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    Here we are in the Dog-Days of yet another Canadian winter .Assuming you folks would rather be model railroading than shovelling snow , what have you got going project-wise in the next few months ?

    For me , with half my layout completed in '04 , I'm looking to start on the other half .I have several Steel Mill kits to build , track to lay ( with wiring ) and many , many details to add .I tend to build the basics first ( benchwork , roadbed , track , wiring , basic structures ) then go back and finish up on details ( weathering , scenery etc ) .I have trains running , but not continuous at this point . Digitrax installed , decoders etc .

    What do you folks have going ??


  • #2
    Hi Terry, well for me it would be to finish laying the tracks on the CVR.

    I have one small area to "cork" and about 50% of the layout in need of track.

    The control panel and wiring is going to be the next big thing.

    I hope to have the above jobs completed by my birthday, May 12th.

    You have to set little goals for yourself.

    Will Annand

    Modeling the CVR in N Scale.


    • #3
      To destroy what I have created! Look for a Challenge 4 post in the next day or two, now where are my golf clubs?


      • #4
        Say it isn't so , Tyson ! What now , rockets ? RC cars ?



        • #5
          What was that ol' country western song? Younger women, older whiskey and faster horses?


          • #6
            Well Terry,

            I finally got my DCC up and running, so that is great and the BLI loco with the QSI - too damn cool. Have one of the BLI switchers on order. My plans for this year are to get a few kits buit - Quincy, FOS JJ, SRMW Whittensville and maybe one other - likely positive thinking at this point, but we shall see. I want to get cracking on the layout - but time - that is the real issue. Maybe when I hit 40????? Darn, am I even supposed to be in this hobby yet????


            • #7
              The discussion of "How to get Going " on a project/layout could be a lengthy one ....and I'm speaking as one who did it the WRONG way 12 years ago and almost lost interest in the hobby .

              Time and Money are main considerations . All of us will underestimate the money aspect .DCC and Sound are wonderful but costly .Even a piece of nickel HO flex track is about 5 bucks ....all adds up .

              I do try to spend some time in the train room EVERY day . Some days are more productive than others as we all have other committments , be it family , work , other hobbies , TV , Internet etc. etc.

              I do set realistic goals . I wanted my layout completed in two years . I'm half way there and pretty much on schedule .I want to have trains running continuously while I'm fiddling with the final details .

              With 70 running feet of double mainline , the layout is fairly large for one person to build but Steel Mills take up a lot of room . If I was truely prototype , I could easily use DOUBLE the space I've allocated .Most layouts (HO) don't need to be this big unless it is your choice . It took the late,great John Allen 20 years to build his layout , so don't despair .

              Modules and small shelf layouts are a good way to get started in finding a place for those 'shelf orphan ' kits we've all built .



              • #8
                I know there are some of you just starting out ....some REstarting after a long layoff . If you haven't already you might want to have a peak at the new Mini/Micro Forum , moderated by Tyson Rayles .

                I'm going to be doing an On30 Mini . I like the idea of something different to work on for a change of scene .There are a lot of great modellers on RRL who will be giving that Forum a look-see. If you presently have 'shelf orphans ' like most of us , you may want to take the next step and work the structures into a small running layout as per Tysons suggested standards .

                Give it a look !!



                • #9
                  Thanks for the plug Terry! The $$$$ are in the e-mail


                  • #10
                    Geez , thanks for the payola Tyson . With that wad I can pay off the house , buy a Porsche Carrera ....stock up on Cuban cigars ...



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                      • #12
                        This thread is dead in the water I see.

                        Louis L&R Western Railroad
                        Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast


                        • john_holt
                          john_holt commented
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                          Like the fish in Lake Mead.

                        • TRAINS1941
                          TRAINS1941 commented
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                          Or people!!

                      • #13
                        I haven't seen Terry around here in a long time.

                        "Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect." Captain A. G. Lamplugh


                        • Pennman
                          Pennman commented
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                          George, Teejay passed away several years ago, not sure of the year though.


                        • George_D
                          George_D commented
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                          Sorry to hear that.

                      • #14
                        His last visit to the site was 02/01/2017, so it was probably that year.


                        • #15
                          George, Rich, Very sad he was always fun & positive around on this forum.