I had the below email in from Pat.
And it’s something I’m sure we have all mulled over at some time.
So I thought I’d put it ‘to the collective’ and see what wisdom we can pull out of the ether…
Just post your thoughts below!
If you read the comments so far, you’ll see a common thread. And it’s good advice.
“I really enjoy your e-mails and many of the wonderful attachments as they are very informative and answer many of the questions I have as I return to this hobby.
I owned a hobby shop twenty five years ago but that venture did not go well in a town too small to support it and with the advent of the internet, that was sort of the final straw so to speak.
In those years since, this hobby has changed and modernized to where I feel I am really too far behind to make a correct decision on what to do next.
As I approach retirement, which is four years away, I am looking at getting back into the hobby and have spent many hours “window” shopping in my Walthers catalog and have a building list that is $2,700 long.
That was based on a layout that was five by fifteen feet.
I was under the impression that I needed to determine my industries, locate them on the layout and then lay track based in the corresponding need of the industry (one track, two tracks, or multiple tracks placed so far apart and so on.) Now I have been told that I need to lay the track then place the buildings. I am now just more confused.
Then, in reading some articles, it was suggested that a modular layout was the best to have and in some respects that does sound practical.
So what I am asking, is what is your opinion on how I should proceed. Industries first or tracks? Large layout or a modular one? Any thought and comments are welcome.
Not that I’m biased or anything, but you could do a lot worse than starting here…
Anyhow, post your thoughts below and let’s see what we can do for Pat – and the rest of us!
Now on to Steve in Oz:
In Dave’s recent video, he talked about cork underlay, and that he cuts a ‘nick’ on the inside of the cork when going around bends.
Here is how I do it.
When I come to a curve, I cut the cork down the middle (for the length of the curve). This allows me to install each piece of cork from each side of the track.
This makes the cork very flexible and plyable.
The first pic is a straight section.
The second is the curve.
Alternatively, ‘N’ scale cork is about the correct width for doing this. So its up to you as to which method to use.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming – I’ve never known it so quiet.
And please post if you can help Pat. As you’ll read there is some sensible advice.
PS And if you’re just looking for layout examples, here’s some HO train layouts