Just a short email with a few pics, started this project in march last year 2011 on the day I retired 67.
So 1 year on I thought you may like a quick scan of how it is now, hence the pic’s. Built from scratch by myself including the loft conversion with stairs all the table work and model work never done anything like it before, but just got stuck in, built the staging around room 21’x18′ started off 2′ wide but has grown to 4′ in places ,no track plans just bought track and laid it as i saw fit have had to change a few parts of track to get trains around the radius’s, but that was just fun.
A couple of gradients (4) some mountains ,hills, tunnels 4, desert , modelled on US trains but pure imagination on places , small town ,industrial, gravel extraction, goods yard, valley’s, farmland, did have a suspension bridge 3′ long but changed to a lift off entrance to get a better line connection. have put in the only part not made by me but my young grandson and that was a working volcano that he made for school and it fits in quite nicely.just starting to come together.
Cost so far including the conversion 18 engines,120 trucks and models, tunnels 4, approx320’line, £4365.87. now I think that is a fair price for a few years enjoyment in the future,what say you.
Bought mostly off eBay some good bargains on there, 50 ho cars £7.88 from Shanghai? 200 people £6.77 it’s still out there.
A big thank you to David.
Don’t forget the ebay cheat sheet if you’re going to take David’s lead and buy most of your layout from Ebay.
Thanks also for the mails about the Amazon book.
If you’re like me and don’t have (or want) a Kindle, my son’s put them up here as a downloadable ‘ebook’ for the staggering amount of $11.97.
(The ebook, by the way, is a PDF, which stands for portable document format. It will open in any web browser or reader.)
You can download the second after buying. If you have any problems: firstname.lastname@example.org