“My first model train was American flyer under the Christmas tree around 1951.
As a little kid the only trains I had ever seen were the steam engines. For a small kid from the mid-west SD they were quite impressive.
About a year later I moved to PA, to a little town northeast of Pittsburgh. This is where I saw my first diesel engines.
Sorry to say they weren’t very impressive, they had no steam, no noise, no steam whistle, and no huge wheels.
Around three years later I earned enough money to buy my first HO scale boxcar.
I have been hooked ever since with HO. As time went on, I collected an assortment of HO fright cars, for the day I could build a layout.
Those cars came out, looked at, then put back into there boxes, and put away. As the years passed my box of HO cars were lost.
I joined the service at 17, did a tour in Viet Nam, got married, we had 4 children, and was buying a house in southern California.
This house had a garage that we didn’t use. My oldest son had a love for model trains also.
Over the next couple of years we worked on our layout. In 1975 we moved to Washington state.
The moving van held all of our belongings except the train layout. My son and I felt bad about leaving it behind.
Around 1990 I opened a Christmas gift from my oldest son. He had given me a HO scale model train set. Boy it was hard to keep the water works shut down on that one.
We took the set to a spare bedroom and set it up on the floor. It could only do a figure 8 but we sat there and watched it for hours.
I have more than 1 job going at the same time. I am learning the hard way on how to do this stuff.
A good one is to cover every thing befor you start slinging plaster, or you will be picking plaster out of the stonework on your portals.
Also dont put your cast rocks befor you plaster. They kind of go away. There is a number of things I have learned the hard way, but I am haveing fun.
I am having a little more trouble doing small things due to parkinson, but I have found there is always more than one way to skin a cat.
This layout will be coal, gravel, and agriculture. I still have ice house, meat packing, fruit shipping warehouse, and scrap yard, oh and roundhouse to make. Most of layout will have lights that I can control.
I have most of the plaster off of the stone portals now. Lesson learned if you dont want to spend hours picking plaster, you better cover it. Even old guys can learn. More later.
A huge thanks to Wayne.
I love the way he’s just got stuck in and picking things up along the way. But most of all, I love the way he’s having fun.
It all boils down to ‘your layout, your rules’.
That’s all for today folks.
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.