Pushing the Z Scale Envelope

The James River Branch ended up as quite a different project than it was at the outset. Living in a new condo with limited space, I began work in January 2006 on a simple little layout just to have fun with Z Scale, which I hadn't worked in for several years. But I was also exploring macro photography, and the first results weren't very satisfying—particularly the commercial track. Thus I embarked on a new, five-year mission: to see how far I could take Z Scale.

I'm not about to recount the entire story. The original website comprised over 300 pages and over 4000 images; every single aspect of the layout's construction was covered in excruciating detail. Back then I had a faithful group of followers who took it all in; today, I may have a handful of casual visitors who'd only be interested in the highlights. So here's the Cliff's Notes version of the James River Branch story.

Incidentally, the layout was destroyed in a shipping mishap in 2012 on the way back from Medford, so all that's left of it is what's on this website.



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