As a new year opens, sometimes I look at my workbench and am disappointed with the unfinished projects. I was hoping to decal three boxcars in November and only finished one. It’s been a busy time of year with a couple trips to visit kids and grand kids, and prepping articles for Model Railroad Hobbyist. I must remind myself that it’s about balance and perspective as I review a busy 2019 and look forward to another trip around the sun.
In reviewing my 2019 notes and photos, I completed more models than I remembered. Several more have been pushed along to varying states of assembly. Many of those are featured in the lead photo.
A couple of Accurail upgrades were finished and those are inspiring updates on other models at hand. I also painted and decaled a W&LE boxcar that dates back to a 2010 start. We all have a few freight cars that are lost in the shuffle.
I attended four RPM events this year, along with the National Train Show in Salt Lake City. I always enjoy the RPM meets and gathering new modeling ideas. In the photo above, we see a continuous weathering demonstration at the September MARPM meet.
I’ve also been working on a couple metro-Nashville layouts. Stevenson, Alabama, on the Dixie Model Railroad Club’s HO scale NC&StL layout is seen above. The cork roadbed is the NC&StL extension to Cowan, Tennessee, about 200 linear feet away. It’s been fun working on these railroads. I’ve also been active in re-energizing our local NMRA division.
I’m still without a home layout, although I hope that changes in the next few months. I won’t be able to build what I had been doodling, but there is potential in reducing the focus to an L-shaped switching branch inspired by another B&O line. I miss running trains at home and hosting operating sessions.
So, I guess 2019 was busier than I remembered. I may not have added as many freight cars to the fleet as I had hoped, but it was a solid year. We shall see what happens in 2020!
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