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/

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

4th and final part of the layout tour video

Here is the last part of the Virginia Midland layout tour.  In this 4th part, we take a look at the Mine run Branch and the town of Orange.  Make sure you subscribe to stay up-to-date with new videos coming out every couple of weeks.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Getting back in the saddle with modeling

This past week has been a blessing in disguise.  We had around 2 feet of snow last weekend which gave me even more time to rest up before going back to work this past Friday.  I also spent lots of time in the layout room catching up on things and starting new projects.  I still have to take it easy and of course I didn't have to shovel all that damn snow.  My wife and my oldest son took care of that.  My neighbor even plowed out our driveway.  With all that going on, I retreated to the the train room and got back into my comfort zone.

Here are some of the things I started last week:

Valiances:  These have been done since Christmas and just about complete.

This area is done.

Middle area

Got some weathering done for a good friend of mine.

Really liked the look of this hopper.  Made me get 2 more of the 5161's out.

Here's another project coming up.  My layout is broken down into blocks controlled by the Atlas switches in green on the right.  Plan on adding toggles on the switch layout and opening up that area on the lower level.  

New boxcar for the VMID.  It's a Ex CP paper boxcar made by Sylvan scale.  The resin kit was completely built and only needed paint!  Looks good in VMID green.

Another forgotten project.  Don't know why I stopped, Oh wait, yellow still.  From there she's all down hill.  Yes, the gray paint is way light by I will darken it up with weathering.  Kato shell.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

And to a screeching halt...

The past two weeks have been two to forget.  On the night of January 4th, I had to be rushed the ER because of severe flu-like symptoms.  Not 24 hours later, I was back in the ER with major chest pains.  The verdict was Myocarditis.  Don't know where this came from and the doctors could not figure it out.  It required a 5 day stay at the hospital.  A very tough ordeal that real took a lot out of me.  Getting up to go to the bathroom was an exhausting task.  I've been recovering this week and spent most of the week down with my mom and step dad.  That did wonders on getting my health back. Being 41, I would not think that my heart would be effected by something like this, but you never know these days.  Twenty percent of people who are affected by this condition die!  Very scary. So thanks for all who texted, called or sent a message through Facebook.  I do have another week off from work for recovery and I plan on definitely spending a lot time in the layout room.  It's messy from the upper valance work but that is about done except for a few items.  A little cleaning up and it will be good to go!  The main thing it provides when you walk into the layout room is the professional look.  It really improves the look immensely.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

The new year is off to a good start!

Being off the last 2 weeks you would think I would have time for lots of model railroading right?  Not so much.  Been busy on the homestead with shopping, cooking and the holidays.  Modeling time has taken a back seat and really I haven't been feeling the MR vibe.  I've done a few things, but nothing major. The last two days have been productive and I'm probably realizing I have to go to work on Monday!  I also have been rolling out of the bed at 8:00 or later too so that doesn't help much.  So in the last two days, I've installed a Tortoise on the lower level on the Mine Run Branch, removed a Lok sound decoder from a loco and installed a Tsunami, and for some reason started to install a valiance over the layout.  I've wanted to do this for a while now and just got started yesterday.  It will greatly improve the look of the layout room, like the floor has.  It's a two person job for a bit but my wife is gone shopping so the main 7 foot section will have to wait until this afternoon.
First section is done.  The blue bags are for debris from drilling holes.  It will hopefully give the layout a more professional look.  Do I do anything professional?

The next section is the longest part.  It will hide the light fixture and the all the wiring.

Last section to be installed.  Not idea what to do for the yard since it has no shelving above it.

GP39-2 #274 is back in service.  This is one of my newest engines that for some reason I put Lok Sound in.  Lok Sound sounds great but but adding a capacitor like a (Keep Alive) is not possible.  Even tried to add it but still the sound was in and out.  I believe Lok Sound has their own KA, but I believe it's in the $50 range.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Last post for 2015

Hope everyone had a great Christmas and Santa brought you lots of model railroading items.  Well if you can believe, 2015 is almost done and on to 2016.  So happy New Years (in a few hours!).  With that, 2015 has been a good year for the Virginia Midland. Several additions and a few changes.  Not as much progress as I would like and I find that I am easy distracted in the railroad room.  Apps like Boom Beach, Facebook, You Tube are distractions.  Most are MR content, except Boom Beach ;-0  I find that it used to be the laptop, now it's changed.   So for my MR New years resolution,  I'm hoping to be less distracted by leaving my phone out of the room unless it's for pics or video.  Crazy ain't it, but I believe it will be very productive.  This and fitting some exercise into the schedule which I actually started last weekend.  Maybe the wife was dropping a hint when she gave me a Fitbit for Christmas?

So from the VMID family, be safe and a happy 2016!

Last Throwback Thursday of 2015: December 31 2015

This goes back to January 23rd 2007 and our first snowfall(very late) of the 06-07 winter.  This test train was in Remington, VA on Norfolk Southern.  A very ACL looking locomotive.  Even got the pic in Railpace Magazine.