Before we start today, a quick update:
Not long ago I was moaning about some rogue using pictures from this site (it was on this post).
What’s more, I know now it’s not just the pics that are turning up in places they shouldn’t.
Well, turns out, one of you lovely lot is a lawyer and has given me more advice than I could ever pay for.
And then to top it all, Mike sends the below in, which as you’ll read, put a big smile back on my face.
I think I’ve lost count of the times you wonderful people have rallied round over the years.
Hope this message finds you well. Seems like a great time to send you an update on my model train odyessy inspired three years ago when I first encountered your wealth of information website.
Briefly, I started with a basement full of Lionel trains on four 4×8 tables. A year later, I scrapped it all to gain more real estate with HO scale.
I went all out with Bachmann EZ Track and constructed replicas of the Western Film town of Old Tucson and Hill Valley from the “Back to the Future” movies.
However, left with very little floor space for family and visitors during the days of the pandemic, I took the decision to scrap once again all the HO trains and track to regroup in N Scale.
Right or wrong, I liquidated all the HO trains and track on ebay, and then I acquired a few Bachmann N scale starter sets and lots of EZ track to begin experimenting with layouts on a much smaller L-shaped table topped with extruded polystyrene.
Photos included to illustrate how much of the basement was reclaimed for visitors. After trying several track plans, I settled on the this one.
Then I made a great discovery: KATO Trains. The upgrade in quality over Bachmann was astounding. Wish I would have used their track before I invested so much in Bachmann EZ track.
Now the scenery planning begins. I intend to rebuild in scale the Old Tucson and Hill Valley towns of the HO setup with a mountain scene in the corner.
Project should take me well into the Winter months.
I’ll keep you posted. Many thanks again for all the great tips and examples of what other train enthusiasts are doing with this wonderful hobby.
Grand Rapids, Michigan USA”
A huge thanks to Mike for the update. His last post – the HO scale – is here.
I do love hearing how all are getting on. It’s a learning curve for all of us, and knowing my little site has helped some of you really does please me.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if you want to make your start, the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to get going on your own layout.
PPS Got a question you need answered? Have a look at the forum.