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.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Glanton Station


I decided that Campbell Scale Models "Skull Valley" station was ideal for use at Glanton without any modifications. It is a beautifully proportioned and a well detailed model.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

The Livery Stable

Suydam Livery Stable
Having built Coulson's Feed and Seed, I decided to continue the agricultural theme in this area by attempting to build a very old Suydam Livery Stable from their "Old Town Lodgings" series. I say attempt, because the kit wasn't in great condition and looked very crude on opening the box - it was exceedingly cheap however!

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Coulsen Feed and Seed

Muir models kit of the "Rifle Feed and Tack" store
I decided that this Muir models kit of the "Rifle Feed and Tack" store would form a good basis for "Coulsen's Feed and Seed" on the C&A. I wasn't too keen on the aircraft hanger look, so added a false front to change the character somewhat.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Insular Gorge

Insular gorge is the largest single scene on the C&A
Insular gorge is the largest single scene on the C&A and features a trestle in the foreground and another track on the background descending into staging via a cut and tunnel mouth. A lot of time was spent checking and adjusting the smoothness of grades to ensure trains didn't stall.The fascia is carefully curved to mirror the flowing lines of the scene.

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.