It has been a busy month of work and family visits. One of my step-sons visited at Thanksgiving and enjoyed his El Paso experience. I also began a new job in early November, so a combination of elements has slowed the hobby progress. It is time to offer an update here on the blog, if only to document the forward movement. The lead image offers a view of the first installed trackage on the B&O Wheeling Terminal layout. Click on any image here for a larger view.
As mentioned, I’ve been building benchwork sections for the new layout. I’ve employed a uniform design for five sections and all are nearly complete. The image above shows the last two sections. These sections follow some of my layout project rules.
- Keep it Simple
- Reuse what is on hand
- Build to be flexible for future projects
Repost: from January 2011
Over the years I’ve assisted with several model railroad designs and worked on the construction end, too. These have been for friends, a model railroad club and for myself. In almost every instance there is one constant through the design and build steps of each project. Believe it or not, whatever is on the paper may not fit properly or look right when the track starts to be installed. Really, I’m not joking. No matter how many measurements were taken, data compiled, and fussing done over the details for the design, it all comes down to the full size build with the form and fit. It is one of the most thrilling and disappointing moments of building a model railroad. And that is where I am right now.
Due to server difficulties with my host, my blog files were deleted. I have raw material from many older posts saved and will repost several of these over the next few months.
So we will reboot this place and start again with a blank slate. This situation is fitting as I had moved to a new home just a few months ago and am looking at a hobby reboot in my new abode. I have a few new posts almost ready to share and I look forward to visiting a couple of local model railroads in the next month. With luck, I will share images and discoveries from these visits.
I look forward to another leg of this hobby journey.