Although there are serious railroad modelers, the average modeler should try not to take everything they do too seriously.
Model Railroading is FUN……so have some! No model railroad clubs in your area? Build your own! Attached is a photo of the HO scale model railroad club on my HO layout. This group shown is currently planning to build an N scale layout INSIDE the HO structure. Calculations show that a standard size 55-foot RS-1 Diesel Locomotive would be approx. 3/16” or about 1.1mm in length!
Now we just need to calculate tie length, rail height, etc.
If all this seems to be a little daunting, you can always just do a little painting of your layout!
“Here is a tip to your followers: Whenever you throw away an old power tool or appliance, always cut the power cord off and set it aside. First, nobody else will hurt themselves by trying to re-use the item. Second, now you have a replacement plug for something else when the plug fails or is damaged. Or by putting a female connector on the bare end you get a short extension cord to fill in the gap ( Dutchman ).
I recently threw out an old Carbon Monoxide Detector, but saved the cord. It included a small transformer/rectifier that produces 12 Volt DC. Not powerful enough for a lot of things but will energize a few LED lights for sure.
“Good Morning Al,
I live in Southern California, USA and have made a really nice N scale layout.
I love building them and have overgrown the layout and the wife constantly nags about how much space its taking. Can you help me sell this beautiful layout?
I took the layout from the Model Railroad magazine, it is made with Kato tracks, has a DCC Controllers.
It took me over 9 month to complete, working on it in the evenings after work about 3 hours.
I have over $4,500.00 invested in track, sceneries, trains, cars, table and wiring.
I couldn't agree with Mark more - what's the point of this hobby if it's not fun?
Mark has contributed with lots of excellent posts over the years - you can see a some of them here.
That's all this time folks. Please do keep 'em coming.
And don't forget the Beginner's Guide if you want to roll your sleeves up and get stuck in.
PS Latest ebay cheat is here. Still going strong.