“Hello Alastair, my new friend:
I wrote to you once before, but I have more to the story.
I was re-introduced to model trains when my grandkids convinced me to get a Lionel Harry Potter Train set after vacationing in Florida.
I went crazy over Lionel and invested heavily for about a year building a large layout for trains to run free on four 4×8-foot tables in the basement.
No matter how much I tried, I couldn’t seem to find enough room to develop landscapes and city systems.
Not long after, I found your web site and have enjoyed every email update you have sent to me, but always intrigued with how much everyone was having with HO scale.
After seeing for the last time my lanky Lionels making sharp turns on my confined layout, I came to the ultimate decision. I have spent the last three months selling off ALL my Lionel O Gauge trains and track.
My new passion is HO scale which I am now invested heavily.
Much more realistic and on the old Lionel tables, these little trains have real room to move.
I also have much more real estate upon which to develop my scenery, and I have decided to recreate movie studio backlots on my train layout.
Now having the time of my life designing and building sets.
Attached are a few photos which I have scaled down a bit to keep from overloading your email. I hope you enjoy, and many thanks for setting me on the correct path.
Cheers, and all the best!
Your friend in Michigan,
And now on to Henry who gets in touch around this time every year:
All of the best for 2021 to you and your family.
As is my custom, I do an update video every year on the 4th of January, as that is when my current layout was begun.
Here is this year’s update.
Thank you for a wonderful service to the model railway community, I eagerly await your emails every day.
Latest ebay cheat sheet is here. Still going strong and goes mad this time of year. Take a look.
A big thanks to Henry and Mike.
Remember theres only way one you can update your layout – and that’s to make a start on one. Just like Mike has done.
I have to say, I do find it very encouraging when people mention the blog has helped them to make a start. I shall keep going with this theme.
That’s all for this time folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day you stop dreaming, and start doing, don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here.