A long time ago, not to far away from here as the crow flies, I had another hobby… Model Railroading.
When I left for the military everything got packed into boxes and stored. Over the years I had friends who had model RR’s that I would help or go work on, and I managed to collect some stuff second hand or at garage sales that went into boxes.
A few months ago, I told Mama Bear that I wanted to open up the railroad again. This amused her as she had never been a part of that part of my life, and it isn’t like I have enough time as it is to get everything else done already…
The planning started, and in my typical fashion, it got kind of wild. I went through multiple iterations, trying to see what I could do depending on what gauge I used, lots of planning. Some small, but most of them grew to the size of my office, which is half of our basement… LOL
Mama Bear was not quite so excited by the prospect of trains circling the room, and intruding through the middle, depending one which set of plans you were looking at. The question of which gauge to use was also problematic. I already had some stuff in HO, but going to N would give me a huge space advantage because it is so much smaller than HO. I didn’t know how much stuff I had in HO, but I figured it was worth looking at switching just because of getting so much more mileage of track if I did. This went on for months. I didn’t actually do anything except lay out track plans.
Finally, this week I decided I wanted to make some sort of progress. So after work and a couple times at lunch, I built a table and then started to try to find the boxes with the old train gear.
It took me several days to find the boxes, and I am sure there is at least one more missing, but the “stuff” made an appearance on the new train table.
This morning I went down and started trying to figure out just what all do I have, and what is worth keeping or pitching. It turns out I have quite a bit more than I originally thought, not a huge amount, but definitely more than I thought.
So I think the decision is to stick with HO for now at least. And for Mama Bear’s sanity, the start will only be a single board, but built with expansion in mind. I plan on laying out the basic areas, building some industry and switching into the base board with one continuous outer loop. But build the switches in for the next phase so I don’t have to tear anything up when I can expand. I currently plan to run a loop of the main board that circles my desk on one side, then the other loop will be a long countryside run, probably crossing the Mississippi river, with an eventual city at the other end.
I also found some treasures.
Another hobby has crawled from the woodwork…