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I have found myself slowly and inexorably drifting into prototype modeling. Long ago, I decided to model my locomotives with prototype fidelity, and make sure my other rolling stock was generally correct. But I hadn't extended this to the layout itself until recently.
Primarily this is a result of my steadily growing library of railroad books focusing on the area and railroads I based by free-lance railroad off of. Google Maps is a also partly responsible, for showing how the actual railroads in the area interacted (and it was far more interesting than what I had imagined.) It really is much easier to crib from the real thing, then to pull everything from the aether. And lastly, there's my modeling buddy, Greg aka SKIWIGGY, and his relentless drive for accuracy in his modeling. Helping him with research, and seeing his work, inspired me to take a closer look at my modeling.
While I still plan to model my free-lanced Penn Lake Railway, it will now be overlaid on top of a (reasonably) prototype location.
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