I have to start today’s post with some news I’ve been trying to put off for some time.
There’s no way to say it, other than I think it’s time to hang up my boots.
Every now and then I have a wobble over the site, but I’ve always said when it starts to cost me money, it’s time to call it a day.
And that day has come.
Perhaps it’s my own fault – I haven’t put the prices up on anything since I started the blog in 2010. Yet every year, everything gets more expensive.
I do love seeing what’s in my inbox each morning, but not enough to pay for the privilege.
Usually, the good months make up for the bad months, but recently, they have all been bad months.
So what to do?
I’m going to make my mind up in the New Year.
But in the meantime, to help ease the pain, I thought there is only one sensible course of action – run a sale for the Beginner’s Guide with a load of freebies.
If it helps keep the wolf from the door it would make a huge difference to me.
Don’t get me wrong, folks, I’m not asking for charity. I’d love it if you supported the site by investing in the Beginner’s Guide or any of the print-out-scenery.
I’d love to keep it going, but I can’t unless things improve.
I’ve made some wonderful online friends over the years, and it will make me sad to call it a day, but I do know you will all understand.
Anyway, fingers crossed for the sale. Let’s see what happens.
And now on to Eric.
He’s been back in touch after his last post:
Thanks for getting my story up so quickly. It was great reading all those wonderful comments!
I’ve noticed a lot of people mentioning getting their start in the hobby way back in their childhood. The same with me. I was about 5 years old when my Grandpa who lived in Germany sent my Dad and me some Marklin HO trains.
I remember my dad starting a layout that we never finished as we ended up moving to Hawaii. This was back around 1965. I remember a photo of my Dad and me working on the train layout and I just happened to find it again! I have attached it.
Might be interesting to see if others may have photos of way back with their original train sets. It would be real fun to see a collection of old photos and you may want to ask if anyone has any they would like to share.
Please feel free to share my photo on your site if you like. It made me feel real good seeing my Dad again in the picture.
Thanks again for everything you are doing to share this hobby with the world!
“Good morning Al,
I have sent you a number of emails over the years and you have posted some pictures I have sent you on more than one occasion.
It is awesome to get to see my work on your site for I know how many people, like me, enjoy your site and look forward to opening your emails for motivation, tips, and to see all the great work others are doing.
Recently, you reposted one of my emails with pictures of my N scale layout.
It stated as a 4X8 ft layout 5 years ago and is now approximately 180 sq ft.
I use Kato track and I switched over to DCC last year. I have 35 Kato switches.
The majority of my locomotives and rolling stock are from the US or Holland.
As you can see, not a specific prototype, I just model things I like and know.
I was once told that modeling is what you want it to be and there is no right or wrong way to set up YOUR layout.
Thus, I have a European section, a ski slope, a golf course, a New England fall scene with the leaves changing, a city, a circus, a carnival, fishing holes, beach, military base, and of course Worcester Union Station.
And many of my scenes originated from some of your emails where I liked something that someone else had done and figured to give it a try.
And of course my layout is constantly changing and evolving, however I think I have run out of space in my basement, so it will probably not expand any more. 🙂
I have attached a more recent video of the layout, which you can see has taken over my entire basement. 🙂
Thank you for hosting and sharing all the great “stuff” that is sent to you.
A big thanks to Eric and Ray (you can see one of Ray’s earlier posts here).
I do thoroughly agree with Ray when he says:
“I was once told that modeling is what you want it to be and there is no right or wrong way to set up YOUR layout.” Amen to that.
That’s all this time folks.
If you feel like supporting the site, you can grab the Beginner’s Guide here.
And thank you all for your support over the years. It really has meant so much to me.