Peter has kindly sent this update in. His first post received a lot of comments, and rightly so.
Have a look at it before you read on – it’s here.
“Hi Alastair. About a month or so ago, I sent you some photos of my father in-laws O-27 layout, without any trains! They were being repaired or some such thing. This last week end, we went up to visit him and do more work. Here is a YouTube link to the video I did. It’s rather short, only about a minute, but gives an idea of what we’ve done. As soon as I get a bit of time, I’ll upload some more pictures.
Dad has three lines running at once. The “A” track (the outside) is running a replica of the Roaring Camp Railroad in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. It pulls a grade of about 7.3° on the uphill in the trees, and down about the same.
The “B” track runs next to the “A” track and goes through the outside of town and into the farm land on the far side. This represents the area of farming where he grew up as a child and recently moved to (about 20 years ago). Part of it represents his ancestor’s dairy land in the Northern San Francisco Bay area. He can pull 9-10 cars behind the engine and tender.
The “C” track winds its way through the town of Menlo Park/Redwood City where he grew up as a child. Of course, we aren’t nearly completed yet. Still have loads of ballast to do and get the church area landscaped. But he’s just tickled pink and we can see the memories on his face. It’s very gratifying to watch him.”
Okay – so it’s not the best video in the world, but I’m still glad to be able to share it.
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