Not a lot has changed since the last entry (February). But, there is some new direction…
I was able to find a party for my layout bench-work. This is good as I was expecting to give it to the trash hauler (or give it to the fire pit – Smores anyone?). Hopefully, the new owner can get some use out of it. It is kind of sad for me, as this is a sure sign that my “layout” is gone, and so is the probability of it ever happening.
I was asked if I am getting out of railroading. I would have to say, “no, not yet”. I have been a model railroader for as long as I can remember. I officially started with N Scale when I was 12 years old, but did HO with my dad for years before than. So, model railroading is just part of me. And, I can not see a future without it. And, besides, my little girl loves the “choo-choos”. She is actually getting old enough, with enough self control (and dexterity), that I may start introducing her to a RR throttle, and letting her do some RRing with me (more like running a train around a circle of track – it has to start some-where).
As far as a home layout dream… Well, let’s just say that I still have a dream. But, it is a lot smaller, and more portable.
Several years back, I built a couple T-Trak modules. This was mainly for club functions, and to encourage the participation of kids (N-Trak modules can sometimes be intimidating to kids – too big, all that wire, etc…). The layout I am using at home is a 4 T-Trak module loop (on a table). I am hoping to expand this layout (slowly), as time permits.
Years ago, when living at home (with my parents), I had very little space for railroading. I built a single N-Trak module with a couple 2x3 balloon turn-around modules – to make a small home layout. This worked well. And, because of the limited space, I was forced to use “selective compression” in my modeling. I am now taking that compression concept to the T-Trak world.
Lately, I am doing a bit of “arm-chair” modeling (computer aided designing). And, more specifically, I have been designing a couple T-Trak modules that will heavily use the “selective compression” concept (VERY HEAVY COMPRESSION). Not sure if I will ever get to build some of my designs. But, I can always dream…
Until next time, God Bless.
(Added May 24, 2010)