While lamenting on my past twelve months in the model railroad hobby over at sister blog, Armchair Modeller Down Under, I thought I should focus on the coming year in this particular blog.
If I have any readers left, you will know that blog posts have been few and far between over the past couple of years. I will spare you the excuses and explanations. Suffice to say, any improvement in the number of blog postings in 2018 should not be too difficult to achieve. That’s now on the record and, like an economist’s annual forecast, can be assessed for accuracy at the same time next year. I expect a better outcome for my blog posting forecast than an economist’s forecast by the way.
The lower deck has all the trackwork completed. All the track is wired up – feeders to each piece of track and connected to the bus wires incorporating four power districts. The trains run pretty well given that the location for the layout is less than dustproof, albeit I do have some problem locos and/or problem track that need further work.
The incline to the second deck has been an issue that has delayed things. Initially, I was happy with a 4% grade using the Woodland Scenics incline product. Upon testing, there were some locomotives and/or trains that found the going too tough. I decided that a long 2% grade was possible and this is where I am currently up to. I have 2/3 of the incline down with just 1/3 to go. This necessitated some changes to the upper deck plan but that’s ok – it has been a procrastinator’s raison d’etre for the past twelve months really. I am happy with the current plan (version 4599 most likely).
Despite the naysaying of my good friend David L., I do intend to go ahead with the second deck. This work will be done this year (get back to me in a year’s time). What this also means is that a set of priorities might be worthwhile to ensure that I don’t simply forget about ballasting, scenery, buildings (not just mock-ups), and scenic backboards. Just get me to the operating session ASAP please!!!
In conclusion, I love the start to a New Year as it truly represents hope over reality. That said, let’s hope 2018 sees a little more reality and lots of hope exercised in the coming months.