Last night, while the wife watched yet another science channel show on how mercury and venus collided violently destroying 90 other universes and creating a baby star that ate the sun then vomited the earth out so all of us could have life and become model train enthusiasts...….she was watching how the universe works and I really don't care. I am more interested in how my layout works so I can understand why it isn't when it isn't.
I proceeded downstairs to my train room/former cistern and tried to think of yet another way I could run my trains that would be different. Sometimes I run all 57 cars behind one engine. The process by which I hook the trains together can be fun and interesting and when I mess up require hospitalization. I think the person who started this thread mentioned some unfortunate events involving two trains trying to occupy the same spot. This happens more often than I would like on my layout because...….I get cocky and try to run two trains at once rather than allowing two trains to run at once and concentrating on one of them, then concentrating on the other one.
The title of this mentions being easily distracted but from what I've read up to this point, this thread has morphed into more than that. But to keep with the theme, life does happen and trains have to take a back seat. Here's a sub question of the one posed to begin with. When you don't run your trains for say a week, does your significant other needle and gouge you about being over your train fetish? Right after I finished the construction of the room and ran the trains to test all sorts of issues or non issues, I went three days. Next thing I know the wife is asking, "I guess the train thing is over?"
When I mow the yard, I finish mowing. I go a week without mowing. She never asks, I guess the mowing thing is over. When a contractor builds a house, the house gets finished the people buying it move in. A dry period with no jobs comes to pass. Does his wife or her husband say, "well I guess the carpentry thing is over."
Trust me, if you love the hobby, you will find reasons to migrate to your train room. Even when your 4 year old, beautiful, thank you god for giving him to me, grandson wants you to play with him every second of the day. It's like anything else you do, you start, you work, you never think it's going to be done, then one day, it's done and now you have to switch from creation to imagination. Sorry but trains are not video games, they do one thing. Go round and round on a track. It's up to us to find ways to make that cool and interesting enough to want to go back to it. That's why we have the layout. There's always another building or vehicle or bridge or culvert or remodel just waiting in the wings for our imaginations to conjure up.