Hall of Fame member, Rob, has been in touch with a brand new build:
I still have all of my Farland Howe Layout but I have started a new one called the Colorado & North Western.
It has origins much closer to home and is N scale. I am going to model an area in and around Longmont, Colorado, USA.
It is intentionally very lightweight so I hope to take it to shows when they begin again after the Pandemic.
The layout comes apart into three sections held together by door hinges so it is easy to pull the pin and separate them.
There was a bean cannery here, a Gibson tractor factory, the local powerhouse for the city, and a cement plant that exists nearby. All of these require service from the railroad.
In the beginning, the Colorado and Southern laid tracks through and up into the mountains nearby. This lasted until 1910 or so when the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad bought them.
The C&S continued to operate the mountain schedules for some time after the purchase.
Eventually, in the early 1970’s the Burlington was merged with the Northern forming the Burlington Northern. Then of the BN merged with the Santa Fe Railroad and became the BNSF as we know it today which still serves the area. They have a wye and a small yard here with several trains to and from the cement plant nearby daily.
I am working on the North End of the layout now and starting with the limestone mines that feed the cement plant with raw materials.
Most of the buildings and structures that make up the cement plant are already in place on the layout but the scenery has not been started there.
The cement plant builds and structures are mostly scratch built but some were kits like the silos.
I wanted to layout to be situated in the early 1950s or very late 1940’s so I could run steam when I wanted to.
This is the Burlington era of early Electromotive Division Diesels and the stainless steel-bodied passenger coaches of the California Zephyr Train that came through Denver and over the Rocky Mountains going to San Francisco. This was an exciting time to me. I road this train in 1964 and 1965, but it was well past the heyday then and did not have the glamour of the earlier times.
The video shows me using rock molds to face the limestone mine I am building. I think your readers might enjoy the video.
Thank you for all you do for the model train modeling world.
Rob – Farland Howe”
Jeanne’s also been in touch with this sage advice:
“Tips for old folks. Build your platform tall enough so it doesn’t kill your back.
If wiring under the platform make sure you have clearance to get under there. Consider putting platform on casters so it can move out to work on all sides.
We are 85 and 70 and wish we had paid more attention in the beginning….15 years ago.
Had no clue we would love railroading so much…
I do love all your advice and tips. Perhaps the advice I like best is simply this: your layout can be whatever you want it to be.
And Larry is a good example of this:
“I am very much enjoying your daily emails, photos, videos, and resources.
I haven’t ordered any of your printed buildings yet, and when you see my attached photos, you will understand that I really don’t have room for more items.
I was given my first 027 Lionel set when I was 4 years old. I am now 65, and I still have it and many more trains and accessories since then.
By the time I was 10, I developed a deep love of Matchbox diecast vehicles, and from that point on, I have accumulated a collection of over 800 pieces in that collection as well.
So, my life project has been combining my Matchbox collection with my 027, HO, and N guage train collection and blending items not in the same scale, all within a 10′ x 12′ “train room.”
Obviously my layouts are not large or particularly intricate (The main N guage layout is 4′ x 6′), and there is virtually no “constructed scenery,” unlike so many of your amazing scenery layouts.
But, I am very proud of my many layers of hobby in quite a small space, and I want to encourage those who aren’t very “artsy” in scenery construction or don’t feel they have much space.
Why such a small space? My sweet wife doesn’t like a crowded house, so I have a crowded train room/train cave, and we are both very happy.
Perhaps my collection will expand into other areas over time, now that we are retired, but I always smile when I am in my room. Nothing in the real world can touch me there, and it doesn’t get much better than that.
Keep spreading joy with you emails, and thank you!
Larry from Florida”
That’s all for today folks.
A big thanks to Hall of Fame member, Rob, and to Larry too.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to get going on your own layout.