Six years ago today, my friend Pierre Oliver and I cut the first pieces of lumber for what was to become Port Rowan in 1:64. It’s been quite a journey.
My layout is a simple design, so construction proceeded remarkably quickly. In no time at all, it seemed, I had roadbed in place and was starting to rough in the location of turnouts and trackage:
And just a few years later, the layout was not only running, but I’d say 90% finished:
That final 10% seems to take as long as the initial 90%, doesn’t it? There are structures to build, details to assemble and paint, vignettes to create, and so on. That’s all part of the fun. And then of course there are other projects. They may be railway related, but not of direct use on the layout. Or they may be projects that have nothing to do with this hobby – but that I want to undertake, just because.
There’s been a lot of that this year. I’ve rediscovered role playing games and tabletop wargaming after a quarter century absence, and a lot of my spare time has been taken up by assembling and painting 28mm figures (roughly S scale) for a couple of games set in feudal Japan.
(I really should start a blog about those interests, now that I think about it…)
As for Port Rowan, much of my work on this hobby has involved migrating photos off Photobucket and onto my WordPress server. It’s something I should’ve done from the start, I suspect. Oh well…
The nice thing about the hobby, for me, is that I don’t have a deadline. I’m not staring down a 20-30 year “Dream Layout” and wondering if I’ll achieve the dream before I am too feeble and/or addlepated to appreciate it. I can see a point – in the not too distant future – when I can declare Port Rowan “finished”. I’m looking forward to that, but I’m also in no rush to get there. It’s a hobby – not a job…