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  1. Hi all, Since my trip to Japan last October, and my purchase of a second hand Tomix C62, my collection has expanded quite a bit. I've seen what a lot of Japanese layouts and would like to create something of my own. I love how modular layouts look with scenic sections that can be moved about and connected whereever and thought that might be a good idea, inspiration drawn from http://www.jmra.gr.jp/shinohara/shino106.html. So initially to start off, my first little project would ideally be something with some operational value, steam era, and the inglenook concept fits best with small spaces. I am thinking a small rural station through line, with a small yard with 3 sidings to allow for sorting and shunting. My track system will be tomix finescale, I currently have the basic loop, and passing loop packs, so have 2 of the 3 points I require. I am mulling over a doubleslip for the 3rd to add a headshunt/kickback. However, I do not have any rail ends, and have not had any luck finding a store stocking them at a decent price. I need help with ideas on baseboard constructions, as well as potential real life locations that would suit this idea. Does anyone know what the boards are made of in the layouts in the link above?
  2. Hi All! (NOTE: various links in the post lead to my blog) A member on the forum recently said that my little re-do adventure might be of interest to some of you. I had a layout that was really humming along. Scenery, structures, and little scenes were in full swing. However, there were major items that were not working for me on the layout - a major one involved trains and operations, which I wasn't as interested in when I originally started. . After months of thought, I decided to tear the whole of it down and start over again. This was NOT an easy process! I had to have a large glass of whiskey before starting to pull stuff off my layout and pack it up! hehehe However, now that I have things the way I like on the train and track front, I'm SO MUCH HAPPIER! It's night and day. I'm moving forward on getting back to the point where I can get scenery and structures back on, but all in all it was well worth the effort to get things to a point where I'm no longer sad and disappointed when I run trains around the space. So, I suggest that you make an effort to be happy with your layout without settling for "well....it's fine, I guess". Make it something you really enjoy! Any other re-do stories out there? More can be found on my blog: https://n-rail.blogspot.com/ Cheers!
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