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, November 18, 2015

Magazine article on the Virginia Midland Railroad

About this time last year, I was approached by Stefan Nilsson from the Swedish magazine, Modell Jarnvags Magasinet.  This is the most popular model railroading magazine in Sweden.  He wanted me to write a decent size article on the Midland and even add some pictures.  He gave me plenty of time to do it as the magazine only comes out 4 times a year.  I felt it was a great honor a to be included in a magazine as I always wanted my layout to be able to be in Model Railroader here in the states one day.  It was a lot of fun and Stefan was easy to work with and it turned out very well.  The Magazine was published back in March.

It also shows in great detail how the Midland works and a history of why and how I built the layout.

Here is the front of the magazine.
Here's the first 2 pages of the 6 page article.  Anyone read Swedish?  I did get a English version of the article.  That's below.


  1. Congratulations, Shannon, you can justly be proud of your layout, it clearly would grace any magazine. I just hope we'll be able to see it in Model Railroader before too long. Regards, Walter in Oz.

  2. Great article - looking forward to a future coverage with VMID power on it for Model Railroader. So much focus goes on the big garage size layouts, but as readers find out you can put a lot of realistic and managable ops in a office sized double decker... Even single level for that matter.

    1. So true Greg. Your layout is nothing to sneeze at. Cannot wait to you get up to your elbows in scenery on it!

  3. Meant to say looking forward to a future MR or MRH with the VMID on the cover and inside. I hate word autopart..., meant autofill

  4. Thanks for the heads up! I live in Sweden, so I'll have to go and get myself a copy of this magazine.