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: virginiamidlandshops@gmail.com
You tube videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/Virginiamidlandrr/

Sunday, December 17, 2017

It's been a while!

I will confess, I have been not been doing a lot of modeling lately and putting stuff on this blog has been almost non-existent.  I have done a few things here and there.  I've helped out at a local train show last weekend and got a batch of custom cars done for a client.  I also traveled down to a hobby shop down in North Carolina (almost 3 hrs) to get some of their half off sale since they are going out of business at the end of the year.  The Hobby Barn in Wilson, NC is probably the biggest in the southeast but they have no internet presence.  The owner is retiring and they were always worth a yearly trip to.  They also discounted a decent percent to make their prices very reasonable.  I was a little saddened to hear they are closing the doors at the end of this month.  My son and I took the trip last Friday and spent some major cash.
The Antique Barn is a large train shop with some RC cars.

The half off sale attracts people from all over.

Here are a few pics of the custom cars I weathered up for a client in Texas:


  1. Sorry to hear about the Hobby Barn closing down. It's been a few years since I was there last, and understand they have had some flooding problems in the recent past. Hate to see these shops close up. Freight cars look good, nice job. All the best, mike-g.

  2. Stunning weathering. Love the Graffiti.