Today’s missive starts with more wise words from Hall of Fame member, Mark:
“Hi Al. Just came out of a round table discussion on why model railroaders sometimes lose interest during construction of their layout.
One of the major attractions is the many varied facets of our hobby. i.e. layout construction, track laying, scenery, model building, operations.. and the list goes on.
The problem arises when too much of our valuable time is spent on just ONE facet and we become “burnt out” on the entire project.
This can be overcome by scheduling completely “different” and varied projects that can be married into the grand scheme at a later date.
For instance, you can build a small scenic diorama on the dining room table in an evening, and at the correct time incorporate the finished project on the layout for instant gratification.
Attached is quick photo of just such a project that was done over a year ago and was recently installed in the Rock Canyon area on the Sweetwater & Thunder Mt RR.
It then gave me inspiration to ballast to bare track, operationally run some trains by the area, dream of how fun it would be actually be “in the scene” and ….the beat goes on!
Always remember, the “joy is in the journey” not the finished product.
Keep your rails shiny!
This is a crossing for a “Cane Tain” where it crosses the main line. It is a rail draw bridge of sorts. I have never seen anything like it before. Obviously ( and you can see in the link to the video) the Cane Train is a narrow gauge line. But it is very interesting. Thought you might enjoy it.
South of Rockhampton, the QR line is electrified and higher speeds are permitted than further north. In order to increase track speeds for the “tilt trains”, this drawbridge arrangement was devised so there is no break in the running rails for QR. All signals are color light.
And if you haven’t made a start yet on your layout yet, you really are running out of excuses. You can get cracking today with the Beginner’s Guide.
PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here. HO stuff still going bonkers.