Friday, February 19, 2016

Marion it is!

So I did a little more consulting with friends and family the last few days. Ultimately, my heart is still in N scale and I've invested a lot. However, that doesn't mean I'm not going to be liquidating a bunch of my collection. Haphazardly buying rolling stock over the years has lead me to have collected a number of items that really have no place on any of the areas I've looked at modeling (NJ Transit F40 anyone?). Also, I purchased a bunch of locos pre-DCC days so they aren't ever going to see the layout, I can jettison them as well. As for the kids, a family member suggested get my layout up and if the kids want something, build something below the layout. This would be very doable for me since along the walls I'm using slotted shelf brackets for along the walls with a depth of 18". Either some flat plywood or a HCD along the walls would give them something to put their HO sets run around on at a height more appropriate for their size. If I built an HO one, it would be at a good operating height for me, not them, so having this option available is going to be better anyways.

So I'm going to go with the Marion branch as I really like the simplicity but uniqueness of it and the casual operations it can provide.


mark kroll said...

Funny, I just got rid of a lot of my N scale collection. I model NS but had engines, rolling stock, vehicles etc. from all eras. I also seriously considered HO scale because of my little grandson but I have way to much invested in N plus I just like it better. I did however build a small O gauge layout that is nothing more than a loop of track with some buildings and he has a blast with that.

Phil D said...

My initial plan was to build the 40"x60" "Family Layout" that Model Railroader did a 6-part video series on a few years ago for them. I have all the track for it so I may do it anyways. The other thing I was thinking is that I do know I'm going to like to do some kind of operating by myself so the "kid" layout may just be a switching layout with roundy-roundy for them, they won't know the difference anyways.

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