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, September 2, 2013

Virginia Midland freight cars

It was brought to my attention that I don't have but two VM boxcars on my layout.  Kevin Klettke from his excellent Washington Northern model railroad and I have exchanged some emails and freight car decals in the past few years.  Of course both of use have not had the chance to use them yet on anything.  Kevin wanted to see some VM boxcars and so I started looking.  I ended up only finding 2 of them.  One reason I don't have many is because I finally settled on a reporting mark for the railroad: VMID  I have used VM and VMD in the past so this was one reason I sold them at various shows.  Hard to change the reporting marks when they are already weathered. Plus on my small layout, there is not room for all of them, even though I have several boxcar industries.   I like such a large array of boxcars, it hard to get them all on the layout!  I do have some VM ballast cars, sand hoppers and a side dumper.  Believe I have more Virginia Central boxcars than VM ones, but the VC ones are prototypes.
A patched Double door VM boxcar

Here's one that has escaped the new reporting marks.  It's an Ex-BN plug door.  Looks like another small project!


  1. Beautiful work! I'm starting to get the itch to start patching a few of my Boxcars for the MFTR. (not confident enough to take on the engine myself though) That may be something best left for the Virginian Midland shops. ;)

    Seeing these custom creations are one of my favorite aspects of Freelancing. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Patch-outs are the easiest to do. Already painted and all you have to do is patch their reporting marks with trim film and add your reporting marks. Thanks for checking out the site Matt!