Factory buildings, sheds, tracks, mountain ridge, train

Mistakes I Made on my HO Scale Model Railroad: The Maple Valley Short Line

One of the great things about HO scale model railroading is that the modeling never ends. I suppose that can be true of any scale, but for me, HO scale is a perfect example of a modelers dream. I started building the Maple Valley Short Line model railroad four years ago. My train room is …

Continue reading Mistakes I Made on my HO Scale Model Railroad: The Maple Valley Short Line

Scandal at Maple Valley – Episode 27: The Pancake-Off Fiasco

So much has happened in Maple Valley it’s difficult to know where to start. Here we are in the dog days of summer, and Maple Valley School is already preparing for the first day of the new year. Students can’t wait to get back in the class room. We are obviously well into the tourist …

Continue reading Scandal at Maple Valley – Episode 27: The Pancake-Off Fiasco

Using Balsa Wood to Scratch Build Structures for Model Railroads

My Maple Valley Short Line Model Railroad is looking really good, if I do say so myself. In previous posts I wrote about making printed buildings with cardstock and balsa. I have many of them. I decided to try scratch building. The first thing required is a dedicated work space. Mine is a lap-desk and …

Continue reading Using Balsa Wood to Scratch Build Structures for Model Railroads

Scandal at Maple Valley – Episode 21: DSL

Sheriff Pete Terkinberry is determined to find out what happened to Sylvia Meisner. She disappeared several months ago. Her car was found under Three Tower Bridge, completely destroyed by fire. No evidence of any use was found in, on, or near the car. In December, while a crew of volunteers was hanging Christmas lights on …

Continue reading Scandal at Maple Valley – Episode 21: DSL

Scandal At Maple Valley – Episode 17: Death in Maple Valley

I really hate to say this, but life has moved on in Maple Valley. Sylvia Meisner has been missing for five months. All the arguing has stopped, thankfully. The summer tourist season everyone looked forward to has ended. The Founders Day Celebration now seems forgotten. The Old General is being prepared to take visitors to …

Continue reading Scandal At Maple Valley – Episode 17: Death in Maple Valley