Hot Trains Video
Just received my copy of Hot Trains #1. Although I am not an ALCO fan the video was great. I especially liked following the Oak Hill Turn and its switching moves. Fantastic scenery too. I have also been following the BC&SJ through OPS Videos #3 & #4.
Due to a job change I work some distance from my dream basement. I am building a domino/shelf layout around the walls of an 1800 sq ft basement. Each time I get home I construct a few more dominos. I have a movable (air craft carrier) staging yard at each end of the layout. The layout represents the Kansas City Southern from Kansas City to the Ozarks in 1981. This is a single track main line with very little switching. I have also allocated some layout space for the Kansas City area with some switching in the Kansas City West Bottoms area and interchange with other Kansas City Railroads. Watching the Hot Trains and OPS videos has caused me to shift my construction priority from the main line to the West Bottoms Area. Even switching a few industries that will be represented appears to provide lots of opportunities for enjoyment. Due to distance from other modelers I am primarily a "Lone Wolf" model railroader. Last weekend (labor day) I was abe to finish construction of the West Bottons dominos. I have orderd track and hope to get some track laid thext month when I am home.
The time "on the road" is not wasted. I am installing DCC decoders in locomotives. (I have my PR3 and a small test track). I will also start construction of some of the structures in the West Bottoms Area.
I hope to retire in about 10 years and return to the layout "full time". In the mean time, keep the videos comming!
Great job Charlie.
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