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 !