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With a hobby, as well as with life in general, sometimes it helps to take a step back and look where you're going and where you've been.
My pike, The Blackwater and Blue Ridge Railroad has become the most fully realized railroad project I've ever done. After a forced hiatus from the hobby where the little line sat dormant for around two years, construction began again in earnest. Now, save for two more pieces of flextrack and roadbed which I need to purchase, the trackplan is done. From "Furlow" to "Fugate" trains can traverse the entire line. Since the railroad has essentially gone through two phases of construction during which thought processes and concept changed at least a couple of different times, it's time to pause and take a look. How did I finally get where I am today? What went right, what went wrong and how can I minimize mistakes in the future.
Inspiration and creativity tends to come in spurts for me and there's no telling what I might be in a mood to work on from one given time to the next. Accordingly, in the past, this blog has jumped all over the place. I can't say that it won't do so again either but I'm going to sort of treat this as a reset point for myself and for the reader.
Keeping an MRH blog is a sort of motivation for me, I love writing about the hobby and photographing my efforts and I'm always anxious to share. It also makes for a nice record of work which I can refer back to at anytime. I encourage anyone reading who has not started a blog to do so.
In keeping with the reset theme I'm first going to post a graphic image of the benchwork area that the entire pike ended up taking up. it might be interesting to note that this whole thing started as the 2X10 rectangle at the top.
The numerical dimensions did not transfer over in the export so I will have to add them later. Suffice to say the benchwork is two feet wide in most areas and the legs of the L are ten and thirteen feet long overall. The trackplan is coming but I did not keep up with all the changes so it's under considerable revision. Please be patient and thanks for reading...
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