For me, one of the joys of reading the blogs of others is reading about how their model railways progress from a collection of raw materials into operating layouts.
Unlike layout tours in magazines, where we often read about how a layout is supposed to operate, the early stage operating reports give us a real picture of what actually happens as the layout builder brings his/her vision to life.
Recently, my RSS feed reader has been full of such reports. For example:
Marty McGuirk held the 5th operating session on his Central Vermont Railway on Saturday – his most successful session yet, he reports.
Chris Adams held an ops session last Friday on his New Haven Railroad and has shared a couple of posts generated as a result of that – the first on handling Bad Order cars, the second on rebuilding an interlocking tower.
Last Thursday, Eric Hansmann was putting his B&O Wheeling Freight Terminal through its first formal operating session.
Early sessions are not always pretty – but the reports always informative and I gather some great ideas from reading them.
(I also find it interesting, and enjoyable, that I’m seeing more blog entries that include notes of the social side of the ops session – usually involving a meal at a favourite local restaurant. As I’ve noted on this blog previously, I’m a big believer in dinner reports, which help present the model railway hobby as the social activity that it is. Those of us who build and operate layouts know that unlike many other hobbies, ours is a group effort.)
Enjoy if you visit any of these links – and kudos to my online friends who have shared their stories for all of us!