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, 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.