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 Posted: Tue Jul 17th, 2012 01:52 pm
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Chris --

Will the rest of the basement follow the same theme? Probably not, though who knows. I had previously started on a basement layout about a year ago (thread here: but realized after the fact that I had clearly bitten off too much. I've decided instead to spend the next year building small modules; one to three section layouts where I can try out ideas and techniques, perhaps even change scales, themes, or locales, all within the scope of small and relatively inexpensive projects.

The one you see here is my first go at this, and so far I've been happy with it's progress. I think with today's media about model railroading it's easy to flip through a magazine and think that a huge basement layout is what everyone should go for. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to get there some day, but I've realized it's something I need to build up to rather than jumping in to. There's still a lot for me to learn and with each project hopefully I'll understand more about my own railroad tastes -- for example, I'm starting to see a "waterfront" theme developing in almost everything I do, which probably means that should be a big component of my basement layout whenever I get there. Discovering those things is part of the fun I suppose.

Also this actual shelf layout, the D&RGW in Guyamas, was actually designed to live in my loft, where my wife and I's desk/computers are. It's long and slender to run along the wall and hopefully will provide some fun switching operation inside the house.

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