Ben’s been back in touch with an update on his HO layout.
“Hi Al, hope you are staying healthy and safe! We are in “lock down” mode here, and I’ve taken advantage of the extra time on my hands to finish some work on my layout.
I completed (well, 90% completed) the final 2 scenes on my HO layout, Hazel Dell School and Grill & Chill Park.
Hazel Dell is a replica of the one-room country schoolhouse I attended in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade.
Grill & Chill Park is a replica of a park I frequented as a young man, where we would fish, fly kites and wash our cars.
I’ve now created a total of 7 scenes on the layout. I will take a summer-time break from my model railroad work to enjoy the outdoors and do some “real” fishing.
This fall I’ll start up again by adding two additional train runs with more mountains and scenery.
I suspect this second phase of the project will keep me busy for another 2 years!
I posted an update last year and received some wonderful and very helpful advice from folks, so I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for that.
And of course, my hat is always off to you Al, for maintaining this blog and helping us all share in the fun of the hobby.
I’m posting some pictures of the 2 scenes here, but I’ve also added a new video that documents how I created them.
Thanks again, and stay safe out there!
Ben From Chicago, Illinois”
A big thanks to Ben for his pics and video (did you catch the musical intermision?)
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day you start on your very own layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.