There’s an old joke that model railway layouts are never finished, modellers just keep adding to them.
My little shunting layout is finished.
It’s definitely finished.
How do I know?
Well, I feel I’ve done everything I want to and I want to start the next project.
The second part of that sentence is the key part… I want to move on… so this layout must be finished.
It’s only a small layout, the baseboard measures roughly 650 x 300 mm (25.5 x12 inches), yet it took me 14 months to go from the initial idea to the completed layout.
It seems a long time for such a small area, but in that time I’ve done the baseboard, track, electrics, lighting, scenery, and made a loco and eight wagons. Plus there were a few diversions along the way 🙂
I reckon 14 months for a layout is pretty good progress for me.
It’s taught me that I’m happier making smaller projects.
Anything bigger and there’s a danger I’ll loose interest or motivation along the way.
When I make that room / garage / house filling layout it will have to be broken down into small pieces. That’s unlikely to happen though – I don’t have the space 🙂
If you are interested you can read all the steps of building the layout here: https://009adventure.blog/category/layout-apadobe-mine/
Or, if you are pressed for time, you can watch this 22 second video that’s a ‘run past’ of all the Apadobe Mine stock.
Yes, 14 months of work distilled down into just 22 seconds !
I think that’s excellent and as finished as you want it to be. I’m with you on the small layouts. Many of mine have been micros but … they do have a tendency to grow like topsy. Both my first 009 layout, Nottery Quay and Compass Point were just intended to be a single board, about four feet long but both double in length by the time they were finished. I doubt you’ll have that problem with Apadobe Mine, as it’s a continuous run, but beware if you start off with a terminus to fiddle yard layout!
Thanks Chris – that’s a real compliment coming from a great layout builder like yourself.
I’ve read your warning and all I can say is “Oh no ! my next project is a fiddle yard to terminus layout !!”
Who knows in 10 year time it might have taken over the whole house 🙂
Same here, start a new project is always much more fun than finish an old one.. 😀
Still i like what I see, it looks complete.
Thanks Henrik, I’m pleased it looks complete to you!
Yes, the thrill of something new is always more attractive to me too 🙂
Layout looks good those 422 wagon bodies look good with the rest of the stock in the train they blend in nicely and they look the right size. I bought a lot of bits from this seller doing the same as you I see they do a wooden wagon now that I will get. I am pleased for you the overall look’s so good, and runs well, anyway onwards and forward to the new layout and revitalize your layout building skills.
Good the hear from you. Glad you like the little layout. I’m very happy with how it came together. It’s a lot of fun – definitely not a ‘serious’ layout.
For this layout the stock is mostly from Unit Models kits which are sold by Frizinghall Models. Here’s a link. You’ll have to scroll through to find the O9 stuff: https://www.modelrailshop.co.uk/b/232/UNIT-MODELS