Six years on…

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:

Port Rowan shortly after construction started.

And just a few years later, the layout was not only running, but I’d say 90% finished:

Port Rowan a few years later.

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…

10 thoughts on “Six years on…

  1. Trevor,

    I was fortunate to visit your On2 layout years ago. Your current S scale layout reflects growth in concept, philosophy and skills. It also is a testament to the advantages of building a small/manageable size layout. The opportunity to develop the concepts and skills a layout requires as well as provide the satisfaction of proof of concept and accomplishment is often lost in the construction of the “dream layout”. Thank you for sharing your work and the merit of the manageable project idea.

    Lee Gustafson

  2. Congratulations on this milestone – the layout is great in so many respects. It looks to me like it should be in a future Great Model Railroads to expose the masses to S and an achievable layout with a prototype.

  3. T-
    Way to GO!
    I’m grateful for your posts and inspiration.
    As I type, my Container Store / Elfa shelving system is on it’s way for my S Scale / Central Indiana Railway layout.
    Now, do I blog MY layout progress as Trevor (WordPress) or us MRH website?
    Thanks and wishing you many more years of FUN!

  4. Trevor,
    I don’t recall how or when I discovered your blog, but I’ve been hooked ever since. While I model in a different scale, its been fun to follow along. I love how the blog has evolved over the years and the types of visitors that post/read. It would be interesting to see how many of your readers aren’t modelers. This is what keeps pushing me to restart a blog I started years ago. I was discouraged because I wasn’t getting the “attention” I thought I needed. But after following along with you for the past few years, I’ve come to realize that a blog isn’t just for the “attention” but rather a way to organize and catogorize your thoughts and progress as you evolve in the hobby. The key is to just start making consistent postings at a specific frequency. And with the consistency thoughts and ideas flow easier. Posting on a blog verses a hobby specific site also allows one to open up to other readers as you have discovered.

    Thanks for the memories, and I look forward to the next 6 years! I keep waiting to see a post about scratch building your brass Jordan Spreader!

  5. Congratulations, and a hearty Well Done Trevor!.

    It would be remiss of me if I did not acknowledge your valuable contributions as a fellow member of the editing team for the Maine On2 FAQ‘s blog, as we have faced some interesting and novel circumstances in the past year.


  6. Congratulations from Columbus also. I enjoyed reading the post AND learned a new word: “addlepated”. Thanks for that!

  7. Another aspect of your project was the impact it had on many other peoples. Not only it was a positive personal endeavor but it made your readers and guests grow too. This intangible effect is probably one of the most unexpected reward.

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