Rob has been in touch again with another layout:
The original Farland which was started in 2011 was my first attempt at building a layout.
I was a great learning experience. Mostly I learned what worked and what didn’t. I started small and gradually added section by section until I had the whole thing. I think people can go under my tab in the Hall of Fame on you page and see the video where I describe the growth of Farland from a 4 foot x 8 foot layout oval to what it was in the end a twisted dog bone.
It was easy that way, adding section by section, because it was done many times along the way. The problem was that every time it seemed done, I expanded and added something else. The problem I encountered, however, was there was no plan. It all just happened and as a consequence there were serious running problems which were constantly reducing the joy of just running.
This time I decided to plan first and build later. The tear down and construction into a finished space was precipitated by my lovely wife. When people came to visit the layout, she would wince at the raw basement area it was in. Not to mention the jury rigged lighting and all the rest. She sort of bribbed be saying if i was willing to tear it down, we would contract to have the area it was in finished off, into a good work area for me.
It worked and I started planning the whole basement with a bedroom and bathroom in it. We only built the train room and hallway, but with the way it was done, the rest could be completed in the future.
Once the plan was done in the fall, I went to our local building department and got a permit to do the work in my name. Then we went looking for a contractor to actually do the work. While the construction ensued, I spent my days working on a track plan. It was time well spent, in my opinion. Reviewing the plan multiple times allows one to find the problems and solve them before track laying begins.
Here is the plan I eventually started to build and what you see in the videos.
The light tan are the walls and the greenish scribbly line shows where one can walk. I left out the desk and cabinet area at a bump out in the right hand bottom.
Rob of Farland Howe”
I do love Rob’ stuff – I like the way he takes the time to explain what he’s doing, and why he’s doing it.
That’s all for today – don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want your model railroad journey to start.