In a post I did on new years eve, I asked everyone what their goals for their layout are for 2013.  Most of you said lay track, do scenery, or work on projects that are long over due.  Forum member david1 gave some great advice, and said work on the layout every day, if it is only for 10 minutes or 3 hours.  It doesn't matter just do something. 


I took that advice and am running with it.  1st day I started a simple custom bridge and cut the river out of the foam that the bridge will go over.  Day 2 I did a little plaster cloth on a small section of my layout.  Day 3 I did a little more plaster cloth.  Tomorrow I might wire up a switch that isn't done yet.  All small projects that take 10 minutes or less.    


My point is normally I would have waited until I had 3 or 4 hours free to do all of this in one chunk, and it wouldn't already be done.  After an hour or so I might get a bit bored and find something non layout to do, like waist time watching TV.   I am much farther ahead then I was just 3 days ago and if I keep up this pace I can really accomplish a lot this year.  


I was thinking we could have this thread to just post each day what we accomplished on our layout.  Some days we would get more then others.  We could look at this thread as encouragement to do more each day.  No a layout is never done but by just putting in 10 minutes or 3 hours each day, we can all be a big step closer to being finished.


So what did you do today on your layout?

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I ordered more trains from RMT because of their sale prices. I also started to clear up my work bench so I can actually work on it. What I should do is reconnect the transformers and run some trains.


Paul Goodness

I plan to "plant" a few more bushes and remove the smaller, more fragile trees along the base of the layout. All too often they are bent, damaged or knocked over from my leaning over them. The slightly large trees will stay as they work best around the edges and are less fragile. That was today's plan but never got to it. 


I did run the track cleaning car around for an hour or so. Picked up a huge amount of crude, even without fluid. Excellent products (Centerline car). 

I've been looking into the possiblity of tearing out my mountain and redoing it with skiers and maybe a cabin if I can squeeze it in. Lot's of napkin scribbling and measuring so far but it's looking like my next project. I did sandblast a pretty beat up set of Lionel 2440 passenger cars today, was going to paint them red and black but my grandson is really pushing me to do a Ravens passenger set since no one makes them, along with a red and black set, along with a red and green Christmas set, along with a orange and black Orioles set, etc., etc. ,etc.



I swapped out the K-line plastic freight trucks for Weaver plastic freight trucks on two ore cars then put those K-line trucks on some flatcars.

Over the last two days, I:

replaced the chip in my PWC-ZW

added another PH-1 power brick

fixed our barrel loader

cleaned up some under-table wiring

cleaned the track

I've been working on projects for fellow forum member's and enjoying it ,  so I haven't had anytime to touch the layout. Maybe in a month or two.


P.S. Jim I haven't forgot about you, I'll email you by Monday



Cleaning out under the layout. Fixed the rear truck on my J, threw in a new smoke unit and traction tires while i was at it., packed up a bunch of stuff for sale.Ran some trains for an hour. As far as posting progress, hmm.

Today, installed the West throat for an 8 track pull through Chicago Union Terminal.  Friday finish off three boxes of track and a case of Homabed. Saturday, do the East throat,  providing Murphy stays away.

Simply played for a few hours. Ran some freight and passengers and had some nice relaxing fun. Felt good now that the holiday rush is over. Also ordered some RMT stuff, great sale. Simply could not resist. 

Started installing the newly arrived girder bridges from my friends at Silk City Bridges.... The Mrs was putting down plaster cloth - like 25 feet of it so we can finish off that section.....

I really like the idea behind this thread.  I look forward to following along.  Today I painted a chimney.  It took me about five minutes, but every little bit counts! 

I have installed the last of 500 plastic ties under my tubular track. It certainly does make it look better. Unfortunately, that only accommodated about half the trackage on the layout. I should have ordered 500 more.

Already today I took my new Williams BL-2 for a few loops around the layout.  But the big thing I did was get out the burnig switch tower and get it into place.  Now I need to get it wired.

I didn't do a darn thing.  Spent the day working on the next issue of the magazine, clearing ice off the driveway when I got home, fed and walked the pooch, and then just vegetated on the sofa for the remainder of the evening.


I hope to find some play time this coming weekend, after I put some of the outside Christmas lights and wreaths away.  They are now just taking up space stacked up on the garage floor.

I went up to work in the train room for just a few minutes after dinner last night--emerged several hours later.  But did get to work on several things: cut out and super glue pieces of packaging plastic onto people feet, landscaping around the church and Granato's grocery, and final detailed painting on a laser-cut garage.


Time sure flies when you're having a train moment!

Finished up my on30 line. Got a new on30 climax and found out it was DOA. Contacted dealer who said to send it back for another one. 


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