The Road Not Taken

When is big too big? When is good enough ever good or enough? Is one a collector, an occasional hobbyist, or a craftsman. How often have you started a new layout because the old one just wasn’t what you were looking for? How many times have you found yourself walking into the room and looking at your end result and not connected with its story?

How many times have you asked yourself these questions? Perhaps like me, far to many times to count or even want to count. I have reached Robert Frost proverbial “two roads diverged…” moment. I am leaving the world of collecting, of the need to fill my basement with a model train layout, it isn’t for me. I invite you to read Robert Frost’s poem, “Road Not Taken”, and think about some of the questions above and your answers.

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;         5
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,         10
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.         15
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

I am leaving the world of the model railroader to become a craftsman and a story teller because the end result will make a difference to me.

If you would like, please join me in this adventure. I suggest you start at The Blue Ox Millworks first, a short video but ten minutes well spent.