Has anyone ever finished their dream layout before retirement? Don't say a layout is never finished because people do get them done...though some may go back and re-do areas, add this or that, etc. Obviously, people who pay a professional builder(s) to complete it for them "get them done" but this is not what I am asking. I see and read about layout builders who've accomplished this now and again the press, but most of the time they're retired - or so it seems. I've completed a couple of small layouts in my life. I consider < 100 sq. ft small; < 200 sq. ft. medium; and > 200 sq. ft. large.
My current dream layout is 8-years in the making, and four-years ago I thought I'd have it done by now. It's actually less than 200 sq. ft, so its doable from the size standpoint. The mainlines were finished in 2015 so I can run trains when I get tired of working on it. However, realistically it'll be another 5-years before I can say "done." Also, I get slower in doing just about everything in life as I get older, so that 5-years may be optimistic. I really do look forward to completing it so I can devote my hobby time to just running and taking care of the trains. That's kind of what I am asking about...getting to that point where the layout is finished and you can just run trains. To me that is a nirvana-like state.