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, 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.


  1. I bet your friend will like those weathered cars....

    Valiance really frames the layout nicely!

  2. Looking real sharp on the layout and cant forget the side projects