Craig, Yes we have to make compromises.  I have thinking about pointy corners myself.  Rounded layout edges look great, but I am of the thinking I may just just chop corners making a couple angles instead.

Yes, at our age and adding the costs, I am with you in building a layout in the space we have available and make the necessary compromises.  As we have been starting to empty my parents' house of which I was the 4th generation of Boyces to grow up there, I realize time will go quickly, and our daughters will have to be doing something with our stuff.

W&W posted:
Moonman posted:

That was fun, Craig! 

I am still not a fan of the pointy corners in the aisle.    I would have a added a scene of the connector panel from Montanarailpower with some electric buzzing or lightning effects.

Carl,

I understand your “pointy corners in the isle” comment, but I’m not sure what else I could have done considering the room size, & the layout plan. The layout plan was to get as much of the items I had obtained thru the years on the layout with a three track mainline.  I could have had a completely different layout design I guess. The “pointy corners” have not posed any problems.   I could have rounded the one corner, but didn’t. I like the electric buzzing/lightning effects you suggested.  I have been considering installing an audible thunder storm/lightning effect in the area behind the Hellgate Bridge.

I have been considering adding a larger train room to the house, but at my age & the associated costs I’m not sure that would be a wise investment. I held off building the existing layout knowing I needed a bigger train room, but decided to proceed with what I had and am glad I did due to the fun in constructing the layout and being able to run trains.

 

Just teasing you. I made the comment way back when you were started framing. (where the photo in the movie came from) You me told then that you haven't bumped it or had any issues and that is how it was going to stay. I didn't intend to hit a nerve with criticism.

The project is great and keeps getting better and you make your vision happen!

W&W posted:
Moonman posted:

That was fun, Craig! 

I am still not a fan of the pointy corners in the aisle.    I would have a added a scene of the connector panel from Montanarailpower with some electric buzzing or lightning effects.

Carl,

I understand your “pointy corners in the isle” comment, but I’m not sure what else I could have done considering the room size, & the layout plan. The layout plan was to get as much of the items I had obtained thru the years on the layout with a three track mainline.  I could have had a completely different layout design I guess. The “pointy corners” have not posed any problems.   I could have rounded the one corner, but didn’t. I like the electric buzzing/lightning effects you suggested.  I have been considering installing an audible thunder storm/lightning effect in the area behind the Hellgate Bridge.

I have been considering adding a larger train room to the house, but at my age & the associated costs I’m not sure that would be a wise investment. I held off building the existing layout knowing I needed a bigger train room, but decided to proceed with what I had and am glad I did due to the fun in constructing the layout and being able to run trains.

 

Carl,  I always welcome comments(good & bad) from those more experienced in this hobby than I.  You didn’t hit a nerve.  I respect your opinions etc.  Thank you for following my construction. 

Craig

 

Craig was kind enough to host my son and I on MLK Day to run some trains.   Here is a video of his Lionel Acela I shot in 4K.   Enjoy and please subscribe!   

Another video from the South Fork layout.   This time featuring CSX diesels and 'on board' views from the engine.   Thanks again to Craig for graciously hosting my son and I while I dream of rebuilding my Harpers Ferry layout.

Obsidian and his sons are always welcome to visit the    South Fork Railroad    to run trains,   take videos,   and mostly just have fun in sharing this great hobby.

Ken, Thank you for the great Memorial Day tribute on the South Fork Railroad!!  Lots of great engines!!  I hope to see your layout start to take shape someday soon.

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