“Here is a little background on this project.
One of the more unexpected things to happen to me has been the amount of interest shown in my 4 x 8 project.
This was originally started as an answer to a negative comment on cheap 4 x 8 layouts with sectional track.
I was in between railroads at the time with no room for anything larger than this. What started out as a crude drawing quickly turned into something more than what usually comes to mind when the terms cheap, 4 x 8 and sectional track are mentioned.
To be honest, I decided that I would go as far as the budget allowed while using items not in high regard today with some modelers.
The goal was to come up with something that might interest even the more advanced modelers.
The original budget was set at $500 including lumber but will likely total out at around $600 after trees and some misc. items are added in.
A first for me was that I started documenting the build with digital photos from the start to its current status.
My previous layouts were only documented with one or two photos.
I have found that the best thing about this project is that I have been able to use my photos to teach and show others how I did things.
This has made me happy and while I could go on working on this layout the time has come to go on to bigger and better things.
A couple of small things will be done to get it ready for the charity sale it was promised to.
In its place will be my 3rd Division project, a monster of a railroad that has been in the planning stages for several years.
Next, Dave has been back in touch:
All the very best for Easter… It is very cold up here so what better than to spend a bit of time indoors up in the loft and run a few trains, have used the mini camera as well as my Panasonic, showing a few different trains running…
Now on to Wayne, who is still working on his layout at quite a pace:
“I have the mountains almost ready for some wire and plaster.
Now if honest Doug my geolegest critic could tell what he feels I am doing wrong, I will take it under consideration.
I don’t think my spelling is too bad, but I am losing some words due to parkinson.
Now if honest Doug could toss me some quick tips that would be good.
Oh yes Robert Brady it looks like the goverment has instaled the underground mine/base, but you didn’t hear that from me.
At night when everyone is sleeping I work on the small things that I can do quitely, like the cattle loading ramp that will go with the old barn.
Remember old man Johnson has to sell most of his cattle
Thank you all,
the old biker, Wayne”
(Wayne’s last post is here if you want to catch up.)
That’s all for today folks.
A big thanks to Rich and Wayne.
After all these years it’s still fabulous to see your work in progress and wonderful creations.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if want to make that start just like Wayne and Rich did.
PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here. Still going strong.
PPS Have you had a look at the forum? Need a question answered? Just ask!