Starting with a very short update from Gary today.
(If you want to see Gary’s last post, it’s here.)
“I am still working on the scenery for the Commissary Yard of my Sunnyside layout.
I like the pathways and the roads and the fences and will try to incorporate them into the scenes that I have built into the yard. It has taken me a long time to work on the Commissary Yard.
I am not very good at scenery, but I have sent you some pictures to show you my progress. I am working on a parking lot construction scene and when completed, I will send you some more close up pictures of the scenes in the Commissary yard.
As always, thank you. Stay safe and stay healthy during these times.
Next, on to Mike, who has some very sobering advice:
“I don’t expect this will be published, but I have to write it.
March 2015 a friend showed me his layout and trains moving and it caught my interest. I jumped in with both feet as we say.
I began laying track after selecting a DCC system and modeled my layout after a very busy HO layout (mine is N). It took a lot of work with 19 turnouts on 6.5 X 3.5 foot 2 inch foam. So much so that I literally became a MODEL railroader rather than a model RAILROADER. I only ran my first loco after 3-4 months of track laying and decorating.
Then it happened, I put together a 5 car train and ran it a few times around the perimeter of my complex switch yard. Shortly, after only a very few minutes of run time my loco began hesitating all around the track. I conferred with a friend and he asked when I had cleaned the track. WHAT? I knew nothing about cleaning track. HAD I KNOWN,THE ANGUISH OF TRACK CLEANING, I NEVER WOULD HAVE BOUGHT THAT FIRST ITEM.
I was not deterred and added a second table extending my layout. Long story short, I bought every track cleaning devices, yes the $179. brass car only to find limited success. I finally realized just a few weeks ago that I had not “ran trains” often enough to help with the track staying clean. Reason being is noted in the next paragraph.
In the final analysis I probably have “ran trains” less than a total of 2 hours in the past 5 years while I spent thousands of hours building a 5 by 16 N Scale layout with 3 levels of elevation, adding 2 crossovers (which always served to derail a Loco, much less a train car) and an additional 10 turnouts. I actually NEVER ran a train of rolling stock on my new addition. Just a lone loco to test and continue to test the track and finding trouble spots, which I never solved entirely.
Therefore I am selling out all my rolling stock, locos, salvaged track and tools. I will replace this hobby with a stained glass shop and a Drone.
Thanks for listening.
Mike in Southern Indiana, USA”
Thanks to Mike for sharing his pain – and I’d love to hear your comments, please do post below!
Lastly, this came in from Hall of fame member, Dave: a video of him running his trains….
just a short video… doing as it say it the title…running a few trains.
Well what can be better?
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
Please don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide, if today is the day when you get off the starting blocks and get going on your own fab layout.