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, April 3, 2018

Valley Forge RPM meet recap

A recap on the Valley Forge RPM meet is finally here.  I'm on spring break this week but here it is Tuesday night and I'm been going nonstop since the weekend.  I hope to get some work done in the layout room and have gotten a few things accomplished.  Want to do this write up last week but did not have the time.  So here we are.  The Valley Forge meet is a every 2 year meet.  They do the odd years near Pittsburgh.  This one was near Philly.  Good drive up on Saturday morning and did not realize it was $16 in tolls to get up there.  I'm sorry, but a $8 toll is ridiculous!  It was somewhere up there by the Susquehanna River on I-95.  My presentation went well and was about 30-35 people in attendance.   Lots of top notch and who's who presenters like Lance Mindheim, Mike Rose and Ramon Rhodes.  Great location and hotel.  Well worth the trip.  I recommend attending a RPM meet.  It will definitely get the juices flowing.  I'm helping out with one coming up in September near Baltimore.

The Mid Atlantic RPM meet

Lance Mindheim's presentation

Mike Rose's presentation

Eric Hansmann's presentation
Ted Dilorio

Ted Dilorio's GRS and Ramon Rhodes BNSF

Kenny Corden

Even vehicles do make the display room.  Lots of them this year.

My stuff crammed into a small space.  

Even some half completed items

More great looking vehicles

Butch Eyler's amazing work!

More Butch Eyler

Interesting switcher

Scale Trains made an appearance.  My do those C39-8's look good!

Monday, March 19, 2018

NMRA Layout Tour in January

My local NMRA division is the James River Division here in Virginia.  I've been a member for a few years now.  We get together 6 times a year and have a publication sent out between meets.  My layout was opened up for the meet nearby in January.  Here is our Crossties publication featuring the Virginia Midland Railroad and a bunch of other things.  I'm also head of the modeling theme contest for each meet.

Check it out!

Crossties February2018

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Presentation at the Valley Forge RPM meet next weekend

I will give a presentation on building my Virginia Midland model railroad next weekend at the Valley Forge RPM meet up near Philadelphia, PA.  It's a good time with so many talented modelers and great presenters.  My presentation is at 1PM on Saturday in the private dining room on the first floor.  The meet starts on Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday morning.  They're layout tours on Sunday afternoon.  I've attended the one in 2014 with Norm Wolf and it was a great time. 

Info on the meet can be found here: 2018 Valley Forge RPM Meet Info

Clinic schedule is here: 2018 Schedule

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

February update video

Newest video is out!  We will take a look at the new OSB plant on the lower level at Parker and a depot in the works for the same area.  I'll also take share my train show "finds" from the recent show at Timonium.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Post Timonium Show

Had a great time at the Great Scale Model Train Show this past weekend.  We had over 5000+ people through the doors on Saturday and Sunday was slower (freezing rain/cold heavy rain) but still it was a great show.  I sold lots of stuff and the the show was a great success.  I did manage to snap a few pics on Saturday.  In all, it was a great time with friends and the others who run this show.  Glad to be a part of it!

Next show is April 14th and 15th
Great Scale Model Train Show
Here's Mike and Paul of Makin Tracks.  Mike is the owner of the show.  Jerry on the left is a long time staff member.

Kevin (in the brown jacket) selling some of his items.  

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Great Scale Model Train Show this weekend Feb. 3rd/4th

Well, its that time of the year for the big show at the Maryland State Fair grounds. Yes, it's the Great Scale Train Show February show.  This one promises almost 900 tables and is easiest the biggest in the Mid-Atlantic region.  I'll be up Thursday night to help get the show doing "behind-the-scenes" work to make sure this show is awesome.  Doors open up 9AM sharp on Saturday.  All the info and upcoming shows can be found on the flyer below.

Great Scale Model Train Show:  www,GSMTS.com
Maryland State Fairgrounds-Timonium MD
Saturday Feb 3rd: 9AM-5PM
Sunday Feb 4th: 10AM-4PM

I'll be helping out Mike as usual with Makin Tracks: Makin Tracks Discount Model Railroad supplies

Monday, January 22, 2018

A little change of pace

Had a chance to do some different things for a change on the layout.  I've finally got away from all my locomotive builds here lately and other things that involved not working on the layout.  From my post before the open house, I'm building an OSB plant on the lower level.  Of course, I started that right before the open house.  I made some progress on the loading shed (where the particle wood is loaded).  I started on the rest of the build that would stick out about 1" from the backdrop.  I also put together an old blue box kit of a Winchester and Western grain hopper.  A hard to find hopper that is not made in a newer reincarnation.  I also started on a wooden depot kit that will be in the Parker area, right down from the OSB plant.

A classic kit for a awesome railroad.

Here's one side of the OSB plant.  It will be about 4-5 feet long.

I love to put together wood kits.  I have a whole drawer full of them!

This the depot kit,  MPP was a great company and made lots of good products.  I find them from time to time at shows and on Ebay.  Very easy to build and look great.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Open house this past Saturday for the James River Division NMRA

Finally had the chance to open up the layout for a tour for the first time.  This has always been on my list of things to accomplish in model railroading.  I've been a NMRA member for the last couple of years and my James River Division here in Virginia is an active one meeting 6 times a year.
Check out the James River Division here: JRD NMRA
 Now the stress level of me before this open house was very high.  I was cleaning the layout room and the most of the down stairs.  I was worry about the space in the room.  What would I do if 10 people showed up at the same time?  Took care of that with a holding room in the kids play room which now is a cozy gaming room.  Never encountered that problem.  Everyone seemed to like the layout and had great compliments to go with it.  I reluctantly did not take any pictures but luckily our official photographer, Wayland Moore took plenty of them.  Thank you Wayland!

 All the following pictures are copyright of Wayland Moore 2018
Several members of the JRD check out the layout.

My oldest son Cameron volunteered to run a couple trains while I talked.

Clint Hyde checks out Battlefield Yard.

Yep, even Zeb made an appearance by the helix

Yours truly explaining the layout.

Fredericksburg Flats view.

VMID #431 passes Industrial Drive.

VC #106 idles away.

A mostly clean desk!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

First post of 2018

I had hope to get some work on the layout done on my winter break.  That sorta happened.  I replaced the bridge that hides the hole in the wall to the helix/hidden staging with a wider one.  I also want get started with scenery building in Parker but that lead to a newer future project: a large lumber facility.  Trackage could have been laid by now but I had to order a #4 turnout for the tank car spur. 

Let's get some pics going:
Here is the area the bridge will be replaced.  I had a narrow two lane bridge.

My good friend Greg McComas did some sketches for the OSB (oriented strand board) plant or one that makes
particle board.  It will receive woodchips and tanks of resin and ship the lumber.  
This will be the layout of the trackage of the plant.  The sharp curve with the arrows are the mainline.

The bridge was built from sheet styrene and left over Rix bridge pieces.   This was before I painted the underneath gray.  Why mismatching under pieces?  This part won't be visible.  

Footers had to re-dug to fit the next bridge supports.

Other footers done.

Here's the new bridge in all it's glory.  Decided to add stripes with decals.  That still needs to be done.