A New Beginning...

  • Anyone who has been following my progress on my "shack" knows that my layout has been a long time in coming. With not having any room that I and the CEO (better known as my wife) could agree on I got the idea of taking my 10'X12' "shack" and turning it into my first small layout. As I began the process of framing it and as the summer months rolled around, I realized that there was no way that I could operate a layout while the building was over a 100 degrees and with 90% and more humidity. Thus the hold on the framing while I started buying sheet rock and insulation and then a heat and a air unit for the winter and summer months. I finally reigned those problems in and got back to doing the layout and putting the track down. Finally, this past summer I was able to get my layout wired and was able to start running trains. As I began to look at putting buildings down I realized that I had made a newbie mistake in not taking into consideration where my businesses were going to sit and the room required. A problem, though a small one, as I could move a little track around and a business from one end of the layout to the other. Well, after two years of getting the building right to enjoy comfortably and finally getting my layout wired, the layout has now come to a stand still and will not be finished.


    We have decided to downsize somewhat and make a move across town. Due to some health complications from an injury that happened years ago and that has started to worsen, we have decided to move to a house that is more "user" friendly. We have found one that we have fallen in love with. While the yard for the most part except for the garden/backyard area is cared for by the association and thus eliminates my problem in taking care of a yard, it won't allow me room wise to build another shack or move the one I have. Also, while the rooms are quite large in the new house, there is no "bonus" room to use as a train room. My possible salvation? A garage that is considered a 2 and a half car garage and an attic that while not insulated, has a floor that runs the length of the house. Only problem with that being the narrow stairs which with my legs that are a part of the health issue now makes it hard to consider using. So, with all that said, I have no clue what the status of the layout will be. Until I am able to move in and get things settled I won't know what I will have to work with. I am thinking probably a smaller version in the garage though I have resigned myself to the thought that if I don't or can't do a layout, I can still have a work desk and maybe do dioramas instead using scratch built buildings and my rolling stock. Only time will tell. Still, I have come to a sort of peace in knowing that in some manner I will still be in model railroading and that excites me of the adventure ahead. With model railroading I have found something to keep my hands busy. No, it is not like in my younger days in drag racing nor my days when I had the muscle cars but it is a way in which I can still "tinker" and enjoy my time working with my hands and mind. So, while one door closes, another door is waiting to be opened. I am ready to turn the knob and step through to see what it will be.

  • Paul Weber
    Paul Weber Where there is a will, there is a way - I look forward to your future MRR activities!
    November 24, 2012 - 1 likes this
  • Scott Olson
    Scott Olson So what you're saying is you will have more free time to torment, err I mean umm........ Good luck with the move Rick. :)
    November 24, 2012 - 1 likes this
  • Graham Stokes
    Graham Stokes Read this over and enjoyed your account, Rick. I look forward to your new door opening too. May it not be too long.
    February 22, 2013 - 1 likes this