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This project has also showed me how "healthy" model railroading is as a hobby......since I retired, I am doing over 20K steps a day.......90% of them in the house, going up and down the stairs, carrying loads......

Peter

Don't forget all of the Model Railroad Yoga you will be doing, spending endless hours crawling under your new train tables, contorting your body while wiring your new layout. I believe if you doing this and keep yourself well hydrated, you will enhance your physical well being. Being a physician, you know this better than anyone.

Your mental and emotional well being will also be enhanced by all of the puzzles that you will solve by building and operating the large, complex layout you are contemplating, and the exhilaration you will experience embarking on this most creative endeavor.

Wishing you all the best, Peter. Arnold

A selfie of both of us while nearing completion.......

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....and a reminder.....wear your safety glasses like we are.......when you are generating "little pieces" of stuff!

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Peter

Yeah, always wear something, and most important, cut away from yourself whenever possible. I gave myself a nice cut in my finger when I built my Christmas tree layout. After so many years of the company I used to work for preaching safety, I became the statistic for getting hurt at home. Just a jab, but still a pain. Good work Gilly & Peter.

Don't forget all of the Model Railroad Yoga you will be doing, spending endless hours crawling under your new train tables, contorting your body while wiring your new layout. I believe if you doing this and keep yourself well hydrated, you will enhance your physical well being. Being a physician, you know this better than anyone.

Your mental and emotional well being will also be enhanced by all of the puzzles that you will solve by building and operating the large, complex layout you are contemplating, and the exhilaration you will experience embarking on this most creative endeavor.

Wishing you all the best, Peter. Arnold

Arnold, you have such a way with words!  Of course your line of work deals with words, so you should be a pro!  Model Railroad Yoga!  I love it! 

As to the organic chemistry, I was able to skip chemistry all together and use a meteorology course as my last science.  We had a prof who grew up in Italy and had lots of fun with his pronunciations.  He was great!  Most of my courses were electronics as I've mentioned before.  I found it boring, but my mum couldn't stand for students quitting or changing majors; even though I was paying every cent of my education.

Peter, you and Tom are like a well oiled machine now!  What was Tom's line of work?  It had to be something that required precision.

First car displayed:

Custom painted Atlas 50' box car by Christine Braden

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1st passenger set displayed.......my 20th Century Ltd set from 1983.......

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1st PostWar set display......a New Haven set from 1962 which I acquired maybe 10 years ago.....

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Stay tuned! Next installment comes tomorrow!

Peter

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First car displayed:

Custom painted Atlas 50' box car by Christine Braden

1st passenger set displayed.......my 20th Century Ltd set from 1983.......

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1st PostWar set display......a New Haven set from 1962 which I acquired maybe 10 years ago.....

Stay tuned! Next installment comes tomorrow!

Peter

Queue the regular discussion... what do you plan to do with all the boxes, Peter???

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Peter the shelves will look great when the are holding all of your trains. I’m wondering if you have a display plan in your mind as you place them on display? Or as they come out they will go up? Just curious since my limited display walls are only segregated by prewar on one and postwar/MPC on another. Enjoy your next few days on your display journey.  

Peter the shelves will look great when the are holding all of your trains. I’m wondering if you have a display plan in your mind as you place them on display? Or as they come out they will go up? Just curious since my limited display walls are only segregated by prewar on one and postwar/MPC on another. Enjoy your next few days on your display journey.  

Sort of......basically, winging it.....I suspect I'll re-arrange when I'm done

Passenger trains on one wall.

Engines grouped together in a few areas.

Favorite PostWar and MPC/modern cars/sets  store of together.

Peter

More trains unboxed and set up on shelves......I suspect I'll re-arrange before I'm done....

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Stay tuned for the next installment.......this has been a blast!

It is so much fun to take these beauties out and think about where to put them......in the case of the Bradleys .....they were my Christmas present from 2020 and have never been out of their boxes before......

Peter

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One thing I didn't consider but I bet you have is how much are you going to pop onto shelves before the layout is built? I would not think to over populate the shelves if you are going to be swinging layout bits about. How is this going to play out Peter?

Dave....I already know that I can fill all the shelves, probably twice over.  I'm also using this as a time to thin out my collection and update my excel spreadsheet. I'm going to be selling stuff off that that I will not be using.....

In addition, I'm not putting my coal drag cars or juice train cars out....they'll be in ready boxes in the storeroom. I'm also going to thin out my PostWar sets by at least a 1/3.

It's time.....

Peter

Dave....I already know that I can fill all the shelves, probably twice over.  I'm also using this as a time to thin out my collection and update my excel spreadsheet. I'm going to be selling stuff off that that I will not be using.....

In addition, I'm not putting my coal drag cars or juice train cars out....they'll be in ready boxes in the storeroom. I'm also going to thin out my PostWar sets by at least a 1/3.

It's time.....

Peter

Just make sure you don't bonk anything when doing layout work. I'm sure you will be fine though. I know if it was me, you would be hearing stuff fall all over the place.

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