“Thanks for all the great info you provide, I Am looking to sell my entire layout, I have provided a few pics, It is very highly detailed, with Gargraves O Scale Phantohm Rail Track and Ross Switches, It is around 90% complete, But is approx. 14′ X 10′ in 1 section, could be moved with carefull planning, It is in a temperature controlled garage, I have tons of Extras to, Let me know what you think, Or if you need more pics to see if you want to show it,
Thanks so much
“I found a new source for plaster cloth. Walmart sells a 4″x180″ roll for
$6.49 It is called “Rigid Wrap Plaster Cloth” and can be found in the kids section. If your local store doesn’t stock it you can get it shipped to your local store for “free”. Scenic Express product sells for about same price but shipping and handling is $8.00.
“The only tip i have at the moment is i have found station platforms seem to be very expensive. so what i use now a days is plasterboard. naturally depending on how big you want your station but they are easy to cut, manipulate and paint. i then use balsa wood on one edge and carve out the station side and brickwork on the outer side.
Now one last throw of the dice:
I have had far too many emails from folk saying they want to stay on the mailing list – but $20 for the ‘golden key‘ is beyond their reach.
I have been very moved by these mails (just have a look at some of them at the bottom of this post) and I can honestly say I’ve had sleepless nights over this.
So here’s one last throw of the dice. I have found an option with Paypal:
$1.49 a month keeps you on the list.
You will still get all my mails. But please bear in mind this:
It’s $1.49 a month, for 20 months. Then, just like the golden key, you get them for good.
This option is more expensive than the golden key because paypal charge me around $0.32 for every transaction, as well as 3.4% of the transaction amount. (I’m not making this up – look on their site).
And just so we’re clear, this subscription does NOT give you access to the ‘golden key’ – it just keeps you on the mailing list. Nothing else. You’ll still get my mails and posts like you have for the last few years or so.
At $1.49 a month I don’t think anyone can accuse me of being money grabbing.
I really can’t do more than this, please understand I can’t fund this site any longer.
You can subscribe, at $1.49 a month, for 20 months, by clicking on the button below (just so you know, you can unsubscribe at any time)
Sadly, I know $1.50 a month will still be out of reach for some people, because life’s like that.
Here’s what Keith said about my idea when I mailed him earlier in the week:
“As for $1.50 a month, it seems little enough but this month I’m negative five days into the month – I can’t help my wife’s truck blew its engine and I emptied my account getting the parts to fix it (I did some 1:1 scale modeling) – some will be afraid to make the commitment, not because it’s too high, but their margin is so thin. I know, railroading is a luxury – except for some it is how they keep their sanity.”
So here’s the final word so we can all get back to layouts (I shall not be mentioning this again).
If you bought the Golden Key, you have access to the archives and you’ll still get all the mails and posts.
If you subscribe above, you’ll still get all the mails and posts.
To everybody else, I’ll do what I can, when I can. But don’t hold your breath.
My next mailing will be the last to everyone – then I’ll crack on as planned.
“Thanks Al, it’s been brilliant. Think I’ll call it a day too, but I’ll send you stuff on my under-bed layout sometime; maybe even on the picture-rail layout I’ve put up in our Community Cafe (since Beeching closed the real thing!). Just in case you’re interested.
But yes, take the right steps when it’s all getting too much.
All Best, and thanks again,
“Thank you so much for all the inspirational effort and hard work you’ve put in over the years.
Unfortunatley I’ve just cahanged my occupation and subsequently finances have dropped, so looks like it’s the end of the line for myself.
I wish you all the best for the future & once again many thanks,
“sorry but I can not afford the golden key I will miss this site it is a very informative and helpful site so I will have to unsubscribe it will be deeply missed but will be looking forword to it again if things change all the best . will miss daves posting
“Al,e saying is that the emails will stop? Is that correct? If so sorry to hear that. I am disabled and on a fixed income so cannot afford the Golden Key. I’ve enjoyed your effort.
Regrets but I will not be taking up your Golden Key offer as I am now retired (but not retiring!).
Many thanks for all the past tips and videos.
All the best,
“Al.. I too wish I could afford to pay you for all you have done. I really do appreciate the effort you have put into this blog. I know I have gained lots of wisdom from the folks that post. You have to do what you have to do. dont apologize for not being able to continue making this free when it cost you money. I dont think you’re into it to make a living, just to have it pay for itself. Perhaps in the future I too will have enough extra to purchase the Key and continue. I will not delete any post I have, just in case I get the funds.
“yeh what a shame. This is interesting stuff.
I really look fwd to this blog and will miss it.
sorry but I cant’ afford the golden key either.
good luck and cheers!!
“I am in similar situation to Tator… on a fixed income and can’t see my way to afford golden key. I had to give up my model RR some time ago and have really enjoyed your contribution. I guess I’m still modeling from an arm chair though. Very often I sit a design new layouts, mostly in G scale, but a few in HO. I was most interested in John’s Inglenook. Lately I have been using my grandkids wooden trains to build various “puzzles” for them to solve and enjoy. Anyway, I’m going to miss your emails. Like David R. says: ignore the negatives. Focus on those who contribute, but know that there are some of us out there who really appreciated your efforts.
“Maybe one day in the future i will be able to sign on and continue to injoy the reads and the fun.
“So sad to bad i cant stay on i to am on a very low income do to breaking my neck but i thank you for all the time and effort that u have put into this great site. Have to say sure am glad i kept all the ones i have receaved over the years.
Thank you for the reads and the fun
“For Mr. A. Lee,
With me being disabled, unemployed and on General Assistance, I will miss your e-mails and access to your fabulous and helpful blog.
I agree with Mr. Paul Gewalt’s idea of passing on your e-mails to other members on your list for you. Some of your Golden Key members would be your master e-mailers for you and they in turn would mail out to members in their area and those members could re-mail to others in their area, again. It should help to cut down your cost and I for one, would be willing to do so in order to help.
If your Golden Key members are agreeable to this idea, I can be contacted by e-mail
(I am in the south bay area of San Francisco, California, U.S. of A.)
In the mean time, Please keep up the good work and I wish for you many more years of a successful web/blog site.
Thank you kindly,
“Hi Al, Thank you so much for your web sit and all of the work that go’s in to making it. I have only been visiting it for about 9 months but have gained a lot of information from you and all of your subscribers, it has been a valuable tool for me so I am very sorry to loose it but I am a pensioner and do not have any money left over after paying all the bills for luxury’s but thank you again and good luck with it all
“Al,you have been wonderfull putting all of the information out to every one ,on a very limited budget so please cansel me out
Thank you John”
“Hi Al, unfortunately I fall into the same category as Rob Billing by living in South Africa where our rand is worth nothing against other currencies. Being a pensioner makes it even harder. As much as I would love to buy the “golden key”, it is way out of my budget.
I thank you for what you have done to date and appreciate all the effort that you have gone to in producing the fantastic, informative website that you have.
I also thank you for the postings of my layout progress as well as the photos of my model building and the feedback received from fellow modelers.
I wish you all the best for the future.
Unfortunately, i am going to be one of those you will not be mailing to in the future. I will miss the items you send. I have compiled a rather large file on all the different posts that i have received from you. I do however under stand. The fact that i live in South Africa where the Rand is of little or no use any more as compared to the Pound or should i say the Euro, I just can not afford to pay the price asked for on your “golden Key”. Its sad to see you go but then as i say i do understand. To you and those who will continue to receive your posts i will say all the best and happy modeling.
“I have loved your mailings and, as a beginner, have used many items in your mailings but, alas, my limited budget does not allow me to spend very much so I will miss this service. Thank you for all you have done.
“To whom it may concern:
Thought I would be formal about this seeing how you have become all about business and not about the hobby,I have been a faithful subscriber for 4 years, I cannot afford to purchase your golden key nor would I want to as a condition of receiving your post.
It is unfortunate that it has come to this, I really got a lot of good tips for my layout from your mails and will miss reading them. I have been on disability payments for the last 4 years and my model railway is all I have left in my life that brings me happiness,But with my current financial status I do not have the money to spend more than a few dollars here and there, so I find ways to do my scenery using reused household Items,coffee grounds for ballast,limb clippings for trees, so forth.