Mark’s been in touch with some excellent advice on model train scenes.
Please don’t just read today’s missive – please, please post your comments on this one.
I say this because Mark’s words below really are words of wisdom: doing a little of something is infinitely better than doing a lot of nothing – especially when it comes to layouts.
It’s no surprise Mark was one of the first in the Hall of Fame.
We recently had a discussion in our model railroad group about why frustration can set in with building a layout.
Among many reasons, the one that stood out the most was “being overwhelmed by the sheer size of the project”.
Everyone agreed that having a good track plan is a must, but everything doesn’t have to be built immediately.
The Tip here is that you can actually complete a “small scenic vignette” with a great sense of accomplishment and, with proper planning, incorporate it in the main layout at a later date.
This allows one to really enjoy (and learn) the entire hobby without the “analysis to paralysis” that ends up with literally nothing being accomplished.
Attached is a link to a very short video of a model train scenes afternoon project that filled in a section of bare plywood leading into a tunnel. (I didn’t know paparazzi were rail fans!)
A big thanks to Mark for sharing his model train scenes advice.
And to prove the point, here’s what John says:
“That resonates with me. I was overly ambitious with a small N guage layout I started as a learning tool and it caused immense frustration because I bit off more than I could chew.
I wanted IR sensors, auto reverse polarity, electrified switching, signal lights, etc and in the end I couldn’t get the trains to run.
Ended up ripping out everything and am now restarting (after a year of staring at it) on a very simple oval track plan and will do nothing but get it running first. Then install some IR sensors (above ground) controlling signals, no tortoise switches, and scenery.
I learned that I need to do it in stages first, and rule 1 is get the track working first!
Don’t forget, please post your comments on this one. And if it’s given you the gumption you need to get going, start here.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.