I just joined a few days ago and wanted to introduce myself.
I have been in model railroading on and off, mainly off, for about 40 years.
First in HO then N then back to HO and Hon3 and now On30.
I started my current “layout” in October of 2011 as a Christmas Village layout of 6.5 x 3.5 feet.
I’m currently converting it into a layout with approximate dimension of 9.5 x 3.5 feet set somewhere in the Southwest US in the 1880s.
Motive power is all Bachmann On30 and I am converting from Bachmann 18 foot freight and 36 foot passenger gear to Finelines 14 foot freight and Mount Blue 22 foot passenger equipment.
All of the Christmas Village type buildings have been retired and I am building Laser kit replacements (Stoney Creek, Rusty Stumps, BTSRR and Banta).
All rail is ME Code 83 and ME turnouts with servo control, 15” minimum radius (except for one section about 2 inches long that needs to be regraded), #5 turnouts and 2% maximum grade.
Foam support with no roadbed.
I plan to tie the new section to the old with a few hand-made FastTracks turnouts.
I've been reading Freerails for a few years and finally decided I wanted to see all of the pictures enough to sign up.
Basically I'm a lurker and even though I have been in model railroading a lot of years I am still really a beginner.
Lee B wrote: Welcome, Tom!
This, I think, is one of the better model train forums, and it sounds like you'll fit in here just fine.
I can't wait to see some of your model work!
Unfortunately, I am very much the armchair modeler.
When it comes to model railroading I huff and puff and plan but I only work on the model railroad an hour or so a week.
I also limit my funds such that I only buy new equipment rarely.
Christmas and my birthday our my two boom times of the year.
If you can wade through all of the background, you can see the current state (well almost current state) of the layout at: trainblog.tharbin.com.
The menu item for "The Yellow Creek Western RR" will take you to the section on the layout.
I took a fair number of photos of the church, the depot and the dry goods store while I was constructing them, so I may add a section to the blog to document them in case anyone is interested.
Since they are already built, it makes little sense to post them here.
That said, none of them are done they all need final details (for instance I haven't stiffened the thread yet on the water tower).
Once I'm sure of their final locations, I will post that here since suggestions are part of the reason for being here.