Thanks for posting my drawings of potential layout modifications and video recently about the expansion of my model train layout, Farland Howe.
Although I am modeling (attempting to anyway) Britain in 1967 and 68, I live in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado in the US. People frequently ask me why I am modeling Britain when I am clearly from the USA. The answer is, I lived in Britain as a child for a while with my family, and we would travel around the country sightseeing by train. I was fascinated with mechanical things at that age and particularly fascinated with the trains. I clearly remember asking my father to take me up to the locomotive for a close up look. I was only 5 years old at the time. As a result, I will never forget the red buffer beams on the steam locomotives at the time.
I started planning Farland Howe July of 2012. My first expansion began March 2013. My newest video is Part Two of a short series which is all about my second expansion, Expansion 2. I plan to show my progress (and challenges) in a bi-weekly video. The Part One video was about the planning stage. The Part Two video shows construction underway.
I am expanding my layout for a couple of reasons. First and most importantly the inclines proved to be too steep for long trains pulled by steam locomotives.
Secondly, I would like to have another bypass (siding) where I can park longer trains that I am not running at the moment. Running long trains was not such an imperative when I started the layout, but I have found great pleasure seeing the long trains run on the layout. Expansion 2 will bring a change to one of layout’s banks (hills). Eventually I may decide to change my other bank, but I have no plans to do it right now.
I really enjoy your emails with links to what others have been up to and all the tips and pointers regarding model railways. I find it very inspiring and have used many an idea garnered from your readers and contributors.
All the best,
A big thanks to Rob for his second installment!
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That’s all this time. Please keep ’em coming.