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, April 25, 2016

VMID B39-8 #808 for sale

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

Monday, April 4, 2016

Spring break is over?

Well it is and I went back to work today after a week off.  I did get a few things done, model railroad related.  Redoing floors took up most of the break and I didn't even complete it.  I replaced some old Atlas Selectors on my control panel with toggle switches.  This will free up some much needed space for a rural scene in St. Just on the lower level.
An original part of the layout for all the powered switches in the Fredericksburg industrial area.  I'll add the blocks to this by way of toggle switches.  

This piece to the right of the control panel will be removed.  The layout is separated by blocks from when it was DC powered at one time.  I left it like that to help find shorts and to cut off track power if not needed.   

This triangle area across from CVS will be some farm fields and a old barn/house.  I will use trees to hide the tracks leading off to the left.

Toggles are installed and some still need to be labeled.  Easier to figure out what toggle controls what.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

2016 Valley Forge RPM Meet summary

Had a great time this past weekend at the 2016 Valley Forge RPM Meet.  I want to thank Norm Wolf for inviting me and driving all the way up and back.  Saw lots of great models and some good friends that share this great hobby!  The presentations were good and I saw the biggest home layout you could image on Sunday.
LV locomotives by Ralph Deblasi

LV locomotives by Ralph Deblasi

Love the C&O cabins

Tony Koester's presentation

Ralph Deblasi's weathering techniques

Butch Eyler's amazing work!

Love this crain by Ramon Rhodes

My models

SNCR loco way out of place in PA but looks sensational.

Ken McCorry's layout visit.  On the way home, we stopped by Ken McCorry's home layout. This was something out of a modelers dream.  Try 2500 Square feet of layout!  Thanks for Norm taking most of the pictures.  I was handed a controller and ran a train through a few miles on the layout!  This is supposed to be the large private home layout.  I believe it.

Here's the garage (upstairs) that the layout is in.

The dispatchers room below the layout.  By the sizeof this, you know your going to get blown away!(Norm Wolf photo)

Try a train simulator from a train on the layout! (Norm Wolf photo)

This Steel Mill is huge!  There's several on the layout. (Norm Wolf photo)
Here's me amazed by the size!  This is only a corner of it. (Norm Wolf photo)

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Valley Forge RPM Meet this weekend

I will be attending the Valley Forge RPM Meet this weekend up near Philadelphia, PA this weekend.  I was planning on attending since Christmas but my hospital visit in January nixed that.  Norm Wolf called me about a month ago and wanted to see if I wanted to go.  He had reservations for him and his wife but she had something come up.  So I do get to go up there after all.  Looking forward to attending as a guess.  Our RPM meet in the Fall is a lot of work and you don't get to socialize as much as you would like.  Looking forward to seeing friends of this great hobby and just getting away for a few days!

2016 Valley Forge RPM Meet

Our RPM meet: Sept 30th and Oct. 1st
2016 Mid-Atlantic RPM Meet

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Various work happening on the Midland

Spent the last two weeks doing multiple things in the office.  This includes weathering for a client,experimenting with Pan Pastels and working on a new industry.  Here are my progress photos:

Here's the smaller elevator I chose to add to Orange.  Like most Walthers buildings, they never go together well.  Had to add putty to the seam.  Even though it's a smaller elevator, it barely fits between the levels.

Here it is squeezed between the levels.  The lower level was never planned for the layout and just kinda happened.  I would like more room between the levels but it works fine for ops.

As you can see, I had move the elevator spur.  This gives plenty of room for the structure.  The closest track will be the Norfolk Southern interchange.

May have to change the lights in this area.  Wiring needs to be stapled up.

Some grain hoppers spotted. Will add a grain bin or two to the scene along with a office.   

A new gondola for the Midland.  Been wanting to do a gon with VM spelled out and finally got around to doing one.  This is an Atlas 53 footer.  It definitely needs to be weathered and a tie load added.

This is a Ebay win about a month ago.  It's an old Sylvan resin kit that was totally assembled.  It's an Ex-CP paper boxcar but will enter a second life on the Midland.
 TrainMasters TV from MRH has been running a great weathering series from Mike Confalone in the last month.  He's been  weathering various cars with oils and Pan Pastels.  I finally broke down and bought some back at the February Timonium show.  There not cheap but shop around to find the best price.  Finally tried them out and they work well.  Worked with the Pan Pastels and some oils to weather a Bowser 100 ton Reading hopper.  This was my practice hopper and it turned out quite well.  I'm planning to add CSXT reporting marks and put it in service.

My oils and Pan Pastels working space.  

My results from oils and the pastels.  I like it!