A couple of weekends ago, my friend Mark Zagrodney and I visited Fillmore Engine Terminal – a superb HO scale layout built by Rick De Candido and featured in the 2015 issue of Model Railroad Planning magazine.
It’s a good thing I didn’t do this back when I was still trying to fit a Proto:48 layout into my space (http://themodelrailwayshow.com/cn1950s/?p=39) – because if I had, you wouldn’t be reading about Port Rowan in 1:64 on this blog. Rick’s concept of devoting an entire layout to the servicing of locomotives would’ve solved the challenges I faced in trying to fit O scale into a long but narrow room. (Not that I’m going to switch now – I’m really enjoying Port Rowan, so it’s still safe!)
I’ve written about our operating session on my Achievable Layouts blog, because Rick’s layout is a perfect example of thinking creatively to craft a layout that emphasizes quality over quantity while still being satisfying to operate.
Thanks Rick – I look forward to our next session!