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Last year my wife and I moved from our large home of 28 years in Newberg, Oregon to a much smaller rental in Garibaldi Oregon. Our new coastal house is only 2 bedroom , our old house was much larger with a 13 foot by 35 foot train room in the basement. My current available layout space is 13 feet by 13 feet and must be shared with a substantial collection of historical research and previously built models built for my old layout(s).
In addition, as this is a rental (which we hope some time to buy), I needed to design a layout that did not fasten to the walls. I also needed to build a substantial area that would allow me to follow one of my primary interests in the hobby which is scratchbuilding and individual model construction.
When I first moved here I told myself that my model rail days were probably numbered. But as is usual in these matters, after I did some thinking, I realised I could build more than I originally thought.
So, it's the beginning of Summer and I not only live at the coast, I live in a town that is home to one of the going-est historic railroads in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon Coast Scenic. As the active season is going full swing I may not add to this much until Fall. Hopefully I'll be too busy firing ex-McCloud #25 to sit indoors and build a layout.
So I'll ad a trackplan and hopefully guide you through the building of this layout - but not today. I've thought about this for some time but realised if I didn't commit now I might get sidetracked.
Those of you who might recognize my name, my intent was to serialise this in Timbertimes magazine, but my old friend Phil Shnell stopped publishing recently. Online is probably the wave of the future, though.
By the way, I generally hate waves of the future.
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