Cornhill and Atherton RR

Welcome to an ’Imagineered’ model world. The Cornhill & Atherton (HO scale) railroad only exists in my imagination, but has been designed and built with an ethos reflecting life in 1930s small town America.

The objective has been to achieve a world which could have existed and where model trains move freight and people purposefully through visually attractive landscapes. Everyone has a name and a story. Everything has a reason for being where it is.

Thanks to the power of the internet it has also been built as a collaborative development where advice and opinions from people all over the world, have helped a non-American create something fundamentally American.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Steam concrete mixer

Adding detail to a model railroad is very satisfying and helps to make scenes more believable as well as creating interest. Some of these details can be mini-projects in their own right and this 1920s International concrete mixer is no exception. If you recognize these words then you have already read the Steam Roller blog entry !

Monday, 19 February 2018

Material Car

I like building vintage wood car kits - usually found on eBay at very good prices. If the protoype is a little unusual (such as this Ambroid Western Union material car) then all the better.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Steam Road Roller


Adding detail to a model railroad is very satisfying and helps to make scenes more believable as well as creating interest. Some of these details can be mini-projects in their own right and this 1920s Iroquois steam road roller is no exception.

Monday, 18 December 2017

Helix Staging


A helix can be used for staging
The wasted space inside a the helix offers an opportunity for some train staging. The C&A has a logging partner (Glanton Lumber Company) so I decided that a single track "cassette" inside the helix could provide some extra operational fun.

Friday, 8 December 2017

NYC Container Car


a type of early container car used by the New York Central.
 eBay provided yet another vintage car kit bargain in the form of a type of early container car used by the New York Central. An unusual and interesting prototype.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

LIft Out Section

The doorway into the C and A train room means a duck under.
The doorway into the C&A train room means using a duck under for the top deck (see above) and a lift-out for the lower deck - read on!