16 thoughts on “Thank you notes

  1. This is an EXCELLENT idea! I had never thought of it before, but it more than makes sense! Our layouts are such personal expressions of ourselves, we spend countless hours, open houses take effort, and concrete appreciations are so rewarding!

    Thankyou.
    Ian

  2. It will make your mother proud and you get to have fun like your did when she was left to write thank you notes for all the wedding gifts. I remember her grandmother bugged to no end about getting all those out. No one bugged my daughter. Times have changed, but people still love to receive the ‘Thank you’s”

    • I’ve written a lot of product reviews for hobby magazines. But of all of those, the two I remember most fondly are the two for which I received thank you notes from the manufacturers. They made a real impression on me.

  3. “Our hobby would benefit from more civility”

    This is the Canadian idea of world control, is it? πŸ˜‰
    (Not a bad idea: international relations really would benefit from more civility.)

  4. I, too, think this is a good idea. I visit approximately 20 layouts a year and I have an average of 80 people visit mine each year. I really appreciate the comments from visitors. Whether it’s me visiting someone or someone visiting, what’s supposed to be a short time usually ends up being a long and enjoyable visit.

  5. Tervor, simply shows that our parents were correct in showing common courtesy to others. I think I might be missing out on a way to acknowledge the good from my friends and others.
    Thanks for bringing this idea up in model railroading.

  6. Dear Trevor,
    Maybe it’s more like a pre-emptive strike, but what about a visitor’s book/log?
    Visitors tend to remember to say nice things if you catch them immediately after they’ve exited the layout room… πŸ˜‰

    Happy Modelling,
    Aim to Improve,
    Prof Klyzlr

    PS +1 for Civility between Modellers here

    • Hi Professor:
      Guest books are certainly popular and I’ve written many nice things in them myself. They’re also a nice record of who visited the layout.
      But as I suggested in my post, I’m not fishing for compliments for my own work. Rather, I like the idea of writing and sending a thank you note when I visit someone else’s layout and will look into ways that I can create something personal, as was done by the author of the blog to which I linked.
      Cheers!

  7. We’ve all signed guest books and they are great reminders of past visitors, however the sending of a thankyou note is much more personal and means that someone REALLY DID APPRECIATE the modeller’ efforts!

    Ian

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