How many times have you built a model railroad only to finish it or even half finish it and say to yourself, “ I don’t like it”? I’m sure every modeler has had that experience at some point in time. I know I certainly have more than once. Over the years, especially the last twenty or so I have started and stopped many projects. What have I learned in that time? You will never have enough of whatever, be it time, space, or money. Something will limit you and you will stop. Next step is no what to do?
Over the past several years, Model Railroading has been a back burner hobby. Other things have pushed it there until the realization is that a lot of projects got started but never really finished because I lost interest. The problem was looking towards a finished layout. Many layouts never came about because somewhere along the way an intermediate step created a roadblock or became its own project. Ultimately, this led to the hobby becoming a back burner and other things taking up more of my interest.
Recently, I sat down at my modeling desk and cleaned up the dust bunnies, pushed some stacks of stuff around to see what they were and discovered a small book of trackplans and model railroad ideas. Was an interesting stroll down past ideas and projects. several different Beckleysville plans in On3, On30, S standard, Sn3, and one in On2. The Emerson Railway, a Maine two footer in On2 was in there as well. While looking at the Emerson plans, I realized some of the issues centered around rolling stock and motive power issues. No wonder I didn’t finish any layouts. Beckleysville had more trackplans than industries, and almost as many scale and gauge ideas to match the abundance of trackplans.
So, let’s return to the question at hand, what to model? Let’s look at the question in a different light. To succeed, Beckleysville needs a scale, track gauge and a plan. Emerson needs rolling stock and motive power. Pick something and go.
Barriers to Model Railroading part V: Model what? @ December 2020
By :H. Mathews