I have two (actually three) unconnected things I'd like to share with the group. First, has anyone seen my scratchbuilt covered bridge?
Second, my mom gave me this nice curio. She says she needs the room and so she willed it to me out of the blue. I was surprised and thankful, it makes a great display case.
Finally, I was reading a couple of books at the library on model railroading; Published in the sixties and eighties, respectively. What an interesting world it was before DCC. Did you know, according to this source, that the term HO is short for "half the size of O gauge".. or Half O... shortened to HO?
Despite being a generation (or two) younger than many modelers here, it was books from the 60's to the 90's that gave me my inspiration, then I discovered the Internet. In fact the first layout I ever made was an N scale 4x5 layout with about 200lbs of plaster on top of a 1/2" plywood base.
It was so heavy, I could barely move it. So the next layout I built used foam board, much lighter. The one after that was only 30 lbs, using a hollow core door and 2 inches of foam. So sometimes newer is better, it just depends on what you want in a model railroad.
Great models by the way, I hope you have a layout to put them on, they would look great together with some scenery.