This site is dedicated to my model railroad, the HO scale Virginia Midland Railroad. This layout comprises a 12X9 room with two levels. The upper level is complete and the lower level scenery has just begun.

I do a handful of train shows in the Virginia/Maryland region with Makin Tracks.
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/

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Battlefield Yard update

Worked some over the weekend on the engine track at Battlefield yard.  This track is a engine/caboose "parking area" and where some minor maintenance can be done.  It has a small crew building here also.  I spruced up the area with weeds, grass and other items you typically would find at one of these places.  I also add some tan sand in the area so that the whole area does not like it's just ballast.

The sand adds a  better looking texture for the driven, worn areas.

There is still many thing s to add to the area but I believe I captured what I trying to convey.

I thought the open container door was a nice touch along with the 7up drink machine.  The bags of sand on the left are for the locos.
I'm also starting my busy season with work so post wont be as often.  So enjoy them when I do get the chance to post!  

Friday, March 8, 2013

Outside rebuilds for the Virginia Midland Shops

The Virginia Midland Shops is known for some outside rebuilds for area short lines but this week received two locomotives from the Michigan Interstate.  These two SD35's will rebuilt like the VM's lone SD20-2 but will be called SD22ECO.  The work will start this spring and run into the summer months.  When completed, both locos will be painted into the blue and yellow scheme for the Michigan Interstate.

RF&P GP40 #124 brings the MCIS locomotives into Battlefield Yard for an exchange to the VM.

The Michigan Interstate locos will then go to the Virginia Midland Shops (which is not shown on the layout) and have their rebuilds done.