patched for the VMID.  #1 waits at the end of a string of cars in BY.

Kevin Klettke who does the Washington Northern RR recently did a write up on a VMID hopper he did.  Kevin has also designed several logos on my layout.  I suggest you check out the WN website and the journals he does for them!  Shout out to Greg McComas and his Michigan Interstate RR  His boxcars are also roaming WNRR rails.  

Kevin Klettke's Washington Northern RR: Washington Northern RR
2015 WNRR Bulletin with VMID car: WN Bulletin
Greg McComas's awesome Michigan Interstate RR: Michigan Interstate RR

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Throwback Thursday: April 7th 2016

NS highhoods always had an appeal to me.  I really fell in love with them while in college and the NS mainline ran by.  they are just about extinct now.  This was from Richmond with the capital city in the background.  2004

Upclose of the high hood or nose.  GP50 #7069 Ex Southern