Working through the list

A while ago I made a to-do list of things that were almost, but not quite, completed. I didn’t share the list publicly but today I knocked a bunch of those items off the list.

They included things like creating and printing waybills, empty car bills and other paperwork for the Crooked Mountain Lines boxcar and two of the three Canadian National Railway eight-hatch refrigerator cars that I added to the roster in November.

Also, while laminating the waybills, I found some that had incorrect or missing data – an “XM” boxcar classification on an “HM” hopper car, for example. I’d corrected these in ink, but before laminating the waybills I wanted to correct the files and reprint them. So that’s now done too.

It’s surprising how much of this little maintenance stuff has to be done on even a simple layout such as mine.

There’s still more to do on that list. I’d better get at it…

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3 thoughts on “Working through the list

  1. Pick a time and go through the list. Hopefully, you can knock quite a few off and get back to new projects. Sometimes these ‘To Do’ lists take a live of their own. But when completed it creates a great sense of accomplishment. Good Luck

    • Hi Tom:
      Good idea – and my thought exactly. Pick a time and tackle the list. It IS going in the right direction – getting shorter.
      I get sad sometimes when I see a layout that was probably great at some point in the past, but that’s now suffering the death of a thousand cuts. You know: a cobweb here, a missing stirrup step there, a finicky turnout over here, a broken cross arm on a utility pole over there, and so on. Each item, on its own, is insignificant. But at some point they add up to a layout that looks worn out and presents poorly. I’m also surprised how many times the owner is undertaking an expansion – adding a new yard or a branch line – when it appears they can’t maintain what they already have.
      Sure, it’s a hobby – and one can engage with it as they wish. But we’re all proud of our work, I think, and a modest layout done well leaves a better impression than a large layout done poorly – or done well but left to crumble as the owner adds more…

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